Say Goodbye To Old Utility Poles On 1st Ave South – They’re Coming Down

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The City of Burien announced Tuesday (Oct. 11) that Seattle City Light has begun removing old wooden utility poles and aerial wires along 1st Ave South as part of Phase One of the 1st Ave South Improvement Project, which was substantially completed in 2009.

According to Seattle City Light, about 50 poles between S. 146th & S. 156th Streets that remained from the project will be taken down on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 & 15. Construction work on Phase 2 of the 1st Ave. S. improvement project is expected to begin in November.

A six-block segment of the road between S. 140th and S. 146th Streets will get new sidewalks on both sides, new pavement, new signals and street lighting, landscaping and undergrounding of overhead utilities.

Here’s more from the Project Description:

1st Avenue South Improvements-Phase 2 is scheduled to begin in early fall 2011 with an estimated final completion early 2013. The goals of the project are to improve vehicular and pedestrian mobility, safety and capacity within the corridor. The proposed roadway improvements include:

  • Sidewalks on both sides of 1st Avenue South
  • Undergrounding of overhead utilities
  • Storm drainage improvements
  • New pavement
  • New signals and street lighting
  • Landscaping

Coordination with local businesses, maintenance of business access, and maintenance of traffic during construction are important components to a successful project in order to protect business activity during the construction period. Businesses in the affected area WILL REMAIN OPEN, with customers and the general public having a convenient shopping experience while visiting the downtown area.

Project Manager: Brian Victor
Email: [email protected]

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6 Responses to “Say Goodbye To Old Utility Poles On 1st Ave South – They’re Coming Down”
  1. watching says:

    Wonders never cease…..

  2. Chris says:

    Umm, yeah. Ok, yes the Phase-1 was largely completed in 2009, but I believe that phase was actually started in 2007/08. This whole phase was a complete mess, and there is still work to be done beyond City Light’s decommisioning of the overhead power poles and lines.

    There still needs to be final adjustment on the uprights and the cross sections of the traffice signals.

    This entire project on Phase-1 turned into a legal battle with the contractor and City Light. I’m all for the improvements, but Phase-1 was managed poorly and/or there was a terrible contract executed with the contractor.

    Hopefully Phase 2 and 3 will be much, much better.

  3. mike says:

    Did they pick a contractor for Phase 2? It was bid months ago. I can’t find any info on the C. of Burien website about it.

  4. TcB says:

    Hmmm. Has anyone heard of a City/Contractor project that went off without a hitch? I’d like to hear of it if you have. Actually, it’s almost as rare to hear of a private homeowner/contractor project that went off without a hitch, although I suppose there are some good small scale contractors out there.

  5. Eaton B. Verz says:

    $500,000.00 overun an an asphalt overlay… $1,000,000.000 plus overun + legal fees on phase one……Just a hitch…..No problem!

  6. Michelle says:

    I saw the crew working tonight – it’s quite a production!

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