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Plaza Garage Projects

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Plaza Garage Electrical Upgrade and Lighting Improvement Project

Work to improve the lighting in the Plaza Garage is complete. The $2.4 million project installed 16”x16” LED lights on levels A-D and upgraded aging electrical panels in the garage. This new lighting adds to the existing lighting and significantly brightens the driving lanes and pedestrian walkways, making the garage easier to navigate and improving safety.
 
This work was part of the East Plaza Water Infiltration Repair project, a multiple phase restoration and repair of the Plaza Garage. In 2019, it replaced the water barrier over the eastern third of the Plaza Garage, repaired cracks and drains and re-landscaped the eastern third of the southern Plaza. The remainder of the East Plaza repairs and landscaping will be completed over time with future funding requests.

Plaza lights before and after

Photos courtesy of Patriot Construction

Upcoming and continuing work

Aug. 7, 2020 - Electrical and stormwater piping work will have minor impacts on parking in the coming weeks. The work will close several stalls at a time on levels A and B. The garage entrance at Capitol Way S. and 14th Ave. may be closed at times. Signs, cones and tape will indicate the temporary closures. This work is related to the construction of a new Capitol Campus childcare center.

 

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Safety tips

Driving:

  • Turn your headlights on.
  • Go slow. Maximum speed is 12 mph in garages. 

Walking:

  • Consider using your phone flashlight or carrying a light so drivers can see you.
  • Use marked walkways and crosswalks. Modern vehicles, especially electric and hybrid, can be very quiet.

Maple Park entrance