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The Washington Monument re-opened to the public in the next month, after more than three years of renovations, the National Park Service announced Friday.
The 555-foot-high landmark will re-open on Sept. 19, at 9 o’clock in the morning has been closed since Aug. 17, 2016, in order to undergo upgrades, including a modern elevator control system, and a new security screening facility.
An aerial view of the Washington Monument. (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)
On the same day of the tour tickets for a visit between Oct. 19-Oct. 18 and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8:30 a.m., every at the Washington Monument Lodge. The Lodge, located at 15th Street between Madison Drive NW and Jefferson Drive, SW. At The Beginning Of October. 10 at 10 a.m., tickets for the guided tours, starting in October. 19 can be reserved online at www.recreation.gov.
The monument is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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According to the National Park Service, lift / elevator modernization project has been made possible by a $3 million donation to the National Park Foundation’s Centennial Campaign, the financier and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.
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One of the security screening facility, which will be replaced by a temporary structure, was built in 2001 and cost $7.7 million and was built with funds from the National Park Service’s budget in fiscal year 2017.
The National Park Service, said the facility will “provide the complete ballistic and blast protection, and provides queuing space for 18-20 tickets sold, the screening equipment, and an accessible restroom in the National Park Service and the U.S. Park Police to staff a security office.”