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Capitol's first floor doors open after 12 years


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Department of Administration reopened the Capitol's first floor doors Monday.

The doors have been closed for more than 12 years, being locked following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. 

DOA Secretary Mike Huebsch states: "In 2001, closing the first floor Capitol doors was an understandable precaution because our nation had been attacked, and no one knew what the next target would be.  Our focus is open and transparent government, and the Capitol's entrances should be open to our citizens that visit this beautiful building each year - it is both a literal and symbolic gesture."

Exterior doors on East Washington Avenue, West Washington Avenue, Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, and Wisconsin Avenue have all been reopened.  Since they were locked, people had been entering the Capitol on the ground floor.

Nearly 500,000 people visit the Capitol building and grounds yearly.  DOA and the Capitol Police will continue to monitor security measures ensuring public safety in the building.

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