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Back Bay Blackout Knocks Out Traffic Lights To 100 Intersections

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BOSTON (CBS) – Authorities say if you don’t have a reason to be in the Back Bay Wednesday, then stay away.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Mark Katic reports

Traffic lights at about 100 intersections were knocked out by Tuesday night’s transformer fire between Kenmore Square and Clarendon Street.

Photos: Back Bay Blackout

Police are directing traffic throughout the area and officers want to minimize the volume of cars and trucks as utility crews work to restore power to the area.

Check: Traffic Updates

“They can take public transportation. That’s not impacted at all. If you work in this area, call to make sure your business is open and if you’re coming here to shop, call to make sure the shop’s open, because the less people we have come to the area, obviously, the better off we all are,” Boston Police Superintendent William Evans told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

Check: MBTA Service

There were no incidents overnight.

Evans said they cannot estimate when things will get back to normal.

Police Commissioner Ed Davis said at a morning news conference Wednesday that additional officers will be put in the affected areas for the evening rush hour.

Police from neighboring communities have also been called in to help direct traffic and cover patrols.

NStar hopes to have power fully restored tonight.

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