In March 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to redesign the South Bronx’s Sheridan Expressway to allow for easier access to the waterfront and ease up traffic congestion by making it easier for trucks to get to the Hunts Point Produce Market. The project is part of Cuomo’s ongoing effort to spruce up the South Bronx and improve quality of its life for its residents and the state has just received federal approval to de-designate the expressway as an interstate.
The expressway will be transformed into a pedestrian-friendly boulevard and will include a two-way bike path along Edgewater Road, connecting to Starlight Park and the Bronx River Greenway. There will also be a pedestrian bridge over the Bronx River, new pedestrian and bicycle crossings, wide medians, landscaping, and decorative lighting.
“The Bronx is home to some of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the five boroughs, and this project will finally right the wrongs of the past by reconnecting these Bronx communities that have struggled with unnecessary obstacles to revitalization and growth,” said Governor Cuomo.
The project is expected to cost $75 million and construction will begin during the last week of September.
Renderings give an idea of what the overhaul will look like: