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Eye On Boise

A job site with a view…

Two construction workers from Upsom Roofing, in orange shirts, work on the dome above the Idaho House chamber at the Idaho state Capitol, on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (Betsy Z. Russell)
Two construction workers from Upsom Roofing, in orange shirts, work on the dome above the Idaho House chamber at the Idaho state Capitol, on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (Betsy Z. Russell)

This year’s heavy winter caused some leaking in the Idaho House chamber, prompting multiple temporary patches, but when the snow cleared, inspections revealed that the copper roofing on the House and Senate domes is deteriorating and needs replacement. The existing copper roofing was installed in the mid 1960s, and it used 12-ounce copper sheets; Jan Frew, state Division of Public Works administrator, said those are now being replaced with 16-ounce copper, along with ice and water shields, a rosin paper underlayment, and associated flashings and gutter liners. The project cost is $196,000.

Construction workers from Upsom Roofing are at work on the job now; it’s expected to be done within the next month. 



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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