Thursday, March 24, 2005

Monument to reopen with safety upgrades: "The Washington Monument will reopen to the public April 1 after the completion of security upgrades, the National Park Service announced Friday.

"The monument has been closed since Sept. 7, when the $15 million project began. The security improvements include vehicle barriers and a new lighting system.

"Visitors will be able to travel by elevator to the top of the 555-foot tall monument when it reopens, but the surrounding 55 acres will remain off-limits until late June, said Vikki Keys, superintendent of the National Mall and memorial parks."

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