Crews Complete Electrical Reliability Work in Tukwila

This past December, a Seattle City Light contractor completed the final repair work on several existing electrical conduits along 42nd Avenue South in Tukwila, WA. The project also included the installation of new vaults to enhance reliability for electrical service.

Map of the construction work area on 42nd Avenue South.

Pictured: Restored area on the east side of 42nd Avenue South. Contracted crews repaired electrical conduit and installed a vault.

Contracted crews started this three-month project in late October 2017. City Light thanks the residents of Tukwila for their patience during the successful completion of this project.

Learn about this project and others by visiting Seattle City Light’s “At Work in Your Neighborhood” website.

Broad Street Substation Upgrade Plans Available for Review

Seattle City Light is making improvements to the Broad Street Substation to increase the reliability of the regional transmission grid. City Light has developed a preliminary design for the improvements and will be holding an open house to present the design.

An aerial view of the proposed street vacation on Broad Street.

The design includes a proposal to vacate a small portion of the permanently closed Broad Street and Seattle requires public benefits in exchange for the loss of use of the public right-of-way. City Light will ask participants for feedback on a proposed set of public benefits.

The open house will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8, 2017, at the following location:

Best Western Executive Inn
Blakely/Camano Room
200 Taylor Ave. N
Seattle, WA  98109

Project background: Broad Street Substation system improvements are necessary to meet energy demands of Seattle and our growing region, and to reduce the likelihood of widespread power outages.  Working in conjunction with similar equipment being installed at the Denny Substation, the Broad Street Substation will more reliably deliver power to customers. The new equipment at the Broad Street Substation will include inductors, capacitors and gas insulated switchgear. This combination of equipment will help reduce power outages by controlling and balancing the electrical load that travels through the regional grid.

More information on the Broad Street Substation Project can be found at: www.seattle.gov/light/broadsub

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to about 750,000 Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

City Light to Replace Aging Infrastructure in SODO Neighborhood

Starting in June 2017, Seattle City Light will replace aging electrical infrastructure in the SODO neighborhood. The work will include replacing aging utility poles, overhead wire and equipment to help upgrade the existing electrical system.

Map of the construction work area in the SODO neighborhood.

These electrical upgrades will reduce unplanned power outages for the Chinatown-International District, Yesler Terrace and SODO neighborhoods.

Crews will be working in the following SODO neighborhood streets to replace utility poles, overhead wires and equipment:

  • 6th Avenue South
  • 8th Avenue South
  • South Massachusetts Street
  • Holgate Street

Crews will reduce traffic and parking impacts by working one area at a time. However, traffic will be restricted and “No Park” signs enforced in work zones. “No Park” signs will be removed once the work has been completed.

Construction is tentative to start in mid-June 2017. Daily work hours are from Mondays to Fridays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Customers can also expect some night and weekend work. The entire project is expected to last approximately six months.

For more information, customers can contact Percy Schlimm, Senior Electrical Service Representative at (206) 386-1735 or percy.schlimm@seattle.gov.

Visit Seattle City Light’s “At Work in Your Neighborhood” for the latest updates on this project: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=390.

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

City Light to Install New Service Duct Bank in Belltown Neighborhood

Starting in early to mid-March 2017, Seattle City Light will be working in the Belltown neighborhood to install a new underground service duct bank. The work will increase electrical reliability for customers in the surrounding area.

Construction Work Area on 2nd Avenue and Bell Street

Crews will be working at the south corner of 2nd Avenue and Bell Street to excavate for the new service duct bank.

A vactor truck will be used to excavate for concrete and dirt. The vactor soil removal process will result in louder noise levels during construction work hours.

Customers can expect pedestrian and parking restrictions along 2nd Avenue and Bell Street.  Crews will do their best to mitigate the disruption, noise and congestion associated with this work.

This project is anticipated to start in early to mid-March 2017. The work is expected to last approximately one to two weeks. Daily work hours are from Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, and weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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=383.