Ice Falling From 1 WTC Forced Closure Of Main PATH Train Entrance
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Falling chunks of ice forced the closure of the World Trade Center PATH station for several Tuesday morning.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey confirmed ice was falling from 1 World Trade Center.
As CBS 2′s Elise Finch reported, the closure, which began around 8:20 a.m., disrupted the morning commute for some.
“If I had to be somewhere at a meeting at 9, 9:30, I mean I would be livid. This is the second time this has happened and I just feel like the PATH train doesn’t care, they’re not properly communicating and they don’t care about their customers,” a frustrated PATH customer told Finch.
“It’s a little annoying but hopefully, they’ll take care of whatever the problem is,” another PATH rider said.
The Brookfield Place/West Concourse entrance remained open for PATH customers while the main entrance was closed for about three hours.
In addition, officials closed Vesey Street between West and Church streets to pedestrian traffic.
In recent days, huge chunks of ice have been plummeting from the 1,776-foot skyscraper that’s still under construction, as well as the smaller 52-story 7 World Trade Center.
The Port Authority said the ice was falling from an external elevator or hoist from the construction side of 1 WTC.
Crews were removing the hoist itself to prevent further ice build-up. There is an internal elevator that construction workers can use, officials said.
On Friday, the WTC PATH exit had to be shut down briefly because there was so much falling ice.
The Port Authority said the situation has nothing to do with the skyscraper’s design and that once the building is fully occupied and heated, the icing conditions should no longer exist.
Last week, chunks of ice also fell off the One57 condominium complex under construction in Midtown.
The lingering frigid temperatures make the risk of falling ice a continued danger, Finch reported.
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