West Thames bridge to be named for longtime downtown advocate

The EDC announced it will open the West Thames pedestrian bridge in the fall and name it after Robert R. Douglass, one of the founders of the Alliance for Downtown New York, who pushed for the rebuilding of lower Manhattan after 9/11. He died in late 2016 at 85. It’s worth watching the short video above produced for his memorial or reading the Times obituary here. (Or, see some cool pics of the installation at The Trib here.)

The bridge, designed structural engineer Thornton Tomassetti, which has offices on Wall, and local architects WXY architecture + urban design, will permanently replace the Rector Street Pedestrian Bridge. The Rector Street Bridge, which will be demolished once the new one is fully operational.