TIGER II Funds Sheridan Replacement Study, Fordham Redesign

With an official vision for what could replace the Sheridan Expressway -- this rendering came from the community __ -- teardown advocates stand a much better chance.
With an official vision for what could replace the Sheridan Expressway funded by a TIGER II grant, teardown advocates stand a much better chance. This rendering came from the community-based South Bronx River Watershed Alliance.

The TIGER II leaks keep coming. Here in New York, Congressman José Serrano just announced two winners of the much-sought-after federal funds (hat tip to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign on the news). $1.5 million will fund a planning study of the Sheridan Expressway area, which could provide a big boost for efforts to replace that little-used highway with housing, jobs, and parks. Another $10 million will go toward the redesign of Fordham Plaza, one of the most important spaces for transit and pedestrians in the city.

The Sheridan study could advance highway teardown plans by taking the blinkers off the state DOT’s analysis. In deciding whether to rehab the highway or decommission it, the agency is putting a finger on the scales by refusing to consider the positive benefits of whatever might replace the highway. It’s only comparing a Sheridan that carries traffic to a Sheridan  that carries no traffic — and who wants a blocked-off highway?

Thanks to the TIGER grant, there may soon be an officially sanctioned vision for the area’s future, and the hope of replacing the neighborhood-sapping expressway is much brighter.

“We are eager to remake this area into a livable, walkable and green section of our community, and this is the first step towards achieving that goal,” Serrano said in his press release.

The funding for the Fordham project is also an exciting development for livable streets. With the third-busiest Metro-North station in the system, eight bus lines, and more foot traffic than Penn Station, Fordham Plaza has the potential to be one of New York City’s great public spaces. However, poor design means it’s also home to the third-deadliest intersection in the city. The proposed redesign would not only improve safety at Fordham, it would create 15,750 square feet of new pedestrian space and speed buses along as well.

We’re looking into whether any of New York’s other TIGER II applications earned a nod from US DOT.

  • JK

    Excellent news. Congratulations to the Tri-State Campaign and Sheridan Expressway community coalition! This is a very big step towards tearing down the Sheridan Expressway. It’s also a testament to the generations of leaders and staff at Tri-State who have worked so hard for so long on this. Your sustained, methodical and focused advocacy is an inspiration. It really shouldn’t be this hard to tear down an underused highway instead of rebuilding it at immense cost in the midst of a fiscal crisis.

  • Bronxite

    I hope they add a connection over the Bronx River at Lafayette Avenue (Soundview to Hunts Point), it’s needed. Even just a bike/pedestrian lane would help. As of now the only way to walk from one side of the River to the next is either along the Bruckner Expressway or walk up to Westchester Ave. That really limits Hunts Point’s access to Soundview Park.

  • JK- Was not the Sheridan recently reconstructed?

    Interesting how they not only want to take out the Sheridan, but they would also chock the parallel I-87 Deegan for the sake of QUICK real estate development, instead of a comprehensive solution.

    http://cos-mobile.blogspot.com/2009/11/chock-deegan.html

    http://cos-mobile.blogspot.com/2009/11/activism-steered-to-maintain-wall-of.html

    http://cos-mobile.blogspot.com/2009/12/my-conversation-with-shill-for.html

    http://cos-mobile.blogspot.com/2009/11/i-87-cromwell-avenue-tunnel.html

    What is being done to chock the expressways is anti common sense, anti urban and anti people.

  • Since when are comments moderated- when they have not been?

  • Ashwin

    The plan to redevelop the Sheridan corridor is very comprehensive, and addresses the impacts that the removal of the Sheridan would have on the regional highway system by creating direct access to the Hunts Point food markets and major fixes to the Bruckner Expressway. Take a look at this video fly-through of the plan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfPdxKGLHQc

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