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Interstate 895 shield
Interstate 895
Auxiliary route of the Interstate Highway System
Sheridan Expressway
Maintained by NYSDOT
Length: 1.29 mi[1] (2.08 km)
Formed: 1962[2]
South end: I-278 (Bruckner Expressway)
North end: I-95 (Cross Bronx Expressway)
Numbered highways in New York
< NY 890 NY 961F >
InterstateU.S.N.Y. (former) – Reference

The Arthur V. Sheridan Expressway, also known as Interstate 895, is a short freeway in the New York City borough of the Bronx, forming a short connecting link in the Interstate Highway System. Its south end is at a merge with the Bruckner Expressway (I-278) in the Hunts Point neighborhood, and its north end is at the Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95), with a short continuation connecting with local West Farms streets. The highway opened to traffic in 1962[2] and received its current Interstate route designation in 1972. It was named for the Bronx Boro Commissioner of Public Works, who died in a motor car crash in 1952.[3]

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Route description

Interstate 895 begins at Interchange 49 on Interstate 278, also known as the Bruckner Expressway, in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx. The 6-lane highway heads northward, parallelling the Bronx River and the Amtrak Northeast Corridor railroad tracks. There is a lone interchange, which is for Westchester Avenue, at 0.6 miles (0.97 km) in. A frontage road begins to parallel the roadway until it terminates at a cul-de-sac in East Tremont. The Sheridan crosses over East 174th Street and officially ends at an interchange with the Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95) in East Tremont. The roadway continues beyond the Cross Bronx as a short connector to local West Farms streets.[4]

History

Overhead guide signs for the Sheridan on the Bruckner Expressway
Bicycling on the Sheridan during Transportation Alternatives' 2007 "Tour de Bronx"

In 1941, the New York City Planning Department proposed a short expressway route to connect the Bronx Crosstown Highway (now the Cross Bronx Expressway) and the Southern Boulevard Express Highway (now the Bruckner Expressway). The purpose was to have a commercial-vehicle friendly alternate to the Bronx River Parkway. Construction began in 1958 and in October 1962, the $9.5 million expressway was opened to traffic.

Over the years, the expressway has received a number of Interstate designations. It was originally designated as I-695 in late 1958. In early 1959, the highway designation was changed to I-895. Later that year, however, I-278 was rerouted to use the Sheridan Expressway. This was the designation of the highway when it opened in 1962. In 1972, the I-895 designation was redesignated on the Sheridan Expressway and has remained since then.

The Sheridan Expressway was originally planned to extend northeast to the Bruckner Expressway (I-95) at Co-op City, creating a shortcut toward New England. This extension was, however, cancelled. Because of the cancellation of the extension, the Sheridan is locally seen as a useless stub, serving the same movements as the Major Deegan Expressway (I-87) and Bronx River Parkway.[citation needed]

Future

The future of the Sheridan Expressway is uncertain. The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) proposed expanding the highway in 1997.[5] The plan faced opposition rooted in claims of environmental justice from community groups which proposed an alternative calling for the river-front expressway to be replaced with affordable housing, schools and green space.[6]

In August 2008 the alternative community plan was under consideration by NYSDOT.[7]

Exit list

The entire route is in The Bronx. All exits are unnumbered.

Location Mile[1] Destinations Notes
Hunts Point 0.00 I-278 west – Robert F. Kennedy Bridge Southbound exit and northbound entrance
0.61 Westchester Avenue – Hunts Point Market No southbound entrance
West Farms 1.29 I-95 south – George Washington Bridge, Trenton No northbound entrance
East 177th Street Continuation beyond I-95

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