In what has become an annual ritual, New York officials Tuesday touted progress in the reconstruction work at the World Trade Center site. This year, progress can be seen reaching for the sky as the steel on the signature building, 1 World Trade Center, has reached the 36th floor.

Redevelopment at the site is the largest single item in the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s 2010 capital program. Out of a $3.41 billion capital plan, the agency plans to spend $1.6 billion on the site this year.

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