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Construction on Capitol Dome underway

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Work is underway to fix a problem with Wisconsin's state Capitol dome.

The problem is inside the outer dome, beyond the interior one seen from the rotunda. There, plaster is peeling away from the bricks laid in place more than 100 years ago when the Capitol was built.

The plaster is deteriorating due to a moisture problem caused by humidity changes, leaking water and non-breathable oil-based paint.

The problem has been known for years, and now repairs are underway.

The project's lead architect, Laura Davis, says it's "pretty much" a plaster repair project -- "but it's 200 feet in the air in the most prominent building in the state."

The repairs mark the end of a series of rehabilitation work that began at the Capitol in the 1990s.

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