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Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Washington Monument repairs to cost $15 million

Repairs to earthquake-damaged Washington Monument will probably cost about $15 million, with half paid by the government and half with private money, according to the National Park Service and the legislation that funds the work.
Emma Cardini, right, and Dan Gach are part of the team of inspectors examining each stone of the Washington Monument. (Marvin Joseph - WASHINGTON POST)

The recently passed omnibus government funding bill allocates $7.5 million for the repairs, with the understanding that “these funds will be matched on a (one-to-one)...basis by a private citizen.”

The park service and the Trust for the National Mall said they will be seeking a donor or donors who can come up with the matching $7.5 million.

The monument suffered, among other things, extensive cracking and chipping from the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the Washington region last Aug. 23. The structure has been closed since the quake and the park service says it is not sure when it might reopen.

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