Chinatown-ID/Atlantic Infrastructure Upgrades

Phase 1: South Dearborn Street (starts in mid-November 2019)

Map showing work area on South Dearborn Street

Phase 2: South Weller Street (TBD)

Map showing project work area on South Weller Street

Project Description

Seattle City Light plans to replace aging electrical infrastructure in the Atlantic and Chinatown-International District areas. The work will include replacing aging utility poles, overhead wire, and equipment to help upgrade the existing electrical system.


Construction will occur on:

  • Southwest Brandon Street
  • 21st Avenue Southwest
  • Southwest Andover Street
  • 23rd Avenue Southwest

What's Happening Now?

This project has been delayed due to permitting.

Community Benefits

  • The project will replace aging electrical infrastructure and upgrade the existing electrical system. The electrical upgrades will reduce unplanned power outages.

Anticipated Impacts

  • Crews will begin replacing utility poles, overhead wire and equipment in several areas near South Dearborn and Weller streets.
  • Maintenance power outages are required to do the work safely. Notification will be provided in advance of outages. The notification will specify the date, time and duration of the outage.
  • Crews will reduce traffic and parking impacts by working one area at a time. However, traffic will be restricted and "No Park" signs enforced in work zones. "No Park" signs will be removed once work has been completed.
  • Some noise is expected from heavy machinery.
  • The new poles will be placed alongside pre-existing poles. Pre-existing poles will be removed once the transfer of all utilities is done by other utilities. City Light will monitor these efforts to facilitate the removal of old poles.

  • Construction Start: TBD
  • Duration: TBD
  • Daily Work Schedule: Mon - Fri, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. w/ nights & weekends

Chau Luu
Senior Electrical Service Representative
(206) 386-1671