Seattle City Light has completed inspections on all metal streetlight poles and ground cover plates at Seattle Housing Authority locations, including High Point, GreenBridge, New Holly and Rainier Vista. No new voltage readings were found on the streetlights or cover plates beyond the original malfunctioning light that was reported Dec. 6.
City Light received a customer report Dec. 15 of possible voltage on a groundcover plate in the 8500 block of Greenwood Avenue. Testing found contact voltage. Crews immediately cut power until repairs can be made.
Customers reported concerns about two other streetlights, one in Magnolia and one in Sandpoint. In addition to checking those lights, extra precaution was taken to test nearby facilities as well. No voltage was detected at either location.
A repair crew also checked into another report of a possible streetlight issue at Third Avenue and Columbia. No voltage was detected, but the crew discovered missing plates that cover wires at the base of the streetlight. The crew made the necessary repairs.
City Light has interviewed contractors to help with inspections of all 20,000 metal streetlight poles and metal hand hole cover plates. The utility hopes to have that work start next week.