The deadline for opening the National 9/11 Museum has been missed once again, as months of fighting between agencies working on the dedication has brought construction to a halt.
According to the Asbury Park Press
, the opening date has been pushed back to 2013 because of disagreements over funding and site infrastructure responsibilities between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the National 9/11 Museum and Memorial Foundation.
The cost estimates for the project could reach $1 billion and construction at the World Trade Center site, which is owned by the port authority, is expected to take at least one more year.
Earlier this year, the project was criticized in an audit ordered by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The audit focused on the cost of third party construction companies and the fact the foundation still owes the port authority money. The funding negotiations are still ongoing between the two parties.
In the meantime, Cuomo and Christie have appealed to the National Park Service for support and money to help complete the museum and memorial.
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