4:06 PM THURSDAY: Just in from the city:
Seattle City Light will be supporting enhanced cellular and data services in various Seattle neighborhoods by upgrading electronic equipment on 49 existing network sites on utility poles. …
Highlights from the flier:
· The project is an expansion of existing communications networks and the equipment modifications will increase public safety and enhanced-911 capabilities. The work will also improve wireless services to areas, allowing for enhanced connectivity and faster 4G service. See the maps on the fliers for approximate construction work areas.
· Construction will begin during the week of July 13, 2015 and will last approximately seven weeks. Daily work hours are planned from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
· During this project, City Light crews will also have the opportunity to upgrade its infrastructure and replace poles that are in poor condition.
· There are no maintenance power outages planned.
· Some traffic and parking impacts are expected in the immediate work areas. Crews will be careful to try and maintain access to driveways.
From separate notification flyers you can see in this 20-page PDF – interspersed with other parts of the city (we’ll try to separate out the West Seattle flyers later if we get time) – here are the three groups of areas where City Light says crews will be working in West Seattle:
16th Ave SW near SW Brandon St
16th Ave SW near SW Morgan St
SW Holden St near 12th Ave SW
9th Ave SW near SW Cloverdale St
8th Ave SW between SW Barton St and SW Cambridge St
The intersection of 4th & 6th Ave S at Myers Way S
Fauntleroy Pl SW near SW Cloverdale St
SW Barton St near SW Henderson St
45th Ave SW near Kilbourne Ct SW
Marine View Dr SW near SW 101st St
Marine View Dr SW near SW 104th St
55th Ave SW near SW Andover St
48th Ave SW near SW Genesee St
SW Snoqualmie St near 57th Ave SW
SW Edmunds St near 48th Ave SW
SW Hudson St near SW Jacobsen Rd
46th Ave SW near SW Findlay St
Atlas Place SW near Beach Dr SW
We’ve sent some followup questions to City Light and will add any additional information we get.
ADDED FRIDAY: We asked City Light a few followup questions. SCL’s Scott Thomsen replied, “These 49 locations have existing cellular antennas on them. The project will replace those existing antennas, which are about 10 years old, with new, upgraded equipment. In most instances, this will not add any height to the pole. A few that are located on streetlights will add 4 feet of height. In each of those cases, the provider must get a conditional use permit from the Department of Planning and Development. The antennas on utility poles are being mounted on the sides of the poles. The old antennas stick out about a foot from the pole. The new ones stick out about 4 inches.”