Times Square is undergoing a redesign that will reflect its cutting-edge spirit, provide additional public space for pedestrians and events, and transform "the bowtie" into a world-class piazza.
The Times Square Transformation is a three-phase capital project that began in 2012 and is currently scheduled to be completed in 2016. Each phase of construction includes a range of complex operations: utility work by Con Edison, updates to city infrastructure, the installation of new infrastructure to facilitate events, and surface work that will cap off the renovation and turn much of "the bowtie" into a beautiful piazza. Phase (I) consisted of the creation of pedestrian plazas on Broadway between 41st and 43rd Streets and was completed in December 2013. Phase (II) of the plaza construction is currently underway on 44th through 47th streets, with completion scheduled for February 2015. In the final phase, sidewalks on 7th Avenue are scheduled to be widened by early 2016. You can find photos of the construction process and renderings of the finished product in the media player below.
The Times Square Alliance collaborated with Snøhetta and the NYC Department of Transportation on the plans for the transformation.