Scaffolding to Cloak Capitol for 2 Years
Renovation will fix more than 1K cracks
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2013 2:34 AM CDT
The 150-year-old, cast-iron Capitol dome will soon be sheathed in scaffolding for about two years.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Turns out things on the outside of the Capitol are also fractured and in urgent need of repair. The historic dome will be covered in scaffolding starting next month for a two-year, $60 million restoration project, reports the Washington Post. The office of the Architect of the Capitol says more than 1,000 cracks and other flaws have appeared since the last full restoration in 1960, and this "critical work" is now essential to "save the dome."

"The dome is 150 years old, and it’s an important, iconic image of democracy across the world," a spokesman for the architect says. "This is to preserve it so we can have it for another 150 years." Most of the work will be done on evenings and weekends to minimize disruption for visitors, members of Congress, and other workers, who will be protected by a doughnut-shaped canopy inside during the renovation.

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Oct 24, 2013 1:30 PM CDT
The entire city is always ungoing some type of overhaul / repair. When we were there last summer I believe it was the Supreme Court that was blocked with scaffolding while they resurfaced and repaired.
Oct 23, 2013 1:51 PM CDT
Suprised the Tea Party and freaking Congress aren't bitching about this yet. Oh My God The President is spending money lets shut down the goverment over this one. What a joke uh the Tea Party is? If they dis like the goverment as much as they do they should complaign about it as a whole and not what they like or dislike.
Oct 23, 2013 10:28 AM CDT
Is this a budgeted or unbudgeted expense?