Electrical Infrastructure Improvements Near First Avenue South and South Jackson Street

Starting as early as Thursday, August 3, Seattle City Light crews will begin a project to maintain the electrical reliability in Pioneer Square. Crews will excavate and replace underground electrical conduits (duct banks) and then pull in new electrical cable at vaults near South Jackson Street and First Avenue South. The work will start approximately one-half block east of First Avenue South and end at South Jackson Street’s intersection with it. The work is being done in coordination with the Center City Connector Streetcar project and will occur in three stages (see map below for details).

Map of project during Stage 1. It will last approximately 45 days and start as early as August 3.

 

Map of project during Stage 2. It will last approximately 30 days and is planned to start September 2017.

 

Map of project during Stage 3. It will last approximately 30 days and is planned to start October 2017.

 

Impacts and Mitigation Details:

There are no power outages expected during the course of this project.

Traffic, parking, and pedestrian impacts will occur near the work site to promote safety and accommodate equipment. Heavy equipment and trucks will be located at the work site.

Uniformed police officers will assist traffic and pedestrians, and excavated areas will be covered with steel plates during non-work hours.


Schedule and More Information:

The project’s planned start date is as early as August 3. During Stage 1, crews will work Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

During Stages 2 and 3, planned for September and October respectively, crews will be working Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit Seattle City Light’s construction website for the latest updates on this project: 1st Ave. South and South Jackson Street Duct Bank or contact Percy Schlimm, Sr. Electrical Service Representative at (206) 386-1735 or percy.schlimm@seattle.gov

 

South Washington Street Infrastructure Improvement

Starting as early as August 1, 2017, Seattle City Light crews will begin a project to maintain the electrical reliability in the Pioneer Square area by connecting and repairing underground conduits. The work will start on South Washington Street west of the alley between First Avenue South and Alaskan Way South (Stage 1). At Stage 2, the work will occur in the intersection of South Washington Street and Alaskan Way South. This work will reduce the likelihood of unplanned power outages.

Map of the project during Stage 1

Map of construction work during Stage 2 of the project. Only one half of the intersection will be worked on at a time.

Impacts and Mitigation Details:

During stage one,  there will be local access only onto South Washington Street and only from 1st Avenue South.

During stage two, traffic will be reduced to one lane in both directions on Alaskan Way South and west bound only on South Washington Street. Bike lanes will be closed when crews are working on the east side of the intersection. Bicyclists will need to merge with traffic in the work zone.

In both stage one and two, in order to promote safety and accommodate equipment, parking will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. week days and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends (intermittent). Two or more spaces will be taken overnight on South Washington Street to stage equipment.

Uniformed police officers will be on site during both stages and at all times to assist with local traffic, load/unload issues, and pedestrian access.

Schedule and More Information:

The project’s planned start date is as early as August 1, 2017, and is estimated to last until fall of 2017. Daily work hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and intermittent weekend work from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit Seattle City Light’s construction website for the latest updates on this project: South Washington Street Infrastructure Improvement or contact Michael Danielsen, Project Manager at 206-684-3907 or michael.danielsen@seattle.gov. 

 

 

 

Repairs Over Water? Check With the City First.

SDCI is reminding residents that if they need to make any repair over water they need to check with the City of Seattle first.

Two common shoreline violations are unauthorized pier repair and the use of pressure-treated with for pier surfaces.

If you are making repairs, you will need to apply for a shoreline exemption. Learn about the types of projects that qualify for an exemption on our Shoreline Exemptions website. Tip 209A, Shoreline Substantial Development Exemptions Application Instructions, provides more information about shoreline exemptions and how to apply.

Pressure treated wood can be identified by score marks on the surface and a green or orange color. We don’t allow you to use wood treated with preservatives because it’s toxic to fish, doesn’t degrade, and accumulates in the environment. While treated wood is low-cost and decay resistant, the chemicals are toxic to humans as well as aquatic life.

For more information about shoreline regulations, contact (206) 684-5040.

If you want to file a complaint, call (206) 615-0808.

Seattle City Light Completes Streetlight Repairs in First Hill

This past May, Seattle City Light crews completed temporary repairs on several failed streetlights in the First Hill neighborhood.

Crews completed these streetlight repairs during the week of May 21, 2017.

The failed streetlights were caused by multiple system failures and aging electrical infrastructure. To temporarily restore power to the streetlights, City Light crews connected overhead cables from Terry Avenue and Madison Street towards Boren and 9th avenues.

The repairs will be an improvement in safety for roadway and pedestrian travel through the First Hill neighborhood.

In 2018, Seattle City Light will return to First Hill to permanently replace fix the aging streetlight system, as part of the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Madison Busway Rapid Transit (BRT) project. City Light is committed to making these improvements to improve the electrical reliability for the neighborhood’s streetlight system.

City Light appreciates the patience of its customers during the construction for this project.

For more information about this project and others in your neighborhood, please visit Seattle City Light’s “At Work in Your Neighborhood” website. Search for utility construction projects in your area by neighborhood, address and ZIP code.

City Light Completes Conduit Repairs in Capitol Hill

Seattle City Light recently repaired a segment of underground electrical conduit at the corner of 10th Avenue and East Union Street.  These repairs were needed to maintain electrical reliability for customers in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.



In order to access the damaged conduit, civil construction crews excavated through a portion of sidewalk pavement at 10th Avenue and East Union Street. The work was completed in less than a week.

Map of the construction work area at 10th and Union.

Seattle City Light appreciates the patience of its customers during the successful completion of this project.

For more information about projects in your neighborhood, please visit Seattle City Light’s construction website at www.seattle.gov/light/atwork. Search for utility construction projects in your area by neighborhood, address and ZIP code.