Skanska lands ‘Ground Zero’ rail contract

Skanska lands 'Ground Zero' rail contract
Swedish construction firm Skanska has secured a $434 million contract to help build the commuter train station at the site of the World Trade Centre in New York.

The Swedish firm announced on Wednesday that it had won 80 percent of a contract to build the concrete structure of a new PATH commuter train station at the site where two hijacked airliners brought down the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, killing 2,752 people.

“The construction of the new PATH station will play a significant role in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site,” senior Skanska executive Mike McNally said in a statement.

The customer, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, had granted the remainder of the total $542 million contract to Granite Construction, Skanska said.

The two companies would be responsible for placing “cast-in-place concrete” to build four new platforms 11 metres below ground, the Swedish company said, adding that construction would begin next month and should be completed in 2014.

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