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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]


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]


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]


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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