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Washington Monument Could Remain Closed Until 2014

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Visitors to Washington, D.C., may not be able to tour the Washington Monument until 2014, due to extensive repairs resulting from last summer's earthquake.

Exterior scaffolding will have to be erected on the outside of the 555-ft. monument and extensive work done inside and outside to repair damage from last year's earthquake, the National Parks Service said. It's a project that could take 18 months.

The Washington Monument was first opened to the public in 1888.

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