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Steps At State Capitol Building Getting Overhaul

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The steps at the east entrance to the state Capitol building are being closed for the summer so crews can refurbish them and add ice-melting technology.

Renovations began last month and should be finished by Sept. 1. Crews are replacing the crumbling limestone steps and will install a heating loop underneath the steps and nearby sidewalks to melt ice during the winter.

The steps are a popular spot for photos among tourists, wedding parties and others. Matt White, assistant director of Capitol facility operations, says the heating system will eliminate the need for chemical de-icers that can damage the limestone.

Overall, the project is expected to cost $90,000. Officials say the steps will last longer without the use of chemical de-icers.

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