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Scrim over state capitol removed Thursday

DENVER — Construction crews will  begin removing the wrapping around the gold dome of the Colorado State Capitol Thursday morning.

The wrapping has been there since February 2012 to help protect workers who were removing rust and decay on the dome.

It should take about two days for the full cover to be removed, then another six weeks to take down the scaffolding.

The dome has been been closed to the public since 2006 after a piece of cast iron fell down.  In 2010, the state legislature approved a renovation project that so far has been on time and on budget.

By the end of next summer, it should once again be open to the public.

The dome is covered in 24 karat gold, valued at more than $116,000, that serves a reminder of the gold rush that drove the creation of Colorado.

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