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Long Delayed West Thames Bridge Slated to Start Construction in Early 2016

By Irene Plagianos | November 13, 2015 2:15pm | Updated on November 16, 2015 7:46pm
 The West Thames bridge will finally start construction in the winter of 2016.
The West Thames bridge will finally start construction in the winter of 2016.
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LOWER MANHATTAN — After years of delays and revised plans, the long-awaited West Thames pedestrian bridge is pushing ahead.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation approved $17.2 million in funds Thursday for construction of the 230-foot bridge that will stretch diagonally across busy West Street, connecting the Financial District to Battery Park City at West Thames Street.

The plan for the metal and glass bridge has been in the works for nearly a decade, and will finally replace the Rector Street foot bridge, which was meant to be temporary.

The current model for the bridge, which has a total budget of $27 million, is designed by WXY Architecture and engineering firm Weidlinger Associates. Community Board 1 signed off on several small design revisions last November, including the removal of canopies on staircases that lead up to the bridge.

LMDC president David Emil said the project has begun taking construction bids, and will have a team ready to start building the massive bridge by late winter in 2016.

Battery Park City Authority, which is contributing $7 million to the project, is working with the Economic Development Corporation on the construction of the bridge.

The LMDC will provide funding and project monitoring throughout the construction process.

“It’s been a very long road…I’m very excited that we’re finally able to authorize this funding,” Emil said.

The project is estimated to take 24 to 30 months to complete.