- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The National Park Service on Wednesday announced the award of a $9.5 million contract to repair earthquake damage to the Washington Monument.

Perini Management Inc., a Framingham, Mass., management group, was chosen to lead the repairs, which include patching cracks, securing loose stones, power washing the 555-foot obelisk and erecting scaffolding around the entire landmark.

Park Service Superintendent Bob Vogel said the work would take between 12 and 18 months.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done,” Mr. Vogel said, but with the awarding of the contract, “we’re beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

The August 2011 earthquake jolted the East Coast and shook the monument so hard that stones cracked and its elevator and lightning rod broke.

Park officials said the total cost of repairs for the monument is $15 million.