Contract awarded for Carlsbad Caverns elevator repairs

Carlsbad Caverns
Carlsbad Caverns

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Carlsbad Caverns National Park has awarded a contract for overdue repair work to its elevators.

The Current-Argus in Carlsbad reports that park officials announced Friday that the contract, worth more than $235,000, will go to a company based in Illinois.

Granite City-based Supplied Industrial Solutions will start the work April 11 with a deadline of Memorial Day weekend, one of the park’s busiest.

The secondary elevators have been out of service since the summer 2015.

Passenger elevators stopped working in November, leaving visitors having to hike and the disabled without access.

Lawmakers and residents have expressed frustration at the delay.

Park spokeswoman Valerie Gohlke says projects like this require a lot of steps to go forward.

She says the National Park Service actually fast-tracked the contracting process.

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