We have a unique view of repairs to the Washington Monument. The National Park Service has released video of scaffolding work being done from the top portion of the monument . The video was shot by a camera mounted to the worker's helmet.
Scaffolding now covers the entire monument. It's been closed to the public for nearly two years because of cracks and damage to the granite and marble caused by the magnitude-5.8 earthquake that shook the D.C. area in August of 2011.
Now that the scaffolding is up, repairs should begin in about three weeks. Work will begin at the top, where most of the damage is. The scaffolding will be up until December and lights will soon be added to it.
The same crew worked to repair the monument about ten years ago.
The monument is expected to re-open next spring.
Repairs will likely cost about $15 million.