- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 9, 2009

NEW YORK | The Statue of Liberty’s crown, an observation area to which millions of tourists have trekked that was closed after the Sept. 11 terror strikes, will reopen July 4, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Friday.

Mr. Salazar told the news media that 30 visitors an hour would be allowed up to the crown.

Access to the crown - on a very narrow staircase of 168 steps - was suspended after the terror strikes on U.S. targets.

For now, tourists can climb up to the base of the statue and the lower observation areas of the traditional U.S. symbol of freedom.

The massive copper sculpture by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was designed to mark the 1876 centennial of the Declaration of Independence.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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