The High Line is a 2.33 km (1.45 mile) section of a former elevated railroad on the West Side of Manhattan. Declining usage led to the railroad closing in 1980 and the viaduct was abandoned thereafter. In the years that followed, it was colonised by wild vegetation. In 2006, work began to re-purpose the railroad into an urban park, and the first phase opened in 2009. A second phase opened in 2011, followed by a third in 2014. A short stub above Tenth Avenue and 30th Street will open by 2018. The park runs from Gansevoort Street – three blocks below 14th Street, in the Meatpacking District – through Chelsea to the northern edge of the West Side Yard on 34th Street near the Javits Center.