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A permanent replacement for the Rector Street Pedestrian Bridge, the West Thames Street Pedestrian Bridge provides a direct pedestrian connection to Battery Park City from the Financial District.

West Thames Bridge. Photo by Eric Goodnight/NYCEDC.

A Point of Connection

NYCEDC, in coordination with Thornton Tomasetti/Weidlinger Associates and WXY Architects + Urban Design, has designed and constructed a new pedestrian bridge over West Street at West Thames Street. The West Thames Street Pedestrian Bridge spans 230 feet across West Street, replacing the Rector Street Pedestrian Bridge and providing a permanent, direct pedestrian connection from the Financial District to Battery Park City. The $40 million project is being funded by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the Battery Park City Authority.

The Rector Street Pedestrian Bridge was an interim pedestrian crossing over West Street in Lower Manhattan that was installed as a temporary replacement to existing bridges damaged or destroyed in the attacks on September 11, 2001.

The West Thames Street Pedestrian Bridge is now open to the public with elevators, a temporary staircase, and a platform. The bridge’s permanent components are anticipated to be completed by December 31, 2019.

The Rector Street Pedestrian Bridge will close on or around January 2, 2020. Deconstruction will begin in February 2020. To learn more, visit

NYCEDC To Install Brand New Pedestrian Bridge on West Thames Street in Lower Manhattan

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West Thames Bridge Construction. Photo by Chris Villari.