LADWP Helps Clear Path for Endeavour’s Move through Los Angeles

Electrical crews with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) successfully raised, removed or relocated 74 power poles in advance of the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s 12-mile journey Oct. 12 and 13 from the Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center at Exposition Park, LADWP officials stated in a press release.

LADWP, working with other agencies and departments both in and outside the jurisdiction of the city of Los Angeles, identified and adjusted the power lines to clear the way for the five-story tall spacecraft as it moves through city streets. Some of the power poles date back to the 1930’s with heights of 55 feet. Some of the poles were replaced and raised to 85 feet to make sure there would be no contact with the slow-moving space shuttle.  Other poles were relocated off the route completely.

“The utility structure that serves us was never designed to accommodate a vessel this large to move down thoroughfares,” Ronald O. Nichols, general manager of LADWP said in a written statement. “This is a once in a generation opportunity and helping to facilitate the Endeavour’s move will be something that the LADWP will look back on with pride.”

A video of LADWP's efforts to accommodate the Space Shuttle Endeavour's move can be viewed here.