In March 2017, Governor Cuomo announced a budget commitment of $700 million to address multiple issues related to the Sheridan-Bruckner interchange. It includes vitally needed funding which can address the surrounding transportation network and create direct truck access to the Hunts Point peninsula. The project calls for direct access to the Hunts Point Peninsula and the conversion of the Sheridan Expressway to a boulevard with crosswalks.
SBRWA believes this project has the potential to undo decades of environmental hazards that the community has endured as a result of an ineffective transportation system. The Governor’s commitment to the Bronx includes desperately needed capital funding that can be used accommodate continued economic growth of the Hunts Point Markets and the influx of affordable housing development in our community.
Although a major step forward, the Governor’s proposal is a significant departure from the community endorsed recommendations presented in the Sheridan Hunts-Point Land Use Study. For this project to address the longstanding needs of this environmental justice community, the State must meaningfully engage with residents and stakeholders to ensure that the community’s priorities are integrated into the plan.
NYS Department of Transportation’s (NYSDOT) has made the decision to implement the Sheridan Boulevard and the construction of ramps for direct Hunts Point access separately.
Where are we now?
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has held four meetings regarding the Sheridan Boulevard and Construction of ramps in Hunts Point. Scroll below to read more about the project details.
NYSDOT held a design meeting on June 25, 2017 andOctober 18, 2017. Read about why the state’s plan for the boulevard falls short by downloading our factsheet.
NYSDOT held two scoping meetings on July 24, 2017 and September 18, 2017. NYSDOT was accepting comments from the public until October 18, 2017. Read about why the state’s proposal will harm our community by reading our factsheet.
The Arthur Sheridan Enhancement Project seeks to convert the portion of the Sheridan Expressway that is at street level into a boulevard to increase access to the Bronx Riverfront and adjacent parks, disincentive trucks who do not need to use the Sheridan to use other roadways and reconnect the street grid.
Although NYSDOT’s plan features a boulevard-type of for the Sheridan/West Farms Road, in its current iteration the Sheridan Expressway continues to act as a highway-like truck route that can prove dangerous to pedestrians and fails to meet community priorities.
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The Hunts Point Access Improvement Project
NYSDOT is proposes reconfiguring the Bruckner Expressway to improve truck access to the Hunts Point Market food distribution. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will study two concepts:
Concept 1: Builds new ramps from the Bruckner Expressway onto Leggett Avenue and from the Bruckner-Sheridan interchange via Edgewater Road
Concept 2: Builds new ramps at Leggett Avenue and Oak Point Avenue.
While technically the state must study both concepts, NYSDOT’s preference is Concept 1, ramps at Edgewater. Edgewater ramps was rejected by the community in 2003 due to the negative environmental impacts. Edgewater ramps will
Bring increased truck traffic and emissions to the Hunts Point
Compromise pedestrian safety on the boulevard
Run along Hunts Point Riverside Park and the Bronx River, creating additional physical barriers to important community amenities, and
Create permanent shadows that would create ecological
Figure 1: Current Truck Path Figure 2: Community Endorsed Oak Point Ramps Figure 3: Oak Point Ramps versus Edgewater Ramps