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 This system is aging and becoming outdated.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.
9/16/2013 Update: We are currently setting poles and pulling wire along 39th Avenue SW between Graham Street and Brandon Street. We plan to move next to SW Morgan Street on the north to SW Othello Street on the south, and 39th Avenue SW on the east to California Avenue SW on the west.
Once the poles are up, crews plan to begin line work. This second phase of the work will include setting new cross arms, insulators, transformers, and wires. A maximum of two outages will occur during this work. Crews will provide notification 48 hours in advance of outages.