Scaffolding on the U.S. Capitol dome is complete and extensive repairs are underway on the 1,300 or so cracks, leaks and patches of corrosion dotting the cast-iron structure that has crowned the Capitol since the Civil War. The 52 miles of scaffolding marks a major milestone in the multi-year, nearly $60 million project to repair the dome's exterior. The overall project is expected to be finished in time for the 2017 presidential inauguration.
SOURCES: Eugene Poole, project manager for the Architect of the Capitol; Carlos Elias, superintendent of the Capitol building; Gary J. Reed of Lock-N-Stitch; John Allen of Allen Architectural Metals; Thomas McGonegal of Safway Services. NOTE: A previous version of this graphic reported inconsistent dates for the closing of the Rotunda.
GRAPHIC: Bonnie Berkowitz, Alberto Cuadra, Sohail Al-Jamea, Katie Park and Kevin Schaul. Published April 16, 2014. Updated November 18, 2014.