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Work on High Line's Third Section to Start in July

By Mathew Katz | April 2, 2012 2:45pm
The new design will include stairs that will let guests access the park from 11th Avenue.
The new design will include stairs that will let guests access the park from 11th Avenue.
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Friends of the High Line

CHELSEA — Work on the High Line's third and final section could begin as early as July, DNAinfo has learned.

The city put out a request for proposals early Monday morning to manage the construction of the elevated park's third section, which will run from from West 30th to West 34th Streets, stretching from 10th to 12th avenues.

Companies interested in the project have until April 20 to put together a plan to build the third section and preliminary work would begin on July 15.

According to the request for proposal, the project will last roughly 29 months.

Friends of the High Line, which helps fund raise for and run the park, has previously said the project will cost roughly $90 million and will open to the public by spring 2014.

It was not immediately clear how many contractors the city would hire or what the contracts would be worth.

Friends of the High Line could not immediately be reached to comment on any changes to the construction timeline.

The contractor will renovate the existing elevated tracks that stretch around the future Hudson Yards project and build some of the High Line's most ambitious features yet, including "peel-up" elements, such as tables, benches and even seesaws that appear to grow out of the park itself.

Construction is set to be done in phases: the first phase will include a 750-foot section of the park running from just west of 10th Avenue to just past 11th Avenue, along with a 1500-foot walkway running up along the side of the Western Rail Yards. The second is the so-called 'spur' — a platform that will extend over 10th Avenue itself.

SiteWorks Landscape and Bovis Lend Lease provided construction management services for the park's other sections.

It was not immediately clear if either company would apply to do the same job for the final section.