Construction is taking shape on the High Line Moynihan Connector, a nearly 1,200-foot-long extension of the High Line that will connect the elevated park with the five-building Manhattan West complex in Midtown West. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in collaboration with James Corner Field Operations, the connector will comprise two 600-foot-long bridges built by Turner Construction Company. Work is proceeding under a $50 million public-private partnership between Empire State Development (ESD), Friends of the High Line, and Brookfield Properties, and will culminate in easier access to Moynihan Train Hall and Penn Station. The connector runs along West 30th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues and turns 90 degrees to the north at Dyer Avenue to reach the Manhattan West plaza above West 31st Street.
At the time of our last update in March, work was still progressing at ground level on the foundations for the support beams. Now a good section of the steel-framed bridge has been completed along West 30th Street.
The inverted trapezoidal concrete decking above slopes inward toward a series of paired steel columns that are mounted onto previously formed square footings. These vertical elements, along with secondary metal supports seen in some of the photographs below, will hold up a large amount of soil, trees, and shrubbery, irrigation pipes, and the pedestrian path.
Renderings show The Woodland Bridge segment that connects to the High Line, followed by The Timber Bridge, the final leg reaching Manhattan West’s Magnolia Court. Its structural framing is made with an open-air Warren truss design that will be assembled from sustainably sourced wood and lined with additional steel decking and bronze handrails.
YIMBY last reported that the High Line Moynihan Connector is expected to be finished in May 2023, as stated on the construction board.