High Bridge Restoration

Light bridges the gap to New York City’s oldest inter-borough connection.

The reopening of High Bridge provides a quarter-mile of new space to play, exercise and enjoy the outdoors, opening a park that has been closed to the public for more than 40 years.

In the summer of 2015, the bridge was rehabilitated and reopened for pedestrians and bicyclists thanks to $48 million in funding from former Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC initiative. Additional funding from Congressman José E. Serrano at the early kickoff stage was also critical to moving the project forward. The reopened High Bridge is an essential link to New York City’s expanding waterfront greenway.

It allows Bronx residents to reach the High Bridge pool and recreation center, and Manhattan residents to reach the Harlem River shoreline. The rehabilitation project followed historic preservation principals to restore the architectural details of this landmarked structure for public enjoyment, making the bridge more accessible and safe.

Project Highlights

• Deck Walkway: LED historic light poles
• Arches: LED floodlights to wash the underside of arches
• Steel Span: LED ‘button’ lights


• Li / Saltzman Architects
• MKW + Associates


Project Background

• 125 acres
• $61.7 million

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