Washington Monument Reopens After Damage to Elevator’s Control Box

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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 least eight times 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. 

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