WTC survivors staircase moved again

July 19, 2008 3:34:31 PM PDT
The survivors' staircase, an escape route for people fleeing the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, made another move across ground zero Saturday. The 22-foot-high staircase was the last aboveground remnant of the original trade center complex after the terrorist attacks. It stayed in the same place from Sept. 11, 2001, until this March, when a crane and flatbed truck took it 200 feet away to make way for a new skyscraper.

Preservationists and survivors had lobbied for years to not move the staircase it all, or at least keep its 37 stairs intact. The stairway had been part of the original trade center plaza, giving survivors a safe way out to a nearby street before the towers collapsed.

Rebuilding officials agreed to install the staircase at the entrance to the Sept. 11 museum.

The staircase had been at street level for the last couple of months, on the northwest corner of the site. On Saturday a crane lifted it to a place closer to the memorial and lowered it into the seven-story pit.