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DOA: Capitol damage estimate could take weeks


MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin officials have started assessing damage from weeks of protests at the state Capitol, but won't have any estimates for at least three weeks.

The Department of Administration has hired restoration expert Charlie Quagliana to inspect the building. Quagliana says he began his evaluation Tuesday and should be finished in about three weeks.

DOA officials initially estimated $7.5 million in repair costs inside and outside the Capitol. They later backtracked, calling that a high-end estimate and saying repairs could cost as little as $350,000.

DOA officials also say they'll keep extra security measures in place for now but will continue reviewing the situation over time. Law enforcement set up metal detectors at two remaining entrances and locked all other doors at the beginning of March.

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