After eight-year closure, State Capitol observation deck reopens to the public

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DENVER -- A major milestone happened Thursday at the State Capitol as the dome's observation deck reopened to the public.

In August, gilders rappelled down the 270-foot dome to touch up the renovation project which took three years to complete. The dome can withstand 90 mph winds and more than 140,000 gold leaves were used in the repair. The amount of gold on the dome weighs 65 ounces.

The $17 million project was needed because after 100 years, the dome was in bad shape. It was closed in 2006 after a chunk of cast iron fell on the observation deck. Funding covered the gold, copper plating and a refinished cast-iron structure.

Eight years later, we finally get to enjoy the views from up there again.