Seattle City Light to Repair Streetlights in First Hill

Starting in mid-to-late May 2017, Seattle City Light will be working to improve pedestrian safety in the First Hill neighborhood by temporarily repairing 18 failed streetlights on Madison Street, spanning from Minor to Terry avenues. Crews will connect overhead cables from Terry Avenue and Madison Street towards Boren and 9th avenues to restore power to the failed streetlights.

Map of the construction work area along Madison Street.

The project will improve safety for roadway and pedestrian travel. Repairs will increase electrical reliability and streetlighting for the First Hill neighborhood.

Crews may be working on both sides of Madison Street to span cable across the street. Customers can expect temporary parking and lane restrictions in the immediate work area during construction hours.

Traffic control flaggers and uniformed police officers will be used to maintain traffic and pedestrian safety through Madison Street and its intersections on Terry, Boren and Minor avenues.

Construction is scheduled to begin on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Daily work hours are from Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with possible evening and night work. The entire project is expected to last approximately five days.

For more information, please contact:

Seattle City Light
Streetlight Division

(206) 684-7056

Visit Seattle City Light’s construction website for the latest updates on this project:

Repairs Along I-5 to Cause Rolling Slowdowns April 25-28

Seattle City Light crews are planning emergency repair work to restring electrical wires pulled down across Interstate 5 by last Saturday’s car/pole collision at NE 125th Street. The work will impact traffic on Interstate 5. Drivers should expect delays and consider using alternate routes.

To complete the work safely, crews must intermittently stop traffic in both directions of I-5 overnight for up to three nights. Traffic may be stopped up to 25 minutes at a time between State Route 520 and NE 205th Street as crews pull power lines across the highway.

Rolling slowdown details:

  • Work will be performed Tuesday, April 25, through the morning of Friday, April 28.
  • Crews will intermittently stop traffic on I-5 between SR 520 and NE 205h Street 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.

If you have questions/concerns during normal work hours, City Light’s point of contact is Mark VanOss, Sr. Public Relations Specialist, at (206) 684-3279 or If your question is urgent, leave a message at (206) 386-4233 and you will be contacted.