Thursday, June 9, 2011

Is removing the Sheridan Expressway and replacing it with housing and parks SBRWA's only goal?

ABSOLUTELY NOT! As community advocates, the economic development of the Bronx is among our top concerns, and we want the Hunts Point Market businesses to stay and thrive in Hunts Point. We believe that industry and residents can coexist in a more mutually beneficial way, and that is what we are working towards.

The poor design of the existing highway network costs Bronx businesses time and money, and undermines the health and safety of residents and workers alike. In the absence of any better highway connection, we know that many businesses now rely on the Sheridan, even though this requires them to drive through congested local streets to reach it.

To solve these problems, we are advocating for the following changes that will improve the highway infrastructure of the Bronx:

  • The Community Plan calls for a new interchange at Oak Point Avenue that would allow direct access to the Hunts Point peninsula to and from the Bruckner Expressway in all 4 directions. This solution helps business by providing faster access to the industrial part of Hunts Point, and helps residents by keeping trucks off of local streets. These are solutions that everyone can get behind.
  • We are also calling for a fix to the George Washington Bridge and Major Deegan Expressway interchange so that trucks may easily travel from one to the other, and then connect to the Bruckner and access the Hunts Point peninsula directly via the new Oak Point ramps.

  • Finally, we are proposing that the Bruckner Expressway elevated viaduct be extended across the Bronx River, removing the existing dangerous and congested interchange between the Sheridan and the Bruckner that now blights our neighborhood’s commercial and transit hub, and enables local streets to be reconnected at Bruckner Boulevard.

We are aware that each business will experience different impacts, but on the whole, we believe that the benefits of this plan outweigh its disadvantages for the community as a whole. We look forward to continuing these conversations with any and all people, businesses or residents, who are interested. We can be reached online at, or by calling 718-328-5622, extension 11.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New York State Dept. of Transportation's Traffic Study Based on Flawed Data

Last spring, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) presented the computerized model they used to compare the potential impact on existing streets and roadways of keeping the Sheridan Expressway versus removing it. NYSDOT concluded that their model showed an increase in traffic if the Sheridan Expressway was removed. However, an independed technical consultant, Smart Mobility, hired by the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance found NYSDOT's modeling to be flawed and to contain many errors.

Smart Mobility found the following problems with NYSDOT's model:

  • the model contains factual errors such as incorrect traffic counts
  • their numbers are flawed since htey assume that traffic will increase city-wide by 2030 to levers that are impossible within the limits of street space, and that are unlikely due to declining driving trends
  • they overestimate truck volumes by as much as 110%
  • NYSDOT's model is not designed to measure local traffic impacts

Independent experts agree - NYSDOT's model has too many flaws to determine the Sheridan's future!

Please read the full report here: New York State Dept. of Transportation's Traffic Study Based on Flawed Data

Monday, January 10, 2011

"Tear Down the Sheridan" TOWNHALL MEETING!

Thurs. January 27th, 6:30 - 8 pm

(1716 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY)

We are closer than ever to replacing the Sheridan Expressway with afforable housing, parks, and jobs! At the townhall meeting we will raise awareness of the plan to remove the Sheridan and we will build a large group of residents, organizations, and politicians that will work to replace the Sheridan. We will address concerns and questions and make a CALL TO ACTION by encouraging our politicians to meet our demands and by involving more of our South Bronx neighbors in the campaign.

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Train: Take the 2 or 5 train to 174th street.
Bus: BX36 to Vyse Ave and E 174 St
BX19 to Southern Blvd. and E 173 St