Clearing A Path As The Train Comes Above Ground
The light rail's planned route from Roosevelt to Northgate is mostly underground. The train will pop its head out of the tunnel at the Maple Leaf Portal which will be at the intersection of 1st Avenue NE and NE 95th Street about .5 miles south of the Northgate Station. It is necessary to relocate the nearby power lines to provide safe clearance away from Sound Transit portal construction. In spring and early summer of 2013, five electric utility poles and their power lines on the west side of 1st Avenue NE were moved to the east side of the street.
The Maple Leaf project also requires the relocation of our fiber optic lines, which link facilities and increase the electrical system's reliability. The project requires that we replace old substandard poles with ones that are slightly taller and wider. This work was completed between April and July 2013.
Finally, there are existing underground power lines crossing I-5 which are going to be relocated at the southeast corner of 1st Avenue NE and NE 95th Street. This relocation is necessary because Sound Transit's track construction will impact the existing lines. After Sound Transit's contractor excavates and installs a new system of conduits across 1st Avenue NE at 95th Street, Seattle City Light will install the underground electric cable. This work is estimated to start in early 2014 and finish by the spring of 2014.
In order for crews to work safely planned power outages will be necessary. Customers will be provided with advance notification.
There will be some lane closures on 1st Avenue NE and on NE 95th Street. Crews will follow traffic control plans established by Seattle Department of Transportation and work to ensure access is maintained for residents.