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Capitol dome has less damage than expected for restoration project

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It's a $6.5 million project: the restoration of Lansing's historic capitol dome.

It's the first renovation project here since 1990, according to project superintendent Jon Brechtelsbauer.

"What we're fixing now what wasn't addressed and wasn't corroding at that time," Brechtelsbauer said.  

Some sheet metal has actually corroded, causing water to infiltrate into the capitol.

Officials said the scaffolding surround the dome isn’t expected to come down until late fall, as long as weather cooperates.

Construction crews said they were actually surprised to find the 136-year-old capitol dome didn't have more damage and decay.

"You think of a car sitting outside for 100 and something years, what it would be like," said Ron Staley, from the Capital Dome project. "In Michigan, it would be covered in salt, and it would be gone. This building has actually held up very, very well."

But it's not the end of the road for the capitol.

Because of changing Michigan weather, there's no surefire way to prevent leaks and cracks from happening, and that's why crews plan to stay on top of things.

"It just becomes continuous maintenance," Staley said. "It won't be the big dollar project. All the sheet metal will be back up there now, and hopefully it will be in good shape 25 years from now."

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