Updated 08/13/2012 08:56 PM
Capitol tower crane comes down
It's been part of our Albany’s skyline for about 10 years, and today it's finally coming down. The crane and scaffolding surrounding the New York State Capitol is being removed a year ahead of schedule. YNN's Erin Vannella reports.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- The crane and scaffolding that have adorned the Capitol building for ten years are starting to be removed. Construction on the Capitol's roof started in 2000 and Governor Cuomo made it a campaign promise to see to it that the construction materials came down.
The crane was installed to enable a four-part construction plan that included renovating Tower Hall, and building the new West Capitol Lawn. The whole project has cost the state $79 million. However, $2.3 million is being saved by taking the equipment down one year ahead of schedule.
But, the 274-foot crane can't come down all at once. It must be done in stages. The entire crane should be removed from the building by the end of the week.