By Irene Plagianos DNAInfo
LOWER MANHATTAN — Pedestrians trying to cross the busy West Side Highway near the World Trade Center will soon be able to make their way underground.
The long-anticipated World Trade Center west concourse, an underground walkway linking the WTC site with Brookfield Place at Vesey Street, is slated to open Thursday at 11 a.m., the Port Authority announced Tuesday.
The passageway will connect the WTC PATH station, which has an entrance at West Broadway and Vesey Street, with the new glass-enclosed Brookfield Place Pavilion across West Street, which is also opening for the first time Thursday.
The 8,000-square-foot pavilion, supported by two massive steel lattice towers, will have six escalators leading to the underground passage, along with revolving doors opening to West Street.
The pavilion and passageway will eventually lead to the much-anticipated Santiago Calatrava-designed $3.9 billion WTC transportation hub and the nearby Fulton Center, which are both still under construction.
The pavilion is also part of Brookfield Place’s $250 million revamp of the former World Financial Center buildings, which will include high-end retail shops and dining.