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Already Eight Years Behind Schedule, Manhattan Pedestrian Bridge Delayed Again
The West Thames Pedestrian Bridge is eight years behind schedule and likely to cost more than double its initial budget. "It was originally scheduled to be completed in 2010 for around $20 million," Daniel Geiger reports. Now officials say it's unlikely the project will be complete until late 2019. "Nor does it appear that the project's already ballooned budget of more than $40 million will be enough to cover the cost increases that will likely result from the latest holdup," Geiger reports. The issue holding the project back is described as a weld defect.
"The undulating, airy span that crosses West Street south of the World Trade Center site was designed by WXY Architects and engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti and will replace a temporary pedestrian bridge just to the north," Geiger writes.