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Project Details

Utility Pole Upgrades to Support Advanced Metering

Posting Date: 11/22/2016                

Contact: JoAnna Perley - Advanced Metering Deployment Manager

Phone: 206-733-9648

PROJECT UPDATE (6/6/2017):

This project has been completed.


Seattle City Light will be supporting Advanced Metering services throughout its service territory by replacing existing utility poles with taller poles, which will host wireless utility data collection equipment. The new poles will be 70 feet tall, which is about 20 feet taller than existing poles. 

Rendering of wireless utility data equipment on a utility pole.


Crews will be working throughout City Light's service territory. This website will be updated every month to reflect the progression of work.

December 2016 Utility Pole Work Areas

  • Ballard (NW 56th Street)
  • Bitter Lake (Aurora Avenue N)
  • Burien (8th Avenue S)
  • International District (S Weller Street)
  • Rainier Beach (S Creston Street)
  • Shoreline (near Meridian Avenue N)
  • Shoreline (Fremont Avenue N)
  • Tukwila (40th Avenue S)
  • Victory Heights (Lake City Way NE)

January 2017 Utility Pole Work Areas

  • Beacon Hill / Rainier Vista (S Columbian Way)
  • West Seattle / Delridge  (16th Avenue SW)
  • West Seattle / High Point (26th Avenue SW)
  • West Seattle / North Admiral (45th Avenue SW)
  • Central District (24th Avenue)

February 2017 Utility Pole Work Areas

  • Lake City / North Seattle (NE 125th Street)
  • South Lake Union (Pontius Avenue N)
  • Othello Park (43rd Avenue S)
  • West Seattle / Junction (SW Edmunds Street)

March 2017 Utility Pole Work Areas

  • Whittier Heights (8th Avenue NW)
  • Ravenna (NE 50th Street)
  • Queen Anne (Galer Street)
  • West Woodland (NW 46th Street)

Late March/April 2017 Utility Pole Work Areas

  • Columbia City (S Alaska Street)
  • View Ridge (45th Avenue NE)
  • Magnolia (W Dravus Street)
  • Wallingford (NE Northlake Way)
  • Bitter Lake (Fremont Avenue N)


  • This project is part of the communications network to support Advanced Metering, which will automate meter reading and enable enhanced services.
  • Advanced Metering will provide more accurate billing and reduce City Light’s environmental impact by eliminating 200,000 driving miles each year by meter readers.
  • During this project, City Light crews will also have the opportunity to upgrade its infrastructure and replace poles that are in poor condition.


  • There are no maintenance power outages planned.
  • Some traffic and parking impacts are expected in the immediate work area.
  • Traffic control flaggers will be used where needed on residential streets.
  • Crews will be careful to try and maintain access to driveways.


Visit Seattle City Light's Advanced Metering Program website for more information.


Construction Start: December 2016

Duration: Approximately 4 months

Daily Work Schedule: Mondays - Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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