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Project Details

Shelby-Hamlin Streetlight Replacement Project

Posting Date: 4/9/2019                

Contact: Patrick Donohue - Sr. Capital Projects Coordinator

Phone: (206) 386-1654

PROJECT UPDATE (5/23/2019)

Contracted crews are trenching for electrical conduit in the following areas from late May to early June:

  • Stage 1: East Shelby Street (east side)
  • Stage 3: East Shelby Street (west side)
  • Stage 4: East Hamlin Street (west side)
  • Stage 5: East Hamlin Street (east side)

Please see the map below for more information.


Beginning in April 2019, Seattle City Light contracted crews will replace the aging streetlights in the Shelby-Hamlin neighborhood with a new, more reliable light-emitting diode (LED) streetlight system.

Existing streetlights in the Shelby-Hamlin neighborhood will be replaced
with a new pole design (left) and LED Cleveland fixture (right).

Type 2 Lighting Distribution (above)


Click on the map for a larger view.


  • Stage 1: E Shelby St (East of Montlake Blvd E)
  • Stage 2: West Park Dr E (near West Montlake Park)
  • Stage 3: E Shelby St (West of Montlake Blvd E)*
  • Stage 4: E Hamlin St (West of Montlake Blvd E)*
  • Stage 5: E Hamlin Street (East of Montlake Blvd E)
  • Stage 6: East Park Dr E (near East Montlake Park)

*Stages 3 and 4 will include work within the existing alley.


  • City Light worked with the community to collect feedback on previous streetlight designs. Input from the community resulted in changes to:
    • the number of new streetlight installations,
    • color temperature of the new streetlights,
    • and the streetlight fixture type
  • The project includes the installation of 21 new streetlights in the neighborhood. The current neighborhood configuration has 18 total lights.
  • Some streetlights may be relocated from their existing fixture locations during this project.
  • Existing streetlights will be replaced with the K56 Cleveland LED fixture. The fixtures will be equipped with a "Type II" pattern that distributes light to the street and sidewalk.
  • The color temperature of the new LED streetlights will be set at 3000K, which emits a soft white color.


  • The new LED streetlights will make residential streets safer by increasing their visibility at night.
  • LEDs reduce greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing as well as when they are in use. Additionally, about 20,000 tons of reduced carbon emissions per year are the result of fewer service vehicle trips.


  • Construction will be phased in several stages to minimize street closures in the neighborhood. Only one side of the street will be closed at a time during construction.
  • Parking will be restricted during construction work hours. Crews will be careful to try to maintain access to driveways.
  • Curbside landscaping will be impacted during construction. All affected landscaping will be restored to its original condition. Existing curb ramps will also be upgraded to ADA standards.
  • Noise is expected from construction and heavy equipment.


Construction Start: mid-April 2019

Duration: Five to six months

Daily Work Schedule: Mondays-Fridays, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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