TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Scaffolding now encloses the southern side of the Kansas Statehouse as workers start a four-year, 39 million dollar project.
The construction crews will clean and repair the building's crumbling exterior.
Construction crews plan to wash the rock surfaces this month and begin bringing in cottonwood limestone next month to replace broken and damaged stonework.
Past exterior repairs were estimated to last 10 to 15 years. The current project should protect the exterior for 40 to 50 years.
Workers will replace damaged stonework on the south face before moving on to the west, north and east faces, expecting to complete the job sometime in late 2011.
That's about when renovations inside the Statehouse are scheduled for completion.