By Jon Schuppe
MANHATTAN — An $86 million reconstruction of the 74-year-old Henry Hudson Bridge is expected to end this summer, a welcome development for drivers and pedestrians.
The Harlem River span, which connects Inwood to the Bronx, has been under construction for four years. For most of that time, drivers have had to deal with lane closures, and a popular walkway has been closed to people traveling on foot.
The new look will include a completely refurbished four-lane lower deck, which handles traffic from the Bronx, MTA spokeswoman Joyce Mulvaney said.
Since the walkway was closed, the only alternative route was on the Broadway Bridge, which lacks the Henry Hudson Bridge’s stunning views of Inwood Hill Park and the Palisades.
An Inwood running group told Streetsblog that it plans to hold a “celebratory crossing” when the walkway re-opens.
A lookout point created by the MTA during the Henry Hudson Bridge construction will be dismantled when the work ends.