Sept. 11, 2001 is a day everyone in the U.S. remembers. The National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center drew in 4.5 million visitors, since it opened last year.
The $700 million project is comprised of two enormous reflecting pools in place of the fallen twin towers. The underground museum was supposed to have its grand opening this month, but will not open for approximately another year because of budget issues.
Late last night, on the eve of the 11th anniversary of 9/11, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have reached an agreement to restart work on the museum.
“(The agreement) ensures that (the construction) will be restarted very soon and will not stop until the museum is completed,” Bloomberg said.
The museum will feature portraits from thousands of victims and also artifacts such as the staircase used to escape the burning buildings. The opening of the museum will bring in money that is needed to operate the entire memorial.
According to the Associated Press, the cost of the memorial and the museum is projected to cost $60 million a year to operate.
Officials at the 9/11 Memorial predict security alone will cost $12 million a year. Currently, visitors must go through airport- like security in order to visit the memorial.
The foundation and many officials are proposing American citizens pick up one-third of the costs through taxes.
Congress has not proceeded with the proposition.