The last week of May saw momentous progress on the construction of the West Thames Street pedestrian bridge. The steel structure was finally lifted and welded into place above West Street. The bridge is designed by WXY Architecture, which worked in conjunction with engineering consultant Weidlinger Associates. This span will replace the temporary Rector Street bridge just a short walk to the north and connect Battery Park City with the Financial District. Skanska is in charge of the active construction site. Funding and support for the project is being provided by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the Battery Park City Authority.
The two sets of staircases and elevators on each end are still under construction. The bridge will provide access to people crossing from the Hudson River Greenway to the public outdoor plaza of 50 West Street. Photos below show the two large sections at street level in the days before they were both lifted into place.
The West Thames Street bridge features a more open, lightweight appearance than the Rector Street bridge, which will be demolished after the new span is completed. This link is a much-needed piece of infrastructure for residents, locals, and tourists, helping them safely navigate the loud and constantly busy motorway.
According to a recent Economic Development Corporation presentation, the bridge is on schedule to be completed this fall.