Franklin Street Improvements

What's happening?

Franklin Street, between Legion Way and State Avenue is being completely transformed with a variety of improvements including:

  • New sidewalks
  • Curb bulb outs at intersections
  • Decorative pedestrian and street lighting
  • A new concrete street surface
  • New street trees and planters
  • Public art
  • Bike racks

Construction is expected last into 2022. Impacts will vary throughout the year, but are anticipated to be the heaviest during the summer months.

Stay informed

We’ll provide regular construction updates via email. You can sign up to receive updates by emailing

Learn more

On April 7, 2021, we hosted an online construction drop-in session. Read the event summary or watch the recording to learn about the project scope and schedule, design elements, and potential construction impacts.

What to expect during construction

During construction, typical work hours are weekdays, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., with occasional weekend and night work. We will communicate with businesses, residents, customers and commuters who may be affected and provide advance notification and detour information as needed. Other expected impacts include:

  • Noise, vibrations, dust, and debris
  • Driveway impacts
  • Street and/or lane closures
  • Water shutoffs during water main and trenching work. Affected residents and businesses will be notified at least 2 days in advance by our Public Works Department.
  • Large machinery and truck activity
  • Construction staging and parking impacts near the construction sites
  • Crosswalk and sidewalk closures, and detours for people walking and biking
  • Construction waste bins in the right of way

Project background

Olympia’s downtown core is one of the most historic and unique areas in the state of Washington. This area is home to over 450 independently owned businesses and nearly 2,000 residents. Franklin Street is one of four projects proposed as a part of the Downtown Strategy that are designed to:

  • Improve walkability
  • Maintain mobility for cars and freight
  • Support transit

The other projects include Legion Way (completed in 2020), Washington Street and Capitol Way (schedules TBD).


Call 360.216.7720 or email