Since August, the Washington Monument has been closed, and it looks like it will remain closed for at least two more years, reported WAMU. During this time, repairs will be done on the structure’s elevator. There is no start date for the project just yet.
The $2 to $3 million repairs will allow for an upgrade that will feature new audio and visual screens in the elevator cab, control and diagnostic systems, and hardware updates. Philanthropist and Co-Founder of the Carlyle Group David M. Rubenstein confirmed that he will pay for the repairs.
When Rubenstein first contributed to the repairs of the Washington Monument, he gave $7.5 million for the $15 million cost of repairing the damage done by the East Coast earthquake in 2011.