$2 Billion Plan Will Turn Sheridan Expressway into Pedestrian-Friendly Boulevard

A major roadway in the Bronx is about to undergo a nearly $2 billion transformation.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans Sunday to completely revamp the Sheridan Expressway.

The proposal calls for the expressway to lose its interstate status and become Sheridan Boulevard. 

The new boulevard will include safe crossings for pedestrians, and shared use lanes for bicycles and cars.

It will also feature traffic signals at all intersections and LED lighting.

The proposal would also give drivers direct access to Hunts Point Market by creating new exit ramps from Sheridan Boulevard and the Bruckner Expressway.

The governor says the plan will help divert trucks from local streets, where they have been causing congestion and raising asthma rates for years.

"You have to build a whole new road and bridge system that goes from the Bruckner directly into Hunts Point so those trucks will get to Hunts Point, they'll get to Hunts Point faster, but you keep them out of the local community so you don't cause that disruption," Cuomo said.

The governor also says the project will improve access to the Bronx River for South Bronx residents.

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

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