State abandons West Street tunnel

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New York State officials have abandoned a plan to rebuild West Street-Route 9A as a tunnel alongside the World Trade Center memorial, taking into account objections from Goldman, Sachs & Company, which halted plans to build a new headquarters there last week. The state’s Department of Transportation will recommend rebuilding the highway as an eight-lane boulevard at the same grade as surrounding streets. No word from Goldman, Sachs yet on whether they will reconsider pulling out. more [NYT]