World Trade Center Reconstruction Delayed to 2013

Delays in taking down the Deutsche Bank building at Ground Zero have forced officials to roll back the expected completion date of a crucial vehicle-security center by a year, to 2013, the New York Post reported Saturday.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Christopher Ward said the delay in demolishing the tower at 130 Liberty Street, where two firefighters died in 2007, has forced the transportation and infrastructure agency to work around the site.

The screening center will be used to inspect and track all vehicles coming to the World Trade Center.

The Post reported last year that repeated delays at Deutsche Bank had added roughly $100 million to the cost of rebuilding the World Trade Center.

Port Authority officials have already redesigned some of their construction plans, including building a wall within the construction pit that will allow their contractors to begin work on part of the vehicle-screening center while the tower deconstruction continues.

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