U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and U.S. Representatives Mark Critz (D-Pa.) and Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) announced that the National Park Service has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the construction of the memorial's return road.
The members sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in January to express their support for this grant.
"Construction of the access road will greatly improve the visitor experience at the memorial, ensuring that visitors are able to fully appreciate the valor and sacrifice showed by the brave passengers aboard Flight 93," Sen. Casey said.
"The events of Sept. 11 forever changed our nation, and we must honor and remember those affected by that day. This memorial pays tribute to these fallen heroes and reminds the American people of their tremendous sacrifices, and this grant will improve site access and put the Flight 93 Memorial one important step closer to completion," Sen. Toomey said.
"This access road is critical for the visitors who come to pay their respects at the Flight 93 memorial," Rep. Shuster said. "Throughout the year, millions come to the region to honor the heroes who led the first counterattack in the War on Terror. I am proud to join my colleagues from Pennsylvania in supporting this grant for the access road and look forward to continuing to work together with them to complete the final phases of this project."
""The number of visitors to the Flight 93 National Memorial continues to grow, and construction of this return road will improve traffic-flow and improve the overall visitor experience," Rep. Critz said.
The return road is an integral component of the site's design. Construction of the one-way return road will eliminate potentially conflicting traffic movements, especially during peak demand periods and during construction activities for the Visitor Center.
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