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Project leaders: $120M for capitol renovation won't be enough

Project leaders tell Fox 25 they already know, the $120 million set aside for the Oklahoma State Capitol renovation won't be enough.

"I won't even venture a guess as to what it could be," project manager Trait Thompson said.

Wednesday, Thompson and others let our cameras survey what's being done right now, which isn't any permanent outdoor repairs.

"Some of the previous repair work certainly wasn't done to a higher level of standard," Vance Kelley said.

That's why, according to Thompson, they're spending four-to-five months testing out which methods work and which methods don't work. Crews are performing a variety of tests on everything from the 520-plus windows, to the limestone stains, to the mortar holding the building together.

Permanent repair work likely won't start until early spring, says Thompson. The initial trial phase contract is for nearly $1 million.

"The state will always have other issues, but the thing is, we only have one State Capitol," Thompson said defending the legislature's decision. "It's a monument to the state of Oklahoma and a symbol of the peoples' resiliency."

Project leaders hope to have a better idea of how much the project will cost once the know which methods to use. They'll eventually have to go before the state legislature to request more money.

It's expected to take between five and seven years.

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