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.

City Light Begins Work to Increase Electrical Reliability Along Minor Avenue

Starting in mid-June, Seattle City Light will begin another project in the Capitol Hill & First Hill neighborhoods to enhance electrical reliability. Crews will be installing new conduit and an electrical vault along a segment of Minor Avenue between Pike Street and Union Street.

During construction, customers should expect traffic and parking impacts in the immediate area. Uniformed police officers will also be on site to maintain traffic and pedestrian safety.

  • From Tuesday, June 14 to Tuesday, June 21, Minor Avenue will be limited to local access only as crews will begin excavating for the new electrical vault and build a shoring box.
  • From Monday, June 20 to Tuesday, June 21, crews will assemble the shoring box for the electrical vault on Union Street. During this construction, Union Street and Minor Avenue will be closed. Pedestrian access on Union Street will be open.
  • From late June to mid-August, trenching will occur along Minor Avenue. This is needed to install the new conduit. During this construction, Minor Avenue and Union Street will be limited to local access only.

This project is expected to start on June 14 and extend for approximately eight weeks. Daily work hours are from Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact John Harvey, Electrical Service Representative at (206) 386-4275 or This information is also available on City Light’s construction website: