A portion of West Seattle currently runs on a 4 kilovolt electrical distribution system. This system is aging and becoming outdated. Seattle City Light will be upgrading the neighborhood's electrical infrastructure to a 26 kilovolt system, which will be more reliable and provide more capacity to meet increasing demand for electricity.
The project entails replacing poles, cross arms, insulators, transformers, and electrical wires. Some power outages will be necessary. Most will be two hours long. Some will be six hours long. Affected residents will be notified of planned outages in advance.
4/25/2013 update: We are currently working in the area bounded by SW Brandon on the north, SW Graham on the south, 34th Avenue SW on the east and 43rd Avenue SW on the west.
On Saturday, April 27, we will be clearing old wire and dilapidated cross arms off poles along four blocks of Fauntleroy Way SW from SW Brandon to SW Graham. That will leave only the new, better-looking equipment on the pole.
The west side of Fauntleroy Way in that location will be "No Parked". Crews will need to drop old, non-energized wire from the poles. We are asking for help from customers to observe the "No Parking" signs. Cars found in "No Parking" slots will be towed.
No power outages are planned for this Saturday's work.