Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that construction work at the World Trade Center site has resumed and that approximately 750 construction workers have returned to continue their work at Ground Zero. The crews are resuming significant construction work now that more than 95% of the storm surge at the 16-acre site is pumped out. Today is also the first day since Hurricane Sandy that major cranes are being used at One World Trade Center and at the PATH transit hub.
In addition to the return of construction workers, the Governor announced the successful completion of the massive pumping operation that has been underway at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero. Approximately 16 million gallons or seven feet of water flooded the Museum Monday night during the storm.
As soon as conditions safely permitted, crews from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and their contractors, along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, started pumping the water from the Museum around the clock. Teams will now begin to focus on removing the small amounts of water that remain in pocketed areas as well as cleaning up of debris.
The governor announced on Saturday that crews completed dewatering at One World Trade Center, the PATH trackbed and the Vehicle Security Center (VSC), which is where the storm surge entered the site. The Port Authoritys WTC Construction team, which is overseeing the work, reports that they expect to complete the dewatering process at the PATH transit hub within the next 24-48 hours. The hub is the last major pumping operation still ongoing at the site.