Carlsbad Caverns begins repair work on elevators

Carlsbad Caverns begins repair work on elevators

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Crews have started repair work on the elevators at Carlsbad Caverns National Park after they were out of service for months.
    
The Current-Argus reports (http://bit.ly/263nBSx) that politicians, community members and tourists have all expressed frustration at the amount of time it's taken to address the broken elevators.
    
Caverns Superintendent Doug Neighbor says the elevators should be back in service by Memorial Day weekend if everything goes as planned.
    
Parks special affairs officer Valerie Gohlke says Spiked Industrial Solutions began repairs on the secondary elevators Monday. The contractor is currently working to remove lead paint from beams in the elevator shaft and reapplying protecting coatings.
    
Hall Machine and Welding Company is making steel beams to reinforce the shaft.
    
The park has been offering limited tours while the elevators are unavailable.
    
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Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, http://www.currentargus.com/

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