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New wires: Capitol Hill electrical grid upgrade underway

If you’ve noticed the smell of copper naphthenate and the large wooden poles lying on the ground along 11th Ave near Cal Anderson Park, you’ve seen evidence that the $2 million overhaul of Capitol Hill’s electrical grid we wrote about last year isn’t all about putting wires underground.

Seattle City Light tells us they have started a project to replace the utility poles and wires along E. Harrison and E. John from Harvard Ave E to 24th Ave. Throughout the project, expect partial road and sidewalk closures and some periods of complete closure when the work gets to Malden Ave — the stretch highlighted in red in this map from SDOT. Also, not sure what to make of the estimated end date for the project. It’s currently listed as November


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