Fate of Sheridan Expressway hangs in the balance

The state is weighing different options for what to do with the Sheridan Expressway.

The 1.2 mile expressway was built in 1962 and stretches along the Bronx River. It was built to link the Cross Bronx with the Bruckner Expressway. Now, there's a debate about what the future of the highway should be.

Some believe it is a vital transportation link in the South Bronx, while others see it as a piece of land that should be cleared to make way for a park.

Just recently, the New York State Department of Transportation completed a review of the expressway and is now considering a few options. One thought is to tear down the expressway and make a park, which is a proposal that some Bronx advocates support. Another idea is to extend the highway into the Hunts Point Market by adding on and off ramps from the Bruckner Expressway.

A decision on the future of the Sheridan is years away. Public hearings on the matter are planned for 2005. Any work to the highway would not begin until 2009.

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