UPDATED: Noisy sidewalk removal near Capitol Building scheduled for June 14-16

The Department of Enterprise Services will remove a section of sidewalk near the southeast entrance to the Legislative Building, at the northwest corner of the intersection at Sid Snyder Avenue and Cherry Lane, on June 14-16 to make repairs to underground electrical conduit.

The work will involve the use of a jackhammer, cutting saw and small excavator.

The work will block the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) curb ramp for part of the day on June 15. Pedestrians will be routed to the southern ramp on this corner of the street.

Public to present on Capitol Lake hybrid options, economic and biological benefits of estuary restoration and more on June 24

Capitol Lake/Deschutes Estuary workgroup to discuss hybrid options for future management of Capitol Lake at June 24 meeting

On Friday, June 24, several local citizens will make presentations to the Capitol Lake/Deschutes estuary executive workgroup about their ideas for a dual estuary/lake hybrid management option, while others will present on the biological and economic benefits of dam removal and estuary restoration.

The presentations are scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. at the 1500 Jefferson Street building in Olympia.

Enterprise Services to remove cracked limb at risk of falling in Sylvester Park June 16

Starting Thursday morning, a Department of Enterprise Services contractor will be in Sylvester Park to remove a cracked limb on the historic American elm inside the park that is at risk of falling.

Sylvester Park is one of four parks that Enterprise Services manages as part of its duties to maintain the 486-acre Capitol Campus in Olympia. Enterprise Services has established a safety zone around the elm made up of barricades and caution tape.

Pride event activities slated to be held in Heritage Park June 18-19

Heritage Park, the state-owned park in downtown Olympia, will host the Capital City Pride Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19.

The annual event includes a parade that begins at noon Sunday, June 19, that heads north on Capitol Way to Heritage Park. Cleanup activities in the park are slated to wrap up at about 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The Capital City Pride Festival is hosted by the area's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied community and its supporters.

Campus tree removal, trimming scheduled for June 23-24

A tree care company will be on the Capitol Campus and other nearby state properties June 23-24 to remove a dead tree, prune a historic one and grind several stumps.

Starting at around 8 a.m. on June 23, Arbor Care Tree Specialists will remove a dead elm tree on the north side of Centennial Park. The work will require the closure of some parking stalls and one lane of the south side of Union Avenue between Washington and Franklin streets.

Next Capitol Lake/Deschutes Estuary community input meeting on June 29

State seeks input on possible hybrid options – part freshwater or saltwater reflecting pool, part estuary

The Capitol Lake/Deschutes Estuary executive workgroup is currently seeking community ideas for possible hybrid options – part freshwater or saltwater reflecting pool, part estuary – that would make improvements to fish and wildlife habitat and ecosystem functions, while also maintaining a historic reflecting pool at the north end of the lake/estuary.

Council seeks comment as it updates state building codes

The Washington State Building Code Council is seeking public comments through Oct. 23 as it conducts rulemaking to update the state building code.

Building codes ensure structures are built and maintained to help withstand earthquakes and prevent the spread of fire, are accessible, meet life safety requirements, and are energy efficient.

Demolition work to close Capitol Way on Sept. 15

One block of Capitol Way is scheduled to be closed between 11th Avenue and Union Street at about 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15 for the demolition of the front entrance of the old 1063 building.

The closure is expected to last about an hour or less.

Washington State Patrol will have troopers at both intersections to redirect traffic around the closure.

Columbia Street closure tenatively scheduled to begin October 20

The closure of Columbia Street, between 11th Avenue and Union Avenue, is scheduled to begin on Oct. 20, pending final approval by the city of Olympia. The closure, if approved, would remain in effect until the 1063 Block Replacement Project is completed in 2017.

The closure is needed for public safety reasons. There is heavy truck traffic and constant construction activity in the area. The closed section of roadway will be used for the temporary storage of equipment and supplies, and provide safe access to the west side of the construction site.

Capitol Way traffic light to be out on Sept. 3 due to demolition work

There will be a localized electrical outage on Thursday, Sept. 3 affecting the traffic light at Capitol Way and Union Avenue in Olympia.

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will shut off electricity to the power pole near the intersection of Columbia Street and Union Avenue, which will cause the traffic light at Capitol Way and Union Avenue to be down from about 12:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. that day.