Rise of Freedom: Memorial setbacks
Issues halt progress at Ground Zero
- Duration 3:51
- Date Feb 16, 2012
Issues halt progress at Ground Zero
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Now for years our cameras have been following the progress at ground zero as they try to rebuild the World Trade Center.
We've seen the towers rise and they are lit up tonight over lower Manhattan a long awaited memorial is finally open.
But it hasn't been all smooth in fact just today -- crane dropped several metal beams at the side of number four World Trade Center.
Workers reported cable snapped.
Dropped heavy steel forty stories to the ground imagine it damage to truck -- the construction company in charge of the site reports everybody was okay thankfully.
Crews had to stop working as they tried to figure out what happened and why.
It's the latest in what has frankly become a series of setbacks.
In the rebuilding of the world -- center.
Memorial and museum.
I can tell you.
That we worked very hard to keep the project on schedule to open for the tenth anniversary.
Was last year when crews were putting the finishing touches on the 9/11 memorial.
And working on another deadline for the museum below it -- yeah.
And also since.
But by the end of the year it was clear a money dispute would have a major impact on the museum.
-- there's no chance of it being open on time work is basically stopped the agency overseeing the rebuilding the Port Authority.
Claims the memorial owes millions of dollars in construction cost.
Both sides report their hopeful they can reach a deal and I don't think you'll get to record I'm sure we're gonna work out something of the Port Authority when the museum does open -- require money to operate.
Planners hope to fund it through a combination of admission fees private fundraising and money from the federal government.
But Oklahoma senator Tom Colbern is blocking that federal money saying lawmakers should cut other areas of the budget first -- Fully supportive of having a museum.
And I'm not really objecting that the federal government should painful part of what I'm objecting to is adding to our debt.
The uncertainty over the museum is among several -- and it's hampered progress here.
The rise of the signature skyscraper one World Trade Center slowed for a -- as crews dismantled equipment on the upper floors.
Down below real estate conditions are forcing crews to -- -- to ground level for now.
And construction on the eighty Storey tower three will stop -- just that seventh floor unless developers find the large enough -- within a year.
There is no more complicated.
Real state development project in the world and that's one.
There are always going to be setbacks David Samson recently became chairman of the Port Authority which is taken some harsh criticism lately.
An audit called it -- this functional organization.
That allowed World Trade Center -- to balloon to fourteen point eight billion dollars.
Up from the previous estimate of eleven billion we wish it didn't cost so much.
Who wish there were no problems -- as I said what project of this nature.
Things are going to come up he says he's working to bring the agency up to date as he puts it to confront economic realities.
By and large this project is moving along in a very positive way we'll all we'll remain optimistic about the end result and the product.
And we're working together.
It's important to note that many things really are going well at the World Trade Center tower for -- those steel beams fell earlier today.
Is up to 63.
Of a plan 72 and number one World Trade Center is now up to the 982.
With the Port Authority Reid reporting it will be up to 94.
In just a matter of days.
The government has.