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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis signed their names to the final National Mall Plan on Tuesday.

The National Mall's aging facilities, some of which were built in the the 1800s, needed extensive repair. The planning effort began in 2006 when "deferred maintenance for needed repairs" was more than $400 million, according to the National Park Service.

More than 30,000 Americans in all U.S. states gave input on the National Mall Plan, which has 30 objectives relating to cultural and natural resource protection, public access, education, visitor amenities, public safety and security as well as protection and preservation of monuments and memorials.

Currently, the WWI Memorial and Jefferson Memorial are undergoing restoration. The Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool was closed last month for repair work that could take up to two years.

Chairman of the Trust for the National Mall John E. "Chip" Akridge, III said in a statement, "These improvements, combined with the improvements laid out in the National Mall Plan, will do more than restore the National Mall; they will also restore its stature as the best park in the world."

Recycling bins were also unveiled Tuesday and they will be placed at several locations on the National Mall.

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