Park Service hopes for early spring re-opening of Washington Monument

The National Park Service says it hopes to hold a grand re-opening of the Washington Monument by next spring.

Local residents have noticed how quickly scaffolding has been climbing up the monument in recent weeks. As of Tuesday, it had nearly reached the top.

"Last time I was here, it wasn't like that," said David Misoi of Lanham as he visited the National Mall with his daughter.

National Park Service spokeswoman Carol Johnson says by mid to late-June, fabric and lighting will be added to the scaffolding to make it look a lot nicer.

She says it will look a lot like it did the last time there was major work done to the monument. That project started in the late 90s and wrapped up early last decade.

The Park Service wants to have the nicer scaffolding up in time for this year's July 4th fireworks.

The plan is to leave the nicer scaffolding up until around Dec. and then begin taking it down.

The grand re-opening is expected sometime next spring.