West Seattle Blog... » Utilities http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:15:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 More Seattle City Light work ahead: North of Morgan Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/more-seattle-city-light-work-ahead-north-of-morgan-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/more-seattle-city-light-work-ahead-north-of-morgan-junction/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:11:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289778

(Click map to see it full-size)
More Seattle City Light modernization work is on the way between The Junction and Morgan Junction. If this affects you, SCL says, you should have received a flyer. In case you didn’t – or otherwise missed it – we’re sharing the news too:

Seattle City Light is continuing to make electrical improvements in portions of West Seattle by increasing capacity from 4 kV to 26kV. The attached flyer was mailed recently and explained the details to affected customers. …

· What is the work? Conversion of service from 4 to 26kV will improve the electrical capacity in a neighborhood north of Morgan Junction. This modernization has been ongoing in different portions of West Seattle since 2008. The work involves replacing old poles with new ones and adding new cross arms, insulators, transformers and wires.

· What is the schedule? Beginning of November for approximately two months. See flyer for details.

· What are the impacts? Affected customers will experience a maximum of three outages during this work. Crews will place a door hanger or make personal contact 48-72 hours in advance of outages. The notification will specify the date, time and duration of the outage.

· Point of Contact? Michael Gabrielson, Electrical Service Representative, at 206-386-4245 or michael.gabrielson@seattle.gov , or visit seattle.gov/light/aboutus/construction

This is separate from the other West Seattle work that City Light announced earlier this month, cable maintenance via silicon injection in Fauntlee Hills and Sunrise Heights.

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Update on West Seattle’s ‘pit’: No digging Saturday; crane assembly Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/update-on-west-seattles-pit-no-digging-saturday-crane-assembly-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/update-on-west-seattles-pit-no-digging-saturday-crane-assembly-monday/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:10:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289709 Also tonight, a two-part update from King County Wastewater Treatment District on West Seattle’s own “pit,” the 60-foot-deep hole being excavated for the million-gallon combined-sewer-overflow tank across from Lowman Beach.

First, KCWTD’s Doug Marsano says excavation crews will NOT be working this Saturday after all; one more Saturday of excavation work is still expected, November 1st. But the following Monday, this will happen:

King County contractors will use the east part of the 7000 block of Beach Drive SW (between Lowman Beach Park and the project site) to assemble a crane that will be used to finish digging out the Murray CSO Control Facility tank area. The crane will be delivered and assembled on Monday, October 27 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Neighbors and park users should expect traffic delays of up to 15 minutes on the 7000 block of Beach Drive during these hours.

To maintain local access, there will be no parking on Beach Drive S.W. between the project site and Lowman Beach Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flaggers will work with drivers to ensure safe passage around the assembly area.

Further details are in the official project notice here.

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Tale of two pits: Highway 99 tunnel-machine rescue update; Murray CSO tank site overview http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/tale-of-two-pits-highway-99-tunnel-machine-rescue-update-murray-cso-tank-site-overview/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/tale-of-two-pits-highway-99-tunnel-machine-rescue-update-murray-cso-tank-site-overview/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:47:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289328 Whole lot of digging going on around the city these days. Two new views:

TUNNEL-MACHINE RESCUE: WSDOT says digging has officially begun for the pit they’ll use to pull up the Highway 99 tunnel machine’s cutting head for repairs – the photo is a screengrab from one of their live construction cameras. Tons of info in this update. The pit will be 120 feet deep, which is twice as big as the West Seattle pit we’re updating next:

OVERFLOW TANK PIT, HALFWAY THERE: Last Wednesday night, in our coverage of the Morgan Community Association‘s quarterly meeting, we reported the county’s update on the excavation by Lowman Beach: They’re halfway to what’s expected to be a 60-foot-deep pit for the million-gallon Murray Combined Sewer Overflow Control Project storage tank. (It’s known as Murray after the nearby street, which also is namesake for the pump station beneath the southeast side of Lowman Beach Park.) So we went over for a look (map). We’re also checking on whether the delayed start of the extra digging sessions on Saturdays means a delayed end date.

ADDED 3:28 PM: According to county Wastewater Treatment Division spokesperson Doug Marsano, “Crews are making good progress – they’re over 40 feet down now (about 2/3rds of the way) – but the rains forecasted for this week could hinder their progress. Currently, the project team expects to work 2 more Saturdays, extending into early November.”

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West Seattle scam alert: Fake ‘City Light’ callers, again http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-scam-alert-fake-city-light-callers-again/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-scam-alert-fake-city-light-callers-again/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:03:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288690 Thanks to community advocate Tracy Dart for sharing the word that another local business (not hers) has been targeted by the bogus “City Light” telephone-call scam. We’ve reported on versions of this scam at least four times in the past year, most recently here. Bottom line, whether you’re a business or a residence, if you get a phone call from someone claiming you’re facing imminent disconnection, DON’T FALL FOR IT – if you aren’t sure of your billing status, hang up and call the utility directly yourself to check. (And call the police!)

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No, it’s not the storm: City Light maintenance outage in Fauntlee Hills http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/no-its-not-the-storm-city-light-maintenance-outage-in-fauntlee-hills/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/no-its-not-the-storm-city-light-maintenance-outage-in-fauntlee-hills/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:33:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288669 Just got a call from someone wondering – understandably, in light of the overnight weather – if the power’s out in part of Fauntlee Hills right now because of the scheduled maintenance announced last week, or something else. According to the SCL outage map, it’s the start of planned work, and the power will be out for those 50+ homes until early evening.

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Murray CSO million-gallon tank project: Late-night work tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/murray-cso-million-gallon-tank-project-late-night-work-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/murray-cso-million-gallon-tank-project-late-night-work-tomorrow/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 03:23:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288321

(Murray CSO storage-tank-site excavation, photographed Monday by Richard)
An alert for Lowman Beach-area residents: The contractor for King County’s Murray Combined Sewer Overflow Control Project plans four hours of late-night work tomorrow night. The county sent the notification this afternoon; the work involves pipe inspections that have to be done under certain tidal and pipe-use conditions, and those conditions happen 11 pm Friday night until about 3 am Saturday. Workers will be inspecting pipes beneath two manholes, one on the south side of Lowman Beach Park, one alongside the CSO project site on Lincoln Park Way. A map is part of the notification document you can see here (PDF). The county says neighbors are being notified, and reminds anyone with questions/concerns that they can call the 24-hour project hotline at 206-205-9186.

Also, a reminder: This Saturday is also scheduled to be the first of several Saturdays with extra excavation work, as previously announced.

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Underground power-cable work means planned outages for several blocks in West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/underground-power-cable-work-means-planned-outages-for-several-blocks-in-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/underground-power-cable-work-means-planned-outages-for-several-blocks-in-west-seattle/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 06:47:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287999 Seattle City Light says it’s planning underground-cable work in two West Seattle neighborhoods, and that work will come with scheduled outages. These are the maps accompanying the announcement – first, sections of 20th and Webster:


Next, several blocks in Fauntleroy.


Click either image to see the full flyer with both maps. Here’s the SCL overview of the planned work:

Seattle City Light plans to increase reliability in five sections of its service
territory by injecting aging underground electrical cable with silicone.

* Work: Seattle City Light’s contractor first tests and, if electric cable is suitable, injects it with silicone. The silicone fills cracks in the cable’s insulation and extends its life by approximately 20 years.

* Impacts and timeline: Up to three power outages per customer are required to do the work safely. Customer notification will happen on the Thursday before the next week’s outage. The start date is the week of October 13. All five neighborhoods are expected to be completed within eight weeks.

* Further information: The point of contact for customers, Website, and additional details are cited in each flyer.

(The “five sections” reference includes four areas outside West Seattle.)

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Overflow tank excavation work at Lowman Beach extended to Saturdays http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/overflow-tank-excavation-work-at-lowman-beach-extended-to-saturdays/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/overflow-tank-excavation-work-at-lowman-beach-extended-to-saturdays/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:01:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287497 (UPDATE: The county announced Friday that this won’t start until October 11)

(WSB photo looking into excavation site from Lincoln Park Way, taken today)
If you live near Lowman Beach, and/or along the routes that are being used by trucks to haul away dirt from the excavation for a million-gallon sewer-overflow tank, here’s an alert: Starting this Saturday, crews will be working on Saturday as well as weekdays, at least for this month. Here’s the announcement:

To keep the project on schedule and avoid digging during heavy rains, King County’s contractor will work Saturdays in October. Saturday work will begin at 9 a.m. and finish at 6 p.m. The County contractor expects to finish digging out the tank area by early November, before the largest winter storms usually arrive. Digging during storms takes longer and increases the chance of mud from the site getting on to streets and storm drains.

What to expect on Saturdays:

· Upcoming Saturday work days:

o October 4
o October 11
o October 18
o October 25

· Work hours from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Weekday work hours continue to be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
· Noise from trucks and excavators, including backup alarms
· Excavators, pumps, and trucks working on and near the site
· Up to 55 trucks entering and leaving the site each day (about 7-8 trucks per hour)
· Flaggers to keep traffic moving as trucks access the site
· No parking on the eastern side of Beach Drive S.W.
· Limited parking on the western side of Beach Drive S.W.
· Limited access to the eastern sidewalk on Beach Drive S.W.
· Beach Drive S.W. and Lowman Beach Park remain open
· Primary haul routes remain Lincoln Park Way and 48th Ave N.W.
· The sound of running water may also be noticeable. Groundwater is being pumped from the tank area into a holding tank on site to allow for safe digging. The sound you may hear is typical for this kind of work.

The excavation work began two weeks ago – the report we published then includes the truck-hauling routes, if you aren’t familiar with them already.

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Update: Delridge water-main break repairs under way http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/about-100-households-without-water-after-delridge-break/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/about-100-households-without-water-after-delridge-break/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:32:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287455

Thanks to Melissa for the tip: About 100 Delridge-area residences are without water while Seattle Public Utilities crews work on an 8-inch-pipe break. While the trucks we photographed are right by the Boren Building, home to two schools, SPU’s Ingrid Goodwin tells WSB that the building DOES have water. She adds that “the water has been throttled down. … Once the pipe is exposed, we’ll have a better idea about how long the repair will take. If it is a horizontal break, it could take all day (until 5 pm) to fix.” We’ll update this report when that information’s available.

2:32 PM: Update from Goodwin: “Water is back on for all customers and crews should have things wrapped up and be out of the street by 4 pm today. The cause of the break will be investigated by SPU.”

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Update: West Seattle power outage for 4,300 homes/businesses, after trash truck mishap in Arbor Heights http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-power-outage-wires-down-in-arbor-heights/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-power-outage-wires-down-in-arbor-heights/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:20:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287348 (SCROLL DOWN for newest information plus added photos)

(Outage’s cause – truck vs. wires; photo from Jennifer)
FIRST REPORT, 4:20 PM: Jim says power’s out at 37th and 98th. 911 log says “wires down” at 39th/104th. The Seattle City Light outage map is, well, out. If you’ve lost power too, let us know, so we can get an idea of the extent. Also some out in Gatewood – we’ve heard from 41st/Holly.

4:28 PM: As you can see from comments, several southwest-end neighborhoods are out. We’re en route to check out the “wires down” location, and attempting to get information from SCL, since as noted above, the “outage map” itself is out of commission.

4:34 PM: Amanda, in comments, says it appears the “wires down” call at 39th/104th is a trash truck vs. pole crash. We’re adding a photo from Wendy (above).

4:42 PM: Also, if you’re seeing/hearing a helicopter, it’s just TV. Traffic note: Lights out because of this include 35th/Roxbury, per our crew:

(WSB photo: No power at 35th/Roxbury light)
No official City Light word yet and no news on how long it’ll take to fix this.

4:46 PM: Update – City Light says 4,300 homes and businesses are without power. 90 percent of customers will be back on within an hour – some others might take up to seven hours.

6:01 PM: Thanks to everyone reporting their power is back! Anyone NOT back?

7:23 PM: Some in Arbor Heights are still out, per comments, and now the SCL outage map is back, and that’s where it shows about 300 customers still out:

8:24 PM: More power restored! Thank you for the updates. SCL map now shows only a handful left without electricity. If that includes you, please call and make sure they know you are still out.

ADDED 9:36 PM: Jeff B shared photos with a closer look at what happened:

Engine 37 answered the “wires down” call shortly after it happened:

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Get ready to recycle more: Seattle to require food-waste composting http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/get-ready-to-recycle-more-seattle-to-require-food-waste-composting/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/get-ready-to-recycle-more-seattle-to-require-food-waste-composting/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:16:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286576 Don’t look at it as a ban on throwing away your food scraps, suggested City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw before this afternoon’s vote – look at it as expanded recycling. And with that, she and the rest of the City Council voted to require recycling of food scraps and compostable paper, starting next year. The enforcement teeth won’t be very sharp – $1 fines, and only after a “massive” informational campaign – but the city believes this is what’s needed to jolt the “stalled” shrinkage of Seattleites’ recycling rate. (Also, as noted on the city website, “Food waste is one third of the residential garbage in Seattle … and is transported by train 300 miles to an Oregon landfill.”) Details of how it would be enforced are in this slide deck from a briefing earlier this month.

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Power outage along Roxbury, repairs under way http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/power-outage-along-roxbury/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/power-outage-along-roxbury/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 01:32:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285470

6:32 PM: More than 50 homes/businesses in pockets along Roxbury, between 35th and 20th, are without power, but Seattle City Light crews tell us it shouldn’t last much longer. It’s affecting signals, though, including 30th/Roxbury, so be careful and treat any nonworking signal intersection as a four-way stop. The cause is listed as “equipment failure,” apparently in a vault.

7 PM: The map suggests the easternmost pockets have been restored.

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Earthquake-resistance retrofit work about to start at West Seattle Reservoir in Highland Park http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/earthquake-resistance-retrofit-about-to-start-at-west-seattle-reservoir/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/earthquake-resistance-retrofit-about-to-start-at-west-seattle-reservoir/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:40:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285256 Three months after we first reported on seismic-safety retrofit work needed inside some city reservoirs, it’s about to start at West Seattle Reservoir in Highland Park. Neighbors will receive, if they haven’t already, notices from Seattle Public Utilities, which tells WSB that work will start by the end of September and run through March. Here’s the notice:

(If you can’t see the embedded version, here’s the PDF version.) SPU says project signs will go up in the park before work begins. Our June story, linked in the first sentence of this one, details the full backstory, including the expectation that work will be needed at West Seattle’s other underground reservoir, Myrtle, and will probably start there before the end of next year.

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One more meeting tonight: Seola Pond drainage walk-and-talk http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/one-more-meeting-tonight-seola-pond-walk-and-talk/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/one-more-meeting-tonight-seola-pond-walk-and-talk/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21:53:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285050

(2010 WSB photo)
In addition to the meetings and events highlighted earlier in our West Seattle Tuesday preview, we just got word of this from Mike (thank you!) – relating to the area in the photo above, from WSB storm coverage in December 2010:

Learn about drainage in your neighborhood.

Tuesday, Sept. 9th at 6 PM
Meet at corner of 30th Ave SW and SW 104th, on west side of Seola Pond.

Seattle Public Utilities has made commitments to improve drainage in the Arbor Heights area near Seola Pond.

Debbie Harris is project manager: debbie.harris@seattle.gov

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Will the city require food-waste recycling? Council committee hearing this afternoon http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/will-the-city-require-food-waste-composting-council-committee-hearing-today/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/will-the-city-require-food-waste-composting-council-committee-hearing-today/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:18:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285018

The City Council is considering a change to the recycling rules – instead of just enabling food-waste recycling, they’re looking at requiring it. The next discussion of this proposal is on the agenda for the Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee meeting this afternoon at City Hall at 2 pm (here’s the agenda). The slide-deck presentation accompanying the agenda item (see it here or above) says the city will take too long to get to its recycling goal of 60 percent of all waste, without a requirement like this, because food waste and compostable (but not otherwise recyclable) paper are “the largest component of readily divertible material” in what both residences and businesses throw away. If the proposal is finalized by the council, the new rules would start next year, with warnings at first, and then in July, a residential violation would cost you $1, a dumpster violation $50 after 2 warnings.

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