UPDATE: Washington Monument closed for the next 10 days due to elevator issues

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Washington Monument will be closed for the next 10 days as crews repair the elevator.

National Park Service closed the  Monument this morning after the compensating cable broke loose from the car.  The cable is connected to the bottom of the car and the bottom of the counterweight and helps control the car while it is in motion by compensating for the differing weight of cable between the hoist and cab.  This morning’s interruption caused the elevator to stop between the 490′ and 500′ levels.

Mike Litterst, spokesman for National Park Police,  said that only one employee was aboard at the time of the interruption.

The compensating cable repair is not related to the power issues that closed the Monument last Saturday or Sunday.

Statement from National Park Services:

The Washington Monument will remain closed for at least the next 10 days to allow staff and elevator technicians to perform a thorough evaluation of the elevator in order to understand the reasons for the recent failures. Information gained in the course of the evaluation will also provide important data for the design of a new elevator control system, now underway.

Work to be completed includes inspection and cleaning of the hoistway; checking the integrity of the circuit breakers using thermal imaging; inspection of and any needed repairs to the fans on top of the elevator car; and cleaning and lighting work in the stairwell.