Some pedestrian walkways will be closed on the East Capitol Plaza Wednesday, Nov. 14 – Friday, Nov. 16, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m., near the Department of Transportation and Employment Security buildings so work can be done to inspect the waterproofing materials meant to prevent water infiltration into the Plaza Garage. Pedestrian detours will be open to parkers using the garage stairs or elevators in towers 1 and 2.
Work to replace sewer pipes on the West Capitol Campus will begin Monday, Nov. 12, and will have some impacts to parking and traffic flow. The project 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.
OLYMPIA — Reservations are now available for holiday tours to the Governor's Mansion, which are among Washington's most popular tours. Morning and afternoon tours are offered, on a first-come, first-served basis, on Wednesday, December 5, 12, and 19. Each tour is open to 25 guests. The tours are hosted by the Governor's Mansion Foundation and morning times include 10, 10:20, 10:40, 11, and 11:20. Afternoon tours are set for 1, 1:20, 1:40, 2, 2:20, 2:40, and 3.
The switchback trail between Heritage Park and the Capitol Campus will be closed Wednesday, October 10. The closure is necessary to prune trees and blackberry bushes that have overgrown the trail, as well as repairing some erosion in the gravel pathway.
The trail will re-open Thursday, October 11 after Enterprise Services completes the annual maintenance.
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As we enter the fall season and see less and less daylight, Capitol Security and Visitor Services (CSVS) and the Washington State Patrol (WSP) would like to share a few safety tips for people out walking or jogging on the Capitol Campus, especially in the parks or isolated locations:
OLYMPIA — Tree pruning work will be done near the Winged Victory monument on the Capitol Campus from Sept. 6 through 8.
The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services has contracted with Cascade Tree Experts for the pruning effort, which aims to improve tree health and ensure public safety. The contractor will be working on the Blue Atlas cedar near the northwest corner of the Insurance Building.
OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services’ Capitol Security and Visitor Services has issued a permit to The Olympian for its annual Pet Parade. The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon on August 18. It includes a parade that will begin at 10 a.m. at Heritage Park, wind through downtown Olympia and end at Sylvester Park.
Organizers estimate that 1,000 people will attend the event, which could affect traffic and parking in the area.