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Pedestrians will use detours on East Capitol Campus Nov. 14-16

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.

Utility improvement project to repair utility infrastructure on West Capitol Campus

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.

Reservations now available for mansion holiday tours

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.

Maintenance and repairs will temporarily close Marathon Park Pedestrian Bridge during the first week of November

The Department of Enterprise Services will be making repairs to the Marathon Park Pedestrian Bridge during the week of Nov. 5, 2018. The bridge will be closed 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Signage will be posted around Heritage Park and Marathon Park walkways to alert visitors of the closure.

The repairs will replace planking and secure it to the bridge structure. The work is intended to enhance pedestrian safety and extend the life of the structure.

Switchback trail closure on Wednesday, Oct. 10

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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Helpful fall season safety reminders

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:

Legislative Building lights to go dark Monday evening

Lights of the upper stories and dome will be off between 8 & 9 p.m. to recognize gender equality

Tree work scheduled on Capitol Campus September 6-8

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.

Capitol dome cleaning and preservation work begins soon

Photo of workers cleaning the dome in 2012
Workers last performed cleaning and preservation work in 2012.



Parade expected to bring 1,000 people (and many pets) to Capitol Campus parks

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.