Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the start of a $ 45.1 million project to rebuild and realign the 700-foot-long entrance ramp leading from Sheridan Boulevard northbound to the Cross Highway Bronx heading west (Interstate 95) into the Bronx. The 70-year-old ramp will be replaced by a modern structure with wider shoulders, protective concrete barriers and a smoother curvature that will facilitate traffic and improve safety along this busy corridor. Reconstruction of the ramp, which accommodates more than 8,000 vehicles per day, will help keep traffic off local roads. Structural repairs will also be done on four nearby bridges and new landscaping will be added to the pedestrian and bicycle path leading to Starlight Park. The project complements the state’s unprecedented investment to improve infrastructure in the South Bronx.
“This project will strengthen the tremendous progress we have made in the South Bronx by removing physical barriers that for years have hampered growth and affected quality of life,” he added. Governor Cuomo said. “The reconstructed ramp and other improvements are helping to reduce congestion and create better travel conditions along this vital corridor, promoting vitality and economic opportunity throughout the community.
The existing ramp, which currently consists of nine bridge spans, will be rebuilt using four spans, which will reduce the number of bridge joints required and significantly decrease future maintenance requirements. Reconstruction with fewer spans, including the elimination of a jetty that currently extends into the Bronx River, will also create more open space below the bridge and improve the environmental quality of the river. With completion scheduled for spring 2023, the new ramp will offer a lifespan of approximately 75 years. New energy efficient LED lights will also be installed on the ramp.
During construction, a temporary ramp will be constructed between Southbound Sheridan Boulevard and Westbound Cross Bronx Freeway to ensure continuous traffic. In addition, a temporary left-hand turn signal will be installed on Northbound Sheridan Boulevard to allow traffic to access the Westbound Cross Bronx Expressway.
Improvements – including replacing bearings and seals, resurfacing the pavement, and repairing concrete, railings and bridge decks – will also be made to three bridges along the Cross Bronx Freeway between West Farms Road and the Bronx River Parkway and the Cross Bronx Freeway exit ramp eastbound to the south of Sheridan Boulevard.
In addition, the project will plant native trees and vegetation to enhance the natural landscape along the pedestrian and bicycle path leading from 177th Street East to Starlight Park.
This project builds on the transformational progress of the South Bronx under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, which also includes the transformation of the Sheridan Expressway from an interstate highway to a pedestrian boulevard; rehabilitation of the Bruckner highway; and the ongoing Hunts Point Access Improvement Project.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie-Thérèse Dominguez said: “The start of this project marks another big step forward for the Bronx and once again demonstrates Governor Cuomo’s commitment to building a 21st century transportation system that benefits all residents. The Department of Transportation is proud to have played a major role in helping to make The Governor’s Vision for a Revitalized Bronx a reality through our work on the Hunts Point and Sheridan Boulevard and Bruckner Expressway projects; and we are delighted to launch this exciting new project. “
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