- The Washington Times - Monday, March 3, 2014

A gravel delivery for the Capitol dome restoration project scheduled for Monday morning had to be rescheduled because of inclement weather, a spokesman for the Architect of the Capitol said.

The gravel was set to be delivered to the West Front of the Capitol to construct a road entrance and staging area for when restoration work begins later this year, according to the project’s website. Delivery was scheduled between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., but had to be pushed back after the District got hit with more than 4 inches of snow.

“The delivery will be rescheduled but the project is still on schedule,” said Justin Kieffer, a spokesman for the Architect of the Capitol.

Some equipment and supplies have already been delivered to the West Front, and workers have started constructing a fence around what will become the staging area.

The restoration, expected to take about two years, will fix more than 1,000 cracks in the cast iron dome, which is almost 150 years old. Later this month, workers will install protection on the floor, statues and artwork in the rotunda to prepare for restoration to begin.

The rotunda will be open during most of the renovations, but will be closed to visitors and employees April 12-28 as netting is installed overhead to protect people from falling debris or dust.

• Jacqueline Klimas can be reached at jklimas@washingtontimes.com.

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