The Bruckner- Sheridan EIS
(Environmental Impact Study)
The expansion of the Sheridan Expressway has long been discussed as a way of improving truck access to Hunts Point. In 1997, the New York State Department of Transportation released a project proposal that included extending the Sheridan onto Edgewater Road into Hunts Point. This proposal would have placed a massive system of ramps next to the Bronx River and above the new Concrete Plant Park. The SBRWA developed an alternative Community Plan. This plan placed on- and off-ramps to and from the East and Westbound Bruckner Expressway into Hunts Point at Leggett Avenue, elevated the Bruckner’s express lanes across the Bronx River to create a safe and inviting boulevard at street level, and allowed all 1.25 miles of the Sheridan to be removed.
After four years of community outreach and advocacy, the SBRWA succeeded in 2003 in having the Community Plan included as one of the alternatives to be compared under the Environmental Impact Study NYSDOT conducted for the Bruckner-Sheridan Interchange. As NYSDOT proceeded with its technical analysis of the pros and cons of each alternative, the SBRWA continued to monitor the progress of the EIS and to attend the Community Stakeholder meetings conducted by NYSDOT.
In 2008, NYSDOT announced that it was studying two alternatives for the Bruckner-Sheridan Interchange: 1E, which is a variation of the New Community Plan and decommissions the Sheridan, and 2E, which keeps the Sheridan. Both alternatives have a new set of ramps at Oak Point freight yard that will create a direct exit from the Bruckner Expressway into Hunts Point. Because both alternatives have these ramps, 1E not only creates a direct exit into Hunts Point and takes trucks off local streets, but it also opens up 28 acres of land for affordable housing, businesses, and open space.
- 1997 – NYSDOT proposes expanding the Sheridan Expressway
- Summer 2002 – Preliminary Public Meetings on the EIS
- March 2003 – EIS Scoping Hearing: over 100 people turn out to show their support of the Community Plan
- August 2003 – Final Scoping Document released with the Community Plan identified as one of the 9 alternatives to be studied
- 2004 - 2006 – The 9 alternatives were narrowed down to 5, then 3, still including the Community Plan. NYSDOT and consultants modeled the traffic impacts of the selected options.
- June 2008 – NYSDOT announces that it will be studying two alternatives for the Bruckner-Sheridan Interchange, 1E and 2E. It also announces plans for the Oak Point ramps.
- 2010 – NYSDOT will announce whether it prefers 1E or 2E. There will be a public hearing so that feedback can be given.
- 2011/2012 – A final alternative will be announced.
- 2013 – Construction begins.