Have you heard the rumored plan to bury the elevated West Side Highway known as the Miller Highway beginning at 57th Street. Seen in the photo above provided by a friend of NYCTB, a tunnel visible at 61st Street has already been constructed, in front of Trump City, to accommodate the road.
Anyone know more about the project? There seems to be a dearth of information online, but a Wikipedia entry on the WSH corroborates:
Burying this section has always been politically complicated because in the 1990s $70 million was spent to straighten, widen, and reinforce the elevated highway. Nevertheless, in June, 2006, the new developer began construction of a tunnel for the relocated highway between 61st and 65th streets.As well, the Wikipedia page on Riverside South contains similar information, including a "photo-simulation of Riverside South with West Side Highway relocated to grade and covered picture of the same area." So is this fact or fiction? It seems a more appropriate question is where will the funding come from?
Calls and emails to Community Board 7, Scott Stringer and the DOT requesting more information have not been returned. For a closer look at the tunnel, view the photo above in its orginal size of 4000x3000.
UPDATE: Curbed sheds more light on this project
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