Statue of Liberty to Close for a Year-Long Safety Renovation
US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Wednesday that the Statue of Liberty will close on October 28 for a year-long, $27.25 million renovation. The upgrades will make the interior safer and more accessible, he said.
Code-compliant stairways will be installed, and electrical and fire suppression systems, elevators and bathrooms will all get an overhaul. The current staircases do not meet the newest fire codes, which dictate escape routes allowing the statue to be evacuated within two hours in case of an emergency.
Liberty Island will remain open during the renovations, and the work shouldn’t obstruct views of the statue itself. The National Parks Service estimates that about 3.5 million people visit the 125-year-old monument annually.