Seattle City Light will be replacing aging utility poles in portions of Burien and the Rainier Beach neighborhood to upgrade the electrical reliability in your area. The project will begin in late October and will take approximately 4-6 weeks. Daily work hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. No work would occur Thanksgiving Day or the day after.
City Light’s contractor, Potelco, will be replacing 32 poles within the three grids shown on the map (see Burien/Rainier Beach map). 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 (approximately one to two weeks) 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.