Next steps for Victor Steinbrueck Park Improvement project

Seattle Parks and Recreation(SPR) will be conducting additional investigative work into the structure below the surface of Victor Steinbrueck Park. This work will begin the week of December 18, 2017 and inform the design process for the Victor Steinbrueck Park Improvement Project. The park will not be closed. Park visitors will see boring equipment and access will be denied in the immediate work zone(s). Additionally, there will be construction noise during working hours.

The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocated funding to improve Victor Steinbrueck Park. The project includes improving sight lines into the park, renovating seating, renovating the former children’s play area, improving and expanding lighting, and upgrading landscaping. The park sits atop a privately-owned parking garage. The membrane between the westerly portion of the park and the parking garage below is failing. Major repairs to, or complete replacement of the membrane, will be necessary as part of any improvements to the park. We are in the final design phase of this project and anticipate construction beginning in 2019.

SPR has been and will continue to be engaging organizations including the Chief Seattle Club, the Friends of Market, surrounding residents and businesses and homeless advocates regarding the park. We have hosted two public meetings, held an online Open House, conducted surveys in the park and on-line and presented to the Pike Place Market Historical Commission Design Review Committee throughout the design process.  To see the schematic design please visit

For additional information, please contact David Graves at or 206-684-7048 or visit

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Construction begins at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center to improve accessibility

Seattle Parks and Recreation(SPR) is improving public and staff access at many facilities throughout the park system. The improvements are based on Federal, State, and Local requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The most recent project is beginning at Ravenna-Eckstein. SPR awarded the construction contract for the improvements at Ravenna-Eckstein to WS Contractors and they began work in late September. The work includes accessible parking improvements, upgrades to the bathrooms, kitchen, multipurpose room as well as site paving around the community center, play area, park, and garden. The outside work on paths and parking is weather dependent and we will work with the contractor to complete the work in an efficient manner.  We are prioritizing the outside work and will re-open the exterior area when complete.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is working with the contractor to minimize the impact of construction which will be completed by the end of 2017.  Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during construction.

Community Development Block Grant, a federal program combined with dollars from the Seattle Park District funds these essential upgrades.  The Seattle Park District, approved by Seattle voters in 2014, provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding to SPR for maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

To learn more about the project please visit or contact Kent Scott, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at or 206-386-4388.


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Seattle City Light System Reliability Work to Affect Traffic on I-405

Seattle City Light crews plan to enhance the reliability of the electrical system by pulling in new fiber-optic cables across Interstate 405 approximately two miles southeast of Alderwood Mall. To ensure safe work operations and passage for motorists, crews must intermittently conduct rolling slowdowns of traffic in both directions of I-405.

The work will take place at night beginning Monday, Sept. 18. Traffic will be intercepted and escorted at slow speeds for up to 15 minutes between just southeast of the I-5/I-405 interchange and NE 195th Street as crews install the new fiber-optic cable overhead across the highway. Traffic will return to normal speeds once past the work area. See the map below for details on the differing locations for north and southbound rolling slowdowns. Drivers should expect delays and consider using alternate routes during construction.

Rolling slowdown details:

Occurring nightly from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. beginning Monday, Sept. 18 through the morning of Friday, Sept. 22:

  • Washington State Patrol troopers and contracted crews will intermittently intercept and escort southbound I-405 traffic through the work area beginning southeast of the I-5/I-405 interchange. The same will occur for northbound traffic beginning at NE 195th
  • Traffic using the following on-ramps to I-405 will also be affected: I-5 northbound to I-405 southbound, I-5 southbound to I-405 southbound, NE 195th Street to northbound I-405, State Route 527 northbound to northbound I-405, and State Route 522 to northbound I-405.
  • Should the crews finish in less than four nights, City Light plans to communicate via social media and at this Website:

Customers will benefit from increased electrical reliability. The new fiber-optic lines will provide redundant communication between facilities generating power at City Light’s Skagit hydropower sites, the Bonneville Power Administration, and City Light substations and its system control center.

Seattle City Light’s point of contact for the media is Scott Thomsen, Communications, (206) 615-0978 and Stakeholder (e.g. emergency services) questions can be directed to Mark VanOss, Sr. Public Relations Specialist, (206) 684-3279 and

Map showing affected area of northbound and southbound rolling slowdowns on I-405

City Light Relocating Transmission Lines Beneath Alaskan Way Viaduct

Have you ever stood beneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct and looked up? You may have noticed cables running along the underbelly of the viaduct. These 115 kV transmission lines look unassuming, but they are major conduits of electricity, powering downtown Seattle and the entire western seaboard!

Transmission lines which power downtown Seattle and the western seaboard will be relocated underground from beneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Transmission lines which power downtown Seattle have been attached to the Alaskan Way Viaduct since it was constructed in 1953. Seattle City Light has been working to complete the full relocation of these transmission lines to a permanent location underground along Seattle’s waterfront since 2008. The Central Waterfront Transmission Line Relocation Project (TLR) must be completed before the Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition, scheduled for 2019, and the subsequent Waterfront Seattle Program which will reconnect downtown to the waterfront. The new waterfront will include new parks, paths and viewpoints.

In 2012, Seattle City Light completed TLR Phase 1 and relocated a section of transmission lines between Yesler Way and the Union Street substation. Due to changes in the project schedule related to the SR 99 Tunnel Project delay, construction of the final section of the TLR project was paused. TLR Phase 2, from South King Street to Yesler Way, is up and running.

Construction for TLR Phase 2 began in April 2017 at Yesler Way and will move south towards South King Street.

Construction for Phase 2 began in April 2017 and is expected to last six months, with two additional months of cable pulling and splicing to connect with the lines already installed underground during Phase 1. Construction will start at Yesler Way and end at South King Street. The project is expected to be finished in fall 2017. The completion of this work sets the stage for future waterfront improvements.

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