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Statue of Liberty to close for year

Ned_L

Philadelphia, US
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Fri 12-Aug-11 02:47 PM

Hi All,

If you're traveling to New York City in the fall, or planning a trip to NYC between late October, 2011 through late October, 2012, please be advised that from October 29, 2011 through approximately October, 2012, the Statue of Liberty will be closed to the public.

Liberty Island itself, on which the Statue of Liberty is located, will remain open during the project and most of the time, most of the views of Lady Liberty will remain unobstructed.

US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced, this week, that the Statue of Liberty will undergo a $27.25 million renovation that includes long-planned safety and other critical facility renovations beginning in late October.

Salazar stated, “Two years ago, when we reopened Lady Liberty’s crown to visitors for the first time since the September 11 attacks, I promised that we would continue to upgrade the interior to make it safer and more accessible for all. With today’s announcement, we are taking a major step in bringing a 19th Century icon into the 21st Century.”

Code compliant stairways will be installed within the monument. Its mechanical, electrical and fire suppression systems, will be updated. The Statue's elevators will be replaced, and its restrooms rehabilitated.

The improvements will allow for increased visitor access to the monument, including the pedestal and the museum.

The Statue will remain open to the public through the Oct. 28 celebration of the 125th anniversary of the statue’s dedication. It will then close on the 29th for a year.

Ned
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