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Safety measures continue on Capitol Campus

In the coming days, the Department of Enterprise Services anticipates that several non-permitted events may take place on the Capitol Campus.

DES Safety Alert: Safety measures on Capitol Campus to continue

Certain West Capitol Campus roads and trails, as well as the parking diagonals, will continue to be closed to the public until further notice for public safety reasons, including meeting emergency vehicle access requirements. In the coming days, the Department of Enterprise Services anticipates several unpermitted events regarding a variety of topics.

Notice of COVID-19 Purchase Exception

Effective immediately, procurements for goods and services directly related to the state's response to the novel coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) are excepted from competitive solicitation requirements.

As a precaution, DES increases cleaning and disinfecting work on campus

As the situation around COVID-19 (coronavirus) evolves, the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) continues taking steps to maintain a clean and safe working environment.

DES is deploying additional resources to clean and disinfect public areas on the Capitol Campus, and is increasing the frequency of this work. In addition, DES is hiring 30 additional on-call staff to assist as needed.

Examples of increased cleaning and disinfecting work:

Monday event to bring large trucks to campus

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued a permit for a Monday, March 2 event that will bring noise, traffic and parking impacts to the Capitol Campus.

 

Some participants at permitted Friday event may openly carry firearms

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued a permit for an event on the North Steps of the Legislative Building on Friday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Organizers of the Liberty State Lobby Day event have informed DES that some participants will likely openly carry firearms at the event.

State law allows citizens to openly carry firearms in most public areas, including the Capitol Campus. Organizers expect about 250 people to attend.

Reminder: Jan. 17 events to bring parking, traffic and noise impacts

The Department of Enterprise Service (DES) has issued permits for Capitol Campus events that will use the North Steps of the Legislative Building and also bring traffic, parking and noise impacts.

Parking closures include the Flag Circle and the visitor parking lot on the west side of the GA Building. In addition, the North and South Diagonals are closed to public parking and reserved for designated state agency use.

Permitted events include two rallies:

Upcoming campus events to bring traffic, pedestrian, parking and noise impacts

OLYMPIA - The Department of Enterprise Service (DES) has issued permits for Capitol Campus events this week that will use the North Steps of the Legislative Building and also bring traffic, parking and noise impacts.

DES enforceable parking restrictions rulemaking update

As the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) moves forward with a rulemaking effort to consider parking restrictions on Deschutes Parkway and other Capitol Campus roadways, the agency will be engaging affected parkers, community groups, local neighborhoods, campus event organizers and others.

Campus tree work to continue Sunday, Dec. 29

OLYMPIA — Work to complete pruning on two longstanding Norway maples on Capitol Campus will occur on Sunday, Dec. 29. Previous work occurred Sunday, Dec. 22.

One tree that will be pruned is near the sunken garden, and one is by Capitol Way between the Tivoli Fountain and the south diagonal. Work will begin at 7:30 a.m.

The approximately 100-year-old maples have health issues but they are manageable for now. The maples are significantly larger and older than average trees on campus—and branch weight needs to be reduced to extend the trees’ safe, useful life.

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