Torres and environmental groups push Biden Admin to invest in capping the Cross BX


The Cross Bronx Expressway cuts right through the heart of the Bronx, causing harmful economic and environmental consequences for low income families in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Recognizing the dangers the treacherous road causes, Bronxites are clamoring for change.

On April 23, Congressman Ritchie Torres, Assemblywoman Karines Reyes and various Bronx environmental organizations made their case for the Cross Bronx Expressway to be included in President Biden’s infrastructure package, known as the American Jobs Plan, which will include $20 billion in investments to reconnect neighborhoods torn apart by “urban renewal.”

“The diesel trucks that often congest the Cross Bronx Expressway have been a death sentence for the people of the South Bronx, shorting their life spans with chronic diseases that have grown lethal in the age of COVID19,” Torres said. “The Cross Bronx Expressway is, both literally and figuratively, a structure of environmental racism whose dismantling is long overdue. Reimagining the Cross Bronx Expressway for the 21st century will build the Bronx back – better and greener than ever before. The Bronx deserves nothing less than its fair share of the American Jobs Plan.”