UPDATE 4:45 p.m. About 6 p.m. Tuesday, a California Highway Patrol helicopter was circling over San Luis Obispo looking for a parolee on foot.
The San Luis Obispo Police Department had sought the assistance of the CHP to try to capture the parolee, but he wasn't found, police officials said.
UPDATE 3:55 p.m. Additional helicopters have been traveling from the Cuesta Grade to a landing zone near Tank Farm Road in San Luis Obispo, said Tom Cuddy, PG&E’s spokesman.
Cuddy said that the $25 million project involves replacing a 500-kilovolt transmission line system along the Cuesta Grade.
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PG&E is replacing the entire transmission corridor between Atascadero and San Luis Obispo, which was originally installed in the 1930s. The project is expected to continue through July and then resume in June 2013, with completion scheduled in July 2013. The work is expected to increase both the reliability of the lines as well as their capacity to carry electricity.
“People will see the helicopters daily through the end of July (of this year),” Cuddy said.
Original story: A helicopter observed overhead by residents of the Johnson Avenue and Laurel Lane neighborhood in San Luis Obispo on Tuesday was part of a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. operation to detect poor connections on its power lines.
The helicopter was using an infrared camera to measure areas of heat on the grid, which can indicate bad connections in the wiring, according to PG&E officials.
The company will continue to use the infrared sensors from helicopters periodically as a way to catch possible electrical problems before they occur.
The helicopters not only will fly above that San Luis Obispo location but others where distribution lines are located, officials said.