JEFFERSON CITY — Members of the Missouri General Assembly return to the State Capitol for the start of the 2019 legislative session, which officially begins at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The 2019 legislative session marks the beginning of the 100th General Assembly.
The Missouri State Capitol is undergoing a full exterior renovation for the first time since the building was constructed in 1917. The project officially began in March 2018 and is set to conclude by December 2020 — just in time for the governor’s inauguration in January. With a budget of nearly $27 million, 50 to 75 construction workers will modernize the deteriorating stonework of the building’s façades, dome and drum. The Capitol’s south lawn will serve as a staging zone for the construction, with cranes and scaffolding surrounding the building. During the project, eastbound traffic on Capitol Drive will be diverted onto West Main Street, while westbound traffic will condense from two lanes to one. Upon completion, the project will improve the structural stability and overall appearance of the State Capitol, ensuring the historic structure is preserved for decades to come.