Work to replace sewer pipes on the West Capitol Campus continues the week of Nov. 19 and is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 7. The utility infrastructure on the Capitol Campus is old and in need of repair to ensure reliable service on the campus for decades to come. This project is part of a long-term plan to improve utility infrastructure campus-wide.
The work will impact some traffic and pedestrian walkways and areas of the lawns on the campus.
Construction crews are digging up parts of the grounds and removing concrete from Water Street and 12th Ave. in order to replace pipes, upgrade electrical wiring, widen manholes and replace their covers. A temporary road will be installed over the north lawn from Water Street in front of the Conservatory to Capitol Way for trucks to haul out soil and construction debris. Visitors and tenants can expect an increase in noise related to the work.
Signs indicating detour routes will be posted for pedestrians and drivers. The Dash shuttle will be temporarily rerouted during the Water Street closure.
The contractor will restore the lawns by replacing soil in areas impacted by the digging. Soil erosion control material will be placed over the exposed soil during the winter. DES Buildings and Grounds staff will seed the disturbed areas in late winter with a grass seed mix that will match the existing turf grass in color and texture.
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