Temporary Fairview Bridge Pole and Wire Relocation Completed

Seattle City Light has successfully completed a temporary pole and wire relocation alongside Fairview Bridge. Crews installed two temporary steel transmission poles and temporary overhead wires that will remain in place until the completion of the Fairview Bridge Replacement Project, which is anticipated to be in early 2020.

Details of the deactivated permanent power lines and the new temporary poles and lines.

The work was done in conjunction with the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) plan to replace the oldest portion of the current Fairview Bridge that was built more than 65 years ago. The bridge is the last timber-supported bridge on a major road in Seattle and its replacement will allow for more traffic, sidewalks, and a bike lane. The power lines needed to be temporarily relocated so that safe distances could be maintained from energized lines during the future work. The permanent lines remain in place, but have been deactivated.

Seattle City Light crews, engineering and project management collaborated with both SDOT and local businesses to minimize impact to our customers. After the bridge’s construction, City Light will remove the temporary steel transmission poles and associated temporary power lines and return to a permanent configuration. Overall, City Light crews completed this phase of the work ahead of schedule.

New temporary power lines and poles installed to the right of permanent  infrastructure

Fairview Bridge Replacement Project

Beginning in August, City Light plans to install a temporary set of power lines along Fairview Avenue North in anticipation of Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) Fairview Bridge Replacement Project. The work will involve installing two new temporary steel poles and power lines, and then de-energizing the current permanent lines to give the proper electrical safety clearance for the bridge work. The temporary poles and power lines will be removed in 2019 upon SDOT’s completion of the Fairview Bridge. See the picture below of the impacted area.


Seattle City Light plans to install the pole’s foundation from August 1st to August 15th, which will close the gravel right-of-way on the north side of the existing bridge and a portion of the south side parking. The crews will need to utilize these areas to stage the necessary equipment and work safely. Both areas will also be closed during the pole erection and overhead power line work that is anticipated to begin by the end of August or early September of 2016.

The upcoming project is essential for SDOT’s safe and timely completion of their Fairview Bridge Project. For more information about SDOT’s project, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/fairviewbridge.htm. For more information about the City Light’s involvement in the project, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=349.