6th & Cherry Duct Bank Project Begins in September

In early September 2016, Seattle City Light plans to install a new conduit (duct bank) between the existing electrical vaults on 6th Avenue and Cherry Street. Crews plan to excavate on the west side of 6th Avenue into the south side of Cherry Street. The new duct bank will be installed and the street restored. This project will allow us to provide new electrical connections in the area.

This work will be completed in four stages, beginning with Stage 1.

  • Stage 1 (September to October): Civil work on the intersection of Columbia Street and 6th Avenue will occur only on weekends. One lane will remain open on Columbia Street during work hours. Street parking will be restricted on 6th Avenue between Marion Street and Columbia Street.
  • Stage 2 (September to November): Traffic will be taken down to two lanes on 6th Avenue on weekdays and some weekends.
  • Stage 3 & 4 (Late November to January): Crews will work on the intersection of 6th Avenue and Cherry Street, and continue into the south side of Cherry Street. During work hours, Cherry Street will be taken down to one lane. Parking will be restricted on both sides of Cherry.

Daily work hours are from Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with some weekend and night work.

Customers should expect increased traffic during construction. Uniformed police officers will maintain traffic and pedestrian safety. Crews will be careful to maintain access to buildings and parking garages.

For more information, please contact Kristy Tibbetts, Crew Coordinator at (206) 684-3043 or kristy.tibbetts@seattle.gov.

Visit Seattle City Light’s construction website for the latest updates on this project: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=358 .

City Light art highlight tours

When it comes to art, what’s your preference? Maybe you’re a traditionalist who wants a painting of a dog to look like a dog. Maybe you’re more experimental and can imagine the dog emerging from a few splashes of color.

Whatever your tastes, you’re bound to find something that catches your eye during upcoming art tours hosted by the city’s Office of Arts & Culture.

The focus is on art in the Seattle Municipal Tower (SMT) and City Light’s portable artworks collection, so if you work in the building, or find yourself in the neighborhood, book a tour and learn more about public art.

City Light has supported the City’s Percent for Art program since it began in 1973, which specifies that one percent of eligible city capital-improvement project funds be set aside for the commission, purchase and installation of public art in different settings, including parks, libraries, community centers, roadways and bridges.

The SMT “Spotlight Art Tours” are being led by Deborah Paine, curator and collections manager at the Office of Arts & Culture, and include works on more than half a dozen SMT elevator lobbies and two galleries located in the building.

Upcoming tours:

Thursday, January 14, 10 a.m.

Friday, January 29, 2 p.m.

Reservations are made online. Tours take about an hour and are limited to 12 people. They’re ADA accessible; if you have specific accommodation requests please email arts.culture@seattle.gov or call (206) 684-7372.

If you can, take a break from your work week with an art tour, and you may find, as Picasso once said, that “art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Image by Larry Mizell Jr


Spotlight Art Tours with Deborah Paine

From November to January, Spotlight Art Tours is featuring artwork from City Light’s portable collection.

Seattle City Light has been a supporter of the city’s public art program, and its portable artwork collection since the city adopted a 1% for Art ordinance in 1973. The city’s Portable Works Collection is a rotating collection of artworks in all media including sculpture, site-specific commissions, painting, mixed media, prints, photography and textiles that are exhibited throughout city facilities. This fall the city is offering Spotlight Art Tours featuring artwork from City Light’s portable collection. Tours are led by Deborah Paine, Curator and Collections Manager at the Office of Arts & Culture, and will focus on artwork displayed at Seattle Municipal Tower.

If you are interested in attending a tour, please click here to RSVP for available dates and times. Each tour is limited to 12 guests. Gather at the information/guard station inside the Seattle Municipal Tower lobby at 700 5th Avenue. All tours are ADA accessible, if you have specific accommodation requests please email arts.culture@seattle.gov or call (206) 684-7372.

“Cascades” is a glass and terrazzo art installation in the reception area of Seattle City Light’s headquarters in the Seattle Municipal Tower.