After months of recovering from damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, New York’s most famous lady is scheduled to open once again on the 4th of July. The super storm left the Statue of Liberty‘s promenade, docks, walkways and electrical and sewage infrastructure largely battered. But after ongoing repairs and a hefty price tag of $59 million, Liberty Island has finally been restored and will open tomorrow with a new perimeter walkway, railings, and filled-in seawalls.
The restoration and repair of the island was completed by New Jersey-based contractor Joseph A. Natoli Construction Corporation who is also in the process of relocating all electrical switches and equipment from the basement level to a new steel floor that will be erected 14 feet above ground level. The move will comply with new FEMA regulations and prevent future damage and loss of power during subsequent storms. The island’s administration, concession and maintenance buildings—which suffered severe flooding during the storm—were completely overhauled as well. Neighboring Ellis Island, which took a more severe hit during the disaster, will remain closed until further notice.
“On July 4, when I am once again greeted by my amazing staff, and those first visitors step off the ferry onto Liberty Island, any residual pain will disappear,” said National Park Service Superintendent David Luchsinger to the Daily News, reflecting on the myriad challenges he faced in getting the historic destination reopened.
Starting tomorrow, as early as 8:30 am, visitors may once again visit the crown and monument levels of the Statue of Liberty. Tickets can be purchased online at www.statuecruises.com.