Update at 3:02 p.m. on Jan. 31:
As of 3 p.m., traffic is still being diverted from Rt. 29. Those driving towards Upper Providence will be detoured up Hopwood Road. Try to avoid the area.
A tree that fell into power wires on Rt. 29 has caused a road closure between Collegeville Borough and Upper Providence Township, power outages and snarled traffic in the area.
According to the Upper Providence Police Department, Rt. 29 is closed between Park Avenue in Collegeville Borough and Hopwood Road in Upper Providence after a tree fell on wires around 7:45 a.m.
The Montgomery County Department of Public Safety lists the incident as an outside electrical fire at Rt. 29 and Hopwood Road.
A police department representative said that cars were not permitted to drive under the wires, and that the road would be closed for an “extended period of time” while PECO worked on the issue.
Access is closed to the Rt. 29 shopping center, including Wawa and the Malvern School, as well as the Collegeville Professional Center across the street.
Traffic is backed up throughout the area.
According to PECO, power should be back on for some residents my around 10 a.m.