Advanced Metering Utility Pole Upgrades Planned for February 2017

In February 2017, Seattle City Light will continue supporting Advanced Metering services throughout the utility’s service territory by replacing existing utility poles with taller poles, which will host wireless utility data collection equipment. The new poles will be 70 feet tall, which is about 20 feet taller than the existing poles.

Rendering of wireless utility data equipment on a utility pole.

This project is part of the communications network to support Advanced Metering, which will automate meter reading and enable enhanced services.

Throughout the month of February, City Light crews will be replacing poles in the following areas:

  • Lake City / North Seattle (NE 125th Street)
  • South Lake Union (Pontius Avenue N)
  • Othello Park (43rd Avenue S)
  • West Seattle / Junction (SW Edmunds Street)

View the February 2017 Utility Pole Upgrade maps for approximate construction work areas. Additional maps will be added on the Utility Pole Upgrade website as the project progresses into other areas within City Light’s service territory.

There are no maintenance power outages planned for this work. Some traffic and parking impacts are expected in the immediate work areas. Crews will be careful to maintain access to driveways.

Daily work hours are from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In most instances, the work to transfer existing equipment and install the data collection equipment can be completed in one day.

Customers can contact JoAnna Perley, Advanced Metering Deployment Manager at (206) 733-9648 or

Visit the following websites for more information:

Seattle City Light’s “At Work in Your Neighborhood” website

Seattle City Light’s Advanced Metering Program website

Repair Crews Responding to Outages Affecting About 6,200 Customers

As of 4 p.m., scattered outages were affecting approximately 6,200 customers throughout Seattle City Light’s service territory. Crews are responding to make repairs. Strong winds hit early Tuesday afternoon. The hardest hit areas have been near Northgate/Pinehurst, Meridian Park (Shoreline) and Bitter Lake. Customers can get updated numbers and outage information online at

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.