Washington Monument to reopen Sunday

The Washington Monument is set to reopen Sunday after an extended period of repairs stemming from a lightning strike almost two weeks ago, a National Park Service spokesman said.

NPS Spokesman Mike Litterst told WTOP in an email, “It’s the news all of America has been waiting for! The Washington Monument will reopen on Sunday, tickets available tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.”

The monument was forced to close after being hit by lightning on Aug. 15. Electrical systems that operate the elevator and access to the monument were damaged during the strike, and crews have been working to repair the damages and replace compromised components.

Litterst told WTOP that delivery of the parts needed for the repairs was delayed “due to the worldwide shortage of computer chips, but they were delivered and installed on Friday. We will have a final day of testing on Saturday, and the Washington Monument will reopen to the public at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Litterst also reminded people that masks are required for everyone under the age of 2.

Tickets for entry will be available to the public beginning Saturday morning, and can be reserved online.

Zeke Hartner

Zeke Hartner is a digital writer/editor who has been with WTOP since 2017. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Political Science program and an avid news junkie.

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