WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A project to renovate and restore Worcester's 66-foot tall Civil War monument is under way.

Work began on Wednesday with the removal of a bronze statue of Nike — the Greek goddess of victory — from atop the 140-year-old monument.

The monument features bronze plaques that list the names of city residents who died fighting.

Time and weather have obscured many of the nearly 400 names.

There are also four statues around the monument's base, representing the artillery, cavalry, infantry and navy.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that the work is expected to be completed by mid-May.

The GAR Memorial Hall Trust Fund is providing the $193,000 cost.

Aegis Restauro LLC of Belle Mead, New Jersey, is doing the restoration work.