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Governor's Mansion holiday tours fully booked for 2017

Reservations for tours went fast

OLYMPIA — Holiday tours of the state Governor's Mansion, which are among Washington's most popular tours, are now fully booked. Slots have filled for morning and afternoon tours on Dec. 6, 13, and 20. Each tour is open to 25 guests.

Visitors to the Georgian-style mansion, situated on a bluff overlooking Capitol Lake, with views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, will get a 45-minute walking tour of the mansion's holiday decorations, which are entirely paid for by private donations.

Workers are entering the final stages of NRB Garage fire suppression and critical repairs project

All parking on level P-1 will be open by Nov. 3

The work in the NRB Garage is nearing completion. All employee and visitor parking on level P-1 will be open by Friday, Nov. 3, but can only be accessed from Washington Street. Employee parking on levels P-2 and P-3 can be accessed from Jefferson Street only. The 11th Street entrance to level P-2 is scheduled to open in December.

The entrance to the Multipurpose Room and the east bicycle cage on level P-1 are now open.

Workers to begin moving into newest Capitol Campus building Nov. 3

Nov. 1 event marks opening of 106 11th Avenue Building

The Department of Enterprise Services is inviting people to come and see the newest building on the Capitol Campus at noon, Nov. 1.

Reminder: Short-term closures to interpretive trails near Deschutes Parkway will occur during work to clear vegetation

One week of work to clear overgrown vegetation will be conducted by the Washington State Department of Transportation along the pedestrian trails east of the Interpretive Center and the west side of Deschutes Parkway between Lakeridge Drive and the Interstate 5 overpass will begin Oct. 23.

The project will clear overgrown vegetation along interpretive trails to increase pedestrian comfort, visibility and safety.

Portions of the interpretive trails will be closed to ensure safety during the project. Barricades and signs will be posted.

A portion of the east side of level P-2 closed until Monday, Oct. 16

A portion of the east side of level P-2 of the NRB Parking Garage will be closed until Monday, Oct. 16, for continuing work to apply waterproofing material.

The visitor parking lot on level P-1 west is open, however, stalls on the west side of the lot are closed until Oct. 20. The P-1 level can only be accessed from Washington Street. Metered parking is available to visitors to the Capitol Campus and costs $2 per hour.

Heritage Park Hillside Trail (a.k.a. the switchback trail) to be closed Oct. 10 for erosion control work and maintenance

The Heritage Park Hillside Trail (a.k.a. the switchback trail) will be closed Tuesday, Oct. 10 for annual trail maintenance as well as erosion control work.

Maintenance work includes trimming overgrown plants and filling in ruts.

Lighting and vegetation work to bring minor impacts to Marathon and Heritage Parks as well as Interpretive Center trails in October

Lighting work will result in small areas of both Marathon and Heritage parks being unavailable to users from Oct. 2 to 13. Later in the month, beginning Oct. 23, work to clear overgrown vegetation will bring short-term closures to interpretive trails near Deschutes Parkway.

Lighting work

From Oct. 2 to 13, Enterprise Services will be performing work to upgrade exterior lighting along Deschutes Parkway as part a larger project to upgrade exterior lighting on the Capitol Campus.

Enterprise Services to improve turfgrass on West Campus great lawn in October

People are being asked to stay off the grass in the great lawn on West Campus in October while work to renovate the turfgrass is done.

Work will include aerating and seeding the grass as well as "topdressing" with compost to improve the soil the grass grows in.

Work will be done in three phases:

Twenty-two visitor parking stalls to close until Oct. 20

The NRB Parking Garage Level P-1 West Visitor Parking Lot is open, however -- beginning Sept. 29 -- 22 stalls on the west side of the lot will close until Oct. 20. Metered parking is available to visitors to the Capitol Campus and costs $2 per hour.

One more concrete pour, additional parking available to employees and agency vehicles

One more concrete pour is scheduled for Friday, September 22. This pour will cause a partial closure on P-2 northeast area. There will continue to be impacts to parking as the work continues into December.

The NRB Parking Garage Level P-1 West Visitor Parking Lot is open. Beginning Monday, September 25, the northwest stair tower will be open.

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