WASHINGTON — Visitors to Washington have seen the iconic Washington Monument don a blanket of scaffolding while it undergoes repairs from an earthquake. Soon they will see a similar look at the opposite end of the National Mall.
For about two years the U.S. Capitol dome will be covered with scaffolding while it gets its first complete restoration in more than five decades, starting next month.
The project, budgeted at nearly $60 million, is handled by the Architect of the Capitol. The dome will still be visible through the scaffolding, and the impact on Congress and visitors is expected to be minimal.