Volume 23, Number 15 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | August 18 - 24, 2010

Chambers Street Chaos begins

The City Department of Design and Construction began work on Chambers Street last week. The three-year project will affect the traffic between West Street and Broadway.

Construction workers are digging into the ground, replacing the water main and updating electric, gas, steam, sewer, telecommunications and other outdated utilities, according to the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center’s website.

The area’s roadways, curbs and sidewalks will also be repaired. The project will cost the city $24.5 million and is slated for completion in 2013.

Workers are still in phase one of the Chambers Street project, from West Street to West Broadway. Westbound and eastbound traffic between Greenwich and West Streets will be backed up due to construction and congestion is expected.

Phase two will involve unearthing the streets from West Broadway to Broadway.

“Details about temporary traffic revisions to accommodate the reconstruction will be posted as they are announced,” according to the L.M.C.C.C. website.

This project is a follow-up to the revamping of West Street (Route 9A), in which sidewalks, roadways and crossings south of West Thames Street were rebuilt, in addition to the Battery Park Underpass entrance. The project was an extension of the Promenade South project, a $70 million project that turned the car-centric West Street and Battery Place into a pedestrian-friendly area, with wider sidewalks, pedestrian plazas, a bikeway and greenery.



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