The Statue of Liberty will reopen for the Fourth of July: officials

Posted at 5:12 PM, Mar 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-19 17:12:10-04

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is finally set to reopen — just in time for Independence Day.

Closed since Hurricane Sandy badly damaged the docks and walkways, officials announced Tuesday that it will reopen by July 4th.

As Sandy made landfall, the massive storm surge that inundated Battery Park on Oct. 29 caused water to rise 13.8 feet.  That meant that 75% of Liberty Island — where the statue stood in direct path of the storm — was below water, according to Statue of Liberty Superintendent David Luchsinger.

The statue itself, however, did not receive any damage.

The Statue’s 126 year old iron framework designed by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel allowed for the Statue of Liberty to withstand the storm’s intense winds,” according to the National Park Service website.  “However, the Island’s utilities, backup generator, and power systems were destroyed. The passenger and auxiliary docks were severely damaged and brick pathways have been uprooted around the Island.”