The elevator in the Washington Monument was temporarily broken for years only a few days after its first reopening.
The 300 meter long monument, closed in 2016 for renovations to its elevators and security systems, was re-opened to the public on Thursday.
The elevator stopped working at about 1 pm for about an hour to work on Saturday afternoon, according to WTOP. The elevator would only travel between 490 feet and 500 feet and not return to the ground floor. During a brief disturbance, no one was in the elevator.
The lift was out of service for about an hour, but went back into service. An evacuation over the stairs was not necessary. We apologize to our visitors who have been harassed. The normal operation was resumed and the tours go according to plan.
̵1; National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS)
September 21, 2019
"The lift was out of service for about an hour, but went back into service," tweeted the National Park Service (NPS) on Saturday. "There was no need to evacuate the stairs."
"We hope that the biggest difference is that the elevator is now much more reliable than when we had to close in 2016," a National Park Service spokesman told WTOP the day before the monument was reopened. "Because of mechanical issues, we closed in 2016 two, sometimes three times a week."
The iconic obelisk hit the headlines in the summer as well, when a full-frame Saturn V rocket was projected onto it 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11.