The beginning of October marked the end of construction on the KING 5 tower in Queen Anne.

Work to upgrade the tower to meet Next Generation Television standards began on July 22. The tower was erected at 301 Galer St. back in 1953.

Tower Consultants, Inc. led the work on the upgrade project, which included reinforcing the tower legs with new splice bolts and structural steel replacement.

An auxiliary antenna was mounted to the east face of the tower in August, followed by another new antenna at the top of the tower in mid-September.

KING 5 president and general manager Jim Rose told Queen Anne News ahead back in July that the federally-mandated project will allow the station to offer higher-quality audio and video, and that NexGen TV will coexist with KING 5’s current signal until deployment is decided at a later date.

The upgrade project included enhanced lead paint measures.

Environment and safety consultant Ramboll conducted testing at the site, and found paint on the tower structures there containing “lead at a concentration greater than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) standard for lead-based paint of 0.5%,” according to the project’s Lead Health Protection Plan.