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A permanent replacement for the Rector Street Pedestrian Bridge, the West Thames Street Pedestrian Bridge will provide 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, is designing and constructing a new lenticular truss pedestrian bridge over West Street at West Thames Street. When completed, the West Thames Street Pedestrian Bridge will span 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.

A nearby bridge (Rector Street Pedestrian Bridge) is an interim pedestrian crossing over West Street in Lower Manhattan that was installed after the attacks on September 11, 2001. The temporary bridge structure spanned 230 feet and, though panels surrounding the bridge allowed natural light to flow through, they obstructed views of the World Trade Center Site nearby. The structure was later renovated and re-opened in 2009, replacing the bridge’s previous truss system with canopies that would allow for views and adding elevators.

The West Thames Street Pedestrian Bridge is now open to the public with elevators and a temporary staircase and platform, while the permanent components are anticipated to be completed Winter 2019. Demolition of the Rector Street Pedestrian Bridge will follow.

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.