Date: Jan 27, 2009
Press Release Number: 14
NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM TAKING SHAPE: FOR THE FIRST TIME THE PUBLIC CAN SEE PROGRESS ON SIGNATURE REFLECTING POOLS ON WWW.WTCPROGRESS.COM
|Bistate Agency Now Soliciting Questions on Memorial Construction Issues
For the first time, the public can view the National September 11 Memorial and Museum's signature reflecting pools taking shape on www.wtcprogress.com. Much of the steel for the Memorial's north pool was installed by the end of December to meet a milestone deadline the agency set in its WTC Assessment Report in October 2008. Approximately 1,600 tons of steel were installed for this portion of the Memorial.
In mid-January 2009, the signature WTC ramp - which provided access from street level to bedrock in the Memorial area for six years - was removed, allowing steel installation for the Memorial to continue. In the past two weeks, 230 tons of additional steel was installed in the area where the ramp had been located.
To mark the major progress on the Memorial project, the Port Authority will begin today to solicit questions from the public on construction issues involving the project.
Questions can be submitted on the Web site through Friday, January 30. Thomas J. O'Connor, the Port Authority's Memorial project manager, will answer the questions and the responses will be posted on the Web site during the first week of February.
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 Regionâ€™s Core tunnel project.