The city's Department of Design and Construction (DDC) has proposed a new traffic plan to connect Richmond Avenue with the West Shore Expressway near the Heartland Village area of the island. The plan would add a four-lane roadway off of Richmond Avenue, which would split onto two bridges, crossing the main Fresh Kills streams, and would then connect to the expressway.
The DDC brought the idea to Borough President James Oddo, who embraces it and is now focusing on securing funding for the project. "We want to bring this alive and have a road system that doesn't just serve the park, but goes well above and beyond that.... This is one of the significant steps towards mitigating and lessening the Island's traffic burden," Oddo said.
The project is estimated to cost about $120 million and includes plans for a bike path and pedestrian walkway. The initial designs also call for minor wetland restorations around where the new roads would be built. According to DDC estimates, more than 2,000 vehicles per hour would use the roadways during peak traffic times, thus alleviating the burden placed on Richmond Avenue, which is the only major road in the area right now.
[Photo source: DDC]