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Statue of Liberty to close for yearlong repairs

August 11, 2011 12:07:58 AM PDT
Lady Liberty is getting a makeover. The iconic statue will shut down in October to undergo more than $27 million in renovations.

Repairs include upgraded restrooms, along with improved fire suppression systems and elevators.

The project is expected to take a year. During that time, Liberty Island will remain open, and views of the statue will be largely unobstructed.

Tegan Firth, a spokeswoman for Statue Cruises, which on an average Saturday during the summer ferries about 18,000 people to Liberty Island, said the renovation won't have a significant impact on visitation.

"The entire experience of visiting these national landmarks of the United States remains absolutely the same," she said.

The statue, a gift from France, was built in the 1880s.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.