Webster Avenue

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Webster Avenue
Length 5.8 mi[1] (9.3 km)
Location Bronx
South end Melrose Avenue/Park Avenue/East 165th Street/Brook Avenue in Melrose
Major
junctions
I-95.svg Cross Bronx Expressway in Morris Heights
North end Nereid Avenue (East 238th Street) and East 240th Street in Woodlawn (at the Bronx-Westchester border)

Webster Avenue is one of the longest thoroughfares in the Bronx, New York City, United States. It stretches for 5.8 miles (9.3 km) from Melrose to Woodlawn (on the Bronx-Westchester borderline). The road starts at an intersection with Melrose Avenue, East 165th Street, Brook Avenue and Park Avenue in Melrose, ending at Nereid Avenue (East 238th Street) and East 240th Street in the town of Woodlawn. There are no subway lines along this thoroughfare, unlike the streets it parallels—Jerome Avenue, Grand Concourse, and White Plains Road, which all have subway lines (the IRT Jerome Avenue Line, IND Concourse Line, and IRT White Plains Road Line, respectively)—but until 1973, Webster Avenue north of Fordham Road was served by the Third Avenue Elevated, served by the 8.

Late on March 29, 1936, a trolley riding on Webster Avenue crashed into a new automobile at 209th Street. The crash hurt 20 people, 12 of them were rushed to Fordham Hospital.[2]

Description[edit]

Webster Avenue in Tremont, as seen from Cross Bronx Expressway

Webster Avenue, which is wide for most of its length due to the former Third Avenue elevated, begins a large intersection with four roads including Melrose Avenue and East 165th Street.[1] Webster begins in a northward direction, parallelling the Metro-North railroad tracks and Brook Avenue, one of the roads present at the terminus. About 0.2 miles (0.32 km) away, East 167th Street intersects Webster. At this intersection, East 167th goes from a two-way road to a one-way going westward. At Claremont Parkway, the parallel Brook Avenue comes to an end and Webster continues north. At 1.2 miles (1.9 km), the Cross Bronx Expressway interchanges with Webster. East Tremont Avenue (East 177th Street) intersects soon after in the eastern section of Tremont. Most of the southern half of Webster Avenue is concurrent with US 1.

Webster continues, entering the eastern portion of Fordham.[1] In Fordham, a large intersection is reached by Webster. Streets present at this intersection include Webster, Decatur Avenue, East Fordham Road, and the nearby Third Avenue. Decatur Avenue parallels Webster as both roads continue north. Bedford Park Boulevard (East 200th Street) intersects in Bedford Park as Webster heads towards Woodlawn. Soon after the intersection with Bedford Park Boulevard (East 200th Street), the Mosholu Parkway crosses over Webster. As Webster enters Woodlawn, Gun Hill Road intersects. Now parallel to the Bronx River Parkway, Webster intersects with East 233rd Street.

Webster comes to an end at Nereid Avenue (East 238th Street) and East 240th Street in northern Woodlawn. The road Webster follows continues as Bronx River Road.

Transportation[edit]

The Metro-North Railroad's Harlem Line has multiple stops along Webster Avenue: Fordham station at Fordham Road; Botanical Garden station at Bedford Park Boulevard; and Williams Bridge station at Gun Hill Road. Additionally, the New York City Subway IRT Jerome Avenue Line (4 train),[3] IND Concourse Line (B D trains),[4] and IRT White Plains Road Line (2 5 trains),[5] and the New York City Bus routes Bx36, Bx41, and Bx41 SBS serve the street.[6]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Bronx Melrose 0.00 0.00 East 165th Street and Melrose Avenue Southern terminus of Webster Avenue.
Tremont 1.20 1.93 I-95.svg Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95) Exit 2B (Cross Bronx)
Woodlawn 5.80 9.33 Nereid Avenue (East 238th Street); East 240th Street Northern terminus of Webster Avenue.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Coordinates: 40°51′50.97″N 73°53′17.74″W / 40.8641583°N 73.8882611°W / 40.8641583; -73.8882611