Washington Monument to re-open May 12

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2014_03_mall The Washington monument will re-open to guests May 12. (Photo: Trust for the National Mall)

So long, scaffolding.

After 32 months of repair work following the 2011 earthquake, the National Park Service announced Tuesday the final support structures on the Washington Monument will be removed this week. The monument is set to re-open in May.

“We are delighted to be in the homestretch with the repairs to the Washington Monument almost complete, and we look forward to the re-opening on May 12 so we can once again welcome visitors to this iconic monument to our nation’s first President,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

The restoration and repair of more than 150 cracks cost $15 million, half of which was donated privately.

The monument will re-open with a special ceremony, and extend summer hours to accommodate guests. Summer hours for the monument will be from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.

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