Columbia Drive South Streetlight Improvements

Map showing area of Columbia Drive South streetlight improvement project

Project Description

The streetlight system along Columbia Drive South (and its surrounding streets) is failing and requires replacement. Seattle City Light plans to improve electrical reliability by replacing the aging underground infrastructure, installing new decorative streetlight poles and light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures.


The streetlight system is located along Columbia Drive South and surrounding streets in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

What's Happening Now?

Project Update (Nov. 2020): City Light is seeking community input on the streetlight design for this project.

Community Benefits

  • The streetlights in this neighborhood are aging and due for replacement. The pilot program provides an opportunity for community feedback that may affect which fixture will be chosen.
  • The new fixtures will improve the quality of lighting, pedestrian and traffic safety.
  • LEDs reduce greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing as well as when they are in use. Additionally, about 20,000 tons of reduced carbon emissions per year are the result of fewer service vehicle trips.

Anticipated Impacts

  • Specific work impacts will be communicated closer to the start of construction.

  • Start Date: Early April 2021
  • Daily Work Hours: Mon-Fri from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Weekends from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Richard Ohashi
Senior Electrical Service Representative
(206) 386-1674

City Light

Dawn Lindell, 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.