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Statue of Liberty to reopen by July Fourth

By Brittany Brady, CNN
updated 6:52 PM EDT, Tue March 19, 2013
 The Statue of Liberty has been closed since October 29 due to infrastructure damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.
The Statue of Liberty has been closed since October 29 due to infrastructure damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Statue of Liberty was closed because of Superstorm Sandy damage to the complex
  • Docks at Liberty Island sustained significant damage from the storm
  • Interior Secretary says the iconic national monument is expected to reopen by July Fourth

New York (CNN) -- The Statue of Liberty is expected to reopen by July Fourth, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Tuesday.

Statue of Liberty after Superstorm Sandy

The iconic landmark has been closed since October 29 due to infrastructure damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

Funding for repairs is part of $28 million allocated by the Department of Transportation to repair federal parks and recreation areas damaged by the storm in New York and New Jersey, according to a joint press release from Salazar and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York.

Both the visitor and National Park Services docks at Liberty Island sustained significant damage during the storm, according to the National Parks Service.

Salazar also set a July Fourth deadline in 2009 for the reopening of Lady Liberty's crown after it was closed following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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