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Even for a New Yorker this is an expensive makeover.

The area surrounding the Statue of Liberty is getting spruced up in a $4.58 million revitalization project that was approved by the National Park Service earlier this week, it was revealed Wednesday.

“This is hopefully our last Hurricane Sandy recovery project,” National Park Service public affairs officer Jerry Willis told The Post.

The renovations include installing a stainless steel fence around the perimeter of Lady Liberty’s base and replacing broken granite pavers that surround the statue. Dozens of trees that sustained damage during the storm will also be removed and replaced with new, salt-tolerant trees, Willis said.

The repairs, which will be done by Deborah Bradley Construction & Management Services, is expected to take about a year to complete, and likely won’t require the popular attraction to shut down.

The project has nothing to do with many of the statue’s lights unexpectedly going dark on Tuesday night.

This story originally ran on NYPost.com.

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