WEST VILLAGE — A stretch of the pedestrian path in Hudson River Park will be closed for up to a year so that the edge of the pier can be repaired, a spokesman for the Hudson River Park Trust said.
The Trust will close the pathway from Morton Street to Christopher Street after Labor Day to make badly needed repairs to the bulkhead along the pier there.
Pedestrians will be detoured to the bike lane, which will be split by a stripe into a shared bike/walk lane, per the Trust's common practice for when a section of the walkway must be closed off.
The pathway will likely be closed for nine to 12 months for repairs. The Trust will aim to have it open by summer 2017, if possible, the spokesman said.
A few blocks south, the Trust is also hoping to get started on repairing the piles under Pier 40 if the massive development project planned for the St. John's Terminal building across the highway successfully completes the public review process it is currently undergoing.
The Trust's board of directors will also have to approve the sale of the pier's air rights to the development site.
The first step in the process, if both those approvals go through, will be for the Trust to issue a request for proposals for a contractor to take on the project.
The Trust hopes to issue the RFP in the fall with an expected work start date of spring 2017.