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Washington Monument Elevator Woes

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The Aug. 23 East Coast earthquake, which caused cracks in the Washington Monument, also damaged its elevator, the National Park Service said on Monday.

Because of suspected damage to the elevator's counterweights, the lift can rise only to the 250-foot level.

Engineers -- including skilled "rappelers" who will scale the sides of the 550-foot structure for a close inspection -- are still working on a plan for repairs, costs and a date for re-opening to tourists.

Here's video of the inside of the monument during the earthquake:

Charlie Clark joined Government Executive in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. He has written or edited online news, daily news stories, long features, wire copy, magazines, books and organizational media strategies.

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