Magnolia Cable Improvements

City Light Undergrounding Project

Map illustrating areas in Magnolia where crews will replace underground cables.

Project Description

Seattle City Light crews will be working in the Magnolia neighborhood to repair several segments of damaged underground cables.


The cable segments are located on 36th Avenue West, Constance Drive West, Edgemont Place West and West Howe Street

What's Happening Now?

Project Update (September 2023): The cable repairs have been completed. Remaining work to repave roads and sidewalks will be done in stages. The second stage is planned for October 2 through 20. In this stage, crews will work to repave Constance Drive W and the alley between 36th Ave W and Edgemont Pl W that was removed during underground cable repairs.

Community Benefits

  • The repairs will improve electrical reliability and aid crews in responding quicker to unplanned outages in the Magnolia area.

Anticipated Impacts

  • Scheduled planned outages are required during this work. Affected customers will receive a notice with the date, time and duration of the outage.
  • Planned power outages are important to maintaining and upgrading our infrastructure. Planned outages are necessary to ensure that City Light crews can complete their work in a safe, efficient manner. We understand that outages can be burdensome, and even more so as our customers are at home working, teaching children, and maintaining a healthy life during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Customers can expect some parking, sidewalk and traffic restrictions during construction. Traffic control flaggers will be used as needed to direct pedestrians and vehicles through the work areas.
  • Some noise is expected during construction.
  • Please be aware that due to the nature of our work maintaining the electrical system, some essential tasks require crew members to work closely together for their safety. We ask that residents continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines when walking near a construction site. The safety of our customers and crews is our number one priority. This work is in accordance with protocols in place to meet all COVID-19 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Washington State Department of Health, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


  • Start Date: August 2021
  • Duration: Through February 2022
  • Work Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. with some weekends

City Light

Mike Haynes, Interim General Manager and CEO
Address: 700 5th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34023, Seattle, WA, 98124-4023
Phone: (206) 684-3000

Seattle City Light was created by the citizens of Seattle in 1902 to provide affordable, reliable, and environmentally responsible electric power to the City of Seattle and neighboring suburbs.