PHOTO OPPORTUNITY - LAST PIECE OF SIGNATURE WORLD TRADE CENTER RAMP
TO BE REMOVED FROM SITE AT 11:30 A.M. TODAY
Date: Jan 14, 2009 Press Release Number: 6-2009
Ramp Removal Achieves Key World Trade Center 2009 Milestone
A World Trade Center 2009 milestone – the removal of the 460-foot-long ramp that allowed 9/11 victims’ family members to go from street level to bedrock at the World Trade Center site – will be achieved today at 11:30 a.m., January 14, when the last piece of the ramp is hoisted from the basement and removed from the site. The removal will allow for the continued installation of steel for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
Today, the Port Authority also announced that it had achieved eight of nine key World Trade Center milestones for the Fourth Quarter of 2008. Those milestones included the installation of 1,600 tons of steel for the Memorial & Museum, the completion of the foundation of One World Trade Center, the Freedom Tower, and the start of the procurement of 22,000 tons of steel for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.
Media interested in covering the event should report to Gate 2 (corner of West and Liberty streets). Several pieces of the ramp that will eventually be installed in the Memorial Museum will be stored in the basement area.
The ramp, perhaps the most recognizable element at the World Trade Center site for the past six years, was completed in March 2002 following the removal of debris from the 80-foot-deep World Trade Center basement resulting from the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11. Prior to the ramp’s construction, crews used muddy roads supported by packed debris to access the subgrade levels.
Construction crews have dismantled the ramp during the past month. Given its historical importance to the site, a piece of it will be installed in the Memorial Museum.
CONTACT: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Steve Coleman, 212 435-7777