ELEVATED HIGHWAY TO SPEED TRAFFIC (Dec, 1930)

ELEVATED HIGHWAY TO SPEED TRAFFIC

WHAT will be the finest, and perhaps the greatest, highway of its kind in the world, is now under construction in New York City. Built along the Hudson River waterfront, this highway, which may be listed as one of Borough President Miller’s important achievements, begins at the Hudson Tunnels at Canal Street and will extend to Spuyten Duyvil, a distance of 14 miles. The lower section, up to 72nd Street, will be elevated 14 feet above the street level. From 72nd Street, it will be a beautiful boulevard covering the tracks of the New York Central Railroad completely.

Ramps will be provided at 23rd, 42nd, and 57th Streets, reaching the center of the elevated roadway so that no cross traffic will occur. This will permit a speed of 40 miles an hour, resulting in a traffic capacity of 5000 vehicles an hour. Approaches will be constructed at nine uptown points, be- ginning with one at 72nd Street. The roadway will be 60 feet wide to accommodate six lines of traffic and will have the most modern signal system for traffic control, fire and police protection. The architectural design will take care of the esthetic as well as the practical values of the structure.

The first section between Canal and 22nd Streets is now nearing completion and may be opened for traffic before this article is printed. Construction of this section involved many difficulties, one of the worst of which was the building of concrete foundations for the 400 columns in waterfront land that was filled in years ago with all kinds of waste materials, soil, and stones.

This great structure will aid greatly in solving New York’s north- and southbound, long-distance traffic problem. It is understood that the plan calls for double-decking some time in the future.

3 comments
  1. Slow Joe Crow says: December 18, 20094:29 pm

    The West Side Highway was great until the road salt collecting in the drains rotted out the steel support beams and the road had to be closed.

  2. Toronto says: December 18, 200911:56 pm

    Yes, we suffer from one here that cuts us off from the lake and is crumbling slowly – or not so slowly during the freeze/thaw cycles we get this time of year and in the spring. Local politicians have been talking about burying it instead for decades now, but the cost would cripple us – and the province considers it a city street and won’t kick in to help. (In fact, they “downloaded” several miles of provincial road that adjoins it to the city a few years back.)

  3. carlm says: December 21, 20099:01 am

    The West Side Hwy (Henry Hudson Pky) still exists in part. It was torn down up to 57th St. At 57th St, it does become elevated and there aren’t any lights north of that point.

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