Top of Transmission Tower Repaired, Ready to Go Back Up

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, Seattle City Light crews will begin reattaching a 20 foot section of a 190 foot tall steel lattice tower on the north side of the Lake Washington Ship Canal next to the Burke Gilman Trail.

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, Seattle City Light crews will begin reattaching a 20 foot section of a 190 foot tall steel lattice tower on the north side of the Lake Washington Ship Canal next to the Burke Gilman Trail. The tower section was removed and placed on the ground in the parking lot of Sound Mind & Body at 435 N. 34th St., where it was repaired over the past two weeks.

A 230 foot crane will be used to return the section to the top of the tower. The work will require the closing of the Burke Gilman Trail on Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The closure is from approximately Phinney Ave. N. to Stone Way N. All traffic will be diverted onto N. 34th St.

Similar work on the tower on the south side of the Canal already is complete. The high voltage lines that are held by the towers will be restrung across the Canal in the summer of 2011.  These distribution lines provide additional reliability and back-up for power running from the utility’s Ballard Substation to residents in Queen Anne and Magnolia.

Workers install the repaired south tower.

Workers complete installation of the south tower.

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States.  It has 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.