The interior ministry announced today that The Statue of Liberty will undergo renovations totaling more than $27 million beginning in late October. According to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, the year-long renovation is designed to make the interior safer and more accessible.
The renovations are limited to the monument, and Liberty Island will remain open and the statue itself will be mostly unobstructed from view, officials explained. The Breaking Travel News reported that the people booking airline tickets to New York should also keep in mind that the Statue of Liberty will be closed for a year beginning in October.
Other announcements included that The National Park Service will keep the monument open to the public through to the October 28 celebration of the 125th anniversary of the statue's dedication. It will be closed the following day as work commences.
The Statue of Liberty was also closed for visitors after the September 2011 attacks, but the building was reopened in 2004, after $20 million security upgrade. The renovation will allow for more visitors and the safety measures will be adequately improved and upgraded for tourists and their safety.
The National Park Service, in a statement, shared that the statue is one of the top visited buildings of the world. According to the statistics provided by the National Park Service, every day 240 people visit the crown and about 3.5 million people visit the monument every year.
Similar work will take place at facilities on Ellis Island, the entry point to the United States for millions of immigrants. The project will be funded through a combination of National Park Service appropriations and the park Concession Franchise Fee program.
The people of the United States have appreciated the program of increased security and safety in the Statue of Liberty.
The Statue of Liberty is a neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom - who bears a torch and a tablet evoking the law upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue has become an icon of freedom and the United States.