Statue of Liberty to close for one year

Lady Liberty currently has just one 354 step spiral staircase.

Lady Liberty will be getting a little nip-tuck. After all, the woman is almost 125 years old.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Wednesday that the Statue of Liberty will be closed to the public during renovations beginning October 29, the day after the 125th anniversary of her dedication.

Salazar describes $27.35 million project as “long-planned safety and other critical facility renovations.” That includes updated mechanical, electrical and fire suppression systems, new elevators, renovated restrooms and a second staircase.

The construction is expected to take about a year. While the Statue of Liberty will be closed to visitors during the upgrade, Liberty Island will remain open.


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