Capitol doors locked since 9/11 reopened

| January 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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By: Jackie Johnson-Wisconsin Radio Network

First floor doors at Wisconsin’s Capitol are re-opened for the first time since 911.

Following the terrorist attacks on America September 11, 2001, all entry ways on the first floor of the state Capitol building were locked as a security precaution. Now, after being closed for more than 12 years, the Department of Administration has reopened those doors to the public.

DOA Secretary Mike Huebsch says, “Our focus is open and transparent government.” He says opening the entrances to citizens “is both a literal and symbolic gesture.”

For more than a decade people have been entering the Capitol on the ground floor. The newly opened entrances are at the top of the steps on four sides of the statehouse. While those doors haven’t been providing access to the Capitol building, they continue to be destinations for joggers trying to get their heart rate up and they are prime locations for photographing wedding parties.

The first floor exterior doors on East Washington Avenue, Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, West Washington Avenue and Wisconsin Avenue have all been opened.

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