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story.lead_photo.caption Julie Smith/News Tribune Tyler Dawson, near, uses a cutting powered chisel to chip away on the limestone panel on the south side of the Truman State Office Building. The material needed replaced in sections so the side that faces E. McCarty Street is getting a makeover, in parts of it. A portion of the sidewalk has been dug up to accomodate the necessary work so it is fenced off and pedestrians are asked to be careful when passing through the area. Next to Dawson is Ian Werle, both of whom work for Innovative Masonry Restoration or IMR. They're part of a large group that has been working on the Truman Building for the last year or more as part of a multi-million dollar restoration and repair project to protect the shell of the building and keep it standing for many more years. Eight-foot limestone panels from the section of wall in the background were removed Monday.

Sidewalks surrounding the Harry S. Truman Building in Jefferson City have been closed while repairs to the state office building's walls are under way.

Raineri Construction of St. Louis will be working on the exterior and interior walls of the building through late September, said Brittany Ruess, director of communications for the Office of Administration.

"The exterior work includes repairing, anchoring, caulking, cleaning and sealing the limestone panels," she said. Other repairs will include installing foundation drain tile, and replacing granite pavers at two entrances and interior limestone panels.

The contract for the work is $4.47 million.

The sidewalk on McCarty closed this week and is expected to reopen in four or five weeks. On Broadway Street, the sidewalk closed three weeks ago and is expected to open in the next three weeks. The sidewalk and a few parking spots on High Street closed five weeks ago. They are expected to reopen in the next two weeks.

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