A water main project in Lincoln Square and a plan to redesign the “bowtie” intersections around 65th street to make them more pedestrian-friendly have caused congestion and delays in the area. And now it looks like the projects will continue for longer than anticipated because of a leak in a water line, according to the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District. Last we had heard, the water main project, which began more than three years ago, was set to be complete in 2017.
Recently, during Third Water Tunnel construction on Columbus Avenue, specifically along Columbus Avenue from West 62nd to West 64th Streets, New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) workers encountered a leak from an older, existing water line. The DDC is continuing work on the area despite the leak, but the issue’s severity may impact the timetable of construction in the neighborhood, as it will delay some work for the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) 65th Street bowtie redesign. Work for the bowtie project is currently halted and will hopefully resume in the spring, however it is unclear whether or not the work will be completed by summer’s end as DOT previously anticipated. As such, Lincoln Square may be in for a longer period of construction work.
Looking for a happier story? Kittens hitched a ride with three DOT workers working on the bowtie last year.