6-8. The West Street Bridges
Located at Chambers, Liberty and Rector Streets, these three footbridges provide a more pedestrian-friendly way to cross the West Side Highway than you get on the ground. All three bridges have been undergoing a series of repairs and renovations, in keeping with the surrounding neighborhood after 9/11. A Vesey Street bridge was demolished in 2013 while that structure was itself a temporary replacement for one destroyed on 9/11.
NYCEDC recently confirmed plans to replace the current bridge at Rector Street with the “West Thames Street Pedestrian Bridge”, a project in coordination with Weidlinger Associates and WXY Architects & Urban Design. The current crossing was also initially a temporary solution after 9/11 but was recently declared a permanent feature. Finally, the Chambers Street pedestrian bridge, provides the students and staff of Stuyvesant High School, as well as the residents of Battery Park City, with above-street access to Manhattan east of the West Side Highway.