6:30am

Mon September 30, 2013
State Capitol

Historic Floral Clock Repairs Underway

Credit lrc.ky.gov

A popular tourist attraction at the Kentucky Capitol is being repaired. The State Journal 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.  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. The clock, which is 34 feet in diameter, was placed on Capitol grounds in 1961.