US Capitol dome to undergo renovations

The U.S. Capitol dome is about to get a facelift.

The architect of the Capitol announced a $59.5{}million{}restoration project will begin next month and continue for two years.{} A scaffolding system will go up around the entire dome during the project, and{}a protective canopy of plastic netting will be installed inside to protect against falling debris.

The dome has more than 1,000{}cracks and deficiencies.{} Most of the work will take place during nights and weekends.

The last major renovation took place{}from 1959-1960, when the paint was stripped so the ironwork could be repaired and receive a rust inhibitor.

Original construction of the dome was completed 150 years ago.