Seattle City Light Enhancing Electrical Reliability in SODO

 

Crews begin trenching for the project on 1st Avenue in SODO.

Seattle City Light crews are working to install upgraded underground infrastructure that will improve electrical service to the SODO area. The construction site is along 1st Avenue South between Atlantic Street and Railroad Way South.

Crews started work at the northwest corner of the Atlantic Street crosswalk and continued work on 1st Avenue South. Stages 1 and 2 have been completed. Stage 3 is expected to last through May.

As crews work on Stage 3 there will be impacts to consider. Both northbound and southbound traffic will be down to one lane. Crews and uniformed police officers will keep the turn-only lane open so northbound traffic can turn onto Royal Brougham Way South. Northbound traffic will also be able to turn west toward Alaskan Way South. Uniformed police officers will help traffic flow by overriding the signal at 1st Avenue South and Royal Brougham Way South.

Other impacts include traffic lane restrictions, intermittent street closures during trenching, parking spaces used by construction crews and some noise during the day. All businesses will remain open during construction.

The project work will improve electric service reliability to customers, which is a key component of Seattle City Light’s Strategic Plan.

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

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 Completes East Boston Terrace Project Construction

Seattle City Light recently completed civil construction work for the East Boston Terrace Project located in North Capitol Hill. The construction and related upgrades have increased electrical service reliability and will reduce the number of future unplanned outages for customers in the area.

The finished work at East Boston Terrace.

The project began in October 2013 and was completed on schedule in mid-March 2014.  The improvements included replacing 1,000 feet of failing underground high-voltage cable that had been in place for several decades.  City Light crews trenched and excavated the soil to install a new conduit system and replaced the existing 30-year-old underground cable. The construction and related upgrades are an important part of improving service reliability for City Light customers, which is a key part of the utility’s Strategic Plan.

City Light and Seattle Department of Transportation staff notified residents of the area in advance of the project and responded to questions prior to beginning construction.  A walk-through of the project was held in an effort to maintain clear communication and strong customer service levels for customers living near the construction site.

The final street and sidewalk restoration will be scheduled and completed by the Seattle Department of Transportation.  For information about other City Light construction projects please visit http://www.seattle.gov/light/const_mgmt/

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.