MADISON, Wis. -

The first floor doors of the Wisconsin Capitol building are open after being locked for more than 12 years.

According to a release from the Department of Administration, the doors were unlocked on Monday after they had been locked on Sept. 11, 2001 as a security precaution.

The first floor doors on East Washington Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, West Washington Avenue, and Wisconsin Avenue, have all been reopened.

"Closing the first floor doors was a n understandable precaution because our nation had been attacked," DOA Secretary Miek Huebsch said. "Our focus [now] is open and transparent government, and the Capitol's entrances should be open to our citizens that visit this beautiful building each year."