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Utility improvement project to repair utility infrastructure continues on West Capitol Campus

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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.

Vehicle and pedestrian detours, parking closures

The work will impact some traffic and pedestrian walkways and areas of the lawns on the campus.

  • The sidewalk and Water Street SW will be closed from the crosswalk at the Conservatory near 11th Ave. to 12th Avenue Nov. 19 to Dec. 6.
  • Ten parking stalls on the North Diagonal will be closed Nov. 12-Dec. 7
  • Sidewalks in the construction area of the North Diagonal will be closed Nov. 12-Dec. 7
  • Some stalls in the Mansion parking lot will be used to store project vehicles and materials through Jan. 11
  • Fifteen employee parking stalls in the southwest end of the Governor’s Mansion Lot will be closed Nov. 19-23

Traffic

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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