If you've been wanting to visit the Statue of Liberty, best do it before October 28. After that day, the monument will close for a year long renovation.
Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar said the $27.25 million renovation will make "the interior safer and more accessible."
"We are taking a major step in bringing a 19th Century icon into the 21st Century," Salazar said.
The renovation will include installation of code compliant stairways, upgrading electrical and fire suppression systems, replacing elevators and renovating bathrooms.
Liberty Island will remain open and the statue itself will mostly remain unobstructed from view.
The observation deck in the crown was re-opened on July 4, 2009, with approximately 240 visitors allowed in each day.
With the Associated Press