Washington Monument Reopens After Damage to Elevator's Control Box - NBC4 Washington

Washington Monument Reopens After Damage to Elevator's Control Box



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    WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 12: Visitors wait in-line for tickets to visit the Washington Monument May 12, 2014 on the ground of the monument in Washington, DC. The Washington Monument was reopened after it has been closed for a restoration due to the damages caused by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the Washington, DC, area on August 23, 2011. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    The Washington Monument reopened Tuesday morning, following a four-day shutdown due to damage to its elevator. 

    It had been closed since Friday, but unlike past problems, this issue was not attributed to a mechanical problem, National Park Service (NPS) officials said Friday evening. A contractor was fixing an unrelated issue when workers damaged the elevator's control box, they said.

    The monument reopened to the public at 10 a.m. Tuesday, the NPS announced Tuesday morning.

    Tickets for Tuesday visits are available at the Washington Monument Lodge (15th Street between Madison and Jefferson drives), the NPS said.

    The monument has been closed at leasteighttimes since May because of elevator problems. During one elevator outage in May, more than 40 people, including two pregnant women, were trapped at the top.

    An earthquake in 2011 caused so much damage the monument was closed to visitors for almost three years.