Burke-Gilman Trail Now Open in City Light Project Area

Fresh asphalt is in place after City Light’s work along the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Seattle City Light has completed the majority of its electrical infrastructure construction activity along the Burke-Gilman Trail through the University of Washington’s west campus. 

Detour fencing, used to protect trail users during the project, has been removed from the area. Trail users may now travel on the trail without detouring wet of the UW’s Montlake Triangle/Rainier Vista area. The attached photo looks west toward the I-5 Bridge and shows fresh asphalt used to restore the Trail after construction.

City Light has been working since April 2014 on the project to upgrade the electrical reliability and capacity of the system feeding the University of Washington. The project has required intermittent detours of the Burke-Gilman Trail while underground duct banks, conduit, and vaults were installed between City Light’s substation near I-5 and the UW’s substation near 15th Ave NE. The detours have been coordinated with the UW’s own trail improvements. More information on those can be found at: http://www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/tip/detours/bgt

City Light appreciates customers’ patience leading up to this important milestone. The infrastructure improvement reflects City Light’s strategic plan adopted in 2012. At a later date, new electrical cable will be pulled through the conduit to complete the project. More information can be found at: http://www.seattle.gov/light/aboutus/construction/release.asp?RN=311

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 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.

Mayor Murray thanks UW President Young for service and leadership

Mayor Murray released the following statement regarding University of Washington President Michael Young’s announcement:

“President Young has been an effective and dynamic leader over the last four years, strengthening the partnership between the City of Seattle and University of Washington. Texas A&M will be fortunate to have him, and I wish him the best of luck.

“Not only is the University of Washington a premier public university, it is also the largest employer in Seattle, and an economic engine in the city. It is critical that the City of Seattle and the UW remain strong partners in the years to come.

“The next president has an opportunity to build on the University’s rich tradition as a world-class institution, bolstering its research, teaching, medical, graduate and undergraduate programs while ensuring accessibility to all students.”

 

Electrical Upgrade for UW Requires Detour of Next Section of Burke-Gilman Trail

Seattle City Light is continuing its electrical reliability and capacity upgrade of the system feeding the University of Washington (UW). The project has required intermittent detours of the Burke-Gilman Trail while underground conduit is installed between City Light’s substation near I-5 and the UW’s substation near 15th Ave NE.

This last phase of conduit installation will require detour of the trail between Latona Avenue NE in Wallingford and Adams Lane near the University Bridge. See Burke-Gilman detour map. The work has a planned start date of this Saturday, January 17 and will last until approximately mid-February, 2015.

Pedestrians will be detoured onto sidewalks while cyclists will be detoured onto pre-existing designated bike lanes and lanes to be set apart in current traffic lanes. In the latter case, cones bolted to the asphalt will separate cyclists from traffic. For roadway adjustments to protect bicyclists, see Burke-Gilman Trail detour insets on map . Signage will direct cyclists and pedestrians at waypoints along the detour route. See Burke-Gilman Trail detour signage example. 

Westbound motorists on NE 40th Street will not be permitted to turn left onto NE Pacific Street at 5th Avenue NE to accommodate the new temporary lanes for cyclists. Traffic will be detoured there and can rejoin westbound NE Pacific Street at Latona Avenue NE.

The conduit installation has been coordinated with the UW’s own trail improvements to east of 15th Avenue NE: http://www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/tip/detours/bgt. More information can be obtained on City Light’s project at: http://www.seattle.gov/light/aboutus/construction/. Customers can also contact Patty Breidenbach, Electrical Service Representative, (206) 684-4795 and patty.breidenbach@seattle.gov.

Bike-to-Work Day Cyclists on Burke-Gilman Trail Be Aware of Detours

Crews set up detour signs around construction affecting the Burke-gilman Trail.

Seattle City Light and the University of Washington remind Bike-to-Work Day cyclists that City Light’s work on the Burke-Gilman Trail at the university requires a detour. Trail users are urged to check detour routes on the UW Burke-Gilman Trail Detours website.

Seattle City Light crews will increase electrical capacity and improve reliability to the electrical system serving UW. The project requires trenching to build a new duct bank, installing conduits, vaults and new underground high voltage power lines along the Burke-Gilman Trail.

City Light’s work extends along the Burke-Gilman Trail between City Light’s University Substation and the UW’s West Substation. City Light has five phases of work to complete. During the current first phase, crews will work Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some weekend work is possible. Noise is expected during construction. The project is an important part of improving service reliability for City Light customers, which is a key part 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/.  Information regarding the Burke-Gilman Trail

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.