Statehouse Project Marks Safety Milestone

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - With the end in site, Statehouse construction crews are marking a milestone.

The project's contractor, J.E. Dunn, held a ceremony Friday to recognize 3,000 days without a lost-time accident. That's more than eight years.

The Statehouse renovation project began in 2001. Project manager Jim Rinner says it has encompassed hundreds of workers doing some of the industry's most dangerous work, including demolition, carpentry and scaling the heights of the Statehouse dome.

Rinner says company officials have always made safety a priority. He said they want employees to do a full day's work, but, at the end of the day, go home to their families healthy.

The renovation project is expected to finish by the end of the year.

The work has stirred some controversy, as the cost ballooned from original estimates of $135 million to more than $330 million.