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The Salt Lake Temple renovation project just hit its halfway mark

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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

The 12-hour pour includes more than 150 ready-mix concrete trucks providing the new footings for the historic temple’s west tower.

The six-year Salt Lake Temple renovation project reached a momentous halfway point on Tuesday with a massive infusion of concrete for the new, earthquake-resistant foundation.

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More than 150 ready-mix concrete trucks began rolling up to the Temple Square work site just after midnight to pour out concrete for 6-foot-deep footings all around the temple’s west tower, part of a new, seismic foundation intended to protect the historic pioneer temple from future earthquakes.

The temple ”stands in stately majesty as a beacon of light to all the world,” according to President Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Tuesday’s concrete pour is a significant phase in the renovation of the iconic temple.

“We’ve been preparing to build this foundation for three years,” said Andy Kirby, director of historic temple renovations. “This concrete creates the footing for the new foundation for the Salt Lake Temple,” he said Tuesday.

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