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Interstate 295 New York

In the Throgs Neck neighborhood of the Bronx, an Interstate 295 trailblazer is posted on the connector from Pennyfield Avenue and Lawton Avenue to Prentiss Avenue (looking northeastbound). Photo taken 08/29/05.

Routing

Interstate 295 is the combination of the Clearview Expressway, Throgs Neck Bridge, and Cross Bronx Expressway Extension in New York City. It is a freeway open to all traffic (unlike the parkway system). Interstate 295 begins at the Grand Central Parkway near Hollis in Queens, travels north across the toll Throgs Neck Bridge, and culminates in the Bronx at the Bruckner Interchange (where Interstate 95/Cross Bronx Expressway meets Interstate 278/Bruckner Expressway, Interstate 678/Whitestone Expressway, Interstate 295/Cross Bronx Expressway Extension, Interstate 95/Bruckner Expressway, and the Hutchinson River Parkway.

History

Originally, the section of Interstate 295 was planned as part of Interstate 78 through New York City. However, when several sections of Interstate 78 through Manhattan and Brooklyn were canceled (including the Lower Manhattan Expressway, Bushwick Expressway, and the southen end of the Clearview Expressway between the Nassau Expressway/Belt Parkway and Grand Central Parkway), the already-built Clearview Expressway section was renumbered as Interstate 295. The southern extension of the Clearview Expressway to the Nassau Expressway was not constructed due to community opposition and other considerations. Therefore, what is now Interstate 295 was only partially completed, with termini at the Bruckner interchange in the Bronx and at a traffic signal at New York 25 (Hillside Avenue) in the neighborhood of Hollis in the borough of Queens. The Grand Central Parkway (GCP) is only a few hundred feet to the north of New York 25 at this point.

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Highway Guides

Southern Terminus - New York 25/Hillside Avenue - Hollis, Queens, New York
Perspective from Interstate 295/Clearview Expressway south
Southbound Interstate 295 reaches Exit 3, 73rd Avenue, immediately after the interchange with Interstate 495/Long Island Expressway (LIE). The final two exits are Exit 2, Union Turnpike and Exit 1, Junction Grand Central Parkway (GCP). The freeway culminates at a traffic signal with New York 25/Hillside Avenue just south of Grand Central Parkway. Photo taken 06/13/05.
The final southbound Interstate 295 reassurance shield is posted after Exit 3, 73rd Avenue. The next exit is Exit 2, Union Turnpike. Photo taken 06/13/05.
The right lane of southbound Interstate 295/Clearview Expressway becomes exit only for Exit 2, Union Turnpike. The next exit is Exit 1, Junction Grand Central Parkway (GCP). Photo taken 06/13/05.
Southbound Interstate 295 reaches Exit 2, Union Turnpike. Signs for Exit 1, Junction Grand Central Parkway (GCP) and the connection to New York 25/Hillside Avenue are visible in the distance. Photo taken 06/13/05.
After the Union Turnpike offramp, southbound Interstate 295/Clearview Expressway, approaches the final exit with Grand Central Parkway and the terminus at New York 25/Hillside Avenue. The Grand Central Parkway/Interstate 295 junction is less than two miles from the Belt Parkway to the east. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Interstate 295 south sees its final interchange with the Grand Central Parkway in Queens. Pictured here is Exit 1 for the Grand Central Parkway departing to the right with mainline traffic continuing south to New York 25/Hillside Avenue. Photo taken 06/13/05.
All remaining southbound traffic slows down in preparation for the signalized intersection with Junction New York 25/Hillside Avenue. This symmetrical stack interchange is the only of its kind in all of the New York City metropolitan area. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Continuing south, the four-level symmetrical stack interchange comes into view as Interstate 295 passes under Grand Central Parkway. Note the Junction New York 25 roadside shield assembly on southbound Interstate 295. Photo taken 06/13/05.
The traffic light sign overhead notes that New York 25/Hillside Avenue and the southern terminus of Interstate 295 is just ahead. Rust on the stack interchange belies the age of the towering structure. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Southbound Interstate 295/Clearview Expressway ends at its junction with New York 25 (Hillside Avenue) at this traffic signal. The freeway immediately enters a commercial strip, with residential areas south of Hillside Avenue. This marks the southern terminus, yet there is no END Interstate 295 shield assembly. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Perspective from transition from Interstate 295/Clearview Expressway south to Grand Central Parkway east
Detail of the guide signs on the Exit 1 sign bridge of Interstate 295 southbound. Like other parkways in the New York City area, commercial truck traffic is banned. Since the interchange between the two highways is a four-level symmetrical stack, all traffic movements are handled from one ramp initially. Photo taken by David Greenberger (03/01).
Continuing on the Exit 1 ramp to the Grand Central Parkway (GCP) is this sign bridge. Unlike the Interstate 295 mainline guide signs, control points are included for the east and western components of the Parkway. The GCP westbound travels to Interstate 678, the Van Wyck Expressway, before turning northwestward to a terminus at Interstate 278, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, near the Triborough Bridge system. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (05/21/02).
Taking the eastbound ramp to the Grand Central Parkway on level three of the symmetrical stack interchange. The GCP transitions to the Northern State Parkway before turning southward as the Meadowbrook State Parkway to Jones Beach. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (05/21/02).
Perspective from Grand Central Parkway east
Amid a rainy night during a nor'easter, the Grand Central Parkway eastbound approaching Exit 21/Interstate 295 and New York 25. The signage indicates only New York 25 west, because the following interchange is used for New York 25 east. Vidcap taken 09/93.
Perspective from Grand Central Parkway west
Button copy overheads on the Grand Central Parkway westbound ramp for the Clearview Expressway/Exit 21. The Throgs Neck Bridge is one of three East River crossings between the boroughs of the Bronx and Queens. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (07/00).
Perspective from 212th Street north
Interstate 295 and New York 25 shields on 212th Street in Hollis, which leads directly into northbound Interstate 295. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Traveling north on 212th Street, a set of shields advises of the intersection with New York 25/Hillside Avenue. Another state-name Interstate 295 is posted as a trailblazer here. The freeway begins after passing through this traffic signal. Photo taken 06/13/05.
This small sign for Interstate 295, New York 25, and the Grand Central Parkway can be found at a cross street to 212th Street in Hollis. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (7/00).
Perspective from Interstate 295/Clearview Expressway north
Interstate 295 northbound begins and is quickly confronted with Exit 1 for the Grand Central Parkway. Two northbound lanes are maintained for the Clearview Expressway underneath the stack interchange. Photo taken 06/13/05.
This set of signs is located on the transition ramp from Interstate 295/Clearview Expressway north to the Grand Central Parkway. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Proceeding northbound on the Clearview Expressway as it sinks underneath the compact four-level stack interchange. The first three interchanges of Interstate 295 are for the Union Turnpike (Exit 2), 73rd Avenue (Exit 3), and Interstate 495/The Long Island Expressway (Exit 4). Photo taken 06/13/05.
The next exit on northbound Interstate 295/Clearview Expressway is Exit 2, Union Turnpike. Photo taken 06/13/05.
The first reassurance shield on northbound Interstate 295/Clearview Expressway is posted after the Grand Central Parkway interchange and before the Union Turnpike interchange. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Northbound Interstate 295/Clearview Expressway reaches Exit 2, Union Turnpike. Photo taken 06/13/05.
The next exit along northbound Interstate 295 is Exit 3, Junction Interstate 495/Long Island Expressway, which leads east to Long Island and west to Manhattan via the Queens-Midtown Tunnel. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Perspective from New York 25/Hillside Avenue east
This overhead for Interstate 295/Clearview Expressway north to Throgs Neck Bridge is posted on eastbound New York 25/Hillside Avenue east at the intersection with 212th Street in Hollis. (This view is seen from southbound Interstate 295 looking east toward the signalized intersection for northbound Interstate 295.) Photo taken 06/13/05.
Northern Terminus - Interstate 95 - The Bronx, New York City, New York
Perspective from Interstate 295/Cross Bronx Expressway Extension north
After crossing the Throgs Neck Bridge, northbound Interstate 295 prepares to split: the left three lanes continue north on Interstate 295 to connect to Interstate 95/Cross Bronx Expressway south (west) to Upper Manhattan and New Jersey via the George Washington Bridge. The right three lanes prepare to transition onto Interstate 695/Throgs Neck Expressway (Spur Interstate 295) north to Interstate 95/New England Thruway north. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Northbound Interstate 295 and Interstate 695 split. Interstate 695 is known by the New York State Department of Transportation as a distinct (albeit short) Interstate highway, while the Federal Highway Administration refers to Interstate 695 as a spur of Interstate 295 (it is not on the November 2002 Route Log and Finder List). Signs refer to the route as Interstate 695. Note the control city of New Haven, Connecticut, for Interstate 95 north via Interstate 695/Throgs Neck Expressway. Photo taken 08/09/04.
After Interstate 295 and Interstate 695 split, the next northbound interchange is for Exit 11, Randall Avenue. Interstate 295 is now known as the Cross Bronx Expressway Extension, connecting directly to Interstate 95/Cross Bronx Expressway south (west). Photo taken 08/29/05.
Northbound Interstate 295/Cross Bronx Expressway Extension reaches Exit 11, Randall Avenue. This is the final local access interchange on northbound Interstate 295. Photo taken 08/29/05.
After the Randall Avenue interchange, the final exit on northbound Interstate 295/Cross Bronx Expressway Extension is the Bruckner Interchange. Connections from northbound Interstate 295 are afforded to Interstate 95 west (continuation of the Cross Bronx Expressway) and Interstate 278/Bruckner Expressway southwest; there is NO direct connection to the northbound Hutchinson River Parkway, northbound Interstate 95, or to southbound Interstate 678/Hutchinson River Parkway. It is assumed that all northbound connections would be made via Interstate 695/Throgs Neck Expressway north to Interstate 95/New England Thruway. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Entering the Bruckner Interchange, Interstate 295 prepares to split. Left lanes connect to Interstate 95 west via the Cross Bronx Expressway, while the right lanes connect to Interstate 278/Bruckner Expressway southwest. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Interstate 295 northbound merges directly onto the Cross Bronx Expressway westbound (Interstate 95 south). The Bruckner Expressway decouples from Interstate 95 south and follows Interstate 278 southwest toward the Triborough Bridge. Southbound Interstate 95, meanwhile, continues west to the George Washington Bridge via the Cross-Bronx Expressway. This set of overheads is featured on northbound Interstate 295/Cross Bronx Expressway Extension as the designation comes to an end. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Perspective from Interstate 95/Bruckner Expressway south
Interstate 695 was once a spur of Interstate 295 (similar to the Spur of Interstate 270 in Maryland). Therefore, guide signage for Exit 7A (current Interstate 695) on Interstate 95 southbound used to display Interstate 295 shields only. This button copy overhead shows a diagram for Exits 7A and 7B (Tremont Avenue) with an erroneous Interstate 695 trailblazer affixed (the Interstate 295 and 695 shields should be swapped). Tremont Avenue bisects Interstate 95 between the northern termini of Interstate 295 and Interstate 695. Interstate 295 itself absorbs Interstate 695 (Spur Interstate 295 until 1986), the Throgs Neck Expressway, at the north end of the Throgs Neck toll Bridge over the East River. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Interstate 695 splits away from Interstate 95. Interstate 695 not only represents a connection to the eastern most East River Crossing within New York City, but also the shortest route to Long Island from New England and other points north via Interstate 295, the Clearview Expressway, and Interstate 495, the Long Island Expressway, among other routes. There are no proposals at the moment for a Long Island crossing. In the earlier photo, an Interstate 695 shield is affixed to the left-hand panel now, with the original Interstate 295 button copy shield still in place with a TO banner next to it. Photo taken by 08/29/05.
Southbound Interstate 95/Bruckner Expressway exits right, while the left lanes continue south onto Interstate 695/Throgs Neck Expressway to Interstate 295 south at Exit 7A. Photo taken 08/29/05.
This sign bridge shows the lane allocation for the pending Interstate 95 and 695 southbound split. View looks from an adjacent street to Interstate 95/Bruckner Expressway. Note that the left-hand panel displays only an Interstate 295 shield, a remnant from the days of Interstate 695 as Interstate 295 Spur. Vidcap taken 09/93.
Perspective from Interstate 95 north/Cross Bronx Expressway east
Interstate 95/Cross Bronx Expressway passes under White Plains Avenue as the freeway approaches the Bruckner interchange. Photo taken 08/29/05.
The next exit on northbound Interstate 95 (which is traveling due east as the Cross Bronx Expressway) is Exit 5B, Castle Hill Avenue. Signs appear ahead for the Bruckner Interchange: Junction Interstate 678 and Junction Interstate 295. Photo taken 08/29/05.
A myriad of route termini are featured within a two mile stretch of Interstate 95 through the Bronx. Featured here is button copy signage for Exit 9 (former Exit 5B), Castle Hill Avenue, Exit 10 (former Exit 6A), Junction Interstate 678 south, and Exit 12 (former Exit 6B), Junction Interstate 295 south. The termini of the Interstate 278, the Hutchinson River Parkway, and Interstate 695 are also situated within this stretch of freeway. Photo taken 08/29/05.
This variable message sign is posted on northbound Interstate 95 (eastbound Cross Bronx Expressway). On this day, the sign advised of lane reductions on the bridge ... not sure if the sign refers to the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge (Interstate 678) or the Throgs Neck Bridge (Interstate 295). Photo taken 08/29/05.
The left two lanes continue north on Interstate 95, which transitions onto the Bruckner Expressway. The right lane connects to Interstate 678 south to the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge. These non-reflective signs refer to the old exit numbering system on the Cross Bronx Expressway, which is mileage-based. These original signs for Interstate 95 still display New England as a control point. Sign replacements are changing that to the city of New Haven, Connecticut. The same process is occurring for Interstate 87's northern control point of Upstate to that of Albany. The next set of signs are reflective and newer; they show sequential exit numbering. Photo taken 08/29/05.
The next in a series of signs on northbound Interstate 95/Cross Bronx Expressway is reflective and shows the next two exits: Exit 10, Junction Interstate 678/Bronx-Whitestone Bridge south to Queens and Exit 12, Junction Interstate 295/Cross Bronx Expressway southeast to the Throgs Neck Bridge. There is no access from Interstate 95 northbound to the Hutchinson River Parkway northbound. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Northbound Interstate 95/Cross Bronx Expressway enters the recently reconstructed Bruckner Interchange. Interstate 678 southbound departs for the tolled Bronx-Whitestone Bridge while Interstate 95 prepares to depart from the Cross-Bronx Expressway onto the Bruckner Expressway at Interstate 295/Exit 12. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Immediately after Interstate 678 splits from Interstate 95, this set of signs will further divide the freeway. The right two lanes will continue on the Cross Bronx Expressway, which leaves the Bruckner Interchange as Interstate 295. The left two lanes will transition onto the Bruckner Expressway, which enters the Bruckner Interchange as Interstate 278 and leaves the interchange as Interstate 95. Photo taken 08/29/05.
This relatively new reflective sign advises of the pending split of Interstate 95: right two lanes for Interstate 295 south and left two lanes for Interstate 95 north. There is no connection to Interstate 278/Bruckner Expressway west, since it is an illogical connection for westbound traffic on the Cross Bronx Expressway (Interstate 95 north). Photo taken 08/29/05.
Interstate 295 southbound, departing from Interstate 95 (Exit 12) amid the reconstructed Bruckner Interchange. The designation Cross-Bronx Expressway continues eastward via Interstate 295 while Interstate 95 overtakes the Bruckner designation from Interstate 278. Southbound Interstate 295 traffic will encounter the Throgs Neck Bridge toll plaza in two miles (after the merge with Interstate 695 south). Photo taken 08/29/05.
Interstate 95 passes under the transition ramp from Interstate 295 north to Interstate 95 south. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Perspective from Interstate 278 east
Now traveling northeast on Interstate 278/Bruckner Expressway, this overhead sign is posted on eastbound Bruckner Boulevard (frontage road) at a slip ramp onto eastbound after the Bronx River Parkway and prior to White Plains Road/Castle Hill Avenue. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Eastbound Interstate 278/Bruckner Expressway reaches its final offramp at the exit to White Plains Road and Castle Hill Avenue. Signage for the Bruckner Interchange (Junction Interstate 95, Interstate 678, and Hutchinson River Parkway) appears in the distance. Photo taken 08/09/04.
This Interstate 295/Interstate 678 button copy sign bridge is found on Interstate 278 eastbound after the White Plains Road/Castle Hill Avenue interchange. The upcoming interchange represents the transfer of the Cross-Bronx Expressway from Interstate 95 north to Interstate 295 south, and the transfer of the Bruckner Expressway designation from Interstate 278 east to Interstate 95 north. Since the Bruckner Expressway continues on Interstate 95, it is not mentioned on the guide signs on the approach to the Bruckner Interchange. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Interstate 278/Bruckner Expressway comes to an end at Interstate 95, the Cross-Bronx Expressway. The interchange of Interstate 278 with that of Interstate 95 is within one-half mile of the joint termini of Interstate 295, Interstate 678, and the Hutchinson River Parkway. All of these routes share the same interchange for their respective termini. Therefore access to all of the aforementioned routes is given and thus displayed on this sign bridge along Interstate 278 east. Photo taken 08/09/04.
The merge of Interstate 278 eastbound onto Interstate 95 northbound. Exit 7C departs to the right for Country Club Road and Pelham Bay Park for Interstate 278 eastbound travelers. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Now on the transition ramp from Interstate 278/Bruckner Expressway east to Interstate 295/Cross Bronx Expressway Extension south and Interstate 678 south, the first off ramp connects to the Hutchinson River Parkway via Zerega Avenue. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Still on the transition ramp from Interstate 278/Bruckner Expressway east, the next offramp leads to Interstate 678 south, while the two left lanes connect directly to Interstate 295/Cross Bronx Expressway Extension south. Photo taken 08/09/04.
The transition ramp from Interstate 278/Bruckner Expressway east to Interstate 678 south and Interstate 295/Cross Bronx Expressway Extension south comes alongside Interstate 95 north. Interstate 95 shifts from the Cross Bronx Expressway to the Bruckner Expressway. The transition ramp will split ahead, with the right lane connecting to Interstate 678 south and the left lanes connecting to Interstate 295 south. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Traffic to Interstate 678 south to the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge departs from the transition ramp here. The left two lanes connect to Interstate 295/Cross Bronx Expressway Extension south to the Throgs Neck Bridge. After this exit ramp, Interstate 295 south begins with four through lanes (two of which merge in from the left). Photo taken 08/09/04.
Perspective from Interstate 295/Cross Bronx Expressway Extension south
This is the first reassurance shield along southbound Interstate 295/Cross Bronx Expressway Extension after traffic from eastbound Interstate 278 (Bruckner Expressway - right lanes) and northbound Interstate 95 (Cross Bronx Expressway - left lanes) merge together. Photo taken 08/09/04.
The first exit along southbound Interstate 295/Cross Bronx Expressway Extension is Exit 11, Randall Avenue. Photo taken 08/09/04.
A button copy pull through sign for southbound Interstate 295/Cross Bronx Expressway Extension is posted prior to Exit 11, Randall Avenue. After merging with Interstate 695, southbound Interstate 295 will cross the Throgs Neck Bridge. Photo taken 08/09/04.

Page Updated January 27, 2007.

Mileage

State New York
Mileage 7.70
Cities New York City (Queens, Bronx)
Junctions Interstate 495, Interstate 695, Interstate 95/Interstate 678
Source: December 31, 2015 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-295 New Yok Annual Average Daily Traffic

County From: To: AADT Composite
Queens New York 25 Hillside Avenue Exit 1 Grand Central Parkway 23,400
Queens Exit 1 Grand Central Parkway Exit 2 Union Turnpike 51,800
Queens Exit 2 Union Turnpike Exit 4 Interstate 495 Long Island Expressway 53,900
Queens Exit 4 Interstate 495 Long Island Expressway Exit 5 New York 25A Northern Boulevard 77,300
Queens Exit 5 NY 25A Northern Boulevard Exit 7 Willets Point Boulevard 63,100
Queens Exit 7 Willets Point Boulevard Bronx County line 109,400
Bronx Queens County line Cross Bronx Expressway Extension 109,400
Interstate 695 (Former Interstate 295 Spur)
Queens Cross Bronx Expressway Extension Interstate 95 89,000
Source: NYSDOT 2002 Traffic Volume Report