Rebuilding the City
In May, the state Department of Transportation presented a detailed plan to put the ten-block stretch of West Street (Route 9A) near Ground Zero in a tunnel. Previously, the Mayor, civic groups (including T.A.) and Battery Park City residents separately proposed creating a grand, tree-lined, urban boulevard like the Champs Elysee in Paris.
The groups support a
boulevard south of Chambers Street because it will cost much less than the
tunnel ($320 million versus $980 million), be less complicated and take less
time. Additionally, the tunnel proposal requires very long access ramps, which
would block some intersections and prevent ground level pedestrian crossings.
One urban planner deemed the Governor's proposal "Ramp Way,"
alluding to the infamous 1980s "West Way" plan to place all of 9A in
a tunnel. Transit advocates fear that