(DC)- The Washington Monument is set to reopen in the coming months after being closed since 2016. The National Park Service announced today that the Monument will reopen sometime in August. The Monument was closed for the construction of a new visitor facility, and for repairs of the elevator that takes visitors to the 500 foot observation level. The Monument was originally scheduled to reopen this spring. NPS says the completion of the visitor facility has been delayed after “possibly contaminated soil” was found in the construction area. A specific opening date is expected to be announced at a later time.