Phase 3 will connect Temple Street to Congress Avenue via a bridge that will be designed to accommodate motor vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic. Phase 3 construction will enable access to two land parcels for new development.
The extension of Temple Street to Congress Avenue will provide another multi-modal connection between Downtown New Haven and the Hill neighborhood, reclaim more land for development, include measures to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion in the areas surrounding Temple Street Garage, and beautification and place-making measures.
Once completed, Phase 3 improvements will enable access to two land parcels for new development: 1.63 acres between College and Temple Streets and 1.23 acres between Temple and Church Streets. In addition to being previously inaccessible, these parcels were unavailable for use or development due to the former Route 34 expressway right-of-way. The land value of the two new development parcels will increase from $0 to approximately $47 per square foot, yielding tax revenues and economic benefits to the City. It is estimated that the entire Downtown Crossing Project could yield net tax revenues of in the millions.
In Phase 3, a bridge will be constructed to extend Temple Street to Congress Avenue, over the Route 34 corridor. The Temple Street bridge will be designed to accommodate motor vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic, providing another multi-modal connection between Downtown New Haven and the Hill neighborhood. Phase 3 will also include streetscape and landscape improvements, and a retention basin to clean storm-water and reduce flooding.
With the completion of all Phase 3, the corridor will be returned to its former urban context. Phase 3 construction is planned to begin in 2021 and be completed in 2023.