Workers begin refurbishing columns at Alaska State Capitol
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Workers have started refurbishing marble columns outside the Alaska State Capitol building in Juneau.
The Juneau Empire reported Wednesday that the columns will be sanded, restored and weather-treated.
A state official says the project is expected to be finished by October.
The official says the cost of the project is $676,075, including $270,000 from the Juneau Community Foundation.
The award was approved by the state's Legislative Council in February.
A marble refinishing specialist for Juneau-based Dawson Construction says water and acid rain have degraded the columns.
The fronts of the columns facing the incoming weather appear far coarser than the sections facing the building.
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