Statue of Liberty Closing for Revamp

Statue of Liberty

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The Statue of Liberty will close for a year at the end of October as it undergoes a $27.25 million renovation that will make the interior safer and more accessible, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Wednesday. The renovations are limited to the monument, and Liberty Island will remain open and the statue itself will be mostly unobstructed from view, officials said in a statement. The National Park Service said it will close the monument Oct. 28, after the 125th anniversary of its dedication. It will be closed the following day, and “code-compliant’’ stairways will be installed and the the electrical and fire suppression systems, elevators, and bathrooms will be upgraded.

One reason, the service said at the time, was that the newest fire codes require escape routes that would allow the statue to be evacuated within two hours, but the current staircases on either side of the pedestal do not meet the standards. The statue was closed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks for security precautions, but the base reopened in 2004 after a $20 million security upgrade. The observation deck at the top of the crown was reopened on July 4, 2009. Learn more about how to built your Social Media platform visit our website today at http://www.kimberleyvassal.com

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