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Capitol Lake to be lowered Oct. 16 in preparation for dam repairs Oct. 17

The Department of Enterprise Services will be lowering the level of Capitol Lake on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. – which is high tide -- in preparation of a replacement of the dam’s main operating cables. The replacement is scheduled to start on October 17 at 5 a.m. The replacement of the cables is anticipated to take eight hours to complete. 

Dive crews will be on site. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic will not be impacted.

Pedestrian, vehicle traffic impacts coming to Capitol Way South

The City of Olympia has issued a permit for telecommunications work that will affect sidewalks along Capitol Way South between 11th and 16 Avenues beginning October 7.

Sidewalks will be closed while crews install new telecommunications lines. In addition, flaggers will be on site to direct vehicle traffic. There will be intermittent noise impacts associated with the work.

The Department of Enterprise Services worked with the city to ensure a tree protection plan is in place and to mitigate other potential landscaping impacts to the Capitol Campus.

100 new trees coming to state’s Capitol Campus

You’re invited to celebrate the Centennial Challenge planting effort and Urban and Community Forestry Month on Oct. 18

 

All recreational areas closed during spill response are now open, new interpretive signs installed along trail

DES crews installed 11 new plant signs along the Interpretive trail, and plans to update plantings for six of these signs -- Soft Rush, Sword Fern, Serviceberry, Salal, Black Gooseberry, and Evergreen Huckleberry.
DES crews installed 11 new plant signs along the Interpretive trail, and plans to update plantings for six of these signs - Soft Rush, Sword Fern, Serviceberry, Salal, Black Gooseberry, and Evergreen Huckleberry.

Visitor parking lot closed Sept. 30 for tree removal

The visitor parking lot at Maple Park Ave. S.E. and Jefferson St. S.E. in Olympia will be closed Monday, Sept. 30, as two dead conifer trees are removed. The sidewalk between Maple Park Ave. S.E. and the spiral staircase to the East Plaza will also be closed.

There will be noise from chainsaws and tree chippers between 7 a.m. and noon.

Noise, traffic related to construction to increase beginning this week

Construction-related noise and traffic will increase beginning Wednesday, Aug.

ADA and Sidewalk Improvement Project Update

This is a status update on the project to improve sidewalks as well as ADA access throughout the Capitol Campus. 

Work this week

New banners that adorn Capitol Campus add color, civic education

OLYMPIA -- Department of Enterprise Services crews today hung new banners that reflect the diversity of eastern and western Washington along the north and south diagonals on the Capitol Campus.

Keith Peterson hangs new banners of state symbols on the Capitol Campus

The designs for the banners were chosen to promote civic education and represent state symbols (state flower, fish, fruit, tree, bird).

Free history lecture series begins July 23 on the Capitol Campus

Learn about local history and its connection to state and national events during a series of upcoming lunch and learn lectures on the Capitol Campus. 

The events, which are sponsored by the Capitol Visitor Services Volunteer Program, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Columbia Room of the Legislative (Capitol) Building. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch for the events. 

Here are the dates and topics: 

No heat, hot water in most campus buildings during July 20 weekend work on campus powerhouse

OLYMPIA –- The steam system that supports a dozen state office buildings on the Capitol Campus, including the Legislative Building, will be taken off-line at midnight on Saturday, July 20, so that crews can make repairs to the central powerhouse.

During the outage, the buildings will be without heat and hot water. 

The steam system will be turned back on immediately after the repair. Heat and hot water are expected to be available by 8 p.m. Saturday. 

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