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Peduto mulls uses for Washington Monument scaffolding

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 7:15 p.m.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said the city is talking with telecommunications companies about a partnership in which a company would use scaffolding from the Washington Monument as part of a cell tower.

The company would own and maintain it, he said.

Peduto would like the tower to mark the Allegheny Passage, a bike trail from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. He called the scaffolding, specially designed by a renowned New York architect, a work of art.

A trucking company has volunteered to ship the 37 miles of aluminum tubing to Pittsburgh. A local ironworkers union has volunteered to erect it and an engineering and lighting firm has offered to do the engineering and site location work for free, Peduto said.




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