Interstate 895 follows the Sheridan Expressway north from Interstate 278 (Bruckner Expressway) to Interstate 95 (Cross Bronx Expressway) and East 177th Street in Bronx, New York. Opened in 1963, the Sheridan Expressway was previously a part of I-278, with a planned 5.2 mile extension northward to the New England Thruway (I-95). With community opposition cancelling the route, the short connector between the Cross-Bronx Expressway (I-95) and I-278 by Hunts Point Market was renumbered as I-895 in 1970.1

The Sheridan Expressway will be reconstructed into an at-grade surface boulevard between Westhcester Avenue and the Cross-Bronx Expressway as part the Arthur Sheridan Enhancement Project. Costing $97 million, construction gets underway in fall 2018. Three signalized intersections with pedestrian crosswalks will be added in addition to a wide planted median and a pedestrian overpass at Starlight Park.

Efforts to remove the Sheridan Expressway gained traction in 2011, when New York City received a federal TIGER II grant for a neighborhood study and improved access to Hunts Point. THe study recommended converting I-895 to an at-grade boulevard with three signalized intersections. The MPO concurred in April 2017, advocating that I-895 be reclassified as an Urban Arterial. Subsequent actions by AASHTO approved the elimination of Interstate 895 on September 24, 2017. The route will be renumbered as New York State Route 895.1

The wye interchange at the south end of the Sheridan Expressway with the the Bruckner Expressway (I-278) will also be reconfigured with the ramp to New York 895 reduced to a single lane. Speed limits on Sheridan Boulevard will be posted at 30 miles per hour. Travel lanes will be 11 feet in width, and a two-way dedicated bike path will accompany the east side north to East 172nd Street. At-grade intersections will connect with Jennings Street, East 172nd Street and East 173rd Streets.2


Interstate 895 north
The first northbound Interstate 895 reassurance shield was posted within the wye interchange separating the Sheridan Expressway from the Bruckner Expressway (I-278 east). It was removed by 2005 and never replaced. Photo taken 12/17/17.
Interstate 895 curves northeast along an elevated viaduct from the split with I-278 toward Westchester Avenue and the East Tremont neighborhood of the Bronx. Photo taken 12/17/17.
The Westchester Avenue off-ramp departs Interstate 895 northbound. Westchester Avenue spans the Bronx River between East Tremont and Soundview, comprising a longer route between Mott Haven and Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. Photo taken 12/17/17.
Westchester Avenue spans the Sheridan Expressway across a 1964-built bridge. The girder bridge above carries the #6 Subway MTA line over both roadways and the adjacent AMTRAK Northeast Corridor and the Bronx River. Photo taken 12/17/17.
Interstate 895 sinks below the Westchester Avenue and MTA overpasses on the half mile approach to Interstate 95 (Cross-Bronx Expressway). The Arthur Sheridan Enhancement Project conversion of I-895 to an urban arterial converts the ensuing stretch to a 30-mph boulevard. Photo taken 12/17/17.
The Sheridan Expressway lowers to grade level ahead of Jennings Street, where the first of three signalized intersections will be built along New York 895 northbound. The forthcoming exchange with I-95 is incomplete, requiring motorists to make a Breezewood style connection to reach the Cross Bronx Expressway east via East 177th Street to the Bronx River Parkway. Photo taken 12/17/17.
Passing by Starlight Spark, a slip ramp connects Westchester Avenue with I-895 north a quarter mile from the loop ramp to the Cross-Bronx Expressway west to the George Washington Bridge and Trenton, New Jersey. A turn-off for Starlight Park will be constructed in place of this on-ramp. Photo taken 12/17/17.
Traffic along I-895 north partitions into single lane ramps for Interstate 95 south and East 177th Street below the 174th Street Bridge. I-95 travels west by Crotona Park to Morris Heights, Highbridge and the Alexander Hamilton Bridge across the Harlem River. Photo taken 12/17/17.
Continuing below the Cross Bronx Expressway, traffic separates for I-95 south and the I-895 spur across the Bronx River to East 177th Street at West Farms. Photo taken 12/17/17.
The single-lane ramp to 177th Street intersects Devoe Avenue at the freeway end. Devoe Avenue leads north to Tremont Avenue, a through street between East Tremont, West Farms and Westchester. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Interstate 895 northbound ends at the signalized intersection with Devoe Avenue and 177th Street. 177th Street extends two blocks east to the Cross-Bronx Expressway frontage street interchange with the Bronx River Parkway. Photo taken 08/29/05.
East 177th Street turns south with ramps to the Cross Bronx Expressway frontage road system, which spans the adjacent Bronx River Parkway. Photo taken 08/29/05.
The East 177th Street ramp intersects the Cross Bronx Expressway westbound frontage road. Beyond the I-95 viaduct, the ramp proceeds to the eastbound frontage road ahead of entrance ramps for both directions of Interstate 95. Photo taken 08/29/05.
East 177th Street west
There is no direct connection from I-95 (Cross Bronx Expressway) southbound to the Sheridan Expressway. Instead, motorists are directed onto the north side frontage street to Bronx River Parkway and East 177th Street through the West Farms neighborhood to reach I-895. Photo taken 12/17/17.
These trailblazers appear at the ramp to East 177th Street, above Bronx River Parkway and by Noble Playground park. Photo taken 12/17/17.
East 177th Street travels two blocks west to the southbound beginning of Interstate 895. An on-ramp to the Cross Bronx Expressway west to the George Washington Bridge follows. Photo taken 12/17/17.
Bronx Park Avenue links Tremont Avenue with East 177th Street one block ahead of the Sheridan Expressway. Photo taken 12/17/17.
Devoe Street stems north from the end of I-895 to Tremont Avenue and East 180th Street at Bronx Park. Photo taken 12/17/17.
Interstate 895 begins and crosses the Bronx River to the immediate south of East 177th Street and Devoe Avenue. Photo taken 12/17/17.
Interstate 895 south
Only three ramps connect the Sheridan and Cross Bronx Expressways by the Crotona Park East community. The incomplete interchange was the result of the unbuilt Sheridan Expressway north. I-95 leads west from here to Crotona Park, Highbridge and Washington Heights ahead of the George Washington Bridge. Photo taken 12/17/17.
A single lane ramp passes over West Farms Road, linking I-95 northbound with the Sheridan Expressway southbound. Photo taken 08/09/04.
The ramps from Interstate 95 and East 177th Street merge ahead of the East 174th Street Bridge over the adjacent Bronx River and the AMTRAK Northeast Corridor. 174th Street connects with Boston Road and the MTA Station for the 2 and 5 subway lines. Photo taken 08/09/04.
The 174th Street Bridge across I-895 dates back to 1909. The 765 foot long through truss bridge was reconstructed in 1988.3 Photo taken 12/17/17.
An auxiliary lane opens south from the 174th Street Bridge to the Whitlock Avenue off-ramp to Westchester Avenue. Westchester Avenue originates from the confluence of East 150th Street and 3rd Avenue in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. Whitlock Avenue parallels the Sheridan Expressway southward to Bruckner Boulevard and Hunts Point. Photo taken 12/17/17.
West Farms Road runs directly along side Interstate 895 between East 173rd and Jennings Street. The Arthur Sheridan Enhancement Project adds a signalized intersection with the future five-lane boulevard at East 172nd Street and the three to 15-story Compass Residences complex where this marker for I-895 is located. Photo taken 12/17/17.
Traffic onto Whitlock Avenue for Westchester Avenue departs I-895 south. Westchester Avenue crosses the Bronx River east of the Sheridan Expressway into the Bronx River neighborhood.
The southbound off-ramp to Westchester Avenue will be retained during the Arthur Sheridan Enhancement Project and expanded to two lanes. Photo taken 12/17/17.
A 1915-built girder bridge carrying the Metro #6 subway crosses over both Westchester Avenue and the Sheridan Expressway.4 Two lanes continue south to the merge with Interstate 278 (Bruckner Expressway) west to the RFK (Triborough) Bridge. Photo taken 12/17/17.
The final reassurance marker for Interstate 895 stands along the viaduct leading to I-278 west by East 165th Street. Sign plans replace this assembly with a NY 895 marker. Photo taken 12/17/17.
Interstate 895 defaults onto the Bruckner Expressway west ahead of Port Morris, the Major Deegan Expressway (I-87) and the RFK Bridge south to Manhattan and Queens. An end shield precedes the left entrance ramp onto Interstate 278. Photo taken 12/17/17.
A previous set of shields at the wye interchange joining I-895 south with Interstate 278 west. Photo taken 08/09/04.

Sources:

  1. AASHTO Annual Meeting 2017 Route Numbering Applications - Meeting Minutes. AASHTO Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering, September 24, 2017.
  2. Arthur Sheridan Enhancement Project S.H. 60-1 (NY-895). New York Department of Transportation, project plans.
  3. 174th Street over Rte I895, Bronx River, A, Bronx County, New York. BridgeReports.com.
  4. NYCRapid Transit- Westchester Avenue Bridge. Bridgehunter.com.


Photo Credits:

  • 08/09/04 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 08/29/05 by AARoads.
  • 12/17/17 by AARoads.

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Page Updated 08-02-2018.