Electrical work to shut down Oklahoma State Capitol for over a week

The electrical infrastructure of the Oklahoma State Capitol will be replaced as part of restoration efforts. (OMES)

The Oklahoma State Capitol building will be temporarily closed as restoration efforts continue.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services reports that the Capitol building will be closed starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 and will reopen Oct. 23. The closure comes as workers work to replace the electrical infrastructure of the building.

The new and old electrical systems will run parallel as work continues on restoration of the building. Closing the Capitol for this amount of time limits the need for future outages. Replacing the electrical systems will ensure less power surges to the building in the future.

The closure of the building also brings to a halt any official business lawmakers could do to fill the state's budget hole. Three state agencies were recently told to prepare for more reductions.

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