Manhattan isn’t far from Jersey City as the crow flies, but because of the Hudson River, moving from one to the other typically requires either taking a relatively circuitous route or hopping aboard the busy PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) system. This could possibly change though, as a proposal envisions joining the two with a pedestrian bridge.

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Manhattan isn’t very far from Jersey City as the crow flies, but it still takes a while to move between the two
(Photo Credit: Jeff Jordan Architects)

The bridge would sport retail spaces including coffee shops, plus grassy areas, benches, solar panels, and wind turbines (Credit: Jeff Jordan Architects)

The bridge would sport retail spaces including coffee shops, plus grassy areas, benches, solar panels, and wind turbines
(Photo Credit : Jeff Jordan Architects)

Dubbed Liberty Bridge (not to be confused with the bridges of the same name in Pittsburg and Michigan), the project was conceived by NYC resident Kevin Shane while he hung out at a Jersey City BBQ festival with friends. He eventually teamed up with Jersey City’s Jeff Jordan Architects to refine the idea.

The proposal calls for a pedestrian bridge with cycle paths that measures a shade under a mile (1.5 km) in length, and at least 200 ft (60 m) high, to allow ships to pass beneath. It would make use of the existing Pennsylvania Railway Embankment in Jersey City and reach Battery Park, on the southern tip of Manhattan.

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Elevators and ramps would provide access on and off.
Photo Credit : Jeff Jordan Architects

The bridge would be required to be at least 200 ft (60 m) high to allow ships to pass beneath (Credit: Jeff Jordan Architects)

The bridge would be required to be at least 200 ft (60 m) high to allow ships to pass beneath
(Photo Credit: Jeff Jordan Architects)

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Currently, the proposal calls for a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists that measures a shade under a mile (1.5 km) in length
(Photo Credit : Jeff Jordan Architects)

According to the team behind the proposal, the bridge would feature multiple routes, including weather-protected lower paths and upper levels for warm and sunny days. Free Wi-Fi, retail spaces including coffee shops, plus grassy areas and benches are also envisioned, while elevators and ramps would provide access on and off. In addition, the proposal also calls for the use of solar panels and wind turbines to provide power. There’s a long way to go yet though.

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The Liberty Bridge would feature grassy areas, benches, solar panels, and wind turbines
(Photo Credit : Jeff Jordan Architects)

It would boast a series of paths, including weather-protected lower paths and upper levels for warm and sunny days
(Photo Credit: Jeff Jordan Architects)

“This is still just the beginning of the monstrous challenge to make the Liberty Bridge a reality,” says the design team. “Kevin will be sharing his progress in his blog and will need the support of the community, friends, politicians, financial backers, various agencies and many others to reach this goal.”

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This feature originally appeared in GizMag.

 

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