Get the latest information on current work underway to restore the U.S. Capitol Dome during the Dome Restoration Project:
Fencing installation underway.
Update: March 4, 2014 - Mobilization for the U.S. Capitol Dome Restoration Project is underway on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.
Equipment deliveries continue to the U.S. Capitol and work has begun to prepare the West Front to serve as a staging area for the restoration work.
The week of March 10, 2014, trucks will deliver gravel for the construction of the West Front staging area's gravel base and gravel road entrance. The trucks will enter through the North gate (Senate side) of the Capitol Grounds and will continue down the North pedestrian sidewalk to the West Front of the Grounds. This work is scheduled to commence at approximately 7 a.m. and will continue until approximately 4 p.m. on Monday, March 10.
Fencing for the staging area is currently being installed and work has been completed to protect surrounding trees and underground utilities during construction. In addition, extensive field surveys are being conducted to finalize work plans before scaffolding is assembled on the Dome.
Beginning the weekend of March 29, floor, art and statue protection will be installed in the Capitol Rotunda. Starting Saturday, April 12 through Monday, April 28, 2014, the Rotunda will be closed in order to install overhead netting ensuring visitor safety in the Rotunda during the multi-year project.
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. Throughout the project, most of the work will be done on nights and weekends to minimize disruption to congressional business.
Beginning in late March, visitors will see the repair work start as the contractor begins to place protective coverings on the Rotunda artwork, statues and flooring.
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 beginning January 8, 2014. These deliveries will occur between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Flagmen will 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 will be 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).