Power Outage Affecting 5,300 Customers in Parts of Laurelhurst, Windermere, and Ravenna

Seattle City Light  crews are working to restore power to about 5,300 customers in parts of Laurelhurst, Windermere, and Ravenna. The outage started at 11 p.m. and its cause is currently unknown.  An early estimate for restoration, based on historical data, is 2 a.m. Monday, January 22. Customers can get updated outage information at www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat.

City Light System Reliability Work to Affect Traffic on I-5

Seattle City Light crews plan to enhance the reliability of the electrical system by pulling new power lines across Interstate 5 at NE 60th Street in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood.

To complete this work safely, crews must intermittently stop traffic on both directions of I-5 overnight for four nights starting on Monday, March 20. Traffic may be stopped for up to 25 minutes between Northgate Way and State Route 520 as crews pull power lines across the highway.

Drivers should expect delays and use alternate routes during construction.

Lane closure details:

Monday March 20 through the morning of Friday, March 24

  • Crews will intermittently stop traffic on I-5 between Northgate Way and State Route 520 from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Additionally, on the first night only, the northbound I-5 off-ramp to Ravenna Blvd/NE 65th Street and the northbound I-5 on-ramp at NE 50th Street will be closed from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Washington State Patrol troopers will assist with traffic control and escort drivers through the construction zone. See the map on page 2 for more details.

Customers will benefit since the new power lines will allow switching between electrical circuits in neighborhoods on either side of I-5, thus reducing the number and duration of power outages.

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.

Advanced Metering Utility Pole Upgrades Continue in March 2017

In March 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 March, City Light crews will be replacing poles in the following areas:

  • Queen Anne (Galer Street)
  • Ballard (NW 46th Street)
  • Whittier Heights (8th Avenue NW)
  • Ravenna (NE 50th Street)

View the March 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 JoAnna.Perley@seattle.gov.

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 46,000 Homes, Businesses

As of 5:30 p.m., crews had restored power to approximately 12,000 customers, down from the peak of 58,000, when strong winds hit early Saturday afternoon. There are numerous trees down in the region. Large outages are affecting North Seattle, Lake Forest Park, and Shoreline. Customers can get updated numbers and outage information online at www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat.