The project began in November after two construction companies were awarded the work. For the next few months, the project will still be in its planning stages, and the dome will remain uncovered. But building for the scaffolding will likely start in the spring.
If you're wondering what's going to happen next, take a look at the above video rendering of the scaffolding going up.
According to the Architect of the Capitol, once the scaffolding design is finalized, the art and statues inside the dome will be covered, tours to the top of the dome will stop, and a donut-shaped white canopy will cover The Apotheosis of Washington, a mural portraying the first president rising to heaven, an October AOC release said.
Then construction will begin, starting with scaffolding installation from the bottom of the dome up to the base of the Statue of Freedom, which will remain uncovered at the top.
The dome has not been repaired since 1960 and “under the paint, age and weather have taken its toll,” said Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers in the October release.
“As stewards of the Capitol for the Congress and the American people, we must conduct this critical work to save the dome,” he said.
Most of the construction will happen during nights and weekends, the release said.