Construction in Riverside Park South means cyclists will be diverted onto the pedestrian walkway next to the water starting on Monday, July 19, the Parks Department said on Friday. The diversion runs from 59th to 72nd Street and is expected to last for two weeks. It will only occur after 8 p.m. The full release is below:
To ensure safety during upcoming overnight construction in Riverside Park South, NYC Parks has announced that it will temporarily direct cyclists from the greenway to the park’s waterfront pedestrian path between 59th and 72nd streets on weeknights.
The detour will only be used during active overnight construction (starting at 8:00 p.m. Monday through Fridays), with the regular bicycle route in place during the day and on the weekends. The temporary reroute is expected to begin the evening of Monday, July 19 and run for approximately two weeks.
To accommodate pedestrians and cyclists, Parks will post signs at related path entrances notifying them of the detour and urging caution on the shared waterfront pedestrian path.
The detour is due to construction on the sixth and final phase of the Riverside Park South project, which will complete the addition of 32 acres of new parkland to New York City’s park system. The upcoming overnight work is on the pedestrian mall adjacent to the greenway, necessitating the diversion of construction and emergency vehicles onto the greenway.