Interstate 290 New York

Routing

Interstate 290 forms a northern bypass of the city of Buffalo. The commuter route serves the suburbs of Tonawanda, Brighton, Amherst, Snyder and Williamsville. I-290 links the New York Thruway (Interstate 90) mainline with the Niagara Section of the Thruway along I-190. Some maps show it as the Youngmann Expressway, while others show it as the Powerline Expressway. The "power line" name is derived from the parallel transmission lines along the freeway corridor.

History

Interstate 290 opened in 1965.1 The original designation assigned for the Youngmann Expressway by AASHO in August 1958 was Interstate 190.

Highway Guides

Western Terminus - Interstate 190 - Tonawanda, New York
Perspective from Interstate 290 west
Interstate 290 (Youngmann Expressway) passes south of the Tonawanda city limits and advances west from NY 384 to Interstate 190 (Niagara Section of the New York State Thruway). Photo taken by Chris Elbert (07/06).
Two lanes default onto Interstate 190 south into Buffalo at the west end of I-290 (Power Line Expressway). The northbound on-ramp connects with I-190 ahead of Exit 17 with NY 266 and the South Grand Island Bridge toll plaza. Photo taken by Chris Elbert (07/06).
Interstate 290 concludes at a directional T interchange with I-190 eight miles north of Downtown Buffalo. Photo taken by Chris Elbert (07/06).
Perspective from Interstate 190 south
Interstate 190 travels 0.75 miles from the South Grand Island Bridge over the Niagara River to Exit 16 with I-290 (Youngmann Expressway) east. Photo taken by Chris Elbert (07/06).
Separate panels for I-190 south and I-290 east replaced this diagrammatic overhead for Exit 16 by 2012. Interstate 290 runs east between the city of Tonawanda and village of Kenmore to Brighton and I-990 to the University of Buffalo (UB). Photo taken by Chris Elbert (07/06).
A two lane flyover (Exit 16) connects I-190 south with Interstate 290 (Powerline Expressway) east at the Frontier Fuel Railroad overpass. Rochester lies 75 miles to the east via I-290, the New York Thruway and I-490. Photo taken by Chris Elbert (07/06).
Perspective from Interstate 190 north
Spanning NY 325 (Sheridan Drive), Interstate 190 advances a half mile north to Exit 16 for I-290 east. This diagrammatic sign was replaced by 2012. Photo taken by Brian LeBlanc (03/11/02).
Two lanes separate from I-190 north for Interstate 290 east to the city of Tonawanda and the New York Thruway at the town of Amherst. Photo taken by Brian LeBlanc (03/11/02).
The northbound ramp for I-290 combines with the entrance ramp from NY 324 (Grand Island Boulevard) prior to the full-Y interchange at Exit 16. NY 324 parallels the west side of I-190 through this exchange. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (11/10/01).
Eastern Terminus - Interstate 90 (New York Thruway)- Amherst, New York
Perspective from Interstate 290 east
Exit 7B loops east onto New York 5 (Main Street) to the village of Williamsville. I-290 proceeds south 0.4 miles to the ramp parition for the New York Thruway east to Albany and west to Erie, Pennsylvania. Photo taken by Jeff Morrison (07/01/07).
The New York Thruway south from I-290 to U.S. 219 through the Buffalo area is toll free. The Williamsville Toll Plaza lies just to the east of the directional T interchange with Interstate 290. Photo taken by Jeff Morrison (07/01/07).
Interstate 290 eastbound ends. Photo taken by Jeff Morrison (07/01/07).
Perspective from Interstate 90 west
Interstate 290 branches north from I-90 between Snyder and the village of Williamsville. Exit 50 leaves the New York Thruway beyond the Williamsville Toll Plaza at the Forest Road overpass. Photo taken by Chris Elbert (07/06).
Perspective from Interstate 90 east
A full cloverleaf interchange (Exit 51) joins Interstate 90 (New York Thruway) with New York 33 (Kensington Expressway) one mile south of I-290. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (05/06/02).
The directional T interchange (Exit 50) with Interstate 290 is the last free exit along I-90 in the Buffalo area. I-290 (Youngmann Expressway) arcs northwest from the Thruway near Cleveland Hill into the town of Amherst. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (05/06/02).

Sources:

  1. Interstate 290 (New York) - Wikipedia.

Page Updated February 18, 2019.