Statue of Liberty to close for a year during $27-million renovation, Liberty Island remain opens

By on Aug 11, 2011 in Announcement, United States Comments

Updated: October 29, 2011 12:47 a.m.

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The Statue of Liberty will be closed for a year during its renovation estimated to be worth $27 million, while Liberty Island will remain open.

Statue of Liberty in Liberty Island
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According to US news sites, US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 that the Statue of Liberty will be closed starting October 29, a day after its 125th anniversary of dedication.

“With today’s announcement, we are taking a major step in bringing a 19th century icon into the 21st century.” Salazar was quoted on reports, citing its reopening two years ago after the 9/11 incident.

“The Statue of Liberty renovation will involve the installation of new stairways and elevators, as well as updates to the restrooms to make it more safe and accessible.” Salazar added.

The Statue of Liberty, which was a gift to the people of US by the people of France as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy, was dedicated on October 28, 1886.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service emphasized that Liberty Island, where the iconic monument is located, will still be open during the yearlong project and Lady Liberty‘s crown views will remain largely unobstructed.

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