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