Washington Monument: Contracted for Repairs 16 Months After Quake

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An engineer removes loose stones from the Washington Monument as two U.S. Park Police officers pass.

The Washington Monument stands for a lot of things.

In this case, in the aftermath of a rare earthquake, the glacial pace of bureaucracy?

It has been almost a year and four months since a temblor with a magnitude of 5.8 on the Richter Scale rocked the Washington area, leaving millions of dollars of damage at the National Cathedral and cracks in the Washington Monument.

It was centered in Mineral, Virginia, 38 miles northwest of Richmond, on Aug. 23, 2001.

Today, the most notable reminders of that quake are the signs posted on the National Mall explaining why the monument at the center is closed to the public.

Lately, an additional ring of fences has gone up around the sidewalk ringing the lawn surrounding the obelisk as Washington prepares for President Barack Obama’s inauguration for a second term. The audience for the swearing-in at the front of the Capitol will stretch across the mall to the monument and possibly beyond.

And Today, Hill International, “the global leader in managing construction risk,” announced a joint venture with The Louis Berger Group, Inc. in a contract with the National Park Service for construction management in the repair of earthquake damage to the monument.

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