Those fence barricades on parts of the west side of the Missouri Capitol's south steps are a reminder the project to repair and renovate the century-old building isn't finished.
There still is a phase II, originally planned to begin this year but will now start in early 2018, Office of Administration spokeswoman Ryan Burns told the News Tribune last week.
"We have conducted stone and infrastructure assessments as part of the design phase," Burns said Friday. "The fencing in question is related to shoring up some stone ahead of the construction phase."
The phase I work was done in 2015-16, ending in early December last year — in time to hold Gov. Eric Greitens' inauguration ceremonies on the Capitol steps in the traditional manner.
Burns noted phase I aimed primarily at waterproofing the Capitol's basement area, including removal of the south and east steps and the east and west sections of the carriage drive, making it easier to install a new waterproofing membrane.
The first phase also included repairs to:
The phase II work is expected to take 2-2 1/2 years, generally involving joint replacement and cleaning of the entire Capitol, as well as work across North Capitol Drive in the North Plaza area.
Burns said it will include:
The $40 million project, which includes the already completed phase I work, is part of the bonding project lawmakers approved in 2015.