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March 24, 2013

Flight 93 plans move ahead: Drawings for visitors center expected soon

SHANKSVILLE — Construction drawings for a visitors center at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville are expected to be ready in the coming weeks, a National Park Service official said.

“We’re doing the final touches on the drawings,” said Jeff Reinbold, National Park Service superintendent in Western Pennsylvania.

Groundbreaking is scheduled this summer for a visitors center and other improvements at the memorial site.

The visitors center will house permanent exhibits and have a viewing window that will allow people to look down to the site.

The $20 million work also includes a pedestrian bridge over wetlands and perhaps a learning center.

“I would anticipate having the drawings and the bid work together in the next couple of weeks,” Reinbold said.

The final phase, to be completed by September 2016, will be a 93-foot Tower of Voices containing 40 wind chimes, one for each passenger and crew member who died.

United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in an abandoned strip mine on Sept. 11, 2001, after it was hijacked by four Islamic terrorists.

Flight 93 was one of four airliners hijacked that day.

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