Pilot Streetlight Project to Begin in Pioneer Square & Pike Place Market

Starting this August, Seattle City Light will be piloting a program to improve customer safety, reduce carbon emissions and conserve resources by installing LED streetlight fixtures in the downtown Seattle area. The new fixtures will be evaluated for appearance, historical integrity and light levels. City Light is inviting customers to provide their feedback on the pilot LED fixtures.

The utility is testing LED fixtures in the following areas:

  • Pioneer Square: 2nd Avenue South between South Washington and South Jackson streets
  • Pike Place Market: 1st Avenue and Pine Street


Benefits of the pilot project:

  • The new LED streetlights will enrich the quality of lighting, improve pedestrian and traffic safety, and maintain the historic nature of Seattle’s lighting districts.
  • LEDs reduce greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing as well as when they are in use. Additionally, about 20,000 tons of reduced carbon emissions per year are the result of fewer service vehicle trips.
  • The pilot program provides an opportunity for community feedback that may affect which fixture will be chosen.


What you can expect:

  • Maintenance power outages are not planned for this work.
  • Customers can expect some traffic impacts during the removal of existing streetlight fixtures and the installation of new LED fixtures. Parking may be impacted within the immediate area.
  • The test fixtures at Pine Street and 1st Avenue are temporary and will be removed at the end of the pilot project. The original globe fixtures will be reinstalled.
  • If the test fixtures at Pioneer Square are not approved, they will be scheduled for removal, following the decision by the Pioneer Square Preservation Board.
  • Once the data has been collected and presented, City Light will select an approved fixture. A replacement schedule will then be developed to address all globe streetlights in City Light’s service territory.


From August 15 – 31, customers can provide their feedback on the pilot fixtures by accessing the surveys below:

For more information, customers can contact Carol Anderson, Project Manager at (206) 733-9961 or carolj.anderson@seattle.gov.

Visit seattle.gov/light/atwork for the latest updates on these projects and others in your neighborhood.

Crews Complete Duct Bank Installation on 1st Avenue South

Seattle City Light crews recently installed an electrical duct bank on 1st Avenue South, between South Royal Brougham Way and Railroad Way South. Crews excavated on 1st Avenue South to install the new electrical duct bank. Traffic was detoured to the outside lanes during construction.

The completion of this project will aid in replacing aging electrical infrastructure and increasing electrical reliability for the SODO and Pioneer Square areas.

City Light thanks its customers for their patience during the successful completion of this project.

For more information on this project and others in your area, please visit Seattle City Light’s “At Work in Your Neighborhood” website.

Electrical Improvements Planned in Yesler Terrace

Starting this June, Seattle City Light crews will be working to improve electrical reliability in the Yesler Terrace neighborhood by installing new utility poles, overhead wire and equipment. This work is needed to replace aging electrical infrastructure and upgrade the existing electrical system.

Construction work areas pictured above

Though the sequence is subject to change, crews will begin construction in several phases:

  • Phase 1: 11th Avenue East between East Terrace and Spruce streets
  • Phase 2: Alder Street between Terry Avenue and Broadway
  • Phase 3: East Alder Street between Boren and 11th avenues
  • Phase 4: East Alder Street between 11th and 12th avenues
  • To be determined: Boren Avenue and Broadway street crossing

Customers can expect temporary parking and lane restrictions in the immediate work area during construction work hours.

Maintenance power outages are required to do the work safely. Customers will be notified in advance of any outage.

Construction is scheduled to begin on June 11 and last approximately two months. Daily work hours are from Mondays through Fridays, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Crews may need to work on weekends as well.

For more information, customers can contact Percy Schlimm, Senior Electrical Service Representative at (206) 386-1735 or percy.schlimm@seattle.gov.

Visit Seattle City Light’s “At Work in Your Neighborhood” website for the latest updates on this project: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=410.

Electrical Improvements Planned in Yesler Terrace

Starting this June, Seattle City Light crews will be working to improve electrical reliability in the Yesler Terrace neighborhood by installing new utility poles, overhead wire and equipment. This work is needed to replace aging electrical infrastructure and upgrade the existing electrical system.

Construction work areas pictured above

Though the sequence is subject to change, crews will begin construction in several phases:

  • Phase 1: 11th Avenue East between East Terrace and Spruce streets
  • Phase 2: Alder Street between Terry Avenue and Broadway
  • Phase 3: East Alder Street between Boren and 11th avenues
  • Phase 4: East Alder Street between 11th and 12th avenues
  • To be determined: Boren Avenue and Broadway street crossing

Customers can expect temporary parking and lane restrictions in the immediate work area during construction work hours.

Maintenance power outages are required to do the work safely. Customers will be notified in advance of any outage.

Construction is scheduled to begin on June 11 and last approximately two months. Daily work hours are from Mondays through Fridays, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Crews may need to work on weekends as well.

For more information, customers can contact Percy Schlimm, Senior Electrical Service Representative at (206) 386-1735 or percy.schlimm@seattle.gov.

Visit Seattle City Light’s “At Work in Your Neighborhood” website for the latest updates on this project: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=410.

Arroyo/South Arbor Heights Conduit Installation Project Begins This May

Starting in May 2018, Seattle City Light will be working in the Arroyo/South Arbor Heights area to install new electrical conduits, vaults and streetlights. This work is needed to replace aging underground, direct buried cables in the neighborhood.

Construction will start at California Avenue SW, between SW 106th and 107th streets. To follow the progress of this work, please visit our website.

What You Can Expect:

City Light crews will be working in multiple locations at a time. Construction will start at California Avenue SW, between SW 106th and 107th streets. Customers can expect temporary parking and traffic restrictions. Crews will work to limit traffic impacts.

Example of crews trenching for new conduit.

Trenching for conduits will occur in the public right-of-way (e.g. street and planting strips). Some sidewalk and driveway aprons will be affected. Trenches will be covered with steel plates or fenced off outside of construction work hours.

Maintenance power outages are required to do the work safely. Affected residents will be notified in advance before any outage.

Timing & Coordination:

  • Civil and electrical construction is estimated to last approximately 18-20 months. Additional streetlight work will follow.
  • Daily work hours are from Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Construction could extend beyond these hours, as needed.

Customers can contact David Mannery, Senior Electrical Service Representative at (206) 386-4245 or david.mannery@seattle.gov.

Visit Seattle City Light’s “At Work in Your Neighborhood” website for the latest updates on this project: www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=402.