Electrical Reliability Work to Begin on NE Pacific Street This Month

Starting in mid-September, Seattle City Light will begin a new civil construction project  in the University District area. Crews will excavate and install underground electrical conduit along NE Pacific Street (between Montlake Boulevard NE and 15th Avenue NE). The work will increase electrical reliability for the area and support Sound Transit's Link Light Rail expansion project.

Starting in mid-September, Seattle City Light will begin a new civil construction project in the University District area. Crews will excavate and install underground electrical conduit along NE Pacific Street (between Montlake Boulevard NE and 15th Avenue NE). The work will increase electrical reliability for the area and support Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail expansion project.

Construction work area on NE Pacific Street

Construction will occur in two phases:

  • Phase 1: Crews will occupy the middle lanes of NE Pacific Street (near NE Pacific Place) to excavate for the new electrical duct bank. This work will be done on weekends only.
  • Phase 2: Crews will occupy both westbound lanes of NE Pacific Street (near 15th Avenue NE). Westbound traffic will merge into the northern most eastbound lane on NE Pacific Street. Parts of this work will be done on weekdays and weekends.

NE Pacific Street (looking southwest on a pedestrian bridge)

What you can expect:

  • Traffic and pedestrian safety will be maintained by uniformed police officers.
  • Work will not occur four hours before and after major University of Washington football events.
  • Maintenance power outages are not anticipated during civil construction.
  • Construction noise is expected from jackhammering and heavy equipment.
  • All excavated areas will be steel plated outside of construction working hours.

Construction is tentative to start in mid-September 2018 and will last approximately four months. Daily work hours are from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, and weekends from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Customers can contact Cliff Easley, Civil Construction at (206) 423-1132 or cliff.easley@seattle.gov.

Visit Seattle City Light’s “At Work in Your Neighborhood” website for more information about this project and others in your neighborhood.