Oklahoma's crumbling Capitol is getting closer to having a face-lift

The Oklahoma Long-Range Capitol Planning Commission first will address Capitol repairs and later will develop an eight-year plan to address other infrastructure, repair and maintenance issues with other state buildings and properties.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: May 7, 2013 at 9:29 pm •  Published: May 8, 2013

“Oklahoma now has a process in which responsible decisions can be made on repair and maintenance issues without taking on unnecessary debt which will burden future generations of Oklahomans.”

Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, the Senate sponsor of HB 1910, said taxpayers own the Capitol and other state buildings and “simply deserve better than an endless carousel of deterioration and depreciation.”

Law effective July 1

State officials plan to seek bids to repair the nearly 100-year-old building's crumbling exterior.

Pieces of limestone have been falling the past two years from the building's exterior.

HB 1910 takes effect July 1, so official action on awarding bids for the exterior work would have to wait until after that.

It's been estimated the exterior work could cost about $8 million and would take several months.

Work could start in late summer or early fall.