PHOTOS: Capitol Repair Job Is Officially Done

The dangerous rust spots and unsightly scaffolding atop the Capitol dome are now things of the past. After two years of construction, the Capitol's extensive restoration is finally done, officials announced Tuesday. It was the most extensive restoration in more than a half a century.

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After two years of construction, the U.S. Capitol's extensive restoration is finally done. It was the most extensive restoration in more than a half a century.
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During the massive repair project, crews removed the dome's exterior paint and repainted it to protect it from corrosion and weather.
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Crews repaired more than 1,300 cracks and deficiencies in the cast iron to make the dome watertight again.
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A Capitol dome covered in scaffolding was a familiar sight in D.C. since 2014, but that scaffolding is now down. The Architect of the Capitol announced Tuesday that the project is complete.
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Before the renovation, rust spots and cracks plagued the dome of the Capitol.
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There were more than 1,300 cracks and damages to the dome, said Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers.
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Construction crews repaired corrosion on the cast-iron dome.
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Crews also removed hazardous materials, upgraded electrical and mechanical systems and repainted both the rotunda and the dome, Ayers said.
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Here, construction workers scale the scaffolding.
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A construction worker, overlooking the National Mall, repairs rust damage to the Capitol building.
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In addition to repairing structural damages, construction crews also painted the rotunda and dome.
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Construction crews put the finishing touches on the building earlier this month.
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Ayers placed the final restored ornament on the outside of the dome on Oct. 27.
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Construction on the Capitol officially finished on Nov. 15, on schedule and before the 2017 presidential inauguration.
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"I am so proud of our team. They worked through the night and in all kinds of weather -- from snow storms to scorching hot summer days.... It is important to take a moment to celebrate and share the fine work done here," Ayers said.
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