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June 27th, 2009, 07:14 AM
I did do some searching, but apologies if this is covered elsewhere.

Architects Pitch First Design for New West Street Walking Bridge

By Matt Dunning (http://www.tribecatrib.com/index.php?option=com_zine&view=author&id=1:)


Artist's rendering of the proposed footbridge across West Street at West Thames Street.

A pedestrian bridge loosely resembling a strand of DNA turned on its side is proposed to connect Battery Park City to the rest of Lower Manhattan.

The bridge would span West Street diagonally, from the southwest corner of West Thames Street in Battery Park City to the northeast corner of Joseph Ward Way, near 50 West Street. A “lenticular truss” would frame the open-air, wood-and-metal bridge with rounded steel beams that overlap each other along the structure’s north and south faces.

SHoP Architects presented their proposed design for the 200-foot long expanse June 17 to Community Board 1’s Battery Park City Committee.

In 2002, the Financial District-based firm hurriedly designed and built the Rector Street Bridge in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. The bridge was intended to provide “temporary” safe passage across West Street for Battery Park City residents until a permanent structure could be installed farther south.

More than seven years later, SHoP architects returned to CB1with a preliminary design of that bridge.

“This is a process that was being thought about even before 9/11,” said Chris Sharples, a founding partner at SHoP and one of the principal designers of the new bridge. “There are a whole bunch of parties and agencies we’ve been talking to in order to get an understanding of everybody’s concerns in getting a bridge crossing for West Street.”


A view from on top of the bridge, looking west towards Battery Park City.

More than 400 people cross West Street at West Thames each morning, according to Sharples. The Battery Park City Authority, which is funding the bridge’s construction and will ultimately be responsible for its maintenance, said they are hoping to have the new bridge complete by the end of 2010, when that number is expected to climb to more than 1,000. The Rector Street Bridge will remain open until the new bridge is finished.

“We had hoped to be open for the first semester [at Battery Park City’s P.S. 276, expected to open in September 2010],” said Stephanie Gelb, the Authority’s Vice President of construction and development. “We missed that, so now we’re looking at the second semester.”

Unlike the four pedestrian bridges that currently span West Street, Sharples said the West Thames Street Bridge ought to be left uncovered because it connects two parks: the soon-to-be-renovated West Thames Park and the planned pedestrian plaza in front of the stalled 65-story residential tower at 50 West Street.

“When you come to this bridge, you’re outside,” Sharples said. “The [other] bridges were enclosed because you have one or both ends of the bridge going into a building. You’re going from two park experiences, so our thought was how do we maintain that ‘green’ experience.”

At the west end of the bridge, a 160-foot ramp running along the West Thames Street dog run drop pedestrians off in front of the newly-complete Visionaire residential complex. The east end of the bridge includes a glass-enclosed elevator and an elongated series of steps and landings, which Sharples referred to as a “stramp.”


The proposed bridge would land between the MTA garage and what is now the stalled 50 West Street project on the east side of West Street, and along the West Thames Street dog run on the west side.

The committee voted to support the overall concept but disagreed with Sharples over the absence of a covering.

“It really needs a cover,” committee member Tom Goodkind said. “Maybe we’re spoiled and we should be out in the elements all day and night, but we’re just not. We like ceilings and we like protection against what can be very hazardous weather conditions.”

The committee also asked the architects to consider a second elevator on the east end of the bridge and an alternate way of providing shade to the dog run below the west end ramp.

“It’s all possible,” Sharples said, “it’s just, quite frankly, a question of cost and of time.”

The bridge’s final design will need the approval of a slew of city and state agencies, as well as a second formal approval from CB1. Sharples said once the plan is approved the bridge would take about a year to build.


June 28th, 2009, 12:31 PM
Why is it good that you can't see much from the bridge?

Why is it good that it resembles a strand of DNA?

June 28th, 2009, 06:32 PM
The design reminds me of the "Bridge of Aspiration" in London. Looks pretty cool though.


June 29th, 2009, 08:11 PM
It's only at the very center of the bridge that shorter folks can't see out. It appears that, from the mid-point of the bridge moving both east + west towards the ends at the sides of the WS Hiway, the walls arch down and the view, both uptown & downtown, becomes clear for almost all.

July 1st, 2009, 09:22 PM
looks like crap... imagine the sweltering heat in the summer walking down a trench of wood with sun beaming above.
i love the "temporary" bridge there now :(

July 1st, 2009, 09:46 PM
Different bridge. The bridge your talking about is the one at Rector Street which is to be redesigned by SHoP too.

February 18th, 2010, 04:53 AM
Crossing West Street

Perilous for young and old

The West Street crossing at West Thames is among those that some children will have to
cross to get to PS 276, slated to open in September 2010. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Because of heavy traffic and ongoing construction, it has long been daunting to cross West Street, the eight-lane highway that separates Battery Park City from the rest of Manhattan. The members of Community Board 1's Battery Park City Committee say the problems for pedestrians are going to get worse.

At the Feb. 2 meeting, committee chair Linda Belfer said, "The new school, PS 276, is going to bring large numbers of children across West Street. But we currently have no safe way of getting those children, or other pedestrians, from one side to the other." She noted that the two crossings most likely to be used by families coming from the Financial District to Battery Park City, Albany Street and West Thames Street, "are both very dangerous." While there are two bridge crossings, at Liberty Street and Rector Place, she added that, "families who live south of Liberty or south of Rector will have to go several blocks out of their way to get to either of these bridges, then walk several blocks back in the other direction.

"Some children will take school buses," Ms. Belfer acknowledged, "but we have no word yet on how many, versus how many will be walking." She noted that, "We worked successfully with the Battery Park City Authority on a bridge design for West Thames. And that bridge was originally supposed to open in the fall of 2010, at the same time as the school. But the Bloomberg Administration killed the funding, which was very short-sighted."

Committee member Dennis Gault expressed particular concern about parents pushing baby carriages across West Street. "Those intersections are especially dangerous for wheel chairs and children in strollers," he said. Mr. Gault also asked whether the handicapped lift on the Rector bridge would be helpful to such parents. "We were told that it can hold only two people," he said, "and that even a mother with a carriage would be a tight squeeze." Mr. Gault also noted that the interior of the handicapped lift on this bridge consists only of a platform, but no interior walls or ceiling. As a result, the walls of the shaft can be touched by passengers as the lift ascends and descends. "This is not a child-friendly lift," he said. He also noted that the elderly sometimes cannot move across an intersection in the time allotted by changing traffic signals. Mr. Gault added that, "every segment of our community faces this danger, from senior to small children."

Mr. Gault concluded by warning that lax enforcement is at the root of the problem of pedestrian safety on West Street: "The 35 mile-per-hour speed limit is not being enforced," he said, "and is probably too fast anyway." He also said that, "at some intersections, like Warren Street, there is nearly a 50 percent chance that at least one car will run the red light as the signal changes."

In response to these concerns, the West Street Task Force convened by State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is calling for a variety of new measures. Noting in a statement that, "with a new school, PS 276, scheduled to open in September as well as the full occupancy of Goldman Sachs' world headquarters building on the horizon, it is increasingly important that we take steps today to help people get safely across the street," Mr. Silver recently met with City officials and urged them to reconsider funding for the West Thames pedestrian bridge.

He has also called for the placement of additional "pedestrian managers" (equipped with traffic chains) at three West Street intersections: Albany Street, Vesey Street and Murray Street. Pedestrian safety managers are employees of private contractors who are tasked solely with helping and safeguarding people walking across intersections, in contrast to the uniformed traffic agents, who have inspired complaints within the community for being focused more on keeping vehicular traffic moving (sometimes waving cars through red lights) than with the safety of pedestrians. These pedestrian safety managers have been assigned for several months to the intersection of Vesey and Church Streets, where they employ chains to block vehicular traffic when walkers are crossing. After the light has changed, these uniformed agents use the same chains to block pedestrians when cars are moving through the intersection.

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March 12th, 2010, 05:23 AM
Silver: All is not safe on the West St. traffic front

By Julie Shapiro


Lower Manhattan Development Corp. chairperson Avi Schick said he hopes
to find the money to pay for crossing guards at these key intersections of
the West Side Highway identified by Sam Schwartz Engineering, top.
There were 170 accidents on West St. south of Chambers last year,
and 60 of them were on Chambers St. alone, below.

A new bridge, traffic changes and crossing guards for people of all ages might all be on the way to improve safety on West St.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver pressed state and city agencies to commit to those safety changes at a West St. stakeholders meeting last Friday. Local residents have long complained that crossing the highway south of Chambers St. is dangerous, because of short signal times and frequently shifting traffic patterns. Last year, a 26-year-old woman was killed crossing West St. at Albany St.

Silver said last week that it is especially important to make the safety improvements before P.S./I.S. 276, the new K-8 school, opens in southern Battery Park City this fall.

“It is critical to the school and critical generally,” Silver said.

In particular, Silver is pushing city and state agencies to find a way to build a new $21 million bridge over West St. at W. Thames St., to replace the temporary one at Rector St. The Battery Park City Authority had planned to fund the bridge and hired SHoP Architects to design it. But the city, which has jurisdiction over major Battery Park City expenditures, nixed the proposal last year because it was too costly in tight budget times.

After Silver urged all the parties to put the bridge back on the table, the B.P.C. Authority decided to shift $7 million of the $15 million that was supposed to go toward repairing the neighborhood’s seawall to building the bridge instead. Then, the authority would only need the city to approve a $14 million allocation for the bridge. Silver said he would try to fill any gaps with some state money for the bridge as well.


Cavanaugh said delaying some of the seawall work would not pose any safety risks. The authority is in the process of repairing the thousands of underwater concrete pilings supporting the esplanade, and as long as that happens in the next 10 years, there is no rush, he said.

“It’s something that certainly needs to be done, but if it’s not done tomorrow, it’s not going to be a problem,” Cavanaugh said after Silver’s meeting. “No one is in danger of the esplanade collapsing, but starting in September kids are going to be crossing West St. [to attend P.S./I.S. 276].”

Silver’s second proposal is to put crossing guards at five problem intersections: Chambers, Warren, Murray, Albany and W. Thames Sts. Sam Schwartz Engineering, the traffic consulting firm to the Port Authority, already provides the guards, called pedestrian managers, at some of the heavily traveled Church St. crossings and may provide the managers for West St. as well.

At Silver’s meeting, Rob Phillips, C.O.O. of Sam Schwartz, proposed a total of 28 pedestrian managers, two relievers and one supervisor for West St., working from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. That would cost $2 million a year, and Silver is pushing the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. to pick up the tab for two years, totaling $4 million.

“We’re going to work with the board to identify potential funds,” L.M.D.C. Chairperson Avi Schick told Silver at last week’s meeting. “We understand the importance.”

The N.Y.P.D. already has traffic agents at many intersections on West St., but residents often say that they don’t do enough to help pedestrians cross.

“All they’re worried about is cars,” said Linda Belfer, a Battery Park City resident who uses a wheelchair. “We need to have someone on board who is responsible for pedestrians.”

“It’s dangerous,” agreed Maria Smith, another B.P.C. leader. “We need supplemental expertise.”

N.Y.P.D. Inspector Patrick McCarthy replied that the traffic agents have to focus on the cars, both for their own safety and the safety of pedestrians. He acknowledged that the Sam Schwartz pedestrian managers, who all have law enforcement experience, have been helpful on Church St. and would likely be a good addition to West St.

Phillips said West St. south of Chambers St. saw 170 vehicular accidents in 2009, nearly one every other day, based on data from the First Precinct. Over one third of them, 60, happened at Chambers and West Sts., where Phillips would station six pedestrian managers to help people cross.

McCarthy said accidents are down in 2010, with 33 in the first two months of the year compared to 40 in the same period last year.

The State Dept. of Transportation is still reconstructing much of West St. below Chambers and will add some traffic-calming features as the project continues, including colored crosswalks and more than 500 trees in the median, said Joe Brown, the project director.
State D.O.T. is also considering giving pedestrians more time to cross, adding countdown signals and reducing the oft-broken speed limit from 35 miles per hour to 30, Brown said.

Pat Moore, a Cedar St. resident, asked Brown about restoring a left-turn lane from southbound West St. onto Albany St., which would provide key access to the Greenwich St. South neighborhood.

Brown said S.D.O.T. and city agencies are studying the request, but it could cause traffic backups of cars exiting the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, especially during the next couple years of construction. West St. will eventually have two left-turn lanes onto Liberty St., but those will not open until World Trade Center construction is much further along.

Silver expects to see more definite plans for the W. Thames St. bridge, the pedestrian managers and the other safety improvements at the next meeting of his taskforce on April 30.


April 1st, 2010, 11:43 PM
BPCA board sees pressing need for West Thames Street bridge

Battery Park City Authority will go back to City and ask again for funding

On Monday, the Battery Park City Authority board of directors affirmed that a pedestrian bridge is needed at West Thames and West Streets and that the need is urgent. A bridge had previously been designed and approved for that location, but in October 2009, New York City declined to fund it. The bridge would cost approximately $21 million to build. At Monday's meeting, the board approved having the Authority return to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) with a renewed request for a bridge across West Street at West Thames.

"I can tell you that crossing West Street at the Battery parking garage is a very unsafe situation," said board member Robert Mueller, who lives in Battery Park City. "Sometimes I see people crossing the street with a little child and they're not even holding their hands. The police force has done a fantastic job of policing the area, but it's a very unsafe situation."

When P.S. 276 opens in Battery Park City in September 2010, the need for a bridge will become even greater. Sam Schwartz Engineering, which specializes in traffic management, projects total volume at this crossing on a weekday morning at a peak hour at 1,342 people, including 648 people going to the elementary school.

"The only crossing south of Liberty Street bridge right now is the temporary Rector Street bridge," BPCA president James Cavanaugh said at the board meeting. "That was never meant to last more than a few years. For quite some time, there has been an expectation in the community that there would be a permanent bridge. Staff had previously gone to the city of New York to have the bridge approved in their capital plan. It was not. Since then the community is beginning to galvanize around the planned September opening of the school."

Mr. Cavanaugh told the board that New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has a West Street Safety Task Force that is working to gain City approval for the bridge and that Community Board 1 had passed a resolution in favor of it. In light of this, he said, the Authority had recently returned to the City's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) with feelers for funding the bridge that would entail moving $7 million from a $15 million appropriation for seawall repair and applying it toward the cost of the bridge.

"The seawall is a long project," he explained, "and one of the next sections we wanted to do is under the Winter Garden." But that had been delayed "because the Port Authority's delay in building a concourse has made it impossible for us to get access to the pilings under the Winter Garden right now. So that project has been set back a couple of years whether we like it or not."

With the BPCA's $7 million, the bridge would cost the City $14 million and Mr. Cavanaugh wanted to be sure that the board was "comfortable with the designs."

Stephanie Gelb, BPCA's vice president for construction and development, walked the board through the plans. The bridge is "almost designed but it is a schematic design," she said, "so there would be a lot to do to get the bridge done." The challenge, she said was finding a place for the bridge landing on the east side of West Street and creating a structure that could span 200 feet in an economical way and could be manufactured off site so as to hamper West Street traffic as little as possible.

Those issues had been solved. The east side of the bridge, she said, would have a stair and a ramp running along a plaza next to 50 West St. There would be an elevator on the east side to make the bridge ADA compliant. The west side would have a ramp and a stair integrated into the community dog run and West Street esplanade. The bridge would be uncovered to make it lighter and more affordable. At night it would have adequate lighting, which was "value engineered" out of the Rector Street bridge because it was supposed to be temporary.

With the BPCA board's approval, the bridge proposal will now go back to the City. "We need a bridge as soon as possible, so the outreach will happen immediately," said BPCA spokesperson, Leticia Remauro.

According to Mr. Cavanaugh, the bridge will take two years to build if and when the money for it is approved.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer


November 25th, 2010, 04:56 AM
SHoP's Bridge to Battery Park City Gets $20 Million Payday

November 24, 2010, by Joey Arak


Here's a Turkey Day shocker: SHoP Architects' on-again, off-again West Thames Pedestrian Bridge linking Battery Park City with the Financial District is once again on, thanks to a $20 million cash infusion from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the Broadsheet Daily reports. That's enough to fulfill four Ground Zero Mosque grants! The "lenticular truss" structure will guide Heidi Klum's kids over dangerous West Street right near the mouth of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. Money was the main issue, but there are other concerns, like the many agency approvals still needed and complaints about the open-air design. You see, rain is too harsh an element for the delicate exoskeletons of the children of Battery Park City.

LMDC Approves $20 Million for W. Thames Pedestrian Bridge (http://web.me.com/broadsheet/Broadsheet/Home/Entries/2010/11/24_November_24%2C_2010.html) [Broadsheet Daily]

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/11/24/shops_bridge_to_battery_park_city_gets_20_million_ payday.php

November 28th, 2012, 04:52 AM
West Thames Pedestrian Bridge Inching Toward Construction

by Jessica Dailey


It's been two years since the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation gave $20 million (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/11/24/shops_bridge_to_battery_park_city_gets_20_million_ payday.php) to build the SHoP-designed West Thames Pedestrian Bridge, but, in case you haven't noticed, that bridge has not been built. Things have been pretty much at a standstill, but the Broadsheet Daily reports (http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=gxn46jcab&v=001xPdLKy4-WIwpQ1MUcJBDHau3YfLaBcSBSvLie25_FOF4xVhJOvZDeR73-L7Vtl1kZr2s8J0EZF2F8SbolpftlD2nzZy5djMUMhdXwVwd_04 %3D) that the Battery Park City Authority is "closed to finalizing an agreement" that would allow construction to start within 12 months. "Our objective is a timeline that will get this project physically under way before the year 2013 is out," said Broadsheet's anonymous source. The bridge's price tag has grown from $21 million to $27 million, and the BPCA will be covering what the LMDC's donation does not.

BPCA will likely turn construction management over to the city, and the authority is currently preparing the final documents to get approval from the Comptroller and the mayor. Once they have approval, the designs have to be translated into detailed architectural and construction drawings before ground can break. So basically, the bridge is still lightyears away.

But whenever it does finally appear, the 240-foot-long structure will span West Thames and West Streets, where eight lanes of traffic meet the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. The wooden "lenticular truss" will have a swooping metal frame, and it will be handicap-accessible.

A Bridge Too Far? (http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=gxn46jcab&v=001xPdLKy4-WIwpQ1MUcJBDHau3YfLaBcSBSvLie25_FOF4xVhJOvZDeR73-L7Vtl1kZr2s8J0EZF2F8SbolpftlD2nzZy5djMUMhdXwVwd_04 %3D) [Broadsheet Daily]

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2012/11/27/west_thames_pedestrian_bridge_inching_toward_const ruction.php

November 30th, 2012, 07:11 PM
How will they make that elevator along West Street water & flood proof?

November 30th, 2012, 07:22 PM
They won't. We're in the wishful thinking phase.

December 3rd, 2012, 12:04 PM
During a hurricane you will have to use the stairs.

December 3rd, 2012, 12:19 PM
Or a boat.

December 3rd, 2012, 12:30 PM
Elevators are always OOS, rain or shine.

December 4th, 2012, 11:31 AM
They aren't OOS.

Plenty of people piss in them every day and they are just fine!


June 7th, 2013, 05:43 AM
Design for Delayed $27M W. Thames Bridge Finally Revealed

by Hana R. Alberts

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Just when we thought the long-stalled pedestrian bridge (http://ny.curbed.com/tags/west-thames-pedestrian-bridge) over West Street was going to be delayed further because of a scuffle over who should pay for budget overages (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/06/03/27m_west_thames_bridge_delayed_because_of_overchar ges.php), we see contrary evidence that the overpass will, in fact, get built. Well, not physical proof, but new renderings (!), thanks to the intrepid Tribeca Trib (http://tribecatrib.com/content/new-design-concept-w-thames-bridge-finally-revealed). SHoP Architects' cool open-air design (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/11/24/shops_bridge_to_battery_park_city_gets_20_million_ payday.php) from 2009 has officially been scrapped—try to keep up, folks, we know this project is moving at warp speed. It's been replaced by the glass-roofed walkway above, a double "lenticular truss (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truss_bridge#Lenticular_truss)" courtesy of engineering firm Weidlinger Associates and WXY Architecture (http://ny.curbed.com/tags/wxy-architecture). An official told the Trib (http://tribecatrib.com/content/new-design-concept-w-thames-bridge-finally-revealed) that "[i]t selected a standard 'George Washington Bridge grey' because it's a paint color that the Department of Transportation keeps in stock." Now that's prioritizing aesthetics, eh?

The bridge will have stairs and elevator access on both sides of West Street, despite community concerns that outdoor elevators frequently malfunction. It's expected to see traffic up to 1,100 pedestrians an hour crossing between Battery Park City and the Financial District. Though the design still needs approval from the Public Design Commission (and apparently they are simply not big fans of glass roofs), construction is still expected to begin in November, with an opening date of mid-2015. Here now, some more renderings of long-awaited bridge, which has already been four years in the making:

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New Design Concept For W. Thames Bridge Is Finally Revealed (http://tribecatrib.com/content/new-design-concept-w-thames-bridge-finally-revealed) [Tribeca Trib]
27M West Thames Bridge Delayed Because of Overcharges (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/06/03/27m_west_thames_bridge_delayed_because_of_overchar ges.php) [Curbed]
West Thames Pedestrian Bridge coverage (http://ny.curbed.com/tags/west-thames-pedestrian-bridge) [Curbed]

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/06/06/design_for_delayed_27m_w_thames_bridge_finally_rev ealed.php

November 26th, 2014, 09:24 AM
Revised West Thames Pedestrian Bridge Inches Forward

by Jessica Dailey

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Rumor has it, that one day, denizens of Battery Park City will be able to traverse the wild thoroughfare called West Street in an elevated, covered contraption called the West Thames Pedestrian Bridge (http://ny.curbed.com/tags/west-thames-pedestrian-bridge), a mystical space where citizens of the City of New York will find 240-feet of safety from the crush of motorized vehicles. But that day still awaits in some far off future, for the powers that be in Lower Manhattan can not agree on one damn thing.

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Actually, they've agreed on a few things—and one should hope, since this bridge has been in the works for nearly a decade. Most recently, according to the Broadsheet Daily (http://ebroadsheet.com/Entries/2014/11/24_Variation_on_a_Thames_Long-Delayed_Plan_for_West_Thames_Bridge_Moves_Ahead.ht ml), the local community board signed off on a revised design for the bridge, created by WXY Architecture, that removes the canopies from the staircases at either end of the bridge. The glass-walled bridge itself, supported by a lenticular truss, will still be covered, but the stairs will be open, with a snow-melting system in place for the colder weather. Additionally, there will now be single support points, rather than double (compare in the slider above), to make the structure appear lighter.

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Since the bridge will sit on city-owned property, the City's Public Design Commission still needs to sign off on the change, but the Commission first proposed removing the canopies, so that shouldn't be a problem. The chair of the community board's Battery Park City Committee said, "this whole project seems finally to be becoming a reality," and that the design should be approved next month.

This is just fine and dandy, but there is still the question of who will pay for cost overruns if the project exceeds its $27M budget, and when exactly this will actually be built. Previous reports put a completion date sometime in 2016, but a spokesperson for the Economic Development Corporation told the Broadsheet that "a construction timeline won't be identified until after the design process is complete."

Long-Delayed Plan for West Thames Bridge Moves Ahead (http://ebroadsheet.com/Entries/2014/11/24_Variation_on_a_Thames_Long-Delayed_Plan_for_West_Thames_Bridge_Moves_Ahead.ht ml) [Broadsheet]

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/11/24/revised_west_thames_pedestrian_bridge_inches_forwa rd.php