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Tree work scheduled on Capitol Campus Nov. 26

OLYMPIA — Treatments will be done to improve tree health at various Capitol Campus locations on Nov. 26. 

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services has contracted with Wolbert’s Plant Essentials of Olympia for effort.

A Scotch elm in Sylvester Park will be treated for leaf miners and five large tulip trees near the Legislative Building and Temple of Justice will be treated for aphids. 

Pedestrian impacts

Utility improvement project to repair utility infrastructure continues on West Capitol Campus

Work to replace sewer pipes on the West Capitol Campus continues the week of Nov. 19 and 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.

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. Vehicle traffic will not be impacted.

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.

Final scoping meeting for environmental review of estuary, managed lake and hybrid alternatives for the Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed set for Oct. 22

Enterprise Services seeks input on what to study in Environmental Impact Statement for the waterbody

OLYMPIA – The second public meeting where the Department of Enterprise Services will ask people what should be studied in an environmental review for estuary, managed lake and hybrid options for the waterbody on the Capitol Campus will be held Oct. 22.

The purpose of scoping is to determine the range, or “scope” of issues to study, and it is the first step in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. 

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:

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