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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

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: 

Volunteer tour guides and greeters needed at the Washington State Capitol

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services is seeking volunteer tour guides and greeters at the state capitol in Olympia.

Training will be provided. Must be 18 years of age, and willing to commit up to four hours a week.

Recruitment is underway for the following positions:

Basketball tournament to close campus streets July 20-21

The Department of Enterprise Services’ Capitol Security and Visitor Services has issued a permit for Capital City 3 on 3, a three-on-three basketball tournament, July 20-21st.

Annual festival to impact campus streets July 13-22

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued a permit for Capital Lakefair, an annual five-day community festival on the shores of Capitol Lake.

Organizers estimate that more than 200,000 people will attend the event, which runs July 17-22, and requires temporary closures of several Capitol Campus and city streets throughout the week.

A section of Water Street Southwest, next to Heritage Park will be closed starting July 13th at 8 a.m. for festival set up.

Here is a partial list of street closures during Lakefair:

Long-range electric vehicles in Washington state’s fleet surpass 1M miles driven

One million miles driven and counting – that’s the status of the 113 long-range electric vehicles (EVs) in the state fleet managed by the Department of Enterprise Services. It is a milestone reached this month, just over two years after the state introduced long-range EVs into its fleet. Through an initiative in 2015, Governor Jay Inslee directed state agencies to make 20 percent of new passenger vehicle purchases electric by 2017. This year Inslee upped the ante to 50 percent by 2020.

B&G teams spruce up the Capitol Campus for summertime visitors

Workers planting flowers around Tivoli Fountain on the Capitol Campus.

Talk about curb appeal.

In recent weeks, Buildings & Grounds crews have been working hard to spruce up the lawns, landscapes, monuments and other features of the Capitol Campus so that they’ll sparkle for the summer.

Here are some examples of their work.

Tree work scheduled June 26 and 28 on the Capitol Campus

Crews will remove a large blue Atlas cedar tree limb that poses potential safety hazards for pedestrians along Cherry Lane near the northwest corner of the Insurance Building on Wednesday, June 26. 

Sidewalks along the northwest corner of Insurance Building will be closed during the work, and some parking spaces on Cherry Lane will be cordoned off. A small number of parking spaces on the south side of the Winged Victory circle will be cordoned off as a staging area. 

Capital City Pride Festival to bring estimated 5,000 to Capitol Campus June 23

Capital City Pride Festival to bring estimated 5,000 to Capitol Campus June 23

The Department of Enterprise Services' has issued a permit for the 2019 Capital City Pride Festival on Sunday, June 23.

Festival organizers estimate that 5,000 people will attend the annual event, which could affect traffic and parking on Capitol Campus. The event includes a noon parade from the flag circle lawn near the Legislative Building to Heritage Park, where festival activities are scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m.

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