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PORT AUTHORITY BOARD APPROVES SEVERAL ITEMS TO ENSURE WORLD TRADE CENTER PUBLIC PROJECTS MOVE FORWARD

Date: Oct 22, 2009
Press Release Number: 131-2009

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today authorized several items to ensure that the World Trade Center site’s public projects continue to progress on the timetables set in the 2008 WTC assessment.

To support the planned opening of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, the Board authorized a $140 million project for final design and construction of the World Trade Center’s street and sidewalk finishes, trees, paving, bollards, streetscape furniture and additional design of Liberty Park, a new park that will span the length of Liberty Street between Church and West streets.

The Board also authorized a contract to continue construction progress on the Memorial - an $8.5 million contract with KJC Waterproofing for roofing and waterproofing work.

In addition, following a request from New York Governor David A. Paterson in August, the Board also authorized $20 million in planning and design money to allow various consultants to modify certain components of the WTC Hub to permit the Port Authority to complete the construction of the public components of the WTC site independent of construction of Towers 2, 3 and 4.

The development of this option also will require certain modifications of various aspects of One World Trade Center, the Vehicular Security Center and other infrastructure.  The design modifications will not compromise the integrity of the design of any of the projects.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “Today’s actions allow us to continue our steady progress in Lower Manhattan.  They demonstrate our resolve in moving ahead with the public component of the rebuilding effort.”

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “One year ago, we gave the public a roadmap on how we would get the site’s public projects on track and asked them to hold us accountable.  We take that responsibility very seriously and are continuing to take the necessary steps to ensure that our projects move forward.”

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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; 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.