BREAKING: Washington Monument SHUT DOWN Indefinitely… Here’s What We Know

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By Alicia Powe AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS

National Park Service officials announced Monday that the Washington Monument, one of the U.S. capital’s most popular tourist attractions, will be closed indefinitely due to ongoing problems with its elevator.

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Following a 2011 earthquake, the 555-foot tall monument was damaged and repaired. It has since, however, had repeated issues with electrical short-circuiting, mechanical and computer problems forcing it’s about two-dozen times since it reopened in May 2014.

“Despite the continuing work on the Washington Monument elevator, we have not been able to determine the causes of the ongoing reliability issues,” the National Park Service, which oversees the monument, said in a statement.”As a result, we have made the difficult decision not to reopen the Washington Monument until we can modernize the elevator control system.”

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The current closure was caused by a cable breaking loose, Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst said.

Tourists in the monument’s elevator were forced to exit using stairs in August when  electrical issues tripped circuit breakers causing its elevator doors to fail to open.

The monument, which was erected on the District of Columbia’s National Mall in honor of President George Washington in the 19th century, underwent  three years of repairs after the earthquake,  which reportedly cost about $15 million and involved 500 tons of scaffolding.

Local businessman and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein donated $7.5 million to pay for the repairs of the world’s tallest stone structure and the remaining cost was funded by the government.

The monument’s closure comes during an influx of travelers to the National Mall, many of whom came to celebrate the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture over the weekend.

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