Seattle City Light will be upgrading power lines in Capitol Hill during the next year to increase their power capacity. The work is designed to meet local power needs, improve reliability, and provide electricity to the Sound Transit light rail station now under construction.
The work involves the replacement of 36 existing utility poles with new poles that are 1 inch thicker. A few will be 5 feet taller. New wires will be up to 1 inch thicker than what is currently in service. Seattle City Light also will hang conduit for communications cables 9 feet below the topmost electrical wire.
The new poles and wire will be placed between City Light’s East Pine substation and the light rail station Sound Transit is building at 10th Avenue E and E Denny Way.
The route of the project will start at the East Pine substation at 22nd Avenue and Pine Street then go west on Pine Street to 21st Avenue, north to Olive Street, west to 20th Avenue, north to Thomas Street, west to 15th Avenue, north to continue west on Thomas to 14th Avenue, north to Harrison Street, west to 12th Avenue, south to Denny Way and west to the Sound Transit Capitol Hill light rail station at 10th Avenue.
Seattle City Light is inviting customers to discuss the project with us during a community meeting at Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E., Seattle, from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25th. Customers can follow the construction schedule by visiting: http://www.seattle.gov/light/aboutus/construction/
Seattle City Light is the ninth 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.