Sheridan & Hunts Point Ramp Press Event
Bronx, NY – On Monday, March 26, 2018 community members, local organizations and businesses are joining together to call on Governor Cuomo to reverse a quietly released New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) decision. In a surprise move, NYSDOT has said it will not study alternatives and only move forward with a plan to build highway access ramps on Edgewater Road as part of the Hunts Point Interstate Access Improvement Project. In so doing, NYSDOT removes all alternatives from further consideration in the environmental review required for the project, including an option at Oak Point and Leggett Avenue that routes traffic away from parks and homes through a more industrial area.
The State’s decision steamrolls over the environmental justice concerns of the low-income, communities of color living along the Sheridan Expressway and in Hunts Point, who have previously rejected an Edgewater ramp. After Cuomo announced a $1.8 billion infrastructure investment and allocated $700 million in 2017-2019, NYSDOT released a Project Scoping Document in January 2018 which finalized the location of the ramps at Edgewater Road. The location of the ramps raises serious concerns for community advocates who have opposed the Edgewater alignment due to impacts on waterfront access, existing parks and community amenities, air quality, pedestrian safety, and local businesses.
The community is calling on Governor Cuomo to re-open the scoping process and mandate that NYSDOT study all design scenarios through the environmental review process and use additional scrutiny in their analysis given the long history of environmental justice issues in Hunts Point.
When: Monday March 26, 2018
Where: THE POINT Riverside Campus,
1399 Lafayette Ave (Adjacent to Hunts Point Riverside Park).
Rain/Snow location: Rocking the Boat, 812 Edgewater Road, Bronx
Who: Youth, Community Residents, Members of the SBRWA, Local Businesses and Organizations Visuals: Protest signs, chants, Bronx is Breathing Banner, view of waterfront that will be blocked by Edgewater ramps.
Shot and Edited by Stylish Ev Productions.