The main entrances to the Capitol have been closed and half of
the building's elevators removed as part of a long-term renovation of
the building that was opened in 1917.
During the 2015 Legislative session, the legislature approved $40 million for the Capitol renovation. The funding was endorsed by the governor who took reporters on a basement tour earlier this year to point out growing drainage problems for the building..
"Water infiltration from damaged exterior building elements has caused cracks and rusting to occur, compromising the structural integrity of the building," said Office of Administration Director of Communications Ryan Burns.
In combination with heating, ventilation and air conditioning modifications and elevator repairs, the renovation is expected to extend the life of the Capitol.
Temporary, outside scaffolding was build to search for loose stone. One unsafe stone was discovered.