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New York interstate to be turned into a boulevard

New York has received federal approval for a project to turn a short stretch of interstate expressway into a boulevard with improved links to the Bronx River waterfront and Starlight Park.

The project includes a pedestrian bridge Above: The project includes a pedestrian bridge

Work will begin this week on the scheme, which is designed to reconnect neighborhoods and enhance recreational opportunities for Bronx residents.

The project will include new pedestrian bridge in Starlight Park over the Bronx River and a new bikeway.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Federal Highway Administration has approved New York’s plan to de-designate the Sheridan Expressway as an interstate, paving the way for its transformation.

The project will address issues caused by routing the interstate highway through the heart of the South Bronx, blocking access to the waterfront.

“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 Cuomo. "Converting the Sheridan Expressway into a neighborhood-friendly boulevard will not only improve the quality of life for deserving Bronx residents, it will also promote economic growth in the region for decades to come."

As part of the original plan put forward by Robert Moses, the Sheridan Expressway was intended to be a link on the Interstate highway system from New York City to New England. The original proposal would have routed the Expressway through the Bronx Zoo, which faced significant community opposition. In response, only approximately one mile of the roadway was built and designated as a limited-access Expressway. The road’s traffic volumes are low for an Interstate highway, rendering its current configuration obsolete. It also cuts through the heart of the South Bronx, forcing residents to travel long distances to reach the Bronx River waterfront and Starlight Park.  

The US$75m for the project includes design, construction and construction inspection costs.  

 

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This article was published on 24 Sep 2018 (last updated on 24 Sep 2018).

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