Improvements underway at the State Capitol

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The outside of the North Dakota State Capitol looks a little different.

Monday morning, crews dug up the sign that sits on the south side lawn. The concrete sign has been there since the 1960s. A new sign will be installed later this fall, as well as lighting for a nearby statue.

Plans for the remodel of the south entrance are also moving forward. The tunnel area under the stairs will be enclosed, so people aren't standing outside waiting to get in. Project leaders are also hoping to add stations in the entrance area for some of the agencies in the building.

“If we could work with those agencies and see if we could get kiosks in that area where they could conduct their business then we would just be serving the citizens of North Dakota a little better than we do now,” said John Boyle, director of facility management.

The entrance project is expected to start next April and be finished by the end of 2020. The sign project costs $196,000 and the entrance is about $2 million.