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Traffic alert: Campus landscape work to impact traffic April 12

There will be brief one-lane closures of some streets surrounding the Capitol Campus on Saturday, April 12 while a contractor hired by Enterprise Services uses a large truck to blow beauty bark onto nearby flower beds.

The work will begin at about 7 a.m. along Washington Street near the Highways-Licenses, Archives and Natural Resources buildings, and then proceed to 11th Avenue and Jefferson Street. The work is expected to take most of the day.

Traffic flaggers and orange cones will be in place during the work.

New Capitol Campus botanical tours now available

Free tours offered Tuesdays and Fridays through September 26

Did you know that the state capitol grounds are home to a tree that has been to the moon? Or that it features a national champion English oak tree that soars more than 108 feet into the air?

You can learn about these trees and more as part of the new Capitol Campus botanical tours offered by the Department of Enterprise Services.

Repairs under way on damaged Campus war memorial

On Sept. 7, melted, dripped candle wax was discovered over an extensive area of the granite base and steps of the Winged Victory Monument — the west Capitol Campus memorial that honors Washington citizens who served in World War I — leaving behind oil stains on the stone.

Power shut off in west campus buildings, including Capitol, on Sept. 7

On Sunday, Sept. 7, the Department of Enterprise Services will oversee a temporary electrical shut off to most buildings on the west Capitol Campus.

The scheduled power outage will begin at about 7 a.m. and end around 5 p.m. and is being done to support the repair and replacement of aging utility infrastructure beneath Sid Snyder Avenue. The utility project started in August and closed Sid Snyder Avenue from Capitol Way to Cherry Lane near the Legislative Building. The project is expected to continue into November.

New trees planted on campus for Oct. 3 urban forestry event

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Maple Park Avenue entrance to Plaza Garage partially closed Oct. 23

The Maple Park Avenue entrance to the Plaza Garage will be partially closed from about 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23.

A concrete mixer truck will be parked near the parking garage entrance that day as part of a project, overseen by the Department of Enterprise Services, to repair and reconstruct two stair towers and an elevator in the parking garage structure.

Seasonal shutdown of west campus fountain set for Oct. 27

The Tivoli Fountain, the popular water feature on the west Capitol Campus, will be turned off for the winter season on Monday, Oct. 27.

In an ongoing effort to diagnose suspected leaks, Enterprise Services will use a gradual shut-down process this year to monitor water movement through the fountain's plumbing and drains as pressure is lowered.

Deschutes Parkway landscape work to impact traffic Sept. 29

On Monday, Sept. 29, a crew from the Washington State Department of Transportation will mow the plant hedge along the west side of Deschutes Parkway from near the 5th Avenue Bridge to Percival Cove, across the street from Marathon Park.

The work will begin at about 8 a.m. and be finished by about 4 p.m.

Both lanes of Deschutes Parkway will be open, but a flagger will help be on site to help manage traffic near the mower.

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State to add thousands of plants, new stormwater system near Capitol to protect Puget Sound

Starting Wednesday, Dec. 3, contractors hired by the Department of Enterprise Services will plant more than 3,000 shrubs and trees near the Legislative Building.

Contractors will also finish installing a new, cutting-edge stormwater management system to reduce polluted surface water runoff that washes into Capitol Lake and Puget Sound.

Dec. 13 gun rights rally could draw thousands to Capitol Campus

Up to 6,000 people could participate in a rally on the state Capitol grounds in Olympia Saturday, Dec. 13 to express their opposition to Initiative 594, the new law that expands gun purchase background checks to include firearms sales and transfers between private citizens.

The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) has approved the use of the campus grounds for the "I Will Not Comply" rally from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. near the Tivoli Fountain on the west Capitol Campus.