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US Capitol dome to undergo renovations

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WASHINTGON, D.C. -

The U.S. Capitol dome is about to get a facelift.

The architect of the Capitol announced a $59.5 million restoration project will begin next month and continue for two years.  A scaffolding system will go up around the entire dome during the project, and a protective canopy of plastic netting will be installed inside to protect against falling debris.

The dome has more than 1,000 cracks and deficiencies.  Most of the work will take place during nights and weekends.

The last major renovation took place from 1959-1960, when the paint was stripped so the ironwork could be repaired and receive a rust inhibitor.

Original construction of the dome was completed 150 years ago.

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