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Contractor picked for earthquake-damaged Washington Monument

Perini Management Services Inc. of Framingham, Mass., beat out two other bidders to win a $9.6 million contract to repair earthquake damage to the Washington Monument. The marble and granite obelisk has been closed to the public since an earthquake shook the region in 2011.

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American flags fly below the Washington Monument, Wednesday, Wednesday, in Washington. The Washington Monument was damaged and has been closed to visitors since the August 2011 earthquake.

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The National Park Service named a Massachusetts contractor Wednesday to repair the Washington Monument's earthquake damage, though it may take two more months before work begins at the National Mall site.

Perini Management Services Inc. of Framingham, Mass., beat out two other bidders to win a $9.6 million contract that includes extensive repairs to the monument's stonework. It will involve building massive scaffolding around the 555-foot-tall monument, sealing cracks inside and out, repointing the mortar, cleaning the exterior and strengthening weak spots with metal brackets. The total cost of repairs, including work already completed, is $15 million.

Federal officials said the contractor's parent company was the prime contractor for the construction of the Ronald Reagan Building, Washington's largest federal building. The contractor's team also includes firms involved in a restoration of the monument completed in 2000.

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