BRONX —

Neighborhood activists, borough officials and public-health researchers agree: Covering all or part of the Cross Bronx Expressway would go a long way to making life more livable.

One study found that a capping project would increase life expectancy for surrounding residents by roughly two months by decreasing pollution, increasing exercise and staving off pedestrian accidents.

And because air pollution from cars and trucks on the 6.5-mile expressway extends beyond the bounds of the immediate neighboring areas, the entirety of the Bronx would feel the effects of improved air quality.

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You can hear more about the effort to cap the Cross Bronx in this episode of the Healthy Bronx podcast, produced by Emily Nadal of the Mott Haven Herald/Hunts Point Express and Alexander Levine, a third-year medical student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.