Submitted by Washington State Department of Enterprise Services

Event will affect parking, traffic on Capitol Campus

About 500 people are expected to attend the 2017 Medal of Honor and Peace Officers Memorial ceremony that will be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at the Law Enforcement Memorial, which is located near the Temple of Justice overlooking Capitol Lake and the north Capitol Campus.

The ceremony honors law enforcement officers who gave their life in the line of duty and those who displayed exceptional meritorious conduct.

The event will cause some impacts to parking, traffic and bus service on the west Capitol Campus on the day of the ceremony and the night before.

There will be a 21-gun salute during the ceremony and practice salutes on the west side of the General Administration Building earlier in the day.

Ceremony set-up begins around 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, requiring the closure of the parking lot and short roadway behind the Temple of Justice. The north and south diagonals, the short, one-way drives that run from Capitol Way towards the Legislative Building, will also be closed the evening of May 4. Both areas will remain closed until after the ceremony – about 3 p.m. on May 5.

A short section of 11th Avenue – from Capitol Way to Water Street SW, in front of the General Administration Building – will also be closed. This closure will begin at 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 4, and remain in effect until after the ceremony.

Other May 5 closures related to the ceremony include:

  • Cherry Lane from the flag circle north to Water Street – from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Water Street, near the campus greenhouses, to 11th Avenue – from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • The hillside switchback trail below the Law Enforcement Memorial will be closed during the ceremony.

The Dash shuttle will continue to run through the west campus on May 5, but the route will be modified and the colorful buses will not stop at all of the usual locations before and during the ceremony.

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