Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Rebuilding of Ground Zero, Part 57

Steel continues rising for the Freedom Tower, and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum continue taking shape. The pools that will form the heart of the memorial are now being formed up as the steel rises around them.

The ramp that served as the gateway into the site for dignitaries and families on the anniversaries of 9/11 has been dismantled and removed so as to make room for the memorial.

At the same time, construction continues on the PATH transit hub. The PATH system broke a new record for annual ridership, surpassing 75 million riders last year. The prior record was set in 2000, when 74 million riders used the system, which connects Newark and Hoboken with the WTC and 33rd Street stations in Manhattan. 72 million riders used the system in 2007.

PATH is expected to bring new railcars on line starting this year in a multibillion dollar upgrade to its 40 year old fleet of subway cars.

Meanwhile, still more problems at the former Deutsche Bank deconstruction site. A worker broke his leg when he was hit by an excavator.

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