Updated 02/14/2011 11:14 PM
WTC Memorial To Have Limited Public Access
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The World Trade Center Memorial is on track to open for the 10th anniversary of the attacks, but access to the plaza will be restricted. NY1's Rebecca Spitz filed the following report.
The World Trade Center memorial will open on schedule for the 10th anniversary of the attacks, but visitors won't be able to just walk up and stick around for a long time afterwards.
National September 11th Memorial and Museum President Joe Daniels says the actual anniversary will be a family driven event. And for years after that, access will be very limited to about 1,500 people at a time.
"We're not exactly sure how many people at any one time will be on the plaza," said Daniels. "It will be a capacity that's actually much less than the actual plaza can hold once the surrounding construction is done so we are dealing with the constraints of surrounding construction."
Daniels gave Community Board 1 an update on construction Monday night. This, as the anniversary gets closer and plans remain blurry.
"We're going to have five million visitors a year coming to the Ground Zero memorial when it opens. What does that mean for Lower Manhattan in terms of pedestrian access, in terms of pedestrian flow in terms of traffic, in terms of security," said Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin.
Daniels says security will be tight and that memorial visitors will have to be screened before they're allowed onto the site. There will also be only one way onto and off the plaza.
Community members who attended the meeting also expressed concerns about tour bus traffic on narrow streets in their relatively tiny neighborhood.
"We're talking about 280 more buses a day coming in? That's what I heard," said Downtown resident Mary Perillo.
Department of Transportation officials who testified say they are still working out a way to keep the streets congestion free.