Washington Monument Scaffolding Complete

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Workers have finally finished building scaffolding around the 555-foot-tall Washington Monument to make repairs to the damaged stonework following a 2011 earthquake.

The workers started the project in March, slowly building up from the base of the monument.

The National Park Service awarded a $9.6 million contract in September 2012 to begin repairing the monument. It will involve scaffolding around the entire monument to George Washington, sealing cracks, repointing the mortar and strengthening weak spots.

The marble and granite obelisk has been closed to the public since a 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook the region on Aug. 23, 2011. The upper portion of the monument sustained large cracks. The total cost of the repairs is $15 million.

The Department of the Interior published a time lapse video of the scaffolding construction Thursday. It was shot from the roof of the Department of the Interior building.

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