It looks like the World Trade Center Memorial has hit a delay. Originally scheduled to open on September 11, 2009, the Port Authority said today that it won't be ready until 2011, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The delays only came to light after construction began and the agency could give a more realistic timeline. A Port Authority spokeswoman said, "We see the reality, and want to operate on responsible timelines. We'll work as aggressively as possible to complete the project as soon as possible."
When construction started in 2006, it was thought that the memorial would open in 2009 and the Ground Zero museum would open a year later. Now, they are supposed to open at the same time in 2011. The memorial was also delayed and had its original design altered after estimated costs reached $1 billion. The original design for Reflecting Absence, designed by a NYCHA architect, was chosen in 2004. Not even the help of Mayor Bloomberg was able to keep the memorial on schedule. Alas, such is the nature of construction.