Monday, August 19, 2013

$1.5M to study the Passerelle

From the Daily News:

Many visitors to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park will find themselves crossing a rundown wooden walkway, but few will be aware of its significance.

It’s the Passerelle Pedstrian Bridge, and it is a little-known portion of Queens’ past. And now, the 74-year-old connector is slated to receive a major overhaul.

The city is conducting a $1.5 million, 18-month assessment of the World’s Fair-era wooden esplanade, which leads riders of the 7 train into Flushing Meadows-Corona Park near the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, officials said.

The years have not been kind to the heavily trafficked pathway. The city is trying to determine the cost and scope of a complete reconstruction.


Ned said...

"but few will be aware of its significance"
What the hell kind of journalists are these people using, college interns from Iowa ?
Didn't almost everybody from Queens (and the world)walk those boards from the 7 train to get into the Fair, USTA and Singer Bowl concerts for the past 48 years ?

1.5 million $$ to check for rotting timbers and take pyle core samples ?

Anonymous said...

I had no idea there was such a plan. If they do replace the wooden walkway, I hope they're smart and use the recycled plastic ones. They require no maintenance, don't splinter, are not as heavy as concrete and are once again recycleable if needed. I'd like to know what else the plan includes! And if the study/assessment involves $1.5 mm and 18 months, I can only imagine the time and cost it will wind up being! Like every other project this city seems to create.

Anonymous said...

"...I can only imagine the time and cost it will wind up being! Like every other project this city seems to create."

I am the most concerned about the time. When it comes to these construction projects, it will take ages like with anything else in NYC!!! I have never seen NY efficient in ANYTHING!!! I predict it'll take 15 years! You can build an entire skyscraper during that time. But on second thought, I'm exaggerating a bit. It'll take 10 years!

Joe said...

Didn't it only take a couple months to build it in in 1937 with slide rules, steam and sticks ?

Anonymous said...

1.4 mil. to study the replacement of a wooden deck. Does anybody smell kickback here. who determined this amount and who's getting the contract.

Anonymous said...

1.4 million and they'll just end up replacing a few boards and if lucky they'll paint a few lampposts.