Wednesday, January 9, 2008

How Long Will It Take?

According to yesterday's Crain's Insider, a New York State Department of Transportation spokesperson estimates that an Environmental Impact Assessment for the Sheridan Expressway's future won't be available until at least 2010. That's more than three years behind the schedule.

It seems like an awfully long time to prove what even the DOT spokesperson was willing to admit yesterday: all four options on the table for the Sheridan's future would improve truck travel times in the region... even the options that call for getting rid of the Sheridan all together.

So what are we waiting for? Affordable housing development is failing to keep pace with demand. Open space and parks continue to be an unattainable luxury for residents of the South Bronx. Access to living wage jobs for locals with modest levels of education is continuing to shrink. It's time to replace the Sheridan Expressway with over 1,000 units of housing, open space, and new economic development opportunities.