June 12, 2012
Capitol Campus Update
The Capital Stage Race, a three-day bike race in the Olympia area, will affect traffic and parking on the Capitol Campus June 16.
The first and fourth stages of the race, on June 15 and 17, will not affect the campus.
The second stage of the race, on June 16, will close Deschutes Parkway, the nearly 2-mile long roadway next to Capitol Lake, from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The third stage, the Capital Criterion, will close west campus streets – Sid Snyder Avenue, Cherry Lane, Water Street and 11th Avenue – from 1:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. on June 16.
This part of the race, a 0.7-mile loop around the west campus, will also require the all-day closure of both parking diagonals.
The Criterion will also require the closure of Union Avenue from Water Street to Capitol Way, and Capitol Way from Union Avenue to Sid Snyder Avenue.
Enterprise Services will begin raising the level of Capitol Lake by a couple of feet on June 13 to allow the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to move a 35-foot-long metal fish trap from the base of Deschutes Falls.
The trap is used for monitoring Coho salmon that migrate through the watershed. The monitoring work is done for now and the trap will be floated to a downstream location for storage until fall.
The fish trap will be moved on June 14 and the lake will then be returned to the normal summertime level by June 15 or June 16, depending upon river flows.