The ramp that carried Sept. 11 victims out of the World Trade Center site, and provided access to mourners and other visitors, is coming down.
The pathway was built after the attacks to bring construction trucks and people from street level down to the base of the destroyed towers 80 feet below.
In the spring of 2002, firefighters and construction workers carried victims' remains in ceremonial processionals up the ramp. Since then, politicians and dignitaries, including President George W. Bush and Pope Benedict, have descended the pathway for groundbreakings and anniversary ceremonies.
The 460-foot ramp is being removed to clear way for the cranes that will build the steel foundation of the Sept. 11 memorial. The ramp overlooks part of the future museum and will one day be a part of it.