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"WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia's delegate to Congress says the Washington Monument elevator needs a major renovation that will likely require the monument to be closed for up to nine months. The monument needed $15 million in repairs and was closed for nearly three years, but the park service did not renovate the elevator during that time.", www.sfchronicle.com
"The District of Columbia's non-voting congressional delegate wants to know why the Washington Monument elevator keeps breaking down despite the millions of dollars spent to refurbish the structure following a 5.8 magnitude earthquake five years ago. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat, said she will meet Wednesday with officials from the National Park Service, which oversees the monument and major tourist attraction. The Park Service announced a 10-day closure last week because of the malfunctioning elevator, which has broken several times this year. Norton's office said in a statement Tuesday that the Park Service only recently disclosed the monument's elevator panel, which is 20 years old, needs to be completely replaced. Norton has been concerned about chronic monument elevator shutdowns this summer and believes it is important for the public to know the reason, a statement from Norton's office said. She had expected that after repairs to the monument itself", www.washingtonexaminer.com
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