City Light to Perform Emergency Repair Work on 8th & Virginia

Seattle City Light is performing emergency repair work beginning this weekend, Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 to maintain the electrical reliability in the Belltown area.

Map of the construction work area

Crews must repair underground electrical conduits that have shifted out of place near the intersection of Eighth Avenue and Virginia Street. The work is a necessary first step to ensure that no further shifting takes place and to prevent failure of underground electrical cables. West bound traffic on Virginia Street will be detoured.

Traffic, parking, and pedestrian impacts will occur near the worksite to promote safety and accommodate equipment. Electrical crews will be working at night following the excavation work. That work involves crews working in the nearby vault, so it has a smaller impact.

This work is scheduled to start on Saturday, May 13. Weekend work hours are from 8 a.m. to early evening, with possible night work.

For additional information, customers can contact Brian Belger, Network Field Supervisor at (206) 730-0004 or brian.belger@seattle.gov.

Visit Seattle City Light’s Construction Website for the latest updates on this project: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=389

Construction at Harrison Street to Resume in mid-January 2017

Starting in mid-January 2017, Seattle City Light will resume civil construction to install new vaults and conduit (duct bank) in the South Lake Union neighborhood. This project was previously on hold due to crew availability. The work will allow for increased electrical reliability in the surrounding area.

Stage 1: January 2017 to February 2017

  • Crews will be breaking street pavement on Harrison Street between Dexter Avenue North and 8th Avenue North to install the new electrical vault and conduit. During construction, Harrison Street will be closed to all westbound traffic from Dexter Avenue to 8th Avenue North, but open to all eastbound traffic.

Stage 2: Late February 2017 to early March 2017

  • Crews will be breaking street pavement on Harrison Street and excavating across 8th Avenue North. One lane will remain open at all times.

Stage 3: Mid-March to late April 2017

  • On Harrison Street, crews will work between 8th and 9th avenues north, Harrison Street will be closed down during work hours. Traffic will be detoured.

Stage 4: TBD

  • At a later date, crews will work at 9th Avenue North and Harrison Street.

Construction will resume with stage 1 in early to mid-January 2017 and last approximately four months. Work hours are scheduled from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Customers can expect temporary parking and traffic restrictions. Traffic and pedestrian safety will be maintained by uniformed police officers. Noise is expected during daylight hours from jack hammering and heavy equipment. During construction, uniformed police officers will assist all drivers coming and going from garages located in the alleys.
Trenches will be steel plated at night and traffic will reopen outside of working hours.

For more information, customers can contact Kristy Tibbetts, Crew Coordinator at (206) 684-3043 or kristy.tibbetts@seattle.gov.

Visit Seattle City Light’s construction website for the latest updates on this project: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=357.

City Light Completes Electrical Reliability Improvements at Summit Slope Park

This past December, Seattle City Light recently completed civil construction in parts of East John Street and Summit Avenue East, near Summit Slope Park. The project began in late September 2016 to increase the reliability of the electrical system in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

City Light recently completed civil construction near Summit Slope Park in mid-December 2016.

Civil construction crews installed new conduit (duct bank) and an electrical vault on East John Street and Summit Avenue East. The electrical infrastructure installations will allow Seattle Parks and Recreation to proceed with their renovation project to enhance Summit Slope Park.

Left: View of the construction work area on East John Street.
Right: A vault shoring box is installed on East John Street.

Sidewalks and planting strips that were impacted by the construction project were temporarily restored. A Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) arborist was also at hand during construction to ensure the protection of trees that were impacted by the project. Seattle City Light appreciates the patience of its customers during the construction for this project.

For more information about this project and others in your neighborhood, please visit the Seattle City Light At Work in Your Neighborhood website. Search for utility construction projects in your area by neighborhood, address and ZIP code.

City Light Completes Electrical Reliability Improvements On Minor Avenue

Seattle City Light crews recently completed civil construction work on a segment of Minor Avenue, located in the Capitol and First Hill neighborhoods. The infrastructure upgrades will allow for increased electrical reliability in the area.

During construction, crews installed new conduit and an electrical vault underneath the sidewalk on Minor Avenue.

Civil construction crews installed new conduit (also known as a duct bank) and an electrical vault at Minor Avenue between East Union Street and East Pike Street. Construction started in mid-June 2016 and was completed in late September 2016.

Left: Typical view of the construction work area on Minor Avenue.
Right: A view of the sidewalk after construction was completed in late September 2016.

Sidewalks, driveways and planting strips that were impacted by the project were restored. A Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) arborist was also at hand during construction to ensure the protection of trees that were impacted by the project. At a later date, SDOT pavement crews will complete the final sidewalk restorations on Minor Avenue. Seattle City Light appreciates the patience of its customers during the construction for this project.

For more information about this project and others in your neighborhood, please visit Seattle City Light’s construction website. Search for utility construction projects in your area by neighborhood, address and ZIP code.

6th & Cherry Duct Bank Project Begins in September

In early September 2016, Seattle City Light plans to install a new conduit (duct bank) between the existing electrical vaults on 6th Avenue and Cherry Street. Crews plan to excavate on the west side of 6th Avenue into the south side of Cherry Street. The new duct bank will be installed and the street restored. This project will allow us to provide new electrical connections in the area.

This work will be completed in four stages, beginning with Stage 1.

  • Stage 1 (September to October): Civil work on the intersection of Columbia Street and 6th Avenue will occur only on weekends. One lane will remain open on Columbia Street during work hours. Street parking will be restricted on 6th Avenue between Marion Street and Columbia Street.
  • Stage 2 (September to November): Traffic will be taken down to two lanes on 6th Avenue on weekdays and some weekends.
  • Stage 3 & 4 (Late November to January): Crews will work on the intersection of 6th Avenue and Cherry Street, and continue into the south side of Cherry Street. During work hours, Cherry Street will be taken down to one lane. Parking will be restricted on both sides of Cherry.

Daily work hours are from Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with some weekend and night work.

Customers should expect increased traffic during construction. Uniformed police officers will maintain traffic and pedestrian safety. Crews will be careful to maintain access to buildings and parking garages.

For more information, please contact Kristy Tibbetts, Crew Coordinator at (206) 684-3043 or kristy.tibbetts@seattle.gov.

Visit Seattle City Light’s construction website for the latest updates on this project: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=358 .