City of Olympia plans downtown street closures for Tuesday, Oct. 4. Here’s where to avoid

People traveling through downtown Olympia may encounter street closures this week.

Washington Street between Fifth Avenue and Legion Way will be closed on Tuesday so crews can complete maintenance at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, according to the city. The Center has been closed this summer for interior renovations that cost about $8.6 million.

A detour will be in place from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. that day, directing vehicles around the closed portion of Washington Street. The city says pedestrians should still be able to access businesses on the street, but the sidewalk directly in front of the center will be closed.

The City of Olympia plans to close Washington Street between 5th Avenue and Legion Way on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
The City of Olympia plans to close Washington Street between 5th Avenue and Legion Way on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Franklin Street Northeast also will be closed on Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. between A Avenue Northeast and Market Street. The city plans to repeat this closure the following Tuesday, Oct. 11.

The closure will give a crane space on Franklin Street to work on the adjacent parcel owned by the LOTT Wastewater Treatment Plant, according to the city. Crews will place detour signs in the area, but the city advises people to avoid the area entirely if possible.