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Statue of Liberty will reopen July 4, 2013

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Damage on Liberty Island after Hurricane Sandy (Photo by National Park Service) Damage on Liberty Island after Hurricane Sandy (Photo by National Park Service)
The Statue of Liberty (file photo) The Statue of Liberty (file photo)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The Statue of Liberty will reopen July 4, 2013, more than nine months after Liberty Island suffered significant infrastructure damage in Superstorm Sandy, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Tuesday.

The storm destroyed or damaged the island's docks, electrical infrastructure, walkways, Park Police and National Park Service facilities, and more.

The statue itself and its pedestal were undamaged.

"We are well on our way to meeting our July 4 deadline," Salazar said on a conference call.

Liberty Island and Ellis Island, which is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, have been closed since the storm overwhelmed the area on October 29, 2012.

When the record-high storm surge hit, nearly 75 percent of the island was under water, according to Statue of Liberty Superintendent David Luchsinger.

The National Park Service has not yet set a date to reopen Ellis Island, which also suffered significant damage to facilities. Many of the museum's exhibits have been moved off island for preservation.

One of the biggest challenges on Liberty Island is making sure the underpinning of the destroyed docks were safe to salvage for the rebuilding of a permanent, storm-resistant dock, officials said.

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