Injury prompts reminder about campus parking garage safety

In September, a state employee was struck by a vehicle in the Plaza Garage.

The injured person said he had just parked his car at the start of a work day and was starting to walk towards a garage exit when another state employee, who was "wearing sunglasses, going too fast and driving in the opposite lane," hit him.

In light of this recent incident, the Enterprise Services parking office wants to remind state employees about a few basic safety tips to follow when parking and walking in Capitol Campus parking lots and garages.

Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed workgroup to review relative cost comparisons for management options at Sept. 30 meeting- 09/27/2016

Next community input meeting on Oct. 5

The Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed executive workgroup will hold its next regular monthly meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 at the 1500 Jefferson Street building in Olympia.

The meeting topics include:

Evening work on east Capitol Campus to increase employee parking begins Oct. 3


Plaza Garage parking improvement project


Oct. 3, 2016-Dec. 30, 2016

Section of Deschutes Parkway to be closed Sept. 25

Deschutes Parkway, between Lakeridge Drive and 5th Avenue, will be closed Sunday, September 25 for routine maintenance work.

The road will be closed at about 8 a.m. and should reopen by early afternoon. The closure is weather dependent and will not take place if it rains that day.

Intercity Transit bus Route 44 will be detoured during the closure.

New pedestrian bridge banner policy takes effect October 6

The Department of Enterprise Services, the state agency responsible for managing the Capitol Campus buildings and grounds, is changing its policy on the hanging of banners from the pedestrian bridge that spans Capitol Way near 14th Avenue.

Reminder: Re-striping work in Plaza Garage begins Oct. 3

Evening work will begin on the 'F' level

On Oct. 3, 2016, at 6 p.m., work will begin to improve parking in the Plaza Garage on the east Capitol Campus. The work will:

New exhibit space to open in Capitol Building on Oct. 3

Beginning on Monday, Oct. 3, room 112, on the first floor of the Capitol Building, which has been used exclusively as a lunch room for school group tours, will also become exhibition space.

The first exhibit to be featured in the space will be “Moving Forward, Looking Back: Washington’s First Women in Government,” featuring photos and profiles of the first women to be elected to public office in Washington.

Enterprise Services ready to respond to potential storm damage

As a series of major storm systems blasts the Pacific Northwest, the Department of Enterprise Services stands prepared to respond to potential power outages, downed trees and other storm-related effects to the Capitol Campus in Olympia and other state facilities the agency manages.

Bridge banner moratorium takes effect Oct. 21

The Department of Enterprise Services has placed a moratorium on issuing new permits for hanging banners from the pedestrian bridge that crosses over Capitol Way near the Sid Snyder Avenue entrance to the west Capitol Campus. The moratorium takes effect Oct. 21, 2016.

Concerns about public safety and potential operational impacts prompted the moratorium.

The moratorium does not affect other Capitol Campus locations where banners, signs and displays are allowed.

Footbridge over Capitol Lake to close for repairs Oct. 11-12

The footbridge bridge that spans Capitol Lake between Marathon and Heritage parks will be closed for repairs on Tuesday, Oct. 11 and Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Enterprise Services staff will replace four wooden planks on the bridge and make some other repairs. The wooden planks form the walking surface of the bridge.

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