Electronic Equipment Upgrades Planned in Highline and White Center

Starting in early to mid-April 2017, Seattle City Light will be supporting enhanced cellular and data services in the Highline and White Center areas by upgrading electronic equipment to 35 utility poles throughout the public right-of-way of these neighborhoods.

Map of the construction work areas in White Center and Highline. Crews may be working on multiple poles within each work area.

This project is an expansion of existing communications networks. The equipment modifications will increase public safety and enhanced-911 capabilities. The work will also improve wireless services to areas, allowing for enhanced connectivity and faster 4G service.

During this project, City Light crews will also have the opportunity to upgrade its infrastructure and replace utility poles that are in poor condition.

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.

This project is anticipated to start in early to mid-April 2017. Construction is expected to last approximately six weeks. Daily work hours are from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Gina Del Giorgio, City Light Project Consultant at (425) 603-8205 or Regina.DelGiorgio2@VerizonWireless.com.

Visit Seattle City Light’s construction website for the latest updates on this project: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=326.

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 in early to mid-May, 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 various Seattle and Burien neighborhoods. Work hours are scheduled from Mondays to Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Maps of the construction work areas can be found here: 2016 Pole Replacement – South Location Maps

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 may take several months before the other companies with utilities on the existing poles make their transfer(s). We will continue to monitor/coordinate these efforts as needed to facilitate the removal of old poles.

For more information, customers can contact:

Visit our construction website for the latest updates on this project: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=356

Power restored in parts of southwest and south service area

Power has been restored to most of Burien, Normandy Park and SeaTac.  Crews are still working to restore an outage in Tukwila that was caused by a construction crew cutting an underground cable.  Crews estimate restoration within the hour.

Earlier, two power outages in Tukwila, Normandy Park, parts of SeaTac and Burien were affecting 9,811 customers.   Restoration on the outage in Tukwila is estimated to be by 2:30 p.m.  Outage information updated at seattle.gov/light/sysstat

Burien back, outage down to 200-plus

Power outage that began this morning at 10 has been resolved for most customers in Burien, South Park and areas of south Seattle. A small area of Rainier Valley and New Holly remains out, affecting around 240 customers. Could be 5-6 hours to restore as crews have to bring in new equipment.

Cause of Burien outage was equipment failure triggered by a seagull in wires.

Laurelhurst remains out at about 163 customers affected. Crews will have to widen outage to make repairs.

Outage updates online at www.seattle.gov/light/systat.