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The Bethesda Metro elevators are back in service after passing a state inspection Wednesday, said Caroline Lukas, a spokeswoman for WMATA.

She said elevators were back in service at approximately 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Elevators were taken out of service in May for their first major rehabilitation since the station opened in 1984. The project was expected to take four months, but was delayed due to the availability of parts and a change in state elevator codes, which have been updated since the project was contracted, WMATA spokesman Dan Stessel previously said. The elevators were upgraded to include a back-up system for the emergency call button.

The project is the first step before WMATA undertakes a full replacement of the station's three escalators. The escalator replacement project currently is being designed, and construction is scheduled to start in early 2014, Stessel previously said.

It is unclear at this point how long construction will take, but it could take longer than the Dupont Circle escalator replacement, which lasted eight months. The Bethesda escalators are longer and the station only has one entrance, unlike Dupont Circle which has a second entrance. During construction, he said technicians will be on hand to respond to escalator break downs.

jablamsky@gazette.net