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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. (March 25)
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SHOTLIST:HANDOUT: U.S. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE - AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington - 20111. Video of Engineer Emma Cardini prepares to begin survey of the exterior of the Washington MonumentAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington - 21 August 20122. Wide of Washington MonumentHANDOUT: U.S. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE - AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington - 20113. Video of debris on the 500ft observation level after the earthquakeAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington - 27 September 20114. Pan down of Washington Monument where cracks can be seenAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington - 3 January 20145. Wide of Washington Monument with scaffolding at baseAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington - 21 August 20122. Pan up of Washington MonumentSTORYLINE: FOR 32 MONTHS... UNLESS YOU WERE AN ENGINEER, LIKE THE ONE SEEN HERE, THIS VIEW OF THE NATIONAL MALL HAS BEEN OFF-LIMITS... BUT THAT CHANGES LATER THIS SPRING. THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ANNOUNCED IT WILL REOPEN THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT ON MAY 12TH FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARS WHEN AN EARTHQUAKE SHUTDOWN THE LANDMARK. DAMAGE COULD BE SEEN FROM THE INSIDE, HERE ON THE OBSERVATORY LEVEL, AND OUT... WHERE WORKERS HAVE BEEN REPAIRING MORE THAN 150 CRACKS IN THE MONUMENT'S STRUCTURE. PARK SERVICE OFFICIALS SAY THE REMAINING SCAFFOLDING WILL COME DOWN THIS WEEK... MARKING THE FINAL PHASE IN A 15 MILLION DOLLAR REPAIR PROJECT. SOON... TOURISTS WILL ONCE AGAIN BE ABLE TO GET A BIRD'S EYE VIEW... SOME 500 FEET HIGH... ABOVE THE MALL. PADMANANDA RAMA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS