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Road Project Would Reconnenct Neighborhoods to the Bronx River
The Sheridan Expressway in the South Bronx, long viewed as a barrier that cuts neighborhoods off from the Bronx River, will be redesigned to reopen access to the waterway and parks, and ease traffic, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday during a news conference.
The $1.8 billion project would transform the expressway, also known as Interstate 895, into Sheridan Boulevard. The plan calls for integrating pedestrian walkways so residents in the South Bronx could access Starlight Park and the Bronx River. Residents have long complained about the design of the roadway, which is slightly more than a mile, officials said.
The project is expected to create
more than 4,200 jobs, Gov. Cuomo said. The first phase of the plan,
which will be funded with $700 million in this year’s state budget, is
slated to begin next year and be completed by the Spring of 2019. (the year AFTER Cuomo's re-election, when "budgetary restraints" will cause the abandonment of the project....!)
“While plans have been proposed and languished for decades, we’re taking action to finally right the wrongs of the past by reconnecting South Bronx communities that have dealt with unnecessary barriers to revitalization and growth,” Mr. Cuomo said.
The project includes building flyover ramps connecting Sheridan Boulevard and Bruckner Expressway to Edgewater Road, providing direct access to the Hunts Point Produce Market, a wholesale foods market. Gov. Cuomo said the ramps would reduce truck traffic on local roads.
More than 78,000 vehicles travel to Hunts Point daily, including 13,000 trucks that have prompted complaints of poor air quality in the community, the governor said.
“These improvements will help ease congestion for Bronx businesses, especially those that use Hunts Point,” said (soon to be rich) state senator Ruben Diaz Sr. “These improvements will help to connect our neighborhoods and provide better access for our families to our parks and schools. This is a project that is long overdue.”