TRAFFIC ALERT: Utility work early Friday on 509, 99

August 25th, 2021 Tracy Posted in Traffic, Utilities, White Center news Comments Off on TRAFFIC ALERT: Utility work early Friday on 509, 99

If you’re planning to travel on 509 and/or 99 early Friday, be aware of this alert from Seattle City Light:

Seattle City Light crews will be replacing overhead fiberoptic cables over State Route (SR) 99 and 509. The reliability work will result in traffic impacts on Aug. 27.

To complete this work safely, Washington State Patrol troopers and construction crews must intermittently conduct rolling slowdowns of traffic in both directions of SR 99 and 509 to ensure safe work operations and passage for motorists. Traffic will be intercepted and escorted at slow speeds up to 15 minutes as crews pull overhead cables across the freeways. Traffic will return to normal speeds once vehicles pass the work area.

Rolling slowdowns will occur from 12:01 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Friday, August 27. Construction will impact vehicle traffic on SR 99 and 509 in the following areas:

State Route 99

Northbound: South 116th Way/Tukwila International Boulevard to South 96th Street
Southbound: South Kenyon Street to South 100th Street

State Route 509

Northbound: South 96th Street to South 128th Street
Southbound: South Kenyon Street to South 106th Street

Side note: This is the kind of work that went awry in the early morning hours of August 18th, leading to a major power outage and highway closure.

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Power outage in White Center and beyond

August 18th, 2021 Tracy Posted in Seattle City Light, Utilities, White Center news 3 Comments »

That’s the map for a big Seattle City Light outage that started around 3 am for more than 8,000 homes/businesses in White Center and elsewhere in North Highline as well as parts of West Seattle and Burien. No word from SCL on the cause, yet.

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UPDATE: Another power outage affecting parts of North Highline

January 22nd, 2021 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news Comments Off on UPDATE: Another power outage affecting parts of North Highline

2:29 PM: Second big power outage this week – this time with about 5,700 homes and businesses affected, from Burien northward to southeast West Seattle, including parts of North Highline, as you can see above on the screengrab from the Seattle City Light map. This started around 1:10 pm; no word yet on the cause.

3:20 PM: Via Twitter, City Light says this was caused by “a downed tree that came into contact with overhead power lines.” A commenter on our partner site West Seattle Blog says the culprit tree appears to have been one that fell near the 509 ramp on the Olson/1st/etc. hill.

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UPDATE: Another power outage in White Center, West Seattle

January 21st, 2021 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news 2 Comments »

7:24 AM: Thanks for the texts. More than 3,700 homes and businesses have lost power, from White Center to Westwood. No indication yet of the cause. Updates to come.

8:01 AM: Most have been restored after about an hour. Map shows one pocket remains, almost 400 customers in the Greenbridge area. (Added) SCL attributes the outage to “an underground issue.”

8:15 AM: The outage footprint, and cause, is similar to this December outage.

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POWER OUTAGE: Windstorm takes out electricity for 4,000+

January 13th, 2021 Tracy Posted in Utilities, Weather, White Center news 1 Comment »

Mid-evening, the National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory alert … and a few hours later, the wind arrived. So far in the North Highline area, we have two major power outages with almost 11,000 customers out of power, plus another big outage in Burien. Stay indoors – lots of trees and wires down around the region.

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UPDATE: Power outage in White Center, West Seattle

December 20th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Utilities, West Seattle, White Center news 4 Comments »

8:39 AM: A power outage is affecting parts of White Center and south West Seattle. City Light map shows 2,100+ out. We’re checking out an apparently related crash in Highland Park.

9:37 AM: That’s the car whose driver went off the road on the Highland Park Way hill. No serious injuries reported. Meantime, most affected by the outage are back on; just under 300 customers in West Seattle’s Puget Ridge neighborhood remain out.

10:21 AM: Everybody’s back on.

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UPDATE: White Center, West Seattle outage – 3,760 lose power

December 12th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news Comments Off on UPDATE: White Center, West Seattle outage – 3,760 lose power

2:45 PM: Thanks for the tips! 3,760 are without power in a White Center/West Seattle outage, according to the City Light map. No cause yet.

2:58 PM: The outage is affecting some traffic signals, including on Roxbury – remember that an out or flashing signal becomes a 4-way stop. Also reported to be affected: At least part of Westwood Village.

3:20 PM: There’s a multi-vehicle crash at an apparently affected intersection, 16th/107th, with one car reported on its side. King County Sheriff’s Deputies are on scene. Meanwhile, we have a message out to SCL seeking the latest on the outage’s cause.

3:35 PM: We’re hearing that at least some of those affected are back on.

3:39 PM: The map shows just under 400 customers now still without power, mostly in the Greenbridge area. Adding the updated screengrab above.

3:51 PM: Here’s the crash scene at 16th/107th, east side of the intersection:

Deputies say three cars were involved and the signal (back on now) was out at the time. No injuries. They’re just waiting for tow trucks.

5:56 PM: SCL map shows everybody’s back on.

6:07 PM: SCL tells us that “underground cable failure” is what they believe to have been the cause.

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Short-lived White Center power outage

September 24th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news Comments Off on Short-lived White Center power outage

In case you slept right through it, White Center did lose power for a few minutes early today, possibly related to a West Seattle outage that was already partly over by then. Here’s a screengrab of the Seattle City Light outage map during the short-lived outage:

No word on the cause so far, but it’s been a blustery night.

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Power outage along Myers Way

September 7th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news 1 Comment »

Thanks for the tip! 55 Seattle City Light customers have been without power since just after 4:30 pm. The utility has not yet said what caused it but says workers have been dispatched.

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Another White Center power outage

August 16th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news 2 Comments »

Thanks for the tip! 203 customers are without power as of 4:39 pm. There was a smaller outage, short-lived, in White Center early this morning too.

UPDATE: The outage lasted just a few hours. This truck reportedly was the culprit:

(Reader photo)

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POWER OUTAGE: White Center included

August 13th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news 1 Comment »

4:36 PM: The mapped outage started shortly after 4 pm and is affecting 3,639 customers. Some traffic signals are out on Roxbury – remember that a dark signal = 4-way stop. No official cause yet from SCL but multiple commenters on our West Seattle site report hearing booms just before losing power.

6:58 PM: The outage is over. Here’s what SCL tells us caused it: “It was caused by a compromised stem cable leading down into an underground feeder. Crews were able to isolate it and restore power.”

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UPDATE: Downed poles near Boeing Field take out power to parts of White Center and elsewhere

April 5th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news Comments Off on UPDATE: Downed poles near Boeing Field take out power to parts of White Center and elsewhere

5 PM: Part of White Center is affected by a huge Seattle City Light outage – here’s the full map. SCL says a crash on East Marginal Way near Boeing Field is to blame – in all, more than 16,000 homes and businesses are without power.

5:25 PM: Here’s the scene near the Museum of Flight where apparently multiple poles came down:

6:19 PM: All but a little over 300 of the affected customers are back on. KIRO-TV coverage at the scene showed multiple poles had fallen and speculated some kind of wind had brought them down. Whatever the case, it appears a stretch of East Marginal near the Museum of Flight will be closed for quite some time.

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ELECTION 2019: Water-district merger passing

February 12th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Election, Utilities, White Center news 4 Comments »

Back in December, we covered the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council getting briefed unofficially on the proposal for Water District 45 to merge into Water District 20. The measure was on today’s ballot. In the first round of results published tonight, it’s passing overwhelmingly – though the number of votes is small:

Yes 211 (86%)
No 35 (14%)

Here’s a map of soon-to-go-out-of-existence District 45.

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WEATHER: Wind arrives, power outages follow

January 6th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Seattle City Light, Utilities, White Center news 1 Comment »

The heart of White Center was spared again, but points east and south were hit by power outages as the expected wind moved through early this morning. Above is a screengrab from the Seattle City Light outage map. Though the map shows potential restoration times, remember that those are only guesses/estimates, so if you’re out, you might get yours back sooner than projected – or later.

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STORM ARRIVES: 4,300+ customers lose power

December 20th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Utilities, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on STORM ARRIVES: 4,300+ customers lose power

12:21 PM: The wind’s here and so is the first major power outage in our area – screengrab above is from the Seattle City Light outage map. The High Wind Warning remains in effect until 7 pm.

3:34 PM: This outage is down to 1,700+ customers. And the weather is “settling down,” as the National Weather Service puts it.

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UPDATE: Power outage in parts of North Highline and Burien

November 11th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news Comments Off on UPDATE: Power outage in parts of North Highline and Burien

11:28 PM: Big power outage – stretching from east White Center and Top Hat into Burien; about 5,800 homes/businesses, according to Seattle City Light, which says it started around 10:20 pm. No word yet what caused it. Thanks to Alisha, Barb, and others for the tips!

11:54 PM: According to the SCL map, affected areas north of Burien are back on – power has been restored to more than 1,800 affected customers.

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UPDATE: Power outage in White Center/North Burien

August 10th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news Comments Off on UPDATE: Power outage in White Center/North Burien

7:04 AM: As shown on the map, 4,000-plus customers in White Center/North Burien are without power this morning. No word yet on the cause. While Seattle City Light has an estimate of 1 pm for restoration, remember those are really guesstimates – could be a lot sooner, could be a lot later. If you encounter an intersection with a dark or flashing signal, remember it’s a four-way stop.

8:34 AM UPDATE: The outage is over. City Light says this outage was caused by a tree branch falling into a power line.

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POWER OUTAGE UPDATE: 4,100+ in White Center, Shorewood, and beyond

February 18th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news 1 Comment »

3:16 PM: Seattle City Light says 4,100 homes and businesses are without power in White Center, Shorewood, and points south. No cause listed yet; the restoration estimate is 9 pm, but keep in mind that this is only an estimate – could be much sooner or much later.

3:50 PM: The outage map now attributes this outage to a tree.

4:22 PM: Looks like almost everyone is back on.

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UPDATE: Power outage blamed on vault fire

February 11th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Fire, Utilities, White Center news 2 Comments »

7:29 PM: Out of power? You’re far from alone. 3,000-plus customers in White Center and south West Seattle, because of a vault fire near 22nd/Roxbury. (And Roxbury is currently blocked by the Seattle Fire response.) We’re covering the outage on partner site West Seattle Bloggo here for the latest.

8:41 PM:
The City Light map shows just about everyone should be back on. If you’re not, please be sure they know – 206-684-3000.

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WHITE CENTER WEATHER: Wednesday night power outage

October 18th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Utilities, Weather, White Center news 2 Comments »

6:18 PM: More than 3,800 homes and businesses are without electricity as a result of the storm – starting in southeast White Center and vicinity, as shown on the map above, and heading south into Top Hat and part of Burien. Any other storm effects in WC/North Highline? Let us know, text/voice 206-293-6302.

7:21 PM: Most have their power back, according to the City Light outage map – which has only about 200 customers still out of electricity.

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