Roads System – In Planning
A publicly accessible transportation system will be a major feature of Freshkills Park. This will provide access to the different areas of the park and create a connection between the West Shore Expressway (Route 440) and Richmond Avenue to open the park, provide site access, and address transportation needs of the community.
Transportation consultants have examined technical feasibility of routing options through the site, with design variables that include differential settlement of the landfill mounds, weight constraints on sensitive infrastructure and the viability of flexible pavement. In 2017, the pre-scoping design received a Diamond award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York).
Regardless of the final alignment and design of the roads, the Parks Department is committed to building roads that meet Federal AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) safety standards, accommodate present and future traffic needs, and complement the park landscape.