Repairs to the elevator at the Washington Monument are taking longer than expected, with officials not expecting it to be up and running before mid-September. Down the road, a nine-month closure of the iconic Washington, D.C., destination is expected to allow for modernization of the elevator.
Problems that have plagued the elevator in the Washington Monument over the past week or so have prompted a decision to temporary suspend public tours of the monument so technicans can "perform a thorough evaluation of the elevator" with hopes of uncovering the cause of recent breakdowns.
Though the flying of unmanned drones has been banned in national parks for some time by the National Park Service, and by federal law in Washington, D.C., that hasn't stopped pilots from trying to skirt the regulations or the law.
After nearly three years of being closed for repairs to fix cracks the Washington Monument sustained from an August 2011 earthquake, the iconic monolith was scheduled to reopen to the public today.
When the National Park Service finalizes its visitation numbers for last year, don't be surprised to hear there was a decline from the 283 million tally made in 2012.
Billionaire philanthropist David Rubenstein has donated $7.5 million in matching funds to repair earthquake damage to one of America's most iconic structures, the Washington Monument.
Inspection Shows Cracks in Top Of Washington Monument, Prompting Call To Engineers With Earthquake Expertise
A closer inspection of the Washington Monument in the wake of Tuesday's earthquake has revealed cracks in the uppermost section of the monument, prompting the National Park Service to call in structural engineers with expertise in earthquake engineering to assess the damage.
Engineers are taking another look at the Washington Monument today to determine whether any cracks caused by Tuesday's earthquake created structural problems with the iconic monument in Washington, D.C.
The nation's front yard, frayed, rutted, and overwhelmed by millions of feet and years of neglect, is going to be given a much-needed makeover if the Interior Department can figure out how to raise at least $650 million, and likely quite a bit more.