TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The rotunda of the Kansas Statehouse will reopen next month, four years after workers sealed it off as part of the massive, ongoing renovation of the Capitol.
It's a sign that the renovation of the building's interior from the first to its top, fifth floor is nearing completion.
Statehouse Architect Barry Greis says construction workers will start the first week of September to remove temporary walls that have closed off the rotunda and north wing since 2008. They plan to start on the fifth floor and work their way down.
Greis says the last of the temporary walls should be down by Sept. 21.
The renovation began in 2001, and its total cost is expected to reach at least $319 million.