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|Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:12 pm Post subject: REMOVE LAST PIECE OF SIGNATURE WTC ACCESS RAMP
From Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:00 am to Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:59 am (included)
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM AND PORT AUTHORITY REMOVE LAST PIECE OF SIGNATURE WTC ACCESS RAMP
Major Progress on Steel Construction of Memorial’s North Pool
A major milestone in the construction of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum was achieved today as the last piece of the 460-foot-long ramp that allowed the public to go from street level to bedrock at the World Trade Center site was removed. The removal of the ramp allows for the continued installation of steel for the 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 Memorial & Museum will preserve a section of the ramp as part of the Museum’s permanent collection.
This morning, work crews hoisted the last piece of the ramp from the basement of the World Trade Center site and removed it from the site. On December 13, 2008, the Port Authority began dismantling 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.
“In just the past few months, a tremendous amount of construction progress has been made on the Memorial,” Memorial & Museum President Joe Daniels said. “With the access ramp completely removed, we can maintain the momentum of the steel installation. Watching this progress and seeing the actual structure of the north Memorial pool take form is truly meaningful.”
Significant progress has been made on the construction of the Memorial & Museum. Steel for the northeast section of the Memorial has already reached street level and the frame of the north Memorial pool is forming. More than 1,600 tons of steel have been erected for the project since steel installation began on September 2, 2008 - approximately 20% of the total steel for the project. In total, 80% of the construction contracts for the Memorial & Museum have been awarded or are out to bid.
Given the ramp’s historical significance, pieces of the pedestrian access and vehicular access sections of the ramp will be preserved for the Museum’s permanent collection. The ramp, perhaps the most recognizable element at the World Trade Center site for the past six years, 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.
“The ramp was the essential bridge to the site for the thousands of people who offered their assistance in the recovery, clean-up and rebuilding efforts after 9/11,” said Museum Director Alice M. Greenwald. “For the past seven years, it has also served as the only pathway to bedrock for the family and friends of 9/11 victims visiting the site to honor their loved ones. It is indeed a great privilege to preserve a portion of this construction ramp in the Museum’s permanent collection as evidence of its seminal role in the history of the World Trade Center site in the aftermath of 9/11.”
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.
The ramp has been seen around the world on each of the seven 9/11 anniversary ceremonies since it provided victims family members access to the below-ground areas of the site. On several anniversaries, President Bush walked down the ramp to pay his respects, and this past September 11, President-elect Barack Obama and Senator John McCain, walked down the ramp.
On April 20, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI descended down a portion of the ramp to say a prayer on the bedrock of the site and to meet several family members, first responders and others linked to 9/11.
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.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM
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
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