A major cleaning and maintenance project on the exterior of the Salt Lake LDS Temple is under way.

Scaffolding has been put in place around the northwest towers of the temple to begin a project that will continue until cold weather stops it. Work will then resume next spring. The project is expected to be completed in time for the 100th anniversary of the temple's dedication in 1993.Dedicated on April 6, 1893, after 40 years of construction, the temple is in excellent condition, according to physical facilities officials. However, a few of the granite stones are showing some deterioration after more than a century of weathering and will be replaced with stone quarried from the same area that produced the temple's original granite.

In addition, the wood trim around windows will be cleaned and painted, the grouting between stones will be touched up and the stone walls will be cleaned with high-pressure water spraying equipment.

The temple exterior was last pressure-washed in 1962.