Speak Up for an Accessible Car-Free High Bridge

highbridgehole.JPGIn other parks news, as reported on Streetsblog in June, the car-free High Bridge is poised to undergo a long-awaited restoration. Built as part of the Croton Aqueduct, the bridge connects Washington Heights in Manhattan with the Bronx neighborhood of High Bridge, near Yankee Stadium. In April, during his PlaNYC unveiling, Mayor Bloomberg announced that the city would be allocating $60 million to restore and reopen the High Bridge, which has been closed to the public since 1970; another $5 million will come from a Congressional earmark.

The Department of Parks & Recreation has posted an online High Bridge survey (here it is in Spanish), and will be collecting responses until September 7. Two items at issue are bike access and park hours. The original plan called for the restored bridge to be open only on weekends, and only during the day, severely limiting its viability as a transportation link. Parks representatives have said the city will make use of existing park trails and bike routes for cycling access, but specifics remain unclear. 

The Parks Dept. has been very sensitive to public input to this point. It’s important that the city hear from pedestrians and cyclists who want a useful, accessible car-free route between Manhattan and the Bronx. 

Photo: Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

  • Spud Spudly

    I’ve been in that manhole shown in the picture. It leads down to a walkway that’s suspended from the bottom of the bridge all the way across the river. You can see straight down to the highway and water below. Also under there are three pipes that used to bring Croton water from the Bronx to Manhattan. Pretty cool stuff.

  • Thanks for posting this, Brad! I hope that a lot of people fill out this survey supporting late night hours for the bridge. It’s not just a tourist attraction is a transportation link.

    Also, having people use the bridge (legally) at night will make the parks on both sides much safer.

  • galvo

    hey spud i have been in the old croton aqueduct in Westchester, the original construction interior is brinck and it is big enough to stand up in, they used a boat to float down inside it and inspect it. it was a nice place to be working on the hot summer days, ithink the original pipes over in the highbridge were 90 inches in diameter of bolted steel

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