Pilot Streetlight Project to Begin in Pioneer Square & Pike Place Market

Starting this August, Seattle City Light will be piloting a program to improve customer safety, reduce carbon emissions and conserve resources by installing LED streetlight fixtures in the downtown Seattle area. The new fixtures will be evaluated for appearance, historical integrity and light levels. City Light is inviting customers to provide their feedback on the pilot LED fixtures.

The utility is testing LED fixtures in the following areas:

  • Pioneer Square: 2nd Avenue South between South Washington and South Jackson streets
  • Pike Place Market: 1st Avenue and Pine Street

Benefits of the pilot project:

  • The new LED streetlights will enrich the quality of lighting, improve pedestrian and traffic safety, and maintain the historic nature of Seattle’s lighting districts.
  • LEDs reduce greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing as well as when they are in use. Additionally, about 20,000 tons of reduced carbon emissions per year are the result of fewer service vehicle trips.
  • The pilot program provides an opportunity for community feedback that may affect which fixture will be chosen.

What you can expect:

  • Maintenance power outages are not planned for this work.
  • Customers can expect some traffic impacts during the removal of existing streetlight fixtures and the installation of new LED fixtures. Parking may be impacted within the immediate area.
  • The test fixtures at Pine Street and 1st Avenue are temporary and will be removed at the end of the pilot project. The original globe fixtures will be reinstalled.
  • If the test fixtures at Pioneer Square are not approved, they will be scheduled for removal, following the decision by the Pioneer Square Preservation Board.
  • Once the data has been collected and presented, City Light will select an approved fixture. A replacement schedule will then be developed to address all globe streetlights in City Light’s service territory.

From August 15 – 31, customers can provide their feedback on the pilot fixtures by accessing the surveys below:

For more information, customers can contact Carol Anderson, Project Manager at (206) 733-9961 or carolj.anderson@seattle.gov.

Visit seattle.gov/light/atwork for the latest updates on these projects and others in your neighborhood.

Community invited to visit Seattle’s latest fire station upgrade



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fire Station 25 Open House

Saturday May 10, 2014

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

1300 E. Pine St


SEATTLE – The Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27, invite the community to visit the completed seismic and safety upgrade of Seattle’s Fire Station 25, located at 1300 E. Pine St. on Capitol Hill during an open house on May 10, 2014, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We are happy to serve the residents and businesses of Capitol Hill,” says Fire Chief Gregory Dean. “We are throwing open our doors so the community can meet their local firefighters and tour the upgraded fire facility.”

Fire Station 25 is one of 32 neighborhood fire stations being upgraded, renovated or replaced through the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Program, which was approved by Seattle voters in 2003. Built in 1969, Fire Station 25 was in generally fair condition, but required seismic retrofits to meet current earthquake safety standards. Interior remodeling to enhance operations was also part of the $2.5 million project.

“Firefighters need to be able to respond in emergencies such as earthquakes and other natural disasters,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “I want to invite everyone to see first-hand the seismically retrofitted and newly upgraded fire station.”

Fire Station 25 houses one engine company (E25), a ladder unit (L10), an aid unit (A25) and several reserve units. It also houses the department’s Mobile Ventilation Unit, which is used to support large-scale decontamination/ventilation efforts. Fire Station 25 remained occupied during construction, with phasing of the work done to allow continued station operation.

Seismic upgrades include a drilled piling anchor support system for the training tower and other steel bracing. Interior renovations include a new decontamination space and equipment maintenance room, improvements to the firefighters’ equipment (bunker equipment) storage, an upgraded beanery (aka kitchen), two new accessible restrooms, separate bunk spaces, and new flooring surfaces.