Construction Crews Begin To Remove Tower Crane At Capitol

By: WIBW (Posted by Kion Hudson)
By: WIBW (Posted by Kion Hudson)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Construction crews are reaching to remove what's been a familiar site in the Topeka skyline for the past few years.

A portion of SW Harrison Street near the Statehouse was shut down Thursday so crews could bring in and assemble a crane. It's boom stretched across the street, toward the Docking Building while it was being put into place.

The new crane will be used to bring down the giant tower crane that's stretched over the Capitol dome the past three years. Officials with J.E. Dunn Construction say it was the tallest free-standing crane in North America.

Disassembly of the big crane should begin Friday.

The Statehouse renovation project began in 2001. Remaining work on a new visitors' center and landscaping is expected to finish up by early 2014. The price tag for the project came in around $330 million.


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