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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.

This work will be in phases, starting at the south end of Deschutes Parkway at the Interpretive Center and proceeding to the north. Because of the number of circuits and lights involved, a number of the street lights may be out of service on some nights -- but only a few at a time.

Marathon Park Restrooms will be affected for a couple of hours each morning, starting the morning of Oct. 4, because circuits will need to be shut down to ensure safety while work in the area is performed.

The work has been scheduled to occur following the summer season, which is the busiest time for Capitol Campus park use and events.

About the project

The Capitol Campus Exterior Lighting Improvement Project is an energy savings effort. Upgrades for energy efficiency were recently completed on the East and West Capitol grounds.

The project replaces about 80 percent of the campus light fixtures to improve campus safety in the evening and nighttime and to achieve long-term cost avoidance due to reduced energy consumption.

Vegetation work week of Oct. 23

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.

Deschutes Parkway will not be closed, but there will be traffic impacts. Flaggers will be on site to help direct traffic around tractors and mowers to ensure safety.

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Enterprise Services at the Work Management Center at (360) 725-0000.

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