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Washington Monument to reopen Friday after latest round of elevator repairs

Visitors line up for tickets which are distributed at on a first-come basis at the Washington Monument in Washington, Monday, May 12, 2014, ahead of a ceremony to celebrate its re-opening. The monument, which sustained damage from an earthquake in August 2011, is reopening to the public today. (AP Photo)

Visitors line up for tickets which are distributed at on a first-come basis at the Washington Monument in Washington, Monday, May 12, 2014, ahead of a ceremony to celebrate its re-opening. The monument, which sustained damage from an earthquake in August 2011, is reopening to the public today. (AP Photo)  (Albuquerque Journal)

The Washington Monument will reopen Friday after being closed for nearly a week because of problems with its elevator.

The National Park Service announced Tuesday that the monument will reopen after a damaged bearing on the elevator is replaced. That’s what led the monument to be closed Saturday.

Park service spokesman Mike Litterst said in a statement that some other work is being done during the closure. He says that maintenance should make the elevator more reliable.

The monument has been closed several times over the past year because of elevator breakdowns.