Work on the third and final section of Chelsea's High Line Park is on schedule, according to reports from Crains, set to be finished a year and a half before the first building in the Hudson Yards, the neighborhood being built around it, is completed.
Peter Mullan, Vice President for planning and design at Friends of the High Line, told Crains "the big idea right now is to get to 34th Street as quickly as we possibly can."
"The big prize here is that the entire length of the High Line is going to be complete much quicker than anyone thought," Mullan said.
Crains reported that construction crews spent the last two weeks completing sandblasting the steel strestle and applying thick coats of paint in the custom High Line hue "greenblack."
Nearly 800 gallons of paint have been used on the part extending to 12 Avenue alone.
More than half of the third section is going to be a simple, temporary walkway when it opens, leaving the current, unlandscaped vegetation untouched, Crains reported. Although temporary, the walkway could remain for 15 years, depending on how construction on the Hudson Yards progresses.
Workers are currently busy digging up the "urban fill" that accumulated in the rail yards: 150,000 cubic feet of soil since the last train used it to carry frozen turkeys in 1980, according to Crains.
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