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Washington Monument Restoration Underway

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Rigging is looped over the tip of the Washington Monument on Tuesday Sept. 27, 2011. The rigging will be used by a four-person that will rappel down the four sides of the monument and help document damage from the earthquake.
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Rigging is looped over the tip of the Washington Monument on Tuesday Sept. 27, 2011. The rigging will be used by a four-person that will rappel down the four sides of the monument and help document damage from the earthquake.

It's been nearly two years since the Virginia earthquake rattled the east coast and damaged historic structures in the District. One of those structures is the Washington Monument, and a $10 million repair and restoration project on it is now getting underway.

A chain link fence surrounds the grassy perimeter around the base of the monument to keep the public from interfering with construction work.

Crews are expected seal cracks, apply new motor, and beef up weak spots on the marble and granite monument that has been closed since it was damaged by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in the summer of 2011.

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