Press Release Article


Date: Jan 14, 2009
Press Release Number: 7-2009

Agency Also Achieves First Quarterly Milestone for 2009 With Removal of World Trade Center Ramp Today

The Port Authority today released a report detailing the progress it has made to achieve major rebuilding milestones at the World Trade Center site - including the installation of 1,600 tons of steel for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the completion of the foundation for One World Trade Center, the Freedom Tower, and the start of procurement of 22,000 tons of steel for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.

The report, which can be found at, said that eight of the nine major milestones have been completed. The remaining milestone - the completion of excavation work in the Tower 2 and Tower 4 areas - is continuing. The Port Authority and Silverstein Properties are working cooperatively to get this work done as quickly as possible.

The agency also announced today that it has achieved the first quarterly milestone for 2009 - the removal of the signature ramp that provided access from street level to bedrock in the Memorial area, allowing for steel installation to continue.

The major milestones were established as part of the World Trade Center Assessment, a comprehensive review of all of the major public projects on the World Trade Center site, which was released in October.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “The pride the Port Authority takes in leading the World Trade Center rebuilding effort is accompanied by an obligation to do so responsibly. Today’s progress report is one measure among many that delivers on our commitment to rebuild the WTC site with transparency and accountability. Looking ahead, we resolve to keep the public aware of what’s happening - the progress we’ve made as well as the challenges we face - at the site.”

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “This first report signals important progress in the rebuilding effort. It also represents the Port Authority’s continuing effort to make this construction project more transparent and comprehensible so the public can track our progress and hold us accountable. But we have many more milestones to hit and we must continue working aggressively to meet every single one of them.”

The eight major milestones achieved by the Port Authority are:

World Trade Center Transportation Hub:

National September 11 Memorial & Museum:

Vehicle Security Center:

One World Trade Center, the Freedom Tower:

In addition to meeting these construction milestones, in the past quarter the Port Authority also rolled out an aggressive community outreach program, including:

Looking ahead, First Quarter construction milestones include:

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Candace McAdams or Steve Coleman, 212 435-7777

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Port Authority Auto Marine Terminal; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Greenville Yard-Port Authority Marine Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan and is a partner in the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project.