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Project Details

Shelby-Hamlin Streetlight Replacement Project

Posting Date: 3/13/2017                

Contact: Ian Hernandez - Seattle City Light Project Manager

Phone: (206) 615-0972

PROJECT UPDATE (10/25/2017)

Seattle City Light received several comments from customers regarding the proposed LED streetlight replacement project. As a result, the utility has modified their design for replacing the aging streetlights in the neighborhood. Construction is tentative to start in March 2018. Please see the information below for a summary of the design changes.


  • The project team has reduced the overall number of new streetlights in the neighborhood, specifically along East and West Montlake Park.
  • The color temperature of the new LED streetlights has been reduced from 4000K to 3000K.
  • This project will also upgrade existing curb ramps to ADA standards.
  • This project is now fully designed and will be sent to bid for a construction contractor.


Seattle City Light is planning to replace aging streetlights in the Shelby-Hamlin neighborhood with a new, more reliable LED streetlight system. The new lights will provide adequate lighting and use new poles and luminaires that maintain the historic character of the existing fixtures. In April 2017, City Light collected feedback from neighborhood residents on the proposed streetlight project.

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


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  • 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.
  • The project provides an opportunity for community feedback that may affect overall satisfaction of the project's outcome.


  • The project will result in an increase in the overall number of streetlights in the Shelby-Hamlin neighborhood.
  • 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.
  • Streetlights may be relocated from their existing fixture locations.
  • Parking will be restricted during construction work hours.
  • Curbside landscaping will be impacted during construction. All affected landscaping will be restored to its original condition.
  • Noise is expected from construction and heavy equipment.


Construction Start: March 2018

Duration: Five months

Daily Work Schedule: TBD

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