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13,400 Seattle City Light Customers Without Power, Fremont Affected

March 13th, 2012 by master

The Seattle Times has a report that a large power outage was reported shortly after 3 p.m. on Tuesday and the outage has affected approximately 13,400 customers in Fremont, Wallingford, East Lake and Green Lake.

Seattle City Light crews are working on the issue and power is expected to be restored by 4:30 p.m.

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Seattle City Light Warns Customers Of Tree Trimming Scam

November 16th, 2011 by master

Seattle City Light is warning its customers to be on the lookout for con artists who say they are tree trimmers for the utility.

The utility received two reports recently of con artists using the ruse as a means to get into a customer’s house and steal valuables. In both instances, the scammers were driving an unmarked pickup truck. In one case, some of the con artists took the property owner into the back yard to point out trees they fraudulently claimed needed trimming while the others entered the home. In the other instance, the customer questioned the men and then called Seattle City Light.

All tree trimming for Seattle City Light is conducted by crews from City Light or one of its three contractors, Asplundh, Kemp West and JTS. Workers and notifiers carry identification badges and work from vehicles marked with the company’s name.

“Protect yourself from this scam,” Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said. “If anyone comes to your door to discuss tree trimming, ask for identification and check the vehicle they are driving. If they don’t have proper identification, do not let them in. Call the police instead.”

Anyone who wants to confirm whether a tree trimming crew is legitimate can call (206) 386-1733. Representatives are available Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Burke-Gilman Trail detour starts Monday

May 22nd, 2011 by master

Starting Monday, Seattle City Light crews will begin to install new lines on the towers that are on either side of the Ship Canal at Warren Avenue.

The detour for the Burke Gilman trail while the towers are being worked on. For a larger image, click here (.pdf).

“Because a safety buffer zone must be established under the towers, a portion of the Burke-Gilman Trail and Ship Canal Trail will be closed intermittently. Bike trail detour signage will be placed in advance of our work,” the press release states.

The crews will work Mondays through Saturdays, depending on weather, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the summer. The trail detours will be in place between 6:45 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Before work can begin on the tower, Osprey nest material on the north tower needs to be moved.

in recent days a pair of Osprey have been apparently placing a small amount of nest material atop the north tower. City Light biologists will be checking first for young/eggs before we begin the project – and if there are none, we will remove the nest material and move forward with the project. We will continue to monitor the situation and, if warranted, investigate ways to provide safe nest sites in the area in the future.

More information on this project can be found here.

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Who’s affected by the upcoming power outage? Did you get a letter?

May 16th, 2011 by master

Last week we wrote that there is a planned power outage this coming Thursday, May 19th in Fremont. Seattle City Light has fielded a few calls from people wondering if they’ll be impacted by the outage. Their answer: Did you get a letter?

“Our practice is to send letters directly to those customers who will experience the outage. We did that in this case,” Mark VanOss, Senior Public Relations Specialist for Seattle City Light says. “Another way of saying that is if a customer receives a planned outage letter they can expect to be without power. If they don’t receive a planned outage letter they can expect to have power.”

If you missed our previous post, the outage will begin at 11 p.m. During the four-hour outage, Seattle City Light will install equipment that will allow them to begin pulling electrical cable into place as part of the extension of underground power lines between Troll Ave N and Stone Way N on N 34th St.

The planned outage affecting your business/residence is required to safely reconnect the newly installed cables to the rest of the system.

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34th Street Construction – May Update

May 6th, 2011 by master

Seattle City Light has an update for us on the construction that’s taking place on 34th Street.

Seattle City Light needs to install equipment onto two poles near the intersection of Stone Way and N. 34th Street. The equipment will allow us to pull electrical cable for the underground extension. The planned start date is this Friday, May 6th. Cable pulling should be completed by approximately May 20th.

Seattle Department of Transportation plans to return to this area in July to do a permanent paving.

The project area extends between N. 34th Street and N. 35th Street on Woodland Park Ave. N. and between Stone Way N. and Troll Ave. N. (under the Aurora Bridge) on N. 34th Street.

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Meetings On Warren Avenue Crossing-Ship Canal Overhead Lines

March 28th, 2011 by master

Seattle City Lights crews plan to install new lines on the towers that are on either side of the Ship Canal at Warren Avenue, completing last year’s project to provide more electrical capacity and reliability from their Canal and Broad Street substations.

The work will take place between May and July and will take place on both sides of the canal simultaneously. Portions of the Burke-Gilman Trail and Ship Canal Trail will be closed intermittently.

Two public meetings are planned to discuss the project. The topics will be the same at both meetings. The first is on Tuesday, March 29, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Seattle Pacific University’s Bertona Hall, 103 W. Bertona St., Room 2. Parking is free in the lot west of the Bertona building. The second meeting is on Tuesday, March 29 from 1-2 p.m. at Theo Chocolate, 3400 Phinney Ave. N.

For more information, visit the project information page.

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34th Street Construction March Update

March 7th, 2011 by master

Seattle City Light has an update for us on the construction that’s taking place on 34th Street.

Removed failed street pavement sections just west of intersection of Stone Way and N. 34th Street. Concrete underlay to be placed on Monday. Anticipate some roller vibration on Friday and Monday. Sidewalk and curb restoration at Fremont Dock Building, expect some vibration. Mid-March is the projected last piece of work on the civil construction phase. Afterwards comes inspection and development of punch list. End of contract is April 1st. City Light will return at future point in time to do the electrical phase. It is much less impactful with a lone City Light vehicle pulling cable at manholes.

The project area extends between N. 34th Street and N. 35th Street on Woodland Park Ave. N. and between Stone Way N. and Troll Ave. N. (under the Aurora Bridge) on N. 34th Street. Advance notification will be given to those customers involved for any planned power outages. As usual, plan your commute wisely, especially during peak hours.

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34th Street Construction Update

February 18th, 2011 by master

Seattle City Light has an update for us on the construction that’s taking place on 34th Street.

In the next week the contractor will continue excavating and installing duct bank easterly from Woodland Park Avenue N. to Stone Way N. South curb and sidewalk restoration will begin from a point 70 feet west of Albion Place N. easterly toward Stone Way. N. Paving in the project area along Woodland Park Avenue N. is projected for the first week in March.

SCL has put a lot of your suggestions into practice to make it a little easier when driving through the construction. That said, if you can find an adequate detour for yourself, especially during high-traffic times, it’s worth the effort. The project is still expected to run through mid-March, we’ll let you know of any further updates.

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Fremont Transitions To LED Streetlights

January 26th, 2011 by master

Between Ship Canal and 65th Street, residential streetlights have been shining a little differently in recent weeks. The streetlights have been replaced with Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures, just some of the 5,000 LED streetlights that were converted over the last year in Seattle.

Seattle City Light plans to convert all 40,000 residential streetlights to LED within the next four years. The changeover will save money in the cost of repairs and replacements. LED lights last for twelve years, compared to standard lights which only last four.

Bruce Harrell, a member of the Seattle City Council and Chair of the Energy, Technology and Civil Rights Committee, pushed for LED changes. Harrell likes what the lights do for Seattle, not just from a cost-perspective but also for quality of life.

LEDs use 40 percent less energy while producing light comparable to moonlight, which makes it easier to see small objects and color distortion is reduced. HPS streetlights produce amber colored light which alters the colors of objects. For example, under the amber colored glow of an HPS streetlight white will appear as light-blue. LEDs do not have that effect. We expect savings of nearly $300,000 in the first year and more than $2 million per year when all 40,000 are installed.

Councilmember Harrell wants to know what you think of the new LED lights by reaching out to him at Bruce.Harrell@seattle.gov with comments and questions.

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34th Street Roadwork To Restart January 3rd

December 31st, 2010 by master

The past two Tuesdays, Seattle City Light has held public meetings to discuss possible changes to the Traffic Control Plan on the 34th Street underground electrical improvements.

The project restarts on January 3rd but when it does, Seattle City Light will be implementing changes based on your suggestions. They include:

  • Increase intersection signal timing at N. 35th /Stone Way and N. 34th /Stone Way to assist morning eastbound traffic in clearing intersections.
  • Provide illuminated message board northbound on Fremont Avenue prior to Fremont Bridge deck.
  • Increase the size and darken the print on the 48”x 60” Fremont Avenue/N. 34th Street road closed sign.
  • Add “Local Access to Troll Wy.” sign at 34th/Fremont Avenue.
  • Add 30”X30” detour arrow sign at N. 34th/Fremont Avenue.
  • Remove barricade and add peace officer at N. 34th/Fremont Avenue.
  • Add no parking barricade signs at 3 slots on east side of Fremont Avenue between N 34th Street and N 35th Street to assist with choke point as buses re-enter traffic.
  • Add peace officer at N. 35th/Fremont Avenue.
  • Add 3 standard advanced warning signs, type 3 barricade and flagger at 34th /Troll Avenue.
  • Add no parking barricade signs on both sides of Troll Ave. between N. 34th Street and N. 35th Street
    Increase truck detour awareness.
  • N. 34th /Fremont Avenue signal timing has been changed to assist in clearing bridge traffic

The project is scheduled to be in effect until mid-March. For updates on the project see Seattle City Light’s Construction Website.

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