City Light Completes Streetlight Safety Upgrades in Holly Park

Seattle City Light recently completed the final phase of work in the Holly Park neighborhood to upgrade the streetlight electrical grounding system. This work ensures that all streetlights continue to work properly and safely by reducing the risk of contact voltage through improved grounding.

A map outlining the phases of work in Holly Park.

Grounding is installed on electrical systems to ensure safety for anyone who may come in contact with elements of the system. Contact voltage can occur on metal streetlight structures, or other equipment that can conduct electricity and become energized. No contact voltage problems have been found at Holly Park during the past three years of inspections. Testing is completed annually to make sure all electrical equipment is safe.

Contracted crews completed the final phase of this project in October 2016. As safety for customers is Seattle City Light’s first priority, the utility will continue to test all metal streetlights and associated structures in its service territory for contact voltage annually and report on the findings.

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.

Seattle City Light Works in Holly Park to Enhance Streetlight Reliability and Safety

Holly Park Work Area

Residents and businesses should prepare for construction to resume in the Holly Park neighborhood in mid-May to update the streetlight electrical grounding system.

Seattle City Light is working to enhance streetlight safety by reducing the risk of contact voltage through improved grounding. Although no contact voltage problems have been found at Holly Park during the past several years of inspections, City Light is working to update the streetlight grounding to current standards to enhance safety.

City Light contractors completed the first phase of this project in the summer of 2014. Crews will resume work for the second phase later this month to enhance infrastructure, create more reliability and improve safety. As safety for customers is Seattle City Light’s first priority, the utility will continue to test all the metal streetlights and associated structures in its service territory for contact voltage annually and report on the findings.

This project is expected to be completed by the end of October 2015.  During construction, customers and business should expect some noise during time of construction as well as some minor traffic and parking impacts in the immediate work area.

For more information about this project and other City Light construction projects, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/light/aboutus/construction/.

About Seattle City Light

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 nearly 1 million Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

Seattle City Light Begins Work to Enhance Streetlight Reliability in Holly Park

Seattle City Light will begin upgrading the streetlight electrical grounding system in the Holly Park neighborhood Oct. 6. This work, expected to be completed by the end of November, is necessary to keep the lights functioning properly and to prevent cases of contact voltage on metal streetlight structures.

No contact voltage problems have been found at Holly Park in the past two years of inspections. Testing is completed annually to make sure all equipment that can conduct electricity is both safe and functioning properly.

The project will involve digging in the public right-of-way by a City light contractor during which time it will be necessary for equipment to be parked on site. Power outages are not expected during the project at this time. Should outages become necessary, notification will be provided in advance. Additionally, minor traffic and parking impacts can be expected in the immediate work area, as well as some noise in the surrounding area. Crews are committed to maintaining access to driveways in order to mitigate impacts to residents and surrounding businesses.

Crews will work Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All work will be kept within city ordinances and standards.

For more information about this and other City Light construction projects, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/light/aboutus/construction/.

About Seattle City Light
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.