Downtown Street Improvement Projects

Open House

Come see the status of the design work on the Legion and Franklin projects on May 20, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. in Council Chambers.

Map showing Legion Way, Capitol Way, Franklin Street and Washington Street

Enhancing our Downtown Streets

Four major streets in the Downtown core are slated for improvements over the next several years. These projects were proposed as part of the City's Downtown Strategy in order to:

  • Improve walkability
  • Make bike connections
  • Support transit operations
  • Maintain mobility for cars and freight

Status of Projects

Legion will be constructed in 2020. Franklin will be constructed in 2021. To learn more about these projects, watch the City Council Study Session presentation.

Capitol and Washington have not yet been designed. Construction of these two projects will be after 2022. See details about each project below.

Watercolor rendering of Downtown Street Enhancements at Franklin Street

Franklin Street

On Franklin Street, bulb outs at intersections, paving and sidewalk and street tree replacement is proposed. Bulbouts extend the sidewalk into the street at intersections. They slow traffic and shorten the crossing distance for people walking.

Watercolor rendering of Downtown Street Enhancements at Legion Way

Legion Way

A raised intersection, asphalt paving, and bike facilities are proposed. In a raised intersection, the street surface is at the same level as the sidewalk. Cars ramp up slightly as they enter the intersection. The raised intersection serves as a gateway to the downtown core, slows traffic, and makes it easier for people walking to cross the street.

Watercolor rendering of Downtown Street Enhancements at Washington Street

Washington Street

A protected bike lane is proposed from 5th Avenue to the Farmers Market. This will provide a family-friendly route for people to bicycle through the downtown core. Washington Street would become a one-way street in order to preserve parking and provide the protected bike lane. Download our printer-friendly Washington Street Protected Bike Lane Proposal to learn more about the project.  

A Festival Street is proposed for the block in front of the Washington Center. A Festival Street functions like a normal street most days but can be closed and serve as a plaza for special events.

Watercolor rendering of Downtown Street Enhancements at Capitol Way

Capitol Way

The proposal for Capitol Way is to narrow the street through the downtown core in order to provide more sidewalk space and improve the streetscape. The 2014 Greening Capitol Way project recommended removing a lane to widen the sidewalk and landscape areas. The concept continued to receive support through the Downtown Strategy process.

Questions?

Franklin and Legion Projects - contact Jeff Johnstone at 360.753.8290 or jjohnsto@ci.olympia.wa.us

Washington and Capitol Projects - contact Sophie Stimson at 360.753.8497 or sstimson@ci.olympia.wa.us

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