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Dome Restoration Project Updates

Dome Restoration Project Updates

Get the latest information on current work underway to restore the U.S. Capitol Dome during the Dome Restoration Project:

Update April 15, 2014

Temporary Capitol Rotunda Closure: April 12 - April 28

The Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol will close for two weeks from Saturday, April 12 through Monday, April 28, 2014 as part of the Architect of the Capitol’s Dome Restoration Project. The closure is needed to install overhead netting to ensure safety in the Rotunda during the multi-year project. While the Rotunda is unavailable for tours, an alternate tour route will be provided. If you would like to reschedule your tour, please visit www.visitthecapitol.gov. The Capitol Visitor Center will remain open during the closure of the Rotunda and will continue to offer a variety of special activities

View photos of recent work

Last Chance for Scaffold-free Dome Photos

The last chance for “scaffold-free” photos and video of the U.S. Capitol is approaching, with the best opportunity by early April 2014. Views of the Capitol West Front (National Mall side) will be obstructed first followed by the East Front (plaza side).

 
Throughout March, workers may be visible on the Capitol roof in preparation for work on the Dome. Beginning late March scaffolding will begin to be constructed from the West Front grounds and across the terrace to the roof of the Capitol.
 
The Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol will close from Saturday, April 12 through Monday, April 28, 2014, and visible scaffolding from the Capitol roof up the Dome begins during this period. The first scaffolding to be visible from the East Front Plaza is expected as early as May.

Dome Restoration Project Mobilization

As the Dome Restoration Project enters the preparing phase of the effort, trucks will begin to deliver equipment and supplies to the East and West Fronts of the U.S. Capitol. These deliveries occur between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Flagmen direct pedestrians to use the sidewalk during the delivery process for safety. If a pedestrian is unable to use the alternate sidewalk due to the need for wheelchair accessibility or other accommodation, then the flagmen will direct the truck traffic to stop and allow the pedestrian to safely pass on the sidewalk. Additionally, a staging area has been established on the northwest lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the duration of the project.
 
The plan below shows the truck route (red), the pedestrian route during deliveries (blue) and the staging area (yellow).

Dome Restoration Project Mobilization Traffic Pattern