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PORT AUTHORITY BOARD AUTHORIZES MAJOR CONTRACT THAT WILL ENSURE 9/11 MEMORIAL ACCESS BY 10TH ANNIVERSARY

Date: Aug 13, 2009
Press Release Number: 105-2009

Also Authorizes Vesey Street Bridge Extension to Improve Pedestrian Flow at Site

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today authorized a major contract to permanently brace the box that encloses the MTA's No. 1 subway line. It will form the foundation of the future extension of Greenwich Street, which will bisect the World Trade Center site. The contract will ensure public access to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and represents one of the Port Authority's critical third-quarter milestones.

The $177.6 million contract was awarded to Tutor Perini Corporation of Peekskill, N.Y., and is $71 million - 28 percent - below the $248 million budget estimate for this project. The very favorable bid is credited to the restructured procurement process the Port Authority implemented earlier this year to take advantage of a hungry, competitive construction market.

The contract stems from an innovative construction method developed as part of last year's assessment process that New York Governor David A. Paterson called for in June 2008. The so-called top-down approach allows the subway box bracing to be completed ahead of previous schedules, and will ensure public access to the 9/11 Memorial on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, "Today's vote is a critical step in meeting our commitment to complete the Memorial Plaza by the 10th anniversary. As the lead builder of the public projects at the World Trade Center site, we're constantly looking for ways to build faster and more cost-effectively, and this approach is another example of that."

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, "Opening the 9/11 Memorial on the 10th anniversary of the attacks is our highest priority and this major contract gets us one step closer. It also shows that our restructured procurement process is working, which is critical to ensuring that the budget for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub does not exceed our October 2008 estimate."

Joe Daniels, President/CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, said, "With this award, the Port Authority is taking a hopeful step toward fulfilling its commitment that by the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the public will have meaningful and continual access to the Memorial."

In another action, the Board authorized the design and construction of an extension to the Vesey Street pedestrian bridge over West Street, which will separate pedestrians from increasingly heavy truck traffic at the intersection of Vesey and Washington streets. Untangling pedestrian movements from truck movements will ensure a safer pedestrian experience and greater construction productivity on the site.

Under the $4.5 million contract, awarded to Atlantic Hoist and Scaffolding, LLC, the existing Vesey Street bridge will be extended over the intersection of Vesey and Washington 50 feet east of Washington. The bridge will have an elevator, an escalator and a staircase.

Construction of the bridge will begin in the fall and be completed in early 2010.

CONTACT:
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.