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Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Work Nearly Complete

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The Washington Monument is seen in the distance as construction continues on the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. The project required the complete demolition of the existing site and replacement with a new pool, water treatment facility, pedestrian walkways, and lighting. The original pool had been sinking since its construction in the 1920s, leading to numerous leaks. | AP

WASHINGTON — The reflecting pool on the National Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial is about to reopen after a two-year, $34 million reconstruction.

The pool will be shallower, and it will draw its water from the Tidal Basin instead of from city reserves. Also, for the first time, the water supply will be cleaned and recirculated.

The renovation also includes a tinted bottom, sidewalks instead of dirt paths and nighttime illumination.

The National Park Service has scheduled a public reopening of the pool for Aug. 31.

It was dedicated in 1922, shortly after the Lincoln Memorial was completed.

But the pool went into a steep decline in recent years. It was built on land dredged from the Potomac River and began to sink and leak.

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