Pilot Streetlight Project to Begin in Pioneer Square & Pike Place Market

Starting this August, Seattle City Light will be piloting a program to improve customer safety, reduce carbon emissions and conserve resources by installing LED streetlight fixtures in the downtown Seattle area. The new fixtures will be evaluated for appearance, historical integrity and light levels. City Light is inviting customers to provide their feedback on the pilot LED fixtures.

The utility is testing LED fixtures in the following areas:

  • Pioneer Square: 2nd Avenue South between South Washington and South Jackson streets
  • Pike Place Market: 1st Avenue and Pine Street

Benefits of the pilot project:

  • The new LED streetlights will enrich the quality of lighting, improve pedestrian and traffic safety, and maintain the historic nature of Seattle’s lighting districts.
  • LEDs reduce greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing as well as when they are in use. Additionally, about 20,000 tons of reduced carbon emissions per year are the result of fewer service vehicle trips.
  • The pilot program provides an opportunity for community feedback that may affect which fixture will be chosen.

What you can expect:

  • Maintenance power outages are not planned for this work.
  • Customers can expect some traffic impacts during the removal of existing streetlight fixtures and the installation of new LED fixtures. Parking may be impacted within the immediate area.
  • The test fixtures at Pine Street and 1st Avenue are temporary and will be removed at the end of the pilot project. The original globe fixtures will be reinstalled.
  • If the test fixtures at Pioneer Square are not approved, they will be scheduled for removal, following the decision by the Pioneer Square Preservation Board.
  • Once the data has been collected and presented, City Light will select an approved fixture. A replacement schedule will then be developed to address all globe streetlights in City Light’s service territory.

From August 15 – 31, customers can provide their feedback on the pilot fixtures by accessing the surveys below:

For more information, customers can contact Carol Anderson, Project Manager at (206) 733-9961 or carolj.anderson@seattle.gov.

Visit seattle.gov/light/atwork for the latest updates on these projects and others in your neighborhood.

Temporary Lane Impacts on SB 1st Ave S between Marion and Columbia

Travelers should be advised that due to repair of an existing underground areaway, there will be a temporary curb-lane closure of southbound 1st Ave from Marion St to mid-block of 1st Ave between Marion and Columbia streets. Two southbound lanes will be maintained for the majority of the work, with traffic partially shifted into the northbound lane of 1st Ave. This impact will occur for approximately 3 months, beginning as soon as May 29. Additionally, width of the sidewalk on the northern half of the block will be temporarily reduced for the duration of the work.

Traffic impacts related to water main replacement along 1st Ave remain in Pioneer Square. For more information on the extent of those impacts, please visit: www.seattlestreetcar.org/centercity.htm.

SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience while this work is completed.

Updated: 6th Ave Paving Project Closures to Begin on 5/7

Several closures related to the 6th Ave Paving Project will begin during evening hours on Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8. The closure will allow crews on the 6th Ave Paving Project to complete grinding work on 6th Ave between Marion St and Yesler Way in preparation for paving later this month. Thank you for your patience while this work is being completed.

What to expect from 8 p.m. Monday, May 7 to 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, and from 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 to 6 a.m. Wednesday, May 9:

  • 6th Ave will be closed to all vehicular traffic from Marion St to Yesler Way while crews complete grinding work
  • Intersection closures along 6th Ave during work hours include:
    • Jefferson St
    • Cherry St
    • Columbia St
    • Marion St for traffic turning southbound onto 6th Ave
  • The southbound I-5 onramp at 6th Ave & James St (Jefferson St) will be closed starting at 11 p.m.
  • The southbound I-5 offramp to James St (Columbia St) will be reduced to one lane
  • The northbound I-5 onramp from Cherry St will only be accessible from 7th Ave & James St
  • Intersection of 6th Ave and Cherry St will be closed


  • No access to parking garages and loading zones off 6th Ave during work hours

For more information on this project, please click here. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the construction outreach team at 6thAvePaving@seattle.gov, or (206) 727-3669.


Temporary Closure of southbound 1st Ave S in Pioneer Square

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers that due to utility construction to replace the existing water main, side mains, and services, there will be weekday, non-peak hour closures of southbound 1st Ave S between Yesler Way and S Main St. These closures will occur for approximately 2 weeks, Monday – Friday, between the hours of 9:30 AM to 3 PM. Southbound traffic will remain open on Thursday, April 19.

Northbound 1st Ave S remains closed between Yesler Way and S Jackson St around the clock.

Please visit the project webpage for more information: www.seattlestreetcar.org/centercity.htm.

SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience while this work is completed.


Lane Restrictions and Temporary Northbound Detour on 7th Ave Between Pine St and Olive Way January 26 -27

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers of upcoming construction and traffic impacts on 7th Ave between Pine St and Olive Way from Friday, January 26 to Saturday, January 27. Crews will be completing a storm drain connection south of the Olive Way intersection as part of the 7th Ave Mobility Improvements Project.

During peak travel periods on Friday, January 26 (before 9 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m.), travelers can expect:

Crews will maintain 1 lane of traffic in each direction on 7th Ave

  • Between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day:
  • Northbound 7th Ave traffic will be detoured at Pine St: northbound drivers will turn left on Pine St, right on 6th Ave, and right on Olive Way to return to 7th Ave
  • Crews will maintain 1 lane of southbound traffic on 7th Ave
  • Throughout the work this weekend, drivers should expect:
  • Potential traffic delays and pedestrian detours
  • Temporary restrictions at loading and parking zones
  • Crews will maintain local access to all destinations on 7th Ave
  • Temporary lane restrictions on Pine St and Stewart St near the intersection with 7th Ave

Other project improvements include a protected bike lane on the west side of 7th Ave from Westlake Ave to Union St and updated traffic signals and circulation. This project will contribute to a safer, smoother experience for people walking, biking, and driving along 7th Ave.

Please visit the project webpage at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/7thAvePBL.htm for more information and to sign up for construction email updates. SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience while this work is completed.