Interstate 490 New York

Routing

Interstate 490 provides a direct route to the city of Rochester from Interstate 90 (New York Thruway) east from Buffalo and west from Syracuse. The Thruway bypasses the city to the south, passing through the metropolitan area at both Victor and Henrietta.

Heading north from the Thruway in the eastern notch of Genesee County, Interstate 490 travels to the village of Bergen before turning east into Monroe County ahead of Churchville. The rural freeway extends east 11 miles to the town of Chili, where adjacent agricultural areas give way to subdivisions. Curving north, I-490 passes through the town of Gates by Rochester Technology Park and through interchanges with the Airport and Spencerport Expressway freeway spurs.

Interstate 490 turns again to follow the Western Expressway from NY 531 to I-390 / NY 390 and west central Rochester. The urban freeway passes through a mixture of industrial and residential areas through to the Inner Loop, a former full beltway encircling the central business district. I-490 makes up the southern third of the loop as it crosses the Genesee River on the Frederick Douglass - Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge.

Southeast from the Genesee River, I-490 leaves the Inner Loop and joins the Eastern Expressway to the Can of Worms Interchange with I-590 and NY 590. The freeway remains urban in design southeast through Brighton and into Pittsford with a barrier median and sound walls. Beyond NY 31F (Fairport Road) and East Rochester, Interstate 490 reduces to four lanes and travels more southerly through the town of Perinton. The final stretch crosses the Ontario County line southward to the New York Thruway in the town of Victor.

History

Interstate 490 was completed in 1974.1

Highway Guides

Western Terminus - Interstate 90 / New York State Thruway - Bergen, New York
Perspective from Interstate 490 west
Interstate 490 westbound at the final mainline interchange, Exit 1 with New York 19 north of LeRoy. The mainline otherwise defaults onto the New York Thruway, and the toll plaza for the Exit 47 interchange is situated 0.25 miles to the west. Photo taken by Jeff Morrison (07/01/07).
Now looking down from the New York 19 overpass to the toll booth that signifies the western end of Interstate 490 and the connection to Interstate 90/New York Thruway. Photo taken by Scott Steeves (03/29/07).
Beyond the toll plaza for Exit 47 of the New York Thruway is this sign at the split of traffic from Interstate 490 west to Interstate 90. 12 miles separate Exit 47 from the New York 96 - Exit 48 interchange at Batavia to the west. Interstate 90 eastbound intersects another one of its children at Exit 46 (Interstate 390) 15 miles to the east. Photo taken by Jeff Morrison (07/01/07).
A pair of Interstate 90 shields is posted at the gore point at the end of the ramp. Photo taken by Jeff Morrison (07/01/07).
Perspective from Interstate 90 east
Exit 47 of the New York Thruway is not only signed for Interstate 490 east, but also for New York 19 to Le Roy. Featured in this photograph is the exit ramp departure and milepost 379 of Interstate 90 eastbound. It should be noted that the mileposts of the Thruway supercede those of the signed Interstate. Therefore it is 379 miles from the Thruway terminus at New York City. Photo taken by Brian Tabor (04/02).
Now looking down on the New York Thruway/Interstate 90 from the New York 19 overpass, we can see the Interstate 90 and Interstate 490 trumpet interchange looking east. Note the Exit 47 gore point signage for eastbound Interstate 90. Photo taken by Scott Steeves (03/29/07).
Perspective from Interstate 90 west
Interstate 90/New York Thruway approaches Exit 47, Junction Interstate 490 east to New York 19 (one mile). Exit numbers on the Thruway Photo taken 07/02/05.
Westbound Interstate 90/New York Thruway reaches Exit 47, Junction Interstate 490 east to New York 19. Use this exit to LeRoy, Brockport, and Rochester. Photo taken 07/02/05.
Perspective from Interstate 490 east
Beyond the booths Interstate 490 travels northeast to North Chili, Gates, and ultimately downtown Rochester. Photo taken 07/02/05.
Exit 1 departs to the immediate north of the toll plaza for New York 19. This north-south route travels from the Pennsylvania state line near Shongo northward through Houghton, Warsaw, Le Roy and Brockport. Photo taken 07/02/05.
The first confirming marker for Interstate 490 east. The city center of Rochester is 25 miles to the northeast. Photo taken 07/02/05.
Perspective from New York 19 north
Traveling north on New York 19, we approach the jointly signed interchange with Interstate 490 and Interstate 90/New York Thruway. New York 19 is a state highway that travels north from the Pennsylvania-New York State Line near Shongo through Wellsville, Houghton, Warsaw, and LeRoy. It crosses over Interstate 90 first, then interchanges with Interstate 490, then proceeds north to Brockport before ending at the Lake Ontario State Parkway north of Hamlin. Photo taken by Scott Steeves (03/29/07).
Northbound New York 19 approaches the right turn to Interstate 490 west to Interstate 90. The control city is Thruway, which offers connections to Interstate 90 west to Albany and east to Buffalo. Photo taken by Scott Steeves (03/29/07).
At the interchange, the first ramp leads to westbound Interstate 490 to Interstate 90/New York Thruway (signed solely as Interstate 90). A ramp to eastbound Interstate 490 is provided at the far side of the overpass. Turn left here to follow New York 19 north to Brockport; New York 19 does not cross over Interstate 490 itself. Photo taken by Scott Steeves (03/29/07).
Eastern Terminus - Interstate 90/New York State Thruway - Victor, New York
Perspective from Interstate 490 east
The final interchange of Interstate 490 before the freeway returns to Interstate 90, the New York Thruway, is Exit 29 with New York 96 (Victor Pittsford Road). New York 96 interchanges with Interstate 490 at its final two exits before the freeway defaults onto Interstate 90. The state highway serves the nearby town of Victor three miles to the south. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Interstate 490 traffic enters the New York Thruway toll plaza. Rates for the toll road increased on May 15, 2005. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Interstate 90 guide sign at the Exit 30 terminus interchange of Interstate 490. The control cities are Buffalo, 77 miles to the west, and the state capital of Albany, 203 miles to the east. Just 69 miles separates this junction from Interstate 81 at Syracuse. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Interstate 90 shield assembly posted at the ramp split between the New York Thruway east and west. the next westbound interchange lies ten miles at Henrietta with Interstate 390. Interstate 90 eastbound reaches Exit 44 in four miles at junction New York 332. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Perspective from Interstate 90 west
This is the first sign along westbound Interstate 90 for Exit 45, Junction Interstate 490 west to metropolitan Rochester. The Thruway remains south of Rochester and serves as a bypass of the area. Travelers may also use Interstate 390 north to Rochester at Exit 46. Photo taken by Chris Elbert (07/06).
Westbound Interstate 90 overhead for Exit 45/Interstate 490 west - Rochester. 12 miles distance the eastern terminus of Interstate 490 with the northern terminus of Interstate 590 and the city limits of Rochester. Photo taken by Chris Elbert (07/06).
Westbound Interstate 90/New York Thruway reaches Exit 45, Junction Interstate 490 west in Victor. The next exit on the Thruway is 12 miles ahead (Junction Interstate 390 at Henrietta). Photo taken by Chris Elbert (07/06).

Sources:

  1. New York Routes - Routes 450-499.

Page updated on January 13, 2017.

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