Update planned today on Flight 93 visitor center

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 25, 2015 3:50 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

(Shanksville) -- The National Park Service plans to provide a construction update on the visitor center being built at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County.

The memorial marks the spot where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in a field near Shanksville after passengers fought back against hijackers during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  

Apermanent memorial was dedicated on the 10th anniversary of the attacks and the Park Service in 2013 awarded a $20 million contract to URS Group Inc. of Morrisville, North Carolina, to build the visitor center and do other site improvements. 

The visitor's center is expected to open later this year, and today's update is expected to provide more details. 

Officials hope it will boost annual visitors from about 300,000 to 500,000.

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