Hunts Point Interstate Access Improvement

Improving Food Distribution Access in New York City
New York, New York

As of 2023, The Hunts Point Interstate Access Improvement project is the largest design-build project in the New York State Department of Transportation’s (NYSDOT) history. The project aims to improve the efficiency of food distribution and enhance $5 billion in annual economic activity, while bringing safety, mobility, and operational improvements to the South Bronx. It improves vehicular access to the Hunts Point market and pedestrian and bicycle safety, while enhancing park access and improving current and future land uses.


total project cost

$5 billion

annual economic activity in Hunts Point


jobs expected to be created during construction


of New York City’s produce, fish, and meat pass through Hunts Point

More than 60% of the New York City metropolitan area’s produce, fish, and meat pass through the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, but the market has never had a direct highway connection. The daily load of 20,000 vans, box trucks, and 18 wheelers have historically traversed Hunts Point peninsula’s surface streets, adding to quality-of-life issues in the borough.

The project widens the Bruckner Expressway, reduces traffic congestion, provides interstate access ramps to Hunts Point market, and shifts truck traffic off local streets onto the highway. The project scope includes constructing new parks, park improvements, park access, and protected bike lanes. It also adds safety improvements to over 20 intersections along Bruckner Boulevard by adding curb bump outs, new traffic signals, and improved ADA-compliant crossings. A previously vacant area has also been developed for potential use as a farmer’s market.

To achieve the construction completion date of August 2025, the AECOM/Dewberry joint venture team broke the program into three individual mega-projects that could be bid out and constructed in a six-year period, enabling certain construction projects to overlap between the three design-build contracts. The contract required extensive coordination and approval from numerous agencies, including Amtrak, CSX, and Metro-North railroads, New York City Transit (NYCT) subway and buses, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, New York City Street Lighting, New York City Traffic Signals, NYCDOT Planning Department, NYCDOT, New York City Police Department and the New York City Fire Department. 


New York State Department of Transportation


$1.7 billion


2023 National Recognition Award

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

2023 Diamond Award

ACEC New York

2020 Platinum Award

ACEC New York


  • Engineering
  • Environmental


  • Transportation


  • Northeast