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Interstate 295 or I -295 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of New York. The highway is located entirely in New York City and runs from The Bronx to Queens. The main artwork on the route is the Throgs Neck Bridge, the first bridge over the Long Island Sound seen from Long Island. This bridge is a toll bridge. The highway is also called Clearview Expressway and the route is 15 kilometers long.
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The Throgs Neck Bridge.
I-295 begins at the Bruckner Interchange complex in The Bronx. From here, the 2×3 lane highway heads east, through the easternmost neighborhoods of The Bronx. After a few miles, Interstate 695 merges and I-295 crosses the Throgs Neck Bridge, a suspension bridge over Long Island Sound. The toll bridge has a toll plaza on the side of The Bronx. Then you arrive at Long Island, in the borough of Queens. This is New York City ‘s largest borough. One immediately crosses the Belt Parkway and because it is located directly after the slope of the bridge, there is no room for a complete interchangeand some connections are via the secondary road network. Through traffic can continue as usual. One enters the Clearview neighborhood, a less densely built neighborhood of New York, in contrast to western Queens and Brooklyn. Here too, 2×3 lanes are available. A windmill junction crosses Interstate 495, the Long Island Expressway. A few miles south, it crosses the Grand Central Parkway and the highway ends directly at Hillside Avenue.
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In 1955, the construction of the Clearview Expressway was recommended by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority in a study. The highway was to connect the highways of Queens and Long Island with those on the mainland via the Throgs Neck Bridge. In 1956 the route of the highway was established, and 421 homes had to be demolished. Between the Long Island Expressway and the Throgs Neck Bridge, the 2×3 lane highway had to be deepened. The Clearview Expressway became part of the Interstate Highway system and was therefore eligible for 90% funding through federal dollars. In 1957 they began to obtain the right-of-way. The highway was to be completed in 1965, as part of an upgrade to the trunk road network in the run-up to the 1964-1965 World’s Fair.
The first section to be completed was the section between the Throgs Neck Bridge and exit 3, to just south of the Long Island Expressway for approximately 3 miles in 1960. In the summer of 1963, the route was completed through the stack junction with the Grand Central Parkway. The 8.5-kilometer-long highway cost $50 million.
The other section of Interstate 295, between I-95 and the Throgs Neck Bridge in Brooklyn, is part of the Cross Bronx Expressway and opened on January 11, 1961, along with the Throgs Neck Bridge.
In the late 1950s, the plan was to extend the Clearview Expressway even further south, to the Nassau Expressway in southeastern Queens, parallel to Belt Parkway, hence the stack interchange with Grand Central Parkway. The highway was supposed to relieve Interstate 678 and the Belt Parkway. In 1971, the plan was finally canceled by Governor Rockefeller, along with other projects in New York City. 1971 was effectively the end of highway construction in and around New York.
I-295 and the Throgs Neck Bridge.
|1||Grand Central Parkway||21,000||49,000|
|7||Willets Point Boulevard||71,000||74,000|
|8||Throgs Neck Bridge||111,000||116,000|
This highway has sequential exit numbers.
|exit 0||Exit 11 (I-95)||2×3|
Interstate 390 in New York
Interstate 390 or I -390 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of New York. The highway runs in the Upstate New York area, from Avoca on Interstate 86 to Gates in the Rochester metropolitan area. The highway is 122 kilometers long.
I-390 at Cohocton.
I-390 at Rochester.
I-390 begins as the Genesee Expressway at Avoca at an interchange with Interstate 86, the highway from Erie to Elmira. The highway then has 2×2 lanes and runs through hilly area to the northwest. This is the quieter part of New York state, and one does not pass through larger towns until Rochester, the largest town being GEneseo, where one crosses Alternative US 20, which runs from Buffalo to Canandaigua. One then reaches the metropolitan area of Rochester, and one crosses Interstate 90, the toll road from Buffalo to Syracuse. The highway then widens to 2×3 lanes, and on the south side of Rochester it crosses Interstate 590, a short highway to the east side of Rochester. I-390 turns northwest here, and with 2×3 lanes, the road continues to Interstate 490, the highway connecting east and west Rochester to I-90.
Construction of the highway began in 1966 between Wayland and Dansville for approximately 12 miles, opening about 1968. It was not until 1973 that the route was added to the Interstate Highway system, before that it was planned as State Route 401. Originally it was planned to build I-390 to downtown Rochester, ending at I-490, and make I-590 a ring road. Later, I-390 is routed over part of the west ring, and ends there at I-490. At the end of the 1970s, this route to the center was scrapped. The section between Avoca and Wayland opened about 25 kilometers around 1976. Construction began on the Rush to I-90 route in 1977, which opened in 1981. In 1982 the last link between Danville and Avon opened.
Between 2018 and 2021, the interchange between I-390, SR-390 and I-490 in Rochester was reconstructed. A flyover has been installed for through traffic from I-390 to SR-390 so that weaving movements with traffic to the exit to SR-31 are avoided. The flyover opened to traffic on September 17, 2021. The reconstruction of the interchange was completed on November 30, 2021.
South of Rochester, the road is very quiet, with between 10,000 and 20,000 vehicles per day. In Rochester, this rises to a maximum of 112,000 vehicles at the end of the highway.