Exterior Statehouse Work Beginning

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ First, workers will give the exterior stone of the Statehouse a good scrubbing and then they'll repair it.

It's hard to miss the signs that the 3 1/2-year project is getting started. The south wing of the Capitol is surrounded by scaffolding.

The state has hired a Chicago company to restore the stone as part of a $285 million renovation of the entire Statehouse. That restoration project began in 2001 and won't be finished until the stone work is done -- sometime in the last quarter of 2011.

The workers will move clockwise around the building from the south wing to the west and then to the north wing. They'll finish with the east wing.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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