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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:26 pm    Post subject: REMOVING SIGNATURE RAMP FROM WTC SITE
From Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:00 am to Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:59 am (included)
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Section of Ramp to be Preserved in Museum Permanent Collection
The 460-foot-long ramp that has served as the conduit for thousands of 9/11 victims’ family members and notable leaders to go from street level to bedrock at the World Trade Center site will be removed beginning this weekend to make way for continued construction of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Because of the ramp’s historical significance to the World Trade Center clean-up effort, the rebuilding, and 9/11 anniversary commemorations, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum will preserve a section of the ramp as part of the Museum’s permanent collection.
Starting this Saturday, December 13, the Port Authority will begin to dismantle the ramp to allow the steel installation for the Memorial & Museum to progress. The ramp must be removed since it sits in the middle of the Memorial quadrant, a critical location required for the cranes erecting steel. The steel for the northeast section of the Memorial has already reached street level.
“Since 2002, the ramp has provided access to the site for recovery, clean-up and construction,” National September 11 Memorial & Museum President Joe Daniels said. “Its use, in particular on 9/11 anniversaries to bring people to bedrock has been an important part of personal and collective commemoration. The removal is a major step forward in constructing the Memorial and it reminds us of the sacrifices of thousands, united in their efforts to assist in the aftermath of the attacks. Given the historical importance of the ramp, we are planning to incorporate a portion of it in the Memorial Museum’s permanent collection.”
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, "This ramp is a link to the site's past, but now we're rapidly moving to the future and building a project we believe will make all of us proud, and honor the memories of those who were lost. We will remain focused on the construction work that remains to fulfill our commitment to have the Memorial's Plaza finished by the 10th anniversary of 9/11."
Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “The removal of the ramp is a sign that we are quickly moving the Memorial from bedrock to street level. It will allow for the continued installation of steel needed to complete this signature project by the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.”
The ramp 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.
Installation of the ramp, which is composed of five spans supported by five concrete piers, allowed recovery workers and construction crews and vehicles to easily access the below-grade areas of the site during the final recovery efforts, the subsequent rebuilding of the temporary World Trade Center PATH Station, and the initial construction work on the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The ramp was designed with a loading capacity to accommodate construction equipment in excess of 90,000 pounds.
In early September, the first pieces of steel were erected for the Memorial project, and since that time, more than 600 tons of steel have been installed.
As the Memorial rises to street level, workers will access the below-ground area via staircases, and equipment and materials will be delivered via cranes.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the not-for-profit corporation created to oversee the design, raise the funds, and program and operate the Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center site. The Memorial & Museum will be located on eight of the 16 acres of the site.
The Memorial will remember and honor the nearly three thousand people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993, and September 11, 2001. The design, created by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, consists of two pools that reside in the footprints of the original Twin Towers, surrounded by a plaza of oak trees. The Arad/Walker design was selected from a design competition that included more than 5,000 entrants from 63 nations.
The Museum will display monumental artifacts associated with the events of September 11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning and recovery that are central to telling the story of September 11 and its aftermath. It will communicate key messages that embrace both the specificity and the universal implications of the events of 9/11; document the impact of those events on individual lives, as well as on local, national, and international communities; and explore the continuing significance of these events for our global community.
Donations can be made through and more information can be found at the Memorial & Museum’s website, http://www.national911memorial.org/, or by calling 1-877-WTC-GIVE.
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National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Lynn Rasic/Michelle Breslauer, 212-312-8800
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Candace McAdams, 212-435-7777

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