- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Passenger elevators in Carlsbad Caverns National Park are working again.

Park officials announced Thursday that passenger elevators that stopped working late last year will go back into operation Friday now that repairs have been made.

The work included installation of new steel reinforcing beams and wall anchors in a hoistway.

Park officials say a structural engineering firm has inspected the steel work and that the park also conducted additional testing to ensure that the elevators are safe for passenger use.

While the elevators were not in use, visitors could enter the caverns by walking down through the Natural Entrance. That involved a 1.25-mile walk described by park officials as a “steep hike.”

Carlsbad Caverns is located in southeastern New Mexico and is the state’s only national park.

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Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, https://www.currentargus.com/

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