Contractors from Quinn Evans and Terracon will conduct investigative work from Feb. 5-8 on the Wright Brothers Monument to assess the monument’s condition. The assessment will inform the development of a Wright Brothers National Memorial project to address water intrusion and general maintenance needs for the 91-year-old structure.
The Wright Brothers Monument is a 60-foot-tall granite monument that sits atop Big Kill Devil Hill—the primary location of the Wright brothers’ glider experiments.
The investigative work will include:
- Setting up scaffolding along the east side of the monument.
- Using a micro-borescope to view inside the walls of the monument. Video and photography will allow contractors and National Park Service staff to assess the condition of the monument.
- Excavating a test pit at a corner of the monument to examine its base.
- Non-invasive video scoping at existing openings throughout the interior of the monument.
Access to a portion of Big Kill Devil Hill will be restricted during the project to maintain safe conditions for contractors, staff, and visitors.
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