Sheridan Expressway Overhauled, But Not Everyone's Satisfied

WCBS 880 Newsroom
December 14, 2019 - 3:53 pm

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The Sheridan Expressway is now the Sheridan Boulevard in the South Bronx after the community fought for decades to get rid of the highway, but some aren’t happy with the end result.

What had been a mile-long highway cutting through the South Bronx is now a surface level street, complete with bike lanes, crosswalks and green medians.

“We made a mistake when we designed these roads in the first place, and we have to go back and redo it,” Gov. Cuomo said at an event this week.

Cuomo says the expressway is no longer cutting the neighborhood off from the waterfront.

“The Sheridan Expressway is opened up, beautiful green space, back to the Bronx River,” Cuomo said.

It’s a transformation advocates have been fighting for since the late 1990s, but it didn’t turn out how some had hoped.

“This is a bittersweet moment for us,” said Angela Tovar of the nonprofit The Point. “This was a real opportunity to transform what this area could look like.”

Tovar says the new boulevard is still the same width as the highway and “doesn’t really achieve the possibility of creating more developable space.”

“We’re still talking about people having to cross eight lanes of traffic,” she said.

Tovar says new ramps off the Bruckner that the Cuomo administration is now building will only encourage more truck traffic.

“Which is what we’re trying to avoid in the first place,” Tovar said.