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posted: 3/28/2014 5:45 AM

Washington Monument to reopen May 12 after repairs

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  • The sun peeks through the scaffolding around the Washington Monument at dawn in Washington. The National Park Service has announced they will reopen the earthquake-damaged structure May 12.

      The sun peeks through the scaffolding around the Washington Monument at dawn in Washington. The National Park Service has announced they will reopen the earthquake-damaged structure May 12.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The National Park Service says the Washington Monument will reopen to visitors May 12 after being closed for nearly three years due to a 2011 earthquake.

The park service says the remaining scaffolding around the monument is coming down this week.

Park officials say tours will begin at 1 p.m. May 12 on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for tours May 13 and beyond can be reserved online beginning April 16.

The monument will be open extended hours from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. through the summer.

The Washington Monument has been closed for 32 months since being damaged during a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in 2011. Workers have repaired more than 150 cracks in the stone structure. The repair project cost $15 million.

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