Washington Monument reopens after elevator repair

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The Washington Monument has reopened after a problem with the elevator closed the monument for days.

National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst said in an email that the monument reopened Tuesday morning.

Litterst says the elevator, which had been out of service since Saturday morning, has been repaired. He says the issue was a faulty computer chip on the elevator control board. The chip had to be replaced and programmed.

The monument has been closed several times in recent months because of elevator issues — most recently in early April, when the elevator broke down twice in one week. In those cases, people were visiting the monument at the time and had to walk down hundreds of stairs.