A STRETCH of New York's subway destroyed in the World Trade Center attacks is to reopen nearly a year ahead of schedule.
Commissioning tests are under way and trains are due to start running again on 15 September, four days after the first anniversary of the atrocity.
Joint venture contractor Tully/Pegno carried out the $92M (£60M) contract to rebuild the 430m stretch of tunnel which carried subway lines 1 and 9 under the WTC twin towers.
This was crushed under the weight of the collapsing structures. The firms worked 24 hours a day seven days a week to complete the job.
Work was carried out along the edge of the WTC site and the 'bathtub' foundation wall while recovery operations continued inside the site, and new tie-backs and wall sections were installed (GE March 2002).
The design, carried out inhouse by New York City Transit, kept to the original structural form dating from 1918, with the tunnel encased in concrete.