WA Secretary of State Blogs
From Our Corner

Why a key road to Capitol is closed

by Brian Zylstra | August 22nd, 2014


A sign directs drivers where to go while Sid Snyder Avenue is closed during a construction project. 

If you’ve been to the Capitol Campus over the past week and noticed that the road is closed between the Legislative Building and Capitol Way, there’s a reason for it: A construction project is happening.

According to the Department of Enterprise Services, the work will repair substandard electrical ducts, aged water lines, and other deficient utilities. When complete, the project will deliver a newly paved roadway with new sidewalks, landscaping, drainage systems, and fully functional utility services. The project includes 16 new street trees to line both sides of Sid Snyder Avenue. Work is expected go continue through November.

Four existing trees on the south side of the road were removed earlier this week as part of the project. From a Department of Enterprise Services news release:

Four trees on the south side of Sid Snyder Avenue will be removed as part of a larger project to repair and replace underground utility infrastructure, including 80-year-old water lines. The trees slated for removal include a purple-leaf beech, red oak, red maple and London plane tree. The trees are quite large and are not well suited to the limited space between the street and sidewalk. In addition, it appears the trees may suffer a fungal infestation, making it unlikely the trees could survive the construction project.

The state will plant 16 new street trees that will line both sides of the street. These trees will help create a formal corridor for the southern entrance to the west campus and the Legislative Building, as outlined in the original Olmsted Brothers campus landscape plan.


A view of the construction project from the southeast corner of the Legislative Building. (Photo courtesy of Patrick McDonald)


Workers clear branches and other debris after cutting down several trees along Sid Snyder Avenue as part of the construction project.

Comments are closed.

About this Blog

The Washington Office of the Secretary of State’s blog provides from-the-source information about important state news and public services. This space acts as a bridge between the public and Secretary Kim Wyman and her staff, and we invite you to contribute often to the conversation here.

On the Web

Comments Disclaimer

The comments and opinions expressed by users of this blog are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of the Secretary of State’s Office or its employees. The agency screens all comments in accordance with the Secretary of State’s blog use policy, and only those that comply with that policy will be approved and posted. Outside comments will not be edited by the agency.

Your Corner of Washington

Older Posts


Blog Contributors

Recent Topics