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Project Details Information

Release Date: 5/9/2014
Contact: Patty Breidenbach - Electrical Service Representative
phone: (206) 684-4795
Alternate Contact: -
Work planned on: Laurelhurst Electric Cable Replacement

Underground electric cable in a section of the Laurelhurst neighborhood is aging and needs to be replaced. In 2013, six outage events occurred with a similar number in 2012. The approximate boundaries of the area are: NE 46th Street on the north, NE 42rd Street on the south, 55th Avenue NE on the east and 51st Avenue NE on the west. Find the map here. Seattle City Light already completed its engineering design work to improve the electrical reliability for the area in early 2014. Crews are now preparing for construction, which includes planned power outages. When finished, this project will drastically improve the reliability of electric service to the neighborhood. It will not prevent all outages. Weather, foreign objects getting tangled in associated overhead lines and other issues beyond our control could still cause service interruptions.

Project Overview:

  • Replace electrical cable, transformers, and junction boxes (protective connections for cables) to improve the areas electrical reliability and reduce unplanned outages.
  • The project work zone will include the approximate boundaries noted above. Customers affected by work within the boundaries and the planned power outages will be notified in advance.
Projected Duration/Timing:
  • City Light crews will begin surveying vaults in preparation for cable replacement by mid-May.
  • Construction start: Late-May 2014/early June 2014.
  • Construction completion: August, 2014.
  • Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Outages/Notifications and Other Project Impacts:
  • Four planned outages will occur on consecutive Tuesdays (6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24). The planned duration for each outage is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • If crews discover additional work there may be more outages required.
  • Each outage will not affect all customers, but some customers will experience multiple outages.
  • Affected customers will be notified by letter before planned outages.
  • City Light will give customers as much advance notice as possible.
  • Customers will also experience parking restrictions and traffic blockades where trucks are working. Crews will do their best to maintain access to driveways.
  • All work will be done at electrical vaults in the public right-of-way.

August 25, 2014 Update:

There were two parts to the connector that failed causing the outage on July 11-12. Both parts have been diagnosed in City Lights lab and have been sent to the respective manufacturers. City Light is requesting that the manufacturers conduct a failure analysis on the suspect parts.

We will keep you updated as City Light receives responses and results from the manufacturers. In the meantime, know that the failed parts have been replaced with new ones.
Schedule: May/June to August
Begin: mid May
Duration: Two months
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