Washington Monument to Reopen in August After Repairs

Tourists visiting Washington, D.C., may have been disappointed in recent years when they couldn’t go inside and up the iconic Washington Monument. This summer, that changes.

The Washington Monument will reopen this August once a new security building is constructed and updates are made to the monument’s elevator. The site was closed in August 2016 to upgrade the elevator that brings tourists to a 500-foot observation level and to build the screening facility.

It was expected to open earlier than August (an alert on its website says “The Washington Monument is closed until spring 2019), but “has been delayed for mitigation of possibly contaminated soil in the construction area,” according to a statement from the National Park Service. This is in relation to the completion of the new security building. The soil doesn’t pose a public health risk.

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SOURCE: USA Today, David Oliver