Temporary Fairview Bridge Pole and Wire Relocation Completed

Seattle City Light has successfully completed a temporary pole and wire relocation alongside Fairview Bridge. Crews installed two temporary steel transmission poles and temporary overhead wires that will remain in place until the completion of the Fairview Bridge Replacement Project, which is anticipated to be in early 2020.

Details of the deactivated permanent power lines and the new temporary poles and lines.

The work was done in conjunction with the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) plan to replace the oldest portion of the current Fairview Bridge that was built more than 65 years ago. The bridge is the last timber-supported bridge on a major road in Seattle and its replacement will allow for more traffic, sidewalks, and a bike lane. The power lines needed to be temporarily relocated so that safe distances could be maintained from energized lines during the future work. The permanent lines remain in place, but have been deactivated.

Seattle City Light crews, engineering and project management collaborated with both SDOT and local businesses to minimize impact to our customers. After the bridge’s construction, City Light will remove the temporary steel transmission poles and associated temporary power lines and return to a permanent configuration. Overall, City Light crews completed this phase of the work ahead of schedule.

New temporary power lines and poles installed to the right of permanent  infrastructure

Seattle City Light Celebrates Public Power Week


Starting Oct. 2 to Oct. 8, Seattle City Light will be joining more than 2,000 public utilities as it celebrates Public Power Week, hosted by the American Public Power Association.

Throughout the week, you will meet some of City Light’s hard-working staff, learn more about the utility’s history and find out more about what public power means to you. 

Follow the Seattle City Light Facebook account to participate in City Light’s personalized version of Public Power Week. With seven days full of content, videos and photos — the utility put together a guide (below), so you can follow along and celebrate Public Power Week!


Day #1 – “Substation Sunday”
Michael Clark, Seattle City Light’s Denny Substation Program Manager, explains how the Denny Substation is known as “The World’s Coolest Substation.”



Day #2 – “Meaningful Monday”
Seattle City Light General Manager and CEO, Larry Weis, starts the day off with an introduction of how important it is to be publicly powered.



Day #3 – “Tech Tuesday”
Meet the Seattle City Light Energy Advisors and learn more about the importance of energy conservation and other green-minded tips.



Day #4 – “Working Wednesday”
Seattle City Light lineworkers and interns share their rewarding experience of helping customers and the community while working for the utility.



Day #5 – “Throwback Thursday”
This #TBT is dedicated to the powerful history of Seattle City Light and being one of the first publicly-owned utilities in the nation.



Day #6 – “Future Friday”
Seattle City Light General Manager and CEO, Larry Weis, explains how the utility will move forward into the ever-changing industry.




Day #7 – “Safety Saturday”
It’s almost storm season, so time to brush up on your safety skills. Learn more safety tips from some of Seattle City Light’s Safety Team.



Search for City Light Construction Projects In Your Neighborhood

You’ve probably seen Seattle City Light crews out in your community, but you may not know much about the work that they are doing. Seattle City Light’s construction website now allows customers to search specific locations and find nearby construction projects by address, neighborhood and ZIP code.

Customers can now search by address, neighborhood and ZIP code to find nearby Seattle City Light construction projects.

Utility construction projects frequently take place around City Light’s service territory. These repairs and electrical infrastructure upgrades are integral to providing safe, reliable electricity for City Light customers. The new search feature is designed to help customers identify utility construction projects in their community.

Learn more about this feature by visiting Seattle City Light’s At Work in Your Neighborhood website at www.seattle.gov/light/atwork.

Pioneer Square’s Infrastructure and Paving Upgrade Continues in Pioneer Passage

Seattle City Light plans to replace aging underground conduit along Pioneer Passage as part of the larger infrastructure and paving upgrades taking place in Pioneer Square. The work will increase electrical reliability and capacity in the area. Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Alliance for Pioneer Square are coordinating the project with City Light in the areas shown below:

Impacted parking and work zones shown in orange.

The work is set to begin on September 6th and continue into late November and no power outages are expected. At a later date, SDOT will repave the alley with a Pioneer Square Preservation Board-approved brick pattern. Access to the alley will be limited and one side of the alley may be partially blocked or closed during construction, but full business access will be maintained during weekdays.

If customers have questions they can contact: Bill Danbom, Sr. Electrical Representative at (2096) 386-4200 or bill.danbom@seattle.gov. Information can also be found online at: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=372.

Infrastructure and Paving Upgrade Planned for Pioneer Passage in Pioneer Square

Seattle City Light plans to increase reliability by replacing aging underground conduit (duct bank) and electrical cable along the Pioneer Passage alley. The alley is located east of 1st Avenue South between South Washington Street and Yesler Way. The project is being coordinated with the Alliance for Pioneer Square and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). Later in the fall, SDOT will repave the alley with a Pioneer Square Preservation Board-approved brick pattern.

See the map showing the locations and work stages.

Overview of the construction stages.

The new electrical infrastructure and equipment will increase the reliability and capacity of the Pioneer Square/downtown electrical system.

What you can expect:

  • No power outages are expected.
  • The work will proceed from south to north in stages with parking not permitted as necessary in order to stage trucks. See map.
  • Customers should expect noise caused by construction equipment during work hours.
  • Access to the alley will be limited during construction, but open after construction hours. One end of the alley at a time will be partially blocked or closed depending on which stage the crews are working in. Uniformed police officers will be on-site to help with traffic and pedestrians.
  • Trash/recycling disposal locations may need to shift to designated areas in the alley and alley deliveries should be redirected to the surrounding streets.

Construction is due to begin the first week of September and continue through November 2016, at which time SDOT will begin their paving project. Work will take place Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

If customers have questions they can contact: Bill Danbom, Sr. Electrical Service Representativebill.danbom@seattle.gov or (206) 386-4200.

Information can also be found on the project’s website: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=372