Thursday, December 8, 2011

Important Community Meeting Tonight On Upcoming Cable Project To Resul In Driveway Access Restrictions And Power Outages

A special community meeting tonight is being held tonight from 7-8pm to inform neighbors about an upcoming  Seattle City Light project scheduled to start in late January in south Laurelhurst to remove old cable and replace them with newer, more reliable cables. 

The project, expected to take ten months to complete, will upgrade power lines from 4,000 to 26,000 Volts. 

The meeting, hosted by the Laurelhurst Community Club,  and taking place at the Laurelhurst Community Center, will help neighbors prepare for this large project that will result in access restrictions, possible plant and paver removals on residen'ts properties.

The boundaries for the upgrade are NE 38th Street on the north, NE 33rd Street on the south, East Laurelhurst Drive NE on the east and 43rd Avenue NE on the west.

To do the work safely, there will be a few planned power outages and neighbors will be notified in advance.  There will also be temporary access restrictions to driveways and walkways which will be coordinated in advance with customers.

Restoration will also occur section by section before the crew moves on.  Landscaping, sod, driveways, and sidewalks affected by the installation of conduits and vaults will be restored equal to their original condition. 

LCC encourages residents to remove any special plants in their parking strip, or in the right-of-way in advance of the scheduled work.

Brick pavers installed by homeowners in the right-of-way will be removed and replaced by the contractor.  If a homeowner doesn't want the pavers replaced, City Light will either give them to the owner you or dispose of them and replace the area with sod. There will be new curb ramps and sidewalks installed in some sections where work has occurred. 

"We hope you will join us at the community meeting to learn more about the specific plans for your neighborhood.  We appreciate your patience and understanding during what sometimes may be a disruptive project.  Upgrading the reliability of your electrical service is important to us," Jeannie Hale, Laurelhurst Community Club President said.

If you’d like more information about the project, contact Mark VanOss, Sr. Public Relations Specialist at (206) 684-3279 or

For project updates go here.

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