Seattle Light finishes restringing electrical wires across freeway at 125th

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The electrical lines were across all lanes of I-5 on Apr 22
Photo courtesy WSP
Seattle City Light crews worked all night Thursday the 28th and into the morning of Friday the 29th to finish restringing electrical wires pulled down across Interstate 5 by April 22nd's car/pole collision at NE 125th Street.

To complete the work safely, crews had to intermittently stop traffic in both directions of I-5 between State Route 520 and NE 205th Street as crews pulled power lines across I-5.

Washington State Patrol troopers assisted with traffic control.

On April 22, a male driver was travelling northbound on 5th Ave NE when he attempted to turn eastbound on NE 125th. The driver made an extremely wide turn and collided with the stabilizing wire attached to a power pole. The driver was not injured but the impact of the collision broke the pole in half.

The power lines attached to the pole run across both the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 5. The energized power lines fell across both lanes of I-5, causing the shutdown of the freeway.

Crews worked all day and night to remove the lines and restore power to the surrounding area.


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