Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released the details of a $1.8 billion infrastructure project which—among other goals—will erase the Moses-era Sheridan Expressway and replace it with a pedestrian-friendly boulevard. The 1.3-mile expressway, which was built in 1962, cut off residents’ access to the Bronx River and created both traffic congestion and air pollution in the area. Community advocates have long fought against the Expressway; the Governor’s plan would alleviate these ills and streamline vehicular access to and from the Bruckner Expressway.
In a press release, Governor Cuomo stated:
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. The project will create an interconnected South Bronx with access to the Waterfront, recreation, and less traffic on local streets while simultaneously better supporting those who use the Hunts Point Market—a vital economic engine for the borough.
This announcement comes several months after Governor Cuomo dedicated $15 million to the development of the Greenmarket Regional Food Hub in Hunts Point. This extensive infrastructure proposal will be executed in phases, the first to be funded up to $700 million, and will purportedly create 4,250 new jobs over the duration of the project. It also comes on the heels of the Governor’s $1.8 billion plan to revitalize Central Brooklyn.
Reconstruction of Bruckner-Sheridan Interchange ( Courtesy NY Department of Transportation)