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.

Pioneer Square’s Infrastructure and Paving Upgrade Continues in Pioneer Passage

Seattle City Light plans to replace aging underground conduit along Pioneer Passage as part of the larger infrastructure and paving upgrades taking place in Pioneer Square. The work will increase electrical reliability and capacity in the area. Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Alliance for Pioneer Square are coordinating the project with City Light in the areas shown below:

Impacted parking and work zones shown in orange.

The work is set to begin on September 6th and continue into late November and no power outages are expected. At a later date, SDOT will repave the alley with a Pioneer Square Preservation Board-approved brick pattern. Access to the alley will be limited and one side of the alley may be partially blocked or closed during construction, but full business access will be maintained during weekdays.

If customers have questions they can contact: Bill Danbom, Sr. Electrical Representative at (2096) 386-4200 or bill.danbom@seattle.gov. Information can also be found online at: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=372.

Infrastructure and Paving Upgrade Planned for Pioneer Passage in Pioneer Square

Seattle City Light plans to increase reliability by replacing aging underground conduit (duct bank) and electrical cable along the Pioneer Passage alley. The alley is located east of 1st Avenue South between South Washington Street and Yesler Way. The project is being coordinated with the Alliance for Pioneer Square and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). Later in the fall, SDOT will repave the alley with a Pioneer Square Preservation Board-approved brick pattern.

See the map showing the locations and work stages.

Overview of the construction stages.

The new electrical infrastructure and equipment will increase the reliability and capacity of the Pioneer Square/downtown electrical system.

What you can expect:

  • No power outages are expected.
  • The work will proceed from south to north in stages with parking not permitted as necessary in order to stage trucks. See map.
  • Customers should expect noise caused by construction equipment during work hours.
  • Access to the alley will be limited during construction, but open after construction hours. One end of the alley at a time will be partially blocked or closed depending on which stage the crews are working in. Uniformed police officers will be on-site to help with traffic and pedestrians.
  • Trash/recycling disposal locations may need to shift to designated areas in the alley and alley deliveries should be redirected to the surrounding streets.

Construction is due to begin the first week of September and continue through November 2016, at which time SDOT will begin their paving project. Work will take place Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

If customers have questions they can contact: Bill Danbom, Sr. Electrical Service Representativebill.danbom@seattle.gov or (206) 386-4200.

Information can also be found on the project’s website: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=372

City Light to Upgrade Electrical Cable in Lake Forest Park

Starting in early September 2016, Seattle City Light will be upgrading the aging electrical cable in parts of Lake Forest Park to help improve the electrical reliability in the area. City Light’s contractor, Novinium, will test and where possible, inject underground cables with silicone to fill cracks in the cable insulation to prevent outages. If cables are not suited for injection, they will be replaced at a later time.

Map of the construction work areas (from NW 195th St to NE 205th St)

Map of the construction work areas (from NE 185th St to NE 195th St)

The contractor, Novinium will be working for a total of 13 days in the month of September. Daily work hours are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Evening and weekend work is not planned.

One maintenance outage is anticipated for this work. All affected customers will be notified on the Thursday before the following week’s outage. The outage date and time will be specified on the notification.

Traffic and parking impacts are expected in the immediate area during work hours. Flaggers will be used where needed on residential streets and crews will be careful to maintain access to driveways.

For more information, please contact John Likes, Electrical Service Representative at (206) 615-0608 or john.likes@seattle.gov.

Visit the City Light construction website for the latest updates on this project: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=367.