Seattle City Light’s designs for improving electrical reliability for 99 Magnolia residents in a high-outage area are being reviewed by the city’s transportation department, with work slated to start later this summer.

SCL customer care director Kelly Enright apologized for the issue to those Magnolia residents during an October open house. Between October 2017 and August 2018, those 99 customers experienced nine unplanned power outages, the longest lasting for 15 hours last July. Most of those outages were related to City Light’s aging infrastructure, but two were caused by downed trees, and one by a crow. There have been no outages reported in this area since the October open house.

Enright told residents at the October meeting that designs were underway to replace that aging infrastructure.

“The engineers have already done the design, and right now it’s at SDOT,” Enright said. “So, what we’re doing is waiting for them to give us notice to proceed.”

Work to install 1,000 feet of duct bank and three new electrical vaults will take place in the area of 36th Avenue West, Edgemont Place West and West Howe Street.

A streetlight construction plan details installation of three new handholes, near the new distribution vaults and streetlight conduits.

The consultant assigned to the project will also need to carry out a restoration plan to restore sidewalk disturbed by trenching, including ADA ramps.

Magnolia is on the list of neighborhoods within City Light’s territory slated for cable replacement, but design and construction for that larger project won’t start until 2021 and 2022, respectively.

It is ranked 11th out of 38 neighborhoods, and is behind Queen Anne, which has had a cable failure rate of 3 to 1 compared to Magnolia, according to City Light. The department is now designing the cable replacement project for Queen Anne.