Illuminated scaffolding on the Washington Monument turned off as repairs near completion
By Jennifer Davis, @JenniferDavisDC
WASHINGTON, DC -
Repair work at the Washington Monument is nearing completion. That means the decorative lights that have lit up the monument since July will be turned off after tonight so tons of construction scaffolding can begin to be removed later this month.
Lots of folks turned out on the Mall to catch one last glimpse of the lights tonight.
Crews put scaffolding up in the spring as part of a major construction project to fix damage the monument sustained during the august 2011 earthquake. But 80 percent of the exterior work is now done so the scaffolding can start coming down. That means the lights have to go too.
"It's kind of historical. Who knows when it will happen again," said DC resident Michael Pranikoff.
"It's more artistic. It's different looking. You see it all the time but this is just a nicer look for a change," added DC resident Mieke Snoeckx.
The National Park Service says it will take about three months to get all the scaffolding down. Workers have more work to do after that too. They have only finished 30% of the interior work. The plaza still has to be replaced and landscaping needs to be re-done.
The monument is expected to reopen to the public in the spring.
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