City Light Completes Underground Conversion Work in Capitol Hill

Seattle City Light recently completed the final stages of work for the East Union Street Underground Conversion Project. City Light’s contractor, Pellco Construction, installed underground electrical conduit, vaults and associated equipment in parts of East Union Street, from 10th to 11th Avenue.

This work was aligned with the City of Seattle’s ordinance to underground power lines in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Construction also included improved sidewalks and ADA curb ramps along East Union Street, 10th and 11th Avenue.

The completion of this seven-month project allows for a more reliable power system in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The new electrical infrastructure will improve electrical reliability as well.

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 “At Work in Your Neighborhood” website. Search for utility construction projects in your area by neighborhood, address and ZIP code.

Construction at Harrison Street to Resume in mid-January 2017

Starting in mid-January 2017, Seattle City Light will resume civil construction to install new vaults and conduit (duct bank) in the South Lake Union neighborhood. This project was previously on hold due to crew availability. The work will allow for increased electrical reliability in the surrounding area.

Stage 1: January 2017 to February 2017

  • Crews will be breaking street pavement on Harrison Street between Dexter Avenue North and 8th Avenue North to install the new electrical vault and conduit. During construction, Harrison Street will be closed to all westbound traffic from Dexter Avenue to 8th Avenue North, but open to all eastbound traffic.

Stage 2: Late February 2017 to early March 2017

  • Crews will be breaking street pavement on Harrison Street and excavating across 8th Avenue North. One lane will remain open at all times.

Stage 3: Mid-March to late April 2017

  • On Harrison Street, crews will work between 8th and 9th avenues north, Harrison Street will be closed down during work hours. Traffic will be detoured.

Stage 4: TBD

  • At a later date, crews will work at 9th Avenue North and Harrison Street.

Construction will resume with stage 1 in early to mid-January 2017 and last approximately four months. Work hours are scheduled from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Customers can expect temporary parking and traffic restrictions. Traffic and pedestrian safety will be maintained by uniformed police officers. Noise is expected during daylight hours from jack hammering and heavy equipment. During construction, uniformed police officers will assist all drivers coming and going from garages located in the alleys.
Trenches will be steel plated at night and traffic will reopen outside of working hours.

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=357.

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 patty.breidenbach@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=369.

City Light Begins Work to Increase Electrical Reliability Along Harrison Street

Construction Work Areas Along Harrison Street

Starting in early March, Seattle City Light will begin another project in the South Lake Union neighborhood.  Crews will be excavating for new electrical vaults and conduit along a segment of Harrison Street. The project will enhance the electrical reliability for affected customers in the area.

This work will be done in four stages, starting with Stage 1. Crews will be breaking street pavement on Harrison Street between Dexter Avenue North and 8th Avenue North to install the new electrical vault and conduit. During this work, Harrison Street will be closed.

Stage 1 of this project is expected to start during the week of March 7th and extend for approximately two months. Work hours are scheduled from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

During construction, customers should expect some traffic and parking impacts in the immediate area. Flaggers will also be on site to redirect traffic and pedestrian access.

Customers can contact Kristy Tibbetts, Crew Coordinator at (206) 684-3043 or kristy.tibbetts@seattle.gov.

For more information, please visit our construction website: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=357