City Light Continues Utility Pole Upgrades for Advanced Metering

From late March and April 2017, Seattle City Light will continue supporting Advanced Metering services throughout the utility’s service territory by replacing existing utility poles with taller poles, which will host wireless utility data collection equipment.

The new poles will be 70 feet tall, which is about 20 feet taller than the existing poles. This project is part of the communications network to support Advanced Metering, which will automate meter reading and enable enhanced services.

Rendering of wireless utility data equipment on a utility pole.

From late March to April 2017, City Light crews will be replacing poles in the following areas:

  • Columbia City
  • View Ridge
  • Magnolia
  • Wallingford
  • Bitter Lake

View the March/April 2017 Utility Pole Maps for approximate construction work areas. Additional maps will be added on the Utility Pole Upgrade website as the project progresses into other areas within City Light’s service territory.

There are no maintenance power outages planned for this work. Some traffic and parking impacts are expected in the immediate work areas. Crews will be careful to maintain access to driveways.

Daily work hours are from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In most instances, the work to transfer existing equipment and install the data collection equipment can be completed in one day.

Customers can contact JoAnna Perley, Advanced Metering Deployment Manager at (206) 733-9648 or

Visit the following websites for more information:

Seattle City Light’s “At Work in Your Neighborhood” website

Seattle City Light’s Advanced Metering Program website

Council Adopts Rezone Legislation for Bitter Lake Village

On July 25 Seattle City Council adopted legislation to amend the Land Use Code to rezones sites in the Bitter Lake Village Hub Urban Village and to amend development standards. The zoning proposals are based on an inclusive planning process that led to the Broadview – Bitter Lake – Haller Lake Neighborhood Plan update and the Bitter Lake Urban Design Framework (UDF) that document the community’s development vision for the Bitter Lake Village Center. The UDF defines the land use regulations, streetscape design, and open space recommendations that will guide future development while ensuring Bitter Lake Village becomes a lively center for the community. In particular, it will encourage the development of a walkable business district along Linden Ave. N between N 130th and N 135th streets. The legislation will:

  • Rezone some Commercial 2 (C2) to Commercial 1 (C1) along Linden Ave. N.
  • Add a Pedestrian designation (P) to sites on the east side of Linden Ave. N, between N 135th St. and N 130th St.
  • Rezone sites on N 130th St. Between Linden Ave. N and Aurora Ave. N from C1 to Neighborhood Commercial 3 (NC3)
  • Rezone 2 sites on Aurora Ave. N from C1 to C2


The Mayor is expected to sign the legislation in early August.


David W. Goldberg
(206) 684-8414

City Light To Replace Aging Utility Poles in Parts of Seattle and Burien

Seattle City Light is planning to replace aging utility poles in parts of Seattle and Burien to help improve and upgrade the electrical reliability in parts of the service territory. The installation of new poles, wire and equipment relocation is an important investment in infrastructure.

Starting Monday, February 22, Seattle City Light’s contractor, Magnum Power LLC, will be installing new utility poles, relocating wires to the new pole and replacing aging equipment in the Bitter Lake and Greenwood neighborhoods. Work hours are scheduled from Mondays to Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please see the maps below for approximate construction work areas.

The new poles will be placed alongside pre-existing poles. They will meet standard heights and widths required for overhead power line construction. This may mean that poles in the area will be slightly taller and approximately two inches wider than existing poles.

Maintenance power outages are required for this work. Crews will place a door hanger or make personal contact within 48 to 72 hours of the outage date. The notification will specify the date, time and duration of the outage.

Once the electrical equipment is relocated, it will be a few months before the other companies with utilities on the poles transfer their equipment and wiring. City Light will monitor the situation to ensure that old utility poles are removed in a timely matter.

For more information, customers can contact William Chin, Senior Capital Projects Coordinator at (206) 684-7977 or

Visit our construction website for the latest updates on this project:

Seattle Parks and Recreation improves lighting at Bitter Lake Playfield

Seattle Parks and Recreation contracted with Musco Lighting to install new lights for Bitter Lake Playfield located at 13034 Linden Avenue N. Parks anticipates construction lasting approximately one week, from Monday, July 27 through Saturday, August 1, 2015. The playfield will be closed during construction and the tennis courts will experience temporary closures.

The project improves lighting at the Bitter Lake Playfield by installing new safe, efficient lighting and providing lighting that will enhance playability of the field for field users with while eliminating as much objectionable glare and light spill into the neighborhood as possible. The project will replace three lighting poles with one new pole and state-of-the-art lighting fixtures.

The upgrade begins with demolition of the existing, outdated lighting system and replacement with the new energy efficient system. This project is part of the Ballfield Lighting Replacement Program which provides funding to replace deteriorated wooden poles with metal poles and install new electrical systems. This is a long-term program to replace all deteriorated wood light poles over the next several years at a total estimated cost of $11 million.

For more information on the Bitter Lake Playfield Lighting Replacement Project, please visit For questions about the project, please contact project manager Garrett Farrell at or 206-233-7921.

Bitter Lake Fire Station Open House Saturday September 6, 2014

Fire Station 24, located at 401 North 130th Street,  hosts an open house 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

SEATTLE – The Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27, invite the community to check out the completed seismic and safety upgrade of Seattle’s Fire Station 24, located at 401 N. 130th St. in the Bitter Lake neighborhood during an open house from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6.

“Our firefighters play an important role in this tight-knit community,” said Fire Chief Gregory Dean. “Here is a chance for the residents to meet their local firefighters, learn more about their lifesaving techniques and see their improved work facility.”

Fire Station 24 is one of 32 neighborhood fire stations being upgraded, renovated or replaced through the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Program, which was approved by Seattle voters in 2003. Fire Station 24 houses one engine company (E24) and a reserve engine. It was built in 1975 and, as one of the newer stations in the system, was in generally fair condition but required minor seismic retrofits to meet current earthquake safety standards. Remodeling to enhance operations was also part of the $2.1 million project.

“Fire stations are integral parts of the communities they serve, and our firefighters protect public safety and respond to natural disasters every day,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “The upgrades and improvements made to Fire Station 24 better equip the firefighters to continue that work and provide them a safer environment. I encourage the public to check out the newly upgraded fire station and meet their neighborhood firefighters.”

As part of the safety upgrades to the facility, seismic strengthening on the structure and asbestos abatement in the ceiling were performed. This project added decontamination facilities and EMS equipment storage, as well as new interior lighting and paint. The crew bunk and living areas and the physical training room were configured, and restroom facilities were altered to comply with current building codes.

The Fire Station 24 project was developed by the City of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, designed by Hoshide Wanzer Williams Architects and built by Van Rossen Construction. Project construction began in July 2013 and was completed in March 2014.