Swim Advisory Lifted At Burfoot Park Beach

Recent water quality testing for the Burfoot Park beach area shows that bacteria levels that were elevated earlier in July have now dropped, and the swimming advisory for the beach has been lifted.

On July 18, Thurston County officials posted signs at Burfoot Park after tests showed elevated levels of bacteria in the water. While the beach was never closed to swimming, the signs advised park visitors to use caution and recommended avoiding contact with the water. Now that bacteria levels have dropped, the advisory signs have been removed.

“While the health risk at Burfoot Beach was relatively low for most people in this case, we wanted to be sure that people visiting the beach had good information and were aware of the situation,” said Art Starry, Director of the county’s Environmental Health Division. “We want people to have a good experience and enjoy the water safely.”


I-5/Tumwater Blvd Ramps Close Next Week For Paving

TUMWATER – Short-term ramp and lane closures are scheduled next week while crews repave the two right southbound lanes of Interstate 5 between US 101 and Tumwater Boulevard. Beginning at 10 p.m. each night from Sunday to Thursday, Aug. 3-7, two lanes of southbound I-5 will close to traffic between milepost 104.3 to 101.2 as construction crews grind and replace the pavement. The lanes will reopen by 6 a.m. each following morning. In addition to closing lanes on southbound I-5, crews will close the southbound I-5 exit to Tumwater Boulevard and the Tumwater Boulevard on-ramp to southbound I-5 at 10 p.m. on both Sunday, Aug. 3 and Monday, Aug. 4. The ramps will re-open the following morning by 6 a.m. Detours will not be provided for the ramp closures and motorists will need to use alternate routes. City of Tumwater News Release – August 1, 2014 Washington State Department of Transportation News Release August 1, 2014

West Bay Sidewalk Project In Olympia

Beginning August 11, the City's contractor, Harlow Construction Company Inc., will start construction of the West Bay Sidewalk Project. This project will construct a sidewalk and curb on the west side of West Bay Drive, connecting the existing sidewalk at Brawne Avenue to the existing sidewalk at Smyth Landing. When it is complete there will be over a mile of continuous sidewalk from Harrison Avenue to Elliott Avenue. The new sidewalk will be separated from the roadway by planter strips where feasible and will include concrete retaining walls at several locations.

The project design includes public art, which incorporates the poetry of a local poet into the retaining walls and sidewalk along with designs on the face of the retaining walls that honor the vibrant logging and lumber industry that existed in this area.

Additional work includes stormwater system improvements that will collect rain water flowing off the new sidewalk and route this water through biofiltration units that will remove a variety of pollutants from the stormwater runoff before discharging this treated stormwater to West Bay.

Construction is expected to be complete by November 2014.


SR 302 Drivers In Mason County Should Expect Resurfacing, Delays

ALLYN – Drivers on State Route 302 in Mason County should be prepared for delays one day next week as Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews resurface a portion of the highway. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, drivers will encounter one-way alternating traffic escorted by a pilot car as they approach the intersection with State Route 3. Motorcyclists and bicyclists should use extreme caution in the work zone due to loose rocks on the roadway and shoulder. The project will rehabilitate and extend the life of the roadway. Washington State Department of Transportation – August 1, 2014