Demolition Inside Pedestal Nearing Completion
Statue of Liberty NM - February 7, 2012 -
Two staircases, an elevator and several platforms have been removed from the inside of the pedestal.
Construction crews have made consistent progress on the pedestal's interior demolition.
Two staircases, rest and observation platforms and a five-story hydraulic elevator have been removed from the inside of the Statue's base. Staircases have been cut away and removed in 3,000lb pieces. The pedestal is now an open shaft, with little more than structural support beams remaining in place.
Construction crews gain access to the top of the pedestal by a temporary staircase erected along the pedestal's inside wall. Work crews harness themselves in while working on locations where the flooring has been removed.
Once demolition is complete, construction crews will begin building an enclosed elevator shaft and two new staircases that better meet fire and safety codes.