Eye-catching fencing outside the Alaska State Capitol is there to mark off the site of a project.
The marble columns at the capitol will be sanded, restored and weather treated over the course of the next few months, wrote Executive Director for the Legislative Affairs Agency Jessica Geary in an email to the Empire.
Geary wrote that the total price of the project is $676,075 with $270,000 coming from the Juneau Community Foundation. The award was approved by Legislative Council on Feb. 25, 2019.
Work was just getting started Tuesday morning, but eventually scaffolding will be present at the site of the work, said Jaron Wiley, marble refinishing specialist for Juneau-based Dawson Construction, in a short interview at the capitol.
“They (the columns) are in the shape that I would expect them to be in,” Wiley said. “Marble is a porous material. Water and acid rain have an effect on the surface.”
Wiley pointed out the front of the columns, which faces the brunt of the weather, was far more coarse than the side of the column facing the building.
He said the columns will be sanded down, staining will be removed, cracks will be patched or filled in and they will be weather proofed.
The project is expected to be finished by October, Geary wrote.
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