The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

National News

July 10, 2012

Quake-damaged Washington Monument may be closed until 2014

LOS ANGELES — Repairs to the earthquake-damaged Washington Monument may force the skyline-defining obelisk to be closed until spring 2014, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service said Monday.

In a telephone interview, spokeswoman Carol Johnson said repairs could take 12 to 18 months. Bidding on the $15 million repair project is expected at the end of July and the contract will be awarded in the fall. On that timeline, the most optimistic reopening would be in the fourth quarter of 2013, but it could be as distant as spring 2014.

“We know it is a disappointment,” Johnson said. “We want to get it done as quickly as possible but correctly.”

On Aug. 23, 2011, a magnitude-5.8 earthquake shook the region, causing cracks near the top of the 555-foot monument. It has been closed ever since.

Engineers rappelled down from the top to conduct their damage assessment. Making the repairs requires building scaffolding so that workers will have access inside and outside the damaged area, Johnson said.

“It is difficult to get to, and it’s difficult to repair,” Johnson said. “Panels stressed during the earthquake will have to have anchors installed.”

Plans for the earthquake repair project were formally released Monday for comment.

Congress has allocated $7.5 million for the project. In January, Washington businessman David Rubenstein pledged $7.5 million more to complete the work.

 

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