Washington Monument to reopen in August following repairs

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a tree next to a body of water: TOPSHOT - The Washington Monument is seen amid blooming cherry trees 02 April, 2006 in Washington, DC. The famous blooming of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin , a gift from Japan in 1912, has come to symbolize the natural beauty of our nation's capital city. Hundreds of thousands of city residents and visitors from across the nation and around the world come here to witness the spectacle, hoping that the trees will be at the peak of bloom for the Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, DC.'s rite of spring. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER / AFP PHOTO / KAREN BLEIERKAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: 550824452© KAREN BLEIER, AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT – The Washington Monument is seen amid blooming cherry trees 02 April, 2006 in Washington, DC. The famous blooming of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin , a gift from Japan in 1912, has come to symbolize the natural beauty of our nation’s capital city. Hundreds of thousands of city residents and visitors from across the nation and around the world come here to witness the spectacle, hoping that the trees will be at the peak of bloom for the Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, DC.’s rite of spring. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER / AFP PHOTO / KAREN BLEIERKAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: 550824452

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.

Due to possibly contaminated soil in the construction area, the completion of the new visitor screening facility at the Washington Monument has been delayed. The reopening of the monument is now expected to take place in August. More at https://t.co/3qV2FBtlIspic.twitter.com/X21mBTFzEs

As for the elevator, it needs to undergo final testing and get its safety systems certified.

NPS will announce an official date as progress is made.

A 2011 earthquake left the monument damaged and cracked. The monument was open for two years after the earthquake repairs were finished before closing again in 2016 due to ongoing issues with its elevator.

Contributing: Ryan W. Miller

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Washington Monument to reopen in August following repairs

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