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Renovation Process Begins at Missouri State Capitol
Missouri Ag Connection - 03/07/2018

Over the next two years there will be numerous changes to the Missouri State Capitol. A 2-year, $26.89 million construction project is scheduled to be completed in December 2020.

According to the Office of Administration, the project will address the deteriorating stonework on the exterior of the Capitol. This is the first update to the Capitol since it was completed in 1917 and it will bring the Capitol's structure back into serviceable condition, after more than 100 years of wear and tear.

To make construction possible and safe, the Capitol's south lawn will be converted into a construction staging area, and the south circle drive will be closed to public traffic until December 2020. By closing the south circle drive to traffic, the two traffic lanes on North Capitol Drive will merge into one lane, eliminating visitor parking around the building. However, handicapped spaces will remain. The Capitol will be surrounded by scaffolding, and there will be several cranes located around the Capitol to assist with the renovation process. All construction work will be staged from the south lawn.

The Missouri Capitol Commission, which is charged by state law "to assure the future preservation, improvement, expansion, renovation, restoration and integrity of the Capitol and to preserve the historical significance of the Capitol," is overseeing the construction.

During the 2014 legislative session, $40 million was appropriated for the renovation project as part of a bond package approved by the governor and the General Assembly.

The renovation contract was awarded to Chicago-based Bulley and Andrews Masonry Restoration. The company will be working with 25 Missouri subcontractors, mainly from the mid-Missouri area. In total, there will be 50-75 construction workers on the project.

The work is scheduled to be finished in early December of 2020, just in time for the governor's inauguration in January of 2021.

For more information, visit the Missouri State Capitol Commission's website at https://capitol.mo.gov/construction/.

For more information about the Missouri Senate, or the Capitol, please visit, www.senate.mo.gov.

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