Details are given of the proposed west side highway project. The 1100 million dollar road, if approved, will run from the southern tip of Manhattan island along the west side largely through a strip of reclaimed land. It will be just 6.8 km long and in tunnel for 4.2 km. The planners have stressed that the scheme is the result of a huge study of alternatives firmly guided by environmental considerations. Amongst the advantages for the city are: taking heavy traffic off the existing west street and putting it underground in the reclaimed area. Reclamation will allow the creation of 38 ha of parks directly overlooking the hudson river and will put another 45 ha of development land on the market. The scheme would mean the demolition of a number of rotting timber piers now derelict as a result of containerisation and some sociologists see these areas as potentially useful for recreation. Before reclamation of the land from the Hudson begins, three pairs of tunnels under the river in the landfill area will have to be protected by means of mass concrete walls up to 10 M wide and 300 M long poured parallel with the tunnels within sheet piled cofferdams in the river bed.

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 44-46
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00196968
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1979 12:00AM