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Washington Monument is reopening after years of repairs
Washington Monument is reopening after years of repairs

The Washington Monument will emerge bruised but not broken for its grand reopening Monday, when visitors will once again be zipping up the elevators of the capital's tallest attraction. The 555-foot obelisk has been closed since August 2011, when a rare magnitude 5.8 earthquake chipped and unsettled some of its granite and marble stones. Since then, crews of stonemasons have been busily filling cracks with epoxy, relining stone interstices with more than 14,000 feet of mortar, and installing metal cradle anchors to reinforce the stone ribs sustaining the monument's pyramidion. The arduous process began soon after the quake, with engineers rappelling from the top of the...

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