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story.lead_photo.caption Although scaffolding remains around the south portico of the Capitol, much of it has been taken down as has sections of fence that enclosed portions of the north side. Beginning Monday, the visitor entrance will be temporarily moved to the west side. Photo by Julie Smith / News Tribune.

As renovation work continues at the Missouri Capitol, the main entrance public visitors use will temporarily be moved starting next week.

The Missouri Office of Administration's Division of Facilities Management, Design & Construction sent out a notification Monday noting the Capitol's south entrance will close Sept. 28 and reopen around Nov. 30.

In the meantime, the public entrance will be on the first floor on the west side of the building — at the top of the stairs overlooking Main Street.

Staff may enter the Capitol at the east and west first floor doors.

Accessible parking and entrance will be located on the east side of the Capitol — parking on West Capitol Avenue on the north side of the building, and entrance through the garage on the east side.

Emergency exits will still be located at all east, west and south doors.

Pedestrian signs will be placed to guide visitors.

The Capitol has been undergoing more than $28 million in renovation work since March 2018, and the anticipated completion date has been December 2020 — before gubernatorial inaugural proceedings can take place in January 2021 on the south lawn.

The work is intended to extend the life of the building and improve its appearance, structural stability and ability to shed water.

The bond funding for the project was appropriated in 2014, with the first bond sale approved in 2015.

Chicago-based Bulley & Andrews Masonry Restoration LLC is the main contractor on the Capitol renovation project.

As of earlier this summer, OA reported the renovation work was about 88 percent complete overall, with more specific areas of work fully complete at the time.

While OA did not immediately provide further update Tuesday, workers have been removing more scaffolding and fencing from the site over recent weeks.

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