FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A popular tourist attraction at the Kentucky Capitol is being repaired.
The State Journal (http://bit.ly/18foStS) reports that repairs began this month on the Floral Clock and are expected to take a couple of months to complete.
Sam Ruth, commissioner of the Department of Facilities and Support Services, said several cracks are visible on the bottom of the clock. Some are a foot long and an inch wide. Ruth said that means water has seeped into the concrete planter under the clock.
"In the winter you can see icicles hanging down, so there's something structurally not right with this," Ruth said. ". Until you can uncover it and look at it, you don't know if it's a structural problem."
Landscaping manager Garth Vinson said it will be the first time the entire dirt bed of the clock has been dug out for repairs. About half of it was exposed during work in 1995.
Part of the work will also include replacing the Kentucky silhouette, which is at the center of the clock, because it is cracked, Vinson said.
The clock, which is 34 feet in diameter and about 18 inches deep, was placed on Capitol grounds in 1961.
Work crews in the Department of Facilities and Sports Services plan to seal the clock's bed, inspect and improve its drainage system and check its electrical system, Ruth said.
"At Christmas sometimes there's lights on there, so we'll make sure there's a proper electrical circuit to the lights," he said.
Crews will work intermittently on the clock while they handle other duties. Ruth noted that the project is important in part because the clock draws about 60,000 visitors each year.
"This is a big tourist stop, and we want to keep it that way and make sure that once people come here, they go away with a good feeling about what they saw," Ruth said.
Information from: The State Journal, http://www.state-journal.com