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Work being done at entrance of Capitol

Posted: October 22, 2012 - 9:39pm  |  Updated: October 23, 2012 - 12:04am
A canopy in front of the Alaska State Capitol is under construction by North Pacific Erectors to protect pedestrians from possible falling pieces of the building's facade.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
A canopy in front of the Alaska State Capitol is under construction by North Pacific Erectors to protect pedestrians from possible falling pieces of the building's facade.

JUNEAU — Work is under way at the entrance to the state Capitol, meant to guard against anyone getting struck by falling bits of sandstone.

Pam Varni, with Legislative Affairs, says contractors are putting in a ceiling and wood support on the portico, as a temporary measure, after some pieces of sandstone had fallen off.

An analysis of the building was earlier approved by lawmakers, and the consultant’s report will be used to gauge the work that’s needed on the 82-year-old Capitol and to seek funding.

A 2006 overview report found the building was showing signs of significant degradation and warranted extensive corrective work. That report did not include cost estimates, but said the state should expect costs in the millions and perhaps tens of millions of dollars.

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