It sure looks that way. At last night’s meeting of Community Board 1′s Tribeca Committee, during the discussion about 56 Leonard, Matt Viggiano (director of land use and planning for councilmember Margaret Chin) dropped a bombshell: Worth Street is getting below-grade reconstruction along the lines of the ones at Chambers and Hudson. (So the 56 Leonard folks better find a new way to get their trucks to the site.)
Worth Street is funny in that it’s not on most people’s radar as a thoroughfare, but in the mornings, it’s jammed with traffic—particularly commuter buses—turning left off of W. Broadway and heading east to Broadway. Normally two-way (one lane for each direction), it has been cut to one lane west of Broadway for the conversion of 93 Worth into condominiums and was recently chewed up by the (Con Ed?) construction in front of the Chase branch at Church Street.
I emailed the DOT and the DDC for confirmation. I’ll update this when/if I hear back.
P.S. I just added a “Construction” category for this site. Should’ve done it long ago….
UPDATE: Thanks to Jen, who points out that the Worth Street reconstruction has long been in the works. The map she links to is quirky, to say the least, but I was able to pull up this:
UPDATE: And now this came in from the DDC: “Scope of work includes street reconstruction, trunk and distribution water mains replacement, sewer rehabilitation on Worth Street from Hudson Street to Park Row. The project is in final design and we expect to begin construction early 2014.”