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 Plans Work to Increase Reliability on Summit Avenue East

Seattle City Light is working to increase the reliability of the electrical system in the Capitol Hill neighborhood by installing new conduit (duct bank) and electrical vaults along Summit Avenue East and East John Street, adjacent to Summit Slope Park.  

The work will be completed in three stages, beginning with Stage 1. Orange highlights indicate the construction work areas.

  • Stage 1 (Early to late September): A vault shoring box will be assembled on Summit Avenue East. Two days are required for the assembly and disassembly of the box. A portion of East John Street (between the driveways on the east and west side of the Starbucks parking lot) will be closed to traffic due to the vault installation. Vehicles will have access to the parking lot on the south side of East John Street. Vehicles exiting the lot onto East John Street will be required to turn left.
  • Stage 2 (Late September to October): The alley next to Summit Slope Park will be closed during work hours.
  • Stage 3 (From October to November): A portion of East John Street (on the west side of the Starbucks parking lot) will be closed to traffic due to the duct bank installation.

Customers can expect sidewalk and traffic restrictions around Summit Slope Park. Traffic and pedestrian safety will be maintained by uniformed police officers. Travel lanes on Summit Avenue East will be maintained in both directions.

Daily work hours are from Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about this project, please contact Patty Breidenbach, Senior Electrical Service Representative at (206) 684-4795 or

Visit Seattle City Light’s construction website for the latest updates on this project:

Capitol Hill Vacant House Fire Still Under Investigation

October 3- An early morning house fire at a vacant Capitol Hill house remains under investigation. The case has been turned over to Seattle Police Department’s Arson Bomb Squad for further investigation.

At 2:47 a.m. a 911 call came into dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reporting a fire inside the two-story home located in the 1100 block of East John Street. Engine Company 25 arrived to find a well involved fire inside several rooms of the vacant house with basement. Firefighters searched the residence and did not find anyone inside.

It appears the fire started on the first floor and extended up to the second floor. Firefighters controlled the fire within 10 minutes. It took 35 minutes to completely extinguish the flames.

Medics transported one firefighter, who was not involved in fighting the fire, to Harborview Medical Center with a medical condition, stable condition where he was evaluated and released.