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April 1: The start of the Downtown Pullman Project

Streets closing and new routes created for drivers
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Plans for stripping on Olsen Street courtesy of the Downtown Pullman Newsletter

North East Olsen Street is set to close on April 1 in conjunction with the Downtown Pullman Project. 

The street will be shut down for a single day to re-stripe diagonal parking. 

According to the Downtown Pullman Project website newsletter, the street design will be modified from four lanes of traffic with parallel parking to two lanes of traffic with diagonal parking. 

Mayor Francis Benjamin said the Olsen Street closure is part of the preparation for the downtown project. 

“It should be a very quick closure, you know, a one-day type of thing,” he said.

Main Street will also be closing by the end of the day on April 1, Benjamin said. 

“We [are] turn[ing] Paradise Street into a two-way and then doing a temporary freight [truck bypass] through Bishop Boulevard,” he said. 

When it comes to construction people can get confused, but the main point is that downtown businesses are remaining open, Benjamin said. 

“We’ll still have ADA access by foot with sidewalks in front of all the businesses, so it’ll be easy to walk along Main Street even though the road might close,” he said. 

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GABRIELLE BOWMAN, Evergreen news co-editor
Gabrielle is a sophomore multimedia journalism major from Bremerton, WA. Gabrielle has worked for the evergreen since Oct. 2022.