Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty to have safety upgrade

New York’s Statue of Liberty is about to undergo a year-long programme of works designed to make the USA’s most prominent monument safer and more accessible for visitors.

Work will begin on the statue’s £17.5 million ‘life safety’ improvements in November, following celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of its dedication on 28 October 1886.

Engineering and design consultancy Atkins has been appointed by the National Park Service (NPS) to manage the construction work, which includes the replacement of elevators, accessibility improvements, and upgrades to the electrical, air handling, fire protection, and security systems.

Atkins will have three construction managers on the site for the duration of the project. They will work with the Park Service and its contractor to upgrade stairways inside the statue and refurbish visitor facilities in addition to the other improvements.

Gary Self, Atkins’ project manager said: “Besides the American eagle, few other symbols represent freedom the way the Statue of Liberty does. We couldn’t be more proud than to be associated with a programme that will make her safer and more accessible to visitors.”

A gift to the US nation from the people of France, the statue receives more than 3.5 million visitors a year. Liberty Island will remain open during the works, and views of the monument will remain largely unobstructed.

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