(NEW YORK) — Workers will ascend 1 World Trade Center Monday night to remove large chunks of ice that have been falling off the unfinished skyscraper and construction hoists and bombarding streets below.
Streets around Manhattan’s tallest building have been closed off for the last four days as sheets of ice hurtled down hundreds of floors and smashed into sidewalks. Police officers in hardhats stood watch near the World Trade Center PATH station — a commuter train that connects New Jersey to New York — to protect the throngs of travelers who pour through the station each day.
“I don’t have any reports of any injuries of any sort [from falling World Trade Center ice],” said New York City Police Sgt. Lee Jones.
Much of the ice fell from the tower’s external construction hoist, which is in the process of being removed, said Anthony Hayes, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the building. Additional ice has collected on the 1,776-foot tall building.
The ice largely accumulated because the tower is not yet sealed or heated.
“Certainly once the building is complete and there is heat running through the building, we expect to minimize the situation,” Hayes said.
The ice removal will happen at midnight.
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