9 more faulty Seattle streetlights

Jan 5, 2011, 4:09 PM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:46 pm

Seattle City Light has discovered nine more streetlights that were giving off dangerous levels of voltage from ungrounded poles.

The utility posted an update on the tests they’re doing of 30,000 street lights. So far they’ve gotten through about 11,050 tests on poles. The inspections come after a dog was electrocuted and died while walking over a metal street light cover on Thanksgiving Day. With the latest problems, they report no one was injured by any of the streetlights and they cut power to the poles and started repairs.

City Light testing, along with reports from customers, has identified a total of 21 voltage incidents.

Locations of the latest stray voltage problems were mainly in West Seattle and Capitol Hill areas:

  1. 1721 SW Roxbury Street, 111 volts, a faulty ballast assembly was replaced
  2. E James and 32nd Avenue, 98 volts, bad wiring was replaced
  3. E Spruce and 32nd Avenue, 35 volts, a bad connection was found and all connections were replaced
  4. E Yesler Way and 28th Avenue, 41 volts, a bad wiring connection was found, power was disconnected, repairs pending
  5. SW Avalon Way and 35th Avenue SW, 104 volts, bad wiring was repaired
  6. SW Holly Street and 31st Avenue SW, 107 volts, a faulty lamp head was replaced
  7. 4115 SW Arroyo Drive, 84 volts, a faulty ballast assembly was replaced
  8. SW Arroyo Drive and 39th Avenue SW, 98 volts, power was disconnected, repairs pending
  9. 12th Avenue S and S Jackson Street, 100 volts, frayed wiring was repaired

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