Jueves, 23 Marcha, 2017

Road Project Would Reconnenct Neighborhoods to the Bronx River

Manuel Armenta | 21 Marcha, 2017, 01:11

Over the weekend, the Governor announced a plan to redesign the Sheridan Expressway in the South Bronx, and thereby create easier access to the waterfront, and ease up traffic congestion, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The plan calls for adding new lanes and exits to the Bruckner to provide trucks and vans with direct access to the Hunts Point distribution center that Cuomo's office said draws almost 78,000 vehicles per day.

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.

New entrance and exit ramps at Leggett Avenue would be added to the Bruckner Expressway's westbound lanes to improve driver access to the Hunts Point Market, and a flyover ramp from Sheridan Boulevard would be constructed to feed traffic directly into the market, according to a description of the project provided by Cuomo's office.

Cuomo said Sunday the Sheridan Expressway will be replaced with a boulevard design that is both pedestrian and cyclist friendly. Now, about 13,000 trucks use local roads every day to reach the market, which is in an area with some of the highest asthma rates in the country.

"You have to build a whole new road and bridge system that goes from the Bruckner directly into Hunts Point so those trucks will get to Hunts Point, they'll get to Hunts Point faster, but you keep them out of the local community so you don't cause that disruption", Cuomo said.

The governor says the project is expected to create over 4,000 new jobs.