Seattle City Light is resuming work this weekend on the installation of LED streetlights along Lake Washington Boulevard E. in the Washington Park Arboretum.
City Light’s contractor, Berschauer Phillips, will be pulling in new cable and placing 53 energy efficient, LED streetlights.
The installation will result in three two-day closures on a portion of Lake Washington Boulevard, the first of which will take place Sunday, July 15, at 3 a.m. and continue through 6 p.m. on Monday, July 16. Safety and landscape improvements by Seattle Parks and Recreation, University of Washington, and Seattle Department of Transportation are being coordinated to minimize closure times.
Park and boulevard users should anticipate closures from Foster Island Road on the north end, to Arboretum Drive on the south end of the park. During the closures, access to the Seattle Japanese Garden parking lot will be available from the south end of Lake Washington Boulevard. Access to the Graham Visitors Center and the north end of the Arboretum will be provided from the north end of Lake Washington Boulevard from Foster Island Drive.
Additional closures are planned August 10-13 from 7 p.m. on Friday until Monday morning, and September 8-9, from Saturday morning through Sunday evening to coincide with scheduled 520 Bridge closures.
The conversion to LED streetlights will reduce energy consumption by up to 62 percent, improve service reliability and lower maintenance costs. Enhanced light quality will improve safety. Increased depth of field and peripheral vision without color distortion will make it easier to see while driving or walking in the area at night.
For more information on these projects, contact Seattle Department of Transportation’s Marybeth Turner at (206) 684-8548. http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/arboretum/ For questions related to LED Streetlight installation, contact Seattle City Light’s Mark VanOss at (206) 684-3279.