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Aug102011

Statue of Liberty to Close for Yearlong Renovation Project

Medioimages/Photodisc(NEW YORK) -- Those planning to visit the Statue of Liberty should do so before the end of October.  The National Park Service is closing the popular New York tourist attraction for a year-long renovation project that will cost $27.25 million.

The statue was last closed following the Sept. 11 attacks for safety reasons, but the National Park Service re-opened the monument, with the exception of the crown, three years later.  In 2009, the crown was re-opened to tourists in limited numbers.  At its re-opening, Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar promised upgrades would be made to the monument to make it more safe and accessible.

On Wednesday, Secretary Salazar announced plans to make good on his promise for Lady Liberty's makeover project.

"With today's announcement, we are taking a major step in bringing a 19th-century icon into the 21st-century," Salazar said Wednesday.

The renovations, to be completed by the Joseph A. Natoli Construction Corporation of Pine Brook, N.J., will include new stairways within the monument, updates to mechanical and electrical systems, new elevators and bathrooms and increased access for visitors.

The Statue of Liberty will remain open to the public through Oct. 28, the 125th anniversary of the monument's dedication.  Work on the statue will begin Oct. 29.  The National Park Service says Liberty Island will remain open to visitors for the duration of the renovation.

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