Interstate 490 New York

Routing

Interstate 490 in New York is the major east-west thoroughfare in the Rochester metropolitan area. It connects to Interstate 90 (New York State Thruway) at both ends. For a distance, Interstate 490 follows the path of the old Erie Canal.

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.
Use Interstate 490 east to Brockport (via the New York Thruway's Exit 49 and Interstate 490 Exit 1, Junction New York 19). 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 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).
Perspective from Interstate 490 east
Approaching the Exit 47 toll barrier from the eastbound Interstate 90/N.Y. Thruway. Beyond the booths Interstate 490 travels northeast to North Chili, Gates, and ultimately downtown Rochester. The first exit serves nearby New York 19 for the towns of Le Roy and Brockport. Photo taken by Brian Tabor (04/02).
After traffic from the westbound New York Thruway (Interstate 90) merges, all traffic must pay their tolls before connecting onto westbound Interstate 490 east to LeRoy, Brockport, and Rochester. This Thruway junction is your run-of-the-mill trumpet interchange, a standard connection for a tolled facility. Photo taken 07/02/05.
The toll plaza is flexible to allow for lanes in each direction depending on demand as shown by the lane allocation signals (red X and green arrow). Photo taken 07/02/05.
The first exit on eastbound Interstate 490 is Exit 1, Junction New York 19 to LeRoy and Brockport. Note the change in pavement from asphalt to concrete. The sign has seen better days. Photo taken 07/02/05.
A second advance guide sign for New York 19 to LeRoy and Brockport is posted prior to an overpass. Photo taken 07/02/05.
The first interchange for Interstate 490 east is at Junction New York 19/Exit 1. This north-south route travels from the Pennsylvania state line near Shongo northward through Houghton, Warsaw, Le Roy, and Brockport. The next exit (Exit 2) is situated just over three miles to the northeast at New York 33A near Bergen. Photo taken 07/02/05.
The first eastbound Interstate 490 reassurance shield, posted just beyond the Exit 47 New York Thruway toll plaza. The city center of Rochester is 25 miles to the northeast. Five miles before reaching that point, the northern terminus of Interstate 390 is encountered. Photo taken 07/02/05.
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. Drivers either procure a ticket or travel through the EZPass lanes. The tolls on Interstate 90 vary depending upon how far one travels. The rates increase 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. Gribblenation.NET: New York Routes (Routes 450-499).

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