the high bridge
Location: New York, New York
Client: NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
The High Bridge is the oldest bridge in New York City and connects Highbridge Park in the Boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx. Originally constructed in 1848, the 1200 foot long, 116 foot high bridge is a designated NYC Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. MKW, working with the project engineers and preservation architects, was charged with the task of restoring the bridge's historic grandeur, beauty and usefulness while providing necessary safety and accessibility improvements to allow the High Bridge to reopen for pedestrian and bicycle use. The design for this PlaNYC project includes new contemporary access ramps and approaches and new viewing platforms with seating opportunities for all users.