Sheridan Expressway

Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance

Tri-State is a member of the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance, which advocates for a teardown of the Sheridan.

The Community Plan

The Alliance's "Community Plan" calls for the demapping of the Sheridan and the construction of a new interchange off of the Bruckner leading directly into the industrial heart of Hunts Point. This would allow the elevated Bruckner Expressway to continue over the Bronx River and touch down on the east side, allowing seamless access to the entire stretch of riverfront.

The new interchange from the Bruckner would fly over the Oak Point railyards, landing at the doorstep of the industrial area, including the market. The new access avoids the residential section on the northern peninsula, easing commercial movement with far less detrimental impact than NYSDOT's plan.

The Community Plan calls for 1,200 units of mixed-rate housing, a large portion of it affordable. Ground level retail along street frontage would be complemented by larger commercial and community space. The street grid would be expanded to connect the existing neighborhood with the riverfront, the Bronx River Greenway and new and proposed parks.

To address concerns about retaining neighborhood character, the Alliance is proposing a community trust model to ensure that the community retains true ownership of the area.

The Sheridan Expressway was a Robert Moses project, originally slated to run through the Bronx Zoo and connect with the New England Thruway in the Northeast Bronx. Zoo patrons managed to stop the highway, but not before a 1.25-mile spur had been constructed along the Bronx River from the Bruckner to the Cross Bronx Expressway. Due to its diminutive length and its redundancy (the Bruckner and Cross-Bronx are directly connected to the east and by the Deegan Expressway to the west) the road sees relatively light vehicle traffic – more in line with local streets than with the volumes of the adjacent expressways.

In the late '90s, NYSDOT announced that it was looking to reconstruct the interchange of the Sheridan Expressway and the Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx. The project aimed to ease truck access to the Hunts Point neighborhood, a peninsular industrial hub that is home to the nation's largest food market, by expanding ramps and directly connecting the Sheridan with the local Edgewater Road along the Bronx River. In response, the Tri-State Campaign suggested removing the Sheridan Expressway to reduce the burden of transportation infrastructure on the surrounding environmental justice community and began working with local groups to that end.

Tri-State continues to advocate for the project through the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance, a coalition working for the replacement of the Sheridan with more favorable land uses, such as housing, commercial development, and parks.

In 2007, NYSDOT announced abandonment of the Edgewater connection due to its technical infeasibility. At the same time, it officially adopted the Community Plan's concept for a new interchange from the Bruckner Expressway onto Oak Point Ave.

Currently just two alternatives remain in NYSDOT's environmental review for the project. The sole difference between the alternatives is the retention or removal of the highway.

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