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 in Hunts Point, and the construction of a multilevel interchange with the Bruckner Expressway.
This proposal would place a massive system of ramps next to the Bronx River and above the new Concrete Plant Park. The SBRWA developed an alternative Community Plan, which would instead locate the interchange on the Bruckner Expressway at Leggett Avenue, elevate the Bruckner’s express lanes to create a safe and inviting boulevard at street level, and allow all 1.2 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 is now conducting for the Bruckner-Sheridan Interchange. As NYSDOT proceeds with its technical analysis of the pros and cons of each alternative, the SBRWA continues to monitor the progress of the EIS and to attend the Community Stakeholder meetings conducted by NYSDOT.
When the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is released in mid-2006, we will know whether the Community Plan has been selected as the “Preferred Alternative,” that creates the greatest benefits and fewest harmful impacts.
- 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 are narrowed down to 5, then 3, still including the Community Plan. NYSDOT and consultants are now modeling the traffic impacts of the selected options. The SBRWA and community members continue to monitor the EIS process at NYSDOT’s stakeholder meetings.
- Mid-2006 – NYSDOT’s projected date for release of Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which will identify the Preferred Alternative
- Fall 2006 – NYSDOT’s projected date for public hearings on the DEIS
- 2007 – NYSDOT’s projected date for release of the Final EIS and Record of Decision
- 2008 – 2010 – Final Design
- 2011 – 2012 – Start of Construction – brushe –