A $200,000 project is underway to fix buckled sidewalks that are considered tripping hazards for pedestrians near the state Capitol.
Contractors Monday morning sawed down trees that were contributing to the sidewalk problems in two locations along 11th Avenue Southeast. Work to tear out broken concrete and build forms for new walkways is expected to follow this week.
“Taking the trees out was the first step,” said Jenn Reynolds, spokeswoman for the Department of Enterprise Services, which serves as the state landlord agency and is monitoring the job.
The three sites are at Capitol Way and 11th, Washington Street and 11th, and along Sid Snyder Way and Capitol Way. The latter site’s work includes removal of pavement to accommodate a bus shelter, and Enterprise Services said some traffic lanes were to be restricted during the jobs.
The state agency also said it is putting in replacement trees believed to be less likely to cause problems to walkways. Chonosuki crab apples are replacing four linden trees along Capitol Way, five dwarf mountain hemlocks replace a half-dozen cypress cedars along Washington Street, and Apollo maples replace three bow maples along Washington Street.
The general contractor on the project is Burton Construction, based in Spokane. Two subcontractors — South Bay Excavating of Olympia and Wilson Concrete Construction of Pacific — also are involved.
The funding is part of the millions of dollars the Legislature appropriated this year for Capitol Campus repairs during 2013-15.
Reynolds said work should be completed by Oct. 18, including cleanup.
Other sidewalk repairs are expected before long on the south side of the east Capitol Campus along Maple Lane, where concrete is being pulled out for a wiring project.