At 11:30 a.m. today, a construction contractor driving a backhoe at a Seattle City Light work site near Denny Way and Pontius Avenue North, snagged an overhead power line, bringing down four power poles, five transformers and the associated power lines. No one was injured.
Police, firefighters and Seattle City Light crews responded to keep the area clear while crews de-energized the wires.
Seattle City Light crews are working to replace the broken poles and wires. It is expected that the work will take approximately 10-12 hours. In the meantime, Seattle Department of Transportation has closed off portions of Denny Way, and traffic will be detoured away from the work site on Denny Way.
An alternate street for traffic on Denny to reach Capitol Hill is Olive Way. An alternate route to reach the on-ramp to southbound I-5 from Denny is Howell Street. Motorists can also use Fairview Avenue North to the Mercer I-5 ramps.
There are nine customers currently without power.
To learn more information about the road closure, please visit the Seattle Department On The Move blog.