Seattle City Light will be replacing 48 aging utility poles in portions of Burien and Bryn Mawr beginning Monday, July 29 to help improve and upgrade electrical reliability. The work is expected to take six weeks to complete and will take place Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
In addition to installing the new poles, crews will relocate the old poles’ electrical wires to the new poles and replace some of the aging equipment. The new poles will meet standard heights required for overhead power line construction. This might mean new poles in your area will be taller than existing poles.
Once the electrical equipment is relocated to the new poles, it could be a few months before the other utility companies that share space on the poles transfer their equipment and the old poles are removed. We will monitor the situation to ensure the old poles are removed in a timely manner.
Taller poles are needed to meet safety requirements for higher voltage electricity. Proper clearances between power lines are required so that crews can work safely and efficiently when performing repairs. Minimum clearances from the communication lines of other utilities are required. Taller poles also provide minimum height clearances for service lines to individual homes.
The transition to the new equipment may result in as many as two power outages for up to five hours each. If an outage is planned, we will leave a door hanger a minimum of 48 hours in advance, specifying the date and duration of the outage.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our electrical service representative, Beverly Kirry-Chambers, at (206) 386-4247 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be posting updated information at: http://seattle.gov/light/aboutus/construction.