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) in Woodlawn (near 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 the intersection of Melrose Avenue, East 165th Street, Brook Avenue, and Park Avenue in the neighborhood of Melrose, ending at Nereid Avenue (East 238th Street) in the neighborhood of Woodlawn. There are no subway lines along this thoroughfare, unlike the streets it parallels—Jerome Avenue, The 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 train.

On March 29, 1936, a trolley on Webster Avenue crashed into a new automobile at 209th Street. The crash hurt 20 people, and 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, begins as a continuation of Melrose Avenue at a large intersection with four roads including Melrose Avenue, East 165th Street, Brook Avenue, and Park Avenue.[1] It begins in a northward direction, parallelling the Metro-North railroad tracks and Brook Avenue. After about 0.2 miles (0.32 km), East 167th Street intersects Webster Avenue and changes from a two-way road to one-way going westward. At Claremont Parkway, the still parallel Brook Avenue comes to an end, and Webster Avenue continues north. At 1.2 miles (1.9 km), the Cross Bronx Expressway passes over Webster Avenue. East Tremont Avenue (East 177th Street) intersects it soon afterward, in the eastern section of Tremont. Most of the southern half of Webster Avenue is concurrent with US 1.

Webster Avenue continues northerly by entering the eastern portion of the Fordham neighborhood.[1] In Fordham, it forms a large intersection at Fordham Plaza with Decatur Avenue, East Fordham Road, and Third Avenue, across the street from Fordham University's Rose Hill campus. Decatur Avenue then parallels Webster Avenue on its west side as both roads continue north. Bedford Park Boulevard (East 200th Street) then intersects Webster Avenue in Bedford Park as it heads further north towards Woodlawn. Soon after the intersection with Bedford Park Boulevard (East 200th Street), Mosholu Parkway crosses over Webster Avenue, and then Gun Hill Road intersects it. Now parallel to the Bronx River Parkway, Webster Avenue then intersects with East 233rd Street, and finally ends at Nereid Avenue (East 238th Street) in northern Woodlawn, where it continues as Bronx River Road.

Transportation[edit]

The Metro-North Railroad's Harlem Line has several stations 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, Bx41 SBS serve the street.[6]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Bronx Melrose 0.0 0.0 East 165th Street and Melrose Avenue Southern terminus of Webster Avenue
Tremont 1.2 1.9 I-95.svg Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95) Exit 2B (Cross Bronx)
Woodlawn 5.8 9.3 Nereid Avenue (East 238th Street) Northern terminus of Webster Avenue
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Overview Map of Webster Avenue (Map). Google Maps. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  2. ^ New York Times (March 26, 1936). "20 Hurt in Crash of Bronx Trolley; Webster Av. Car and an Auto Are Telescoped by Rear-End Collision at 209th St. - 12 Rushed to Hospital - Driver Says He Halted Suddenly in Path of Trolley to Avoid Hitting a Truck". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  3. ^ "IRT Jerome Avenue Line". NYCSubway.org. 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  4. ^ "IND Concourse Line". NYCSubway.org. 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  5. ^ "IRT White Plains Line". NYCSubway.org. 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  6. ^ Metropolitan Transportation Authority (2014). "Bronx bus map" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-05-30. 

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