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.
NYCEDC, in coordination with 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 $27.5 million project is being funded by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the Battery Park City Authority.
The current bridge, the Rector Street Pedestrian Bridge, an interim pedestrian crossing over West Street in Lower Manhattan, was designed by SHoP Architects immediately following 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 Rector Street Pedestrian Bridge will be demolished to make way for the West Thames Street Pedestrian Bridge which anticipates construction start in early 2016.