Drawings nearly finished for Flight 93 center

A flag hangs on a fence overlooking the crash site of United Flight 93 at the temporary Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

March 25, 2013 8:03:31 AM PDT
The construction drawings are nearly complete for a visitors' center at the Flight 93 National Memorial in southwestern Pennsylvania, meaning the project remains on track for a summer groundbreaking.

Jeff Reinbold, the National Park Service superintendent for western Pennsylvania, tells the (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat the agency is "doing the final touches on the drawings."

The visitors center is but one portion of the work scheduled to begin at the park about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, where the hijacked United Airlines flight crashed, killing 40 crew and passengers, several of whom fought with four Islamic hijackers for control of the plane during the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

The $20 million phase also includes a pedestrian bridge and a possible learning center. The final phase calls for a 93-foot Tower of Voices containing 40 wind chimes.