The state next year plans to kick off a $1.8 billion redesign of the Robert Moses-built Sheridan Expressway in the South Bronx that will provide waterfront access to neighborhoods long cut off from the shoreline and parks, likely boosting property values and making the prospect of development more attractive.
"It is a road construction project and a bridge project larger than anything we've taken on in the Bronx in decades", Cuomo told an audience of Bronx elected officials and local residents gathered at the Casita Maria Art and Education Center where he outlined the proposal.
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. The park has always been separated from neighborhoods by the mile-long expressway, also known as Interstate 895. The first phase of the Sheridan Boulevard, which will create wider medians, landscaping and decorative lighting, among other improvements, is expected to be complete by the spring of 2019.
"Slow the traffic down, have pedestrian crossings so people can get across it and get to the Bronx River and enjoy the Bronx river", Cuomo said in the Sunday announcement.
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.
A completion date for the entire project also has not been set.