Seattle City Light will be replacing aging utility poles in portions of Burien and unincorporated King County beginning in mid-July to help improve and upgrade the electrical reliability in your area. The project will take six weeks and daily work hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. (See Burien/Bryn Mawr Pole Replacement Map)
City Light’s contractor, Potelco, will be replacing 48 poles. In addition to installing the new poles, crews will relocate the old pole’s electrical wires to the new poles and replace some of the aging equipment. The transition to the new equipment may result in as many as two power outages for up to five hours long. If an outage is planned, we will leave a door hanger (a minimum of 48 hours) in advance – specifying the date and duration of the outage.
The new poles will meet standard heights required for overhead power line construction. This may mean that poles in your area will be taller than existing poles.
Why new, taller poles?
- Taller poles are needed to meet safety requirements for higher voltage electricity
- Proper clearances between power lines are required so that crews can work safely and efficiently when performing repairs.
- Minimum clearances from the communication lines of other utilities are required.
- Taller poles provide minimum height clearances for service lines to individual homes.
Once the electrical equipment is relocated to the new poles, it could be a few months before the other utility companies transfer their equipment and the old poles are removed. We will monitor the situation to ensure the old poles are removed in a timely manner.
12/4/2013 Update: This work has been completed.