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Franklin Street Construction Project Update

Friday, May 14, 2021

Thanks for your interest in the Franklin Street Improvement Project. Please feel free to share this information with your fellow neighbors and encourage them to sign up to receive email updates.

New Water Main and Water Service Installations
As a part of this project, a new water main and water service lines will be installed. These improvements will increase the resiliency of the City’s drinking water system. This work includes digging in the street and sidewalks, removing old pipes, connecting new pipes, and temporarily patching the work area. Temporary water shutoffs are needed to safely complete this work. Affected businesses and residents will be notified in advance.

Upcoming Work and Construction Effects 
The following construction activities will be taking place in the coming weeks with accompanying impacts:

  • Franklin Street and State Avenue
    • installation of a new water main
    • Water service connections and renewals
      • Temporary water shutoffs should be expected during the connection process. Affected businesses and residents will be notified in advance.
    • Water quality and pressure testing 
       
  • Franklin Street and 5th Avenue
    • Water service connections and renewals
      • Temporary water shutoffs should be expected during the connection process. Affected businesses and residents will be notified in advance.
      • Water quality and pressure testing
         
  • Franklin Street between Legion Way and 5th Avenue 
    • Water service connections and renewals 
      • Temporary water shutoffs should be expected during the connection process. Affected businesses and residents will be notified in advance.
    • Water quality and pressure testing 

If you're traveling in the area, please be aware of daytime road closures at the following locations: 

  • Franklin Street and State Avenue 
    • Traffic will be reduced to one lane and parking will be impacted on the north and south sides of State Avenue between Washington and Adams streets.  
  • Franklin Street and 5th Avenue 
  • Franklin Street between Legion Way and 5th Avenue 

Upcoming Temporary Intersection Closures
Periodic full intersection closures are scheduled to take place throughout the project. This allows crews to safely complete work in the street and helps mitigate longer-term impacts to traffic flow. Closures will be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and may last up to four weeks per intersection. Detour information will be shared through this update in the weeks to come. See below for the first area of work:  

  • 5th Avenue starting as soon as May 25

Our Commitment to Being a Good Neighbor
Keeping you informed and minimizing impacts are top priorities. During construction, we’re committed to working closely with project neighbors and will:

  • Be available for questions
  • Provide advance notice about construction through email updates and other promotions
  • Ensure project signage is clear and effective to encourage safety and caution near active work zones
  • Maintain access to businesses

What to Expect During Construction
Typical construction hours are weekdays, between 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., with occasional weekend and night work. We will communicate with businesses, residents, customers, and commuters who may be affected and provide advance notification and detour information as needed.

Potential impacts during construction include:

  • Noise, vibration, dust, and debris
  • Driveway closures 
  • Street and/or lane closures
  • Water shutoffs during water main and trenching work; affected residents and businesses will be notified at least two days in advance by our Public Works Department
  • Large machinery and truck activity
  • Construction staging and parking impacts near the construction sites
  • Crosswalk and sidewalk closures, and detours for people walking and biking

 

 

Contact

Franklin Street Improvement Outreach Team
Construction hotline: 360.216.7720
Email: FranklinStreet@ci.olympia.wa.us
Webpage: www.olympiawa.gov/FranklinStreet

 
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