If you don’t live or work in the Bronx, you may not even be aware that the Sheridan Expressway exists. In the early 1960s, Robert Moses conceived the Sheridan as yet another option for drivers traveling between New York City and New England. His intended route would have extended from the Bruckner Expressway, up the Bronx River, through the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Gardens, and ultimately have connected with the New England Thruway (I-95).
The influential patrons of the Botanical Gardens were able to defeat the Master Builder. But the damage had already been done and since 1963, the 1.25 mile stub of the Sheridan has blighted the Bronx River and the neighborhoods on its banks.
Little Regional Mobility Purpose
The Sheridan contributes very little to the region’s mobility. According to the New York State Department of Transportation’s (NYSDOT) own studies, it carries less traffic than most nearby local streets such as Whitlock Ave.
The Sheridan is not a regional highway; it is a connector between two regional highways. The Sheridan itself does not contribute to traffic flow going in and out of the Bronx or Hunts Point.
In fact, removing the Sheridan would help traffic on the Cross Bronx because currently, the intersection of the Sheridan and the Cross Bronx Expressway is the third worst bottleneck in the United States.
Whereas other regional highways go farther East, West, North, and South, the Sheridan does not go anywhere.
There is going to be a 20% increase in moving goods in the next 20 years which, if we continue to transport the majority of our goods by truck as we do now, will mean growing freight volume and traffic.
Our region needs a solution to the current transportation system of moving freight by trucks, and keeping the Sheridan is not a solution to that problem.
Bad for Local Traffic As Well
The Sheridan’s poor design of its interchange with the Bruckner Expressway at Hunts Point Ave. causes frequent crashes, chronic congestion, and greatly endangers pedestrians leaving or entering Hunts Point. These photographs show just how dangerous it is for pedestrians.