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Traffic alert: Jan. 9 lane closures in 14th Avenue tunnel

Both eastbound and westbound inside lanes of the 14th Avenue tunnel in Olympia will be closed from about 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday Jan. 9 while Enterprise Services replaces bulbs in light fixtures and does other routine maintenance work.

Traffic flaggers and barricades will be place during the work.

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Campus tree trimming and removal Jan. 8-10

A tree care company will be on the Capitol Campus and other nearby state properties Jan. 8-10 to prune hazardous limbs and remove non-native species.

Arbor Care Tree Service of Astoria, Ore., will prune two tulip trees growing near the southeast corner of the Temple of Justice. While both trees are in good health, the company will remove some dead branches and large healthy ones overhanging a sidewalk.

Crew to pull ivy from campus hillside during January

A six-person crew will pull ivy and other invasive plants from the west Capitol Campus hillsides during most of January.

The crew is with Puget SoundCorps, which is part of the Washington Conservation Corps program administered by state Department of Ecology. The Washington Conservation Corps is affiliated with the federal AmeriCorps program.

Heritage Park restrooms to close for repairs starting March 3

The public restrooms at Heritage Park, on the North Capitol Campus near the intersection of Water Street and Legion Way in Olympia, will be closed from March 3 until mid-May for re-roofing and interior improvements.

Three porta-potties and a hand-washing station will be placed nearby to serve the public during the closure. One of the porta-potties will be accessible to people with disabilities.

Fencing will be erected around the construction site during the project.

Gun rights rally could draw 400 to Capitol grounds Jan. 19

Up to 400 people could participate in a Sunday, Jan. 19 rally on the west Capitol Campus to express their opposition to further firearms regulations.

Enterprise Services, which manages public events and activities at the capitol grounds, issued the permit to the group Washington State Guns Across America.

The group's self-described "Stand Your Ground" rally is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. near the Tivoli Fountain.

Beauty bark blower to create noise near Cherberg and O'Brien buildings Jan. 18

On Saturday Jan. 18, a landscaping company hired by Enterprise Services will lay down bark mulch on the shrub beds by the north entrance to the Cherberg building, the flower beds near the sundial and around the cherry trees in front of the Cherberg and O'Brien buildings.

The work will begin around 7:30 a.m. and finish at about 1 p.m.

The contractor will use a truck and blower to apply the bark creating noise throughout the work.

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Capitol Building repairs, cleaning begin Sept. 2

Work begins next week on phase three of the sandstone preservation, cleaning and exterior leak repairs of the Legislative (Capitol) Building.

In this phase of work the contractor — Western Waterproofing Co. of Renton — will repair and repoint mortar joints around the four mini-domes and other areas below the main dome.

The contractor will remove pavers on the exterior plaza near the north stairs to repair or replace drain assemblies and install weatherproofing.

Crew to pull ivy from Centennial Park starting Jan. 27

A six-person crew that has been working to remove invasive plants on a section of the hillside above Heritage will move to the grounds of Centennial Park during the last week of January.

The crew is with Puget SoundCorps, which is part of the Washington Conservation Corps program administered by the state Department of Ecology. The Washington Conservation Corps is affiliated with the federal AmeriCorps program.

Pride event to impact campus roads, Sylvester Park June 20-22

Sylvester Park, the state-owned park in downtown Olympia, will be closed on Friday, June 20 starting at 2 p.m. so the organizers of the Capital City Pride Festival can setup for the weekend-long event.

The annual event includes a parade that begins at noon on Sunday, June 22, at the Capitol steps. The parade then heads north on Capitol Way, turns east on Fifth Avenue and then heads south on Washington Street to Sylvester Park.

Campus tree trimming and removal planned for June 9-10

A tree care company will be on the Capitol Campus Monday, June 9 and Tuesday, June 10 to remove some hazardous trees and limbs and inspect three fir trees near the Governor's Mansion.

The company will remove two locust trees north of the Archives Building and a dead red alder in Centennial Park, the small park on the south side of Union Avenue between Washington and Franklin streets. The locust trees will be replaced with two paperbark maples that will be planted this fall.

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