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Traffic alert: Campus road lane closure Jan. 18

On Saturday, Jan. 18, one lane of Sid Snyder Avenue, a road on the west Capitol Campus, will be closed so a contractor can take soil samples from underneath the pavement.

Enterprise Services initiated the project which will also shut down some nearby parking stalls.

Work is expected to start about 8 a.m. and conclude by 5 p.m.

A flagger will be on site to help manage traffic in the work zone.

Rates have changed for many DES services

A number of rate structure changes took effect on July 1, 2013. Working in collaboration with many of our customers, DES sought to establish rates that are clear, easy to understand and easy to explain. Our goals also included ensuring that customers understand the details behind the charges. 

Campus road partially closed July 31 - Aug. 2 for water line repairs

A single lane of Water Street near the Capitol Campus greenhouse will be closed from July 31 to Aug. 2, while a broken water line next to the building is repaired. Flaggers will be on-site during the work to help manage traffic.

Enterprise Services staff discovered the broken line on July 25. It spilled about 3,000 gallons of water into an underground vault, then overflowed into a work space in the greenhouse basement that is used by Enterprise Services grounds staff.

Repairs, cleaning limit access to Capitol Building starting Aug. 5

There will be limited access to the north entrance of the Legislative (Capitol) Building from mid-August until the end of October while a contractor cleans and repairs exterior surfaces nearby.

This is the second phase of a project started last summer to clean and repair the exterior of the historic building.

Campus buildings go cold Dec. 15

Most Capitol Campus buildings will be without heat or hot water from about 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 while Enterprise Services makes repairs to the steam system at the campus powerhouse.

The affected buildings include:

Fountain goes dry Sept. 12

The Tivoli Fountain will be shut off and drained on Sept. 12 for seasonal maintenance and to seal and caulk joints.

Enterprise Service staff will also seek to address leaks occurring in the outer circle of the popular west Capitol Campus water feature, and make adjustments to the fountain's jets.

Campus drilling work generates noise, impacts traffic Sept. 18-19

A contractor hired by the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services will be drilling at two locations near the west Capitol Campus on Sept. 18 and 19 causing minor traffic impacts and creating noise that could be loud enough to be heard inside nearby buildings.

Golder Associates will begin drilling at 8 a.m. Sept. 18 on the sidewalk or nearby parking lane along the south side of Union Ave. near Capitol Way. Several parking stalls along Union Ave. will be blocked off during this work, which is scheduled to be finished by 6 p.m.

Nov. 5 campus rally may impact traffic

Enterprise Services has issued a permit for a Nov. 5 march and rally that could affect traffic along Capitol Way and the west Capitol Campus.

The permitted group will gather at Sylvester Park around 1 p.m. and then march up Capitol Way to the flag circle – the area between the Legislative Building and Temple of Justice – where the rally will continue until about 6 p.m.

According to the permit requesters, about 250 people are expected to attend the event. The rally will include speeches, chanting and singing.

Capitol Campus garage lighting project results in energy savings

A recently completed campus garage lighting project will save enough electricity per year to power the equivalent of about 150 Northwest homes and will improve safety for state employees and visitors to the Capitol Campus. In addition, the state will receive an energy conservation grant of $650,853 from Puget Sound Energy. The grant money will be used to help pay off the Certificate of Participation financing for the project. This project, completed by Enterprise Services in partnership with McKinstry Co.

Holiday tree arrives at Capitol Nov. 25, lighting ceremony on Dec. 6

The state holiday tree, the evergreen that adorns the Capitol Building Rotunda each year, will arrive on the Capitol Campus at about 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 25.

The tree will be set up in the rotunda and decorated that day.

The annual public tree lighting ceremony, sponsored by the Association of Washington Business (AWB), is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 6 in the state Capitol Building rotunda.