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Interstate 495 New York

 

Traveling through the Hamptons on eastern Long Island, Interstate 495/Long Island Expressway (LIE) takes on a rural feel with fewer trappings of urban society than the west end of the route in Manhattan. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman and Justin Cozart (06/13/05).

Routing

Interstate 495 in New York is the Long Island Expressway, or the L.I.E. to locals, is considered to be the backbone of Long Island. Built in segments over many years, the last section was completed between Exit 71 (eastern New York 24) and Exit 73 in the early 1970s after being under construction for about 15 years.

Future Aspirations

There had been talk to extending the L.I.E. along Long Island's North Fork and possibly even across Long Island Sound to New London, Connecticut, or Watch Hill, Rhode Island, but that has been very controversial. Previous efforts to plan and construct such a link have failed because of local efforts to preserve the rural character of Long Island's East End. However, talks of such a link resurface occasionally.

History

When originally commissioned, Interstate 495 was to begin at Interstate 95 in New Jersey, enter New York via the Lincoln Tunnel cross Manhattan, and terminate at what was to be Interstate 78 (the Clearview Expressway). However, the cross-Manhattan route was never constructed, and the part of the Clearview Expressway that was constructed is today designated as Interstate 295. Interstate 78 today ends in Lower Manhattan, as it was not extended across Manhattan either.

Prior to 1983, the L.I.E. east of Exit 27 (Interstate 295 - Clearview Expressway) was signed as New York 495. However, in 1983, the New York Congressional legislation led by then-Senator Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY) passed legislation extending Interstate 495 east from the Interstate 295 interchange to the end of the L.I.E. The same number (495) was kept for continuity, even though an odd first digit would be more appropriate under the original numbering scheme for all Interstate highways (Interstate 495 does not end at another Interstate on the east end). Since that time, other extensions have resulted in first-digit even Interstate spurs, including Interstate 264 in Virginia and Interstate 635 in Texas.

See also the former Interstate 495 New Jersey/New York Page for information regarding the proposed connection between the L.I.E. and the Lincoln Tunnel.

Western Terminus - Queens-Midtown Tunnel - Astoria, Queens
Perspective from Interstate 495 west
West Interstate 495 overhead for the Queens-Midtown Tunnel and Manhattan on Interstate 495 westbound. The tubes deposit westbound motorists onto 34th and 39th Streets near Midtown Manhattan. The tunnel itself skims the southern boundary of the United Nations complex. Photo taken by Jim K. Georges (7/98).
Perspective from FDR Drive south
Old button copy signs still acknowledging the Queens-Midtown Tunnel (New York 495) as Interstate 495 on FDR Drive Southbound. This is the historic Western terminus of Interstate 495 now. Photo taken by Kevin Lagasse (5/27/01).
Perspective from East 34th Street
Signage for the entrance to the Queens/ Midtown Tunnel from E. 34th street in Manhattan. The tunnel entrance itself is just two blocks to the north. Entrance connections are also in place via 39th Street. Photo taken by Kevin Lagasse (5/27/01).
Perspective from Interstate 278/Brooklyn Queens Expresway east (north)
While Interstate 495 does not end at Interstate 278/Brooklyn Queens Expressway, it is fully signed as an Interstate in both directions. The Kosciuszko Bridge (through truss bridge) appears in the distance. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman and Justin Cozart (06/13/05).
The right two lanes of eastbound Interstate 278/Brooklyn Queens Expressway connect to Interstate 495/Long Island Expressway (LIE). Use Interstate 495 east to Long Island and west to Manhattan via the Queens-Midtown Tunnel. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman and Justin Cozart (06/13/05).
Eastbound Interstate 278/Brooklyn Queens Expressway reaches Exit 35, Junction Interstate 495/Long Island Expressway (LIE). The ramp provides a two-lane connection to Interstate 495. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman and Justin Cozart (06/13/05).
Now on the transition ramp from eastbound Interstate 278/Brooklyn Queens Expressway to Interstate 495/Long Island Expressway (LIE), the left lane connects to westbound Interstate 495 to Manhattan, while the right lanes connect to eastbound Interstate 495. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman and Justin Cozart (06/13/05).
Eastern Terminus - Suffolk County Route 58 - near Riverhead
Perspective from Interstate 495 east
Interstate 495 sees its final two exits on this sign bridge. Exit 72 serves New York 25, six miles west of the Suffolk County seat of Riverhead. The left-hand panel for Exit 73 indicates that the freeway comes to an end in three-fourths of a mile. On the county pentagon shield, note the small word "SUFFOLK" written below the large "58" digits. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman and Justin Cozart (06/13/05).
All traffic must exit in one-half mile. The penultimate interchange with New York 25 is visible ahead. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman and Justin Cozart (06/13/05).
Eastbound Interstate 495/Long Island Expressway reaches Exit 72, Junction New York 25 to Riverton and Calverton. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman and Justin Cozart (06/13/05).
The left lanes will connect to Suffolk County Route 58, while the right lane provides the connection to New York 25 east and west. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman and Justin Cozart (06/13/05).
Upon exiting at New York 25, a ramp leads to eastbound to Riverhead and a second ramp connects to westbound New York 25 en route to Calverton. Continuing east, all through traffic on Interstate 495 is forced to exit onto Suffolk County Route 58. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman and Justin Cozart (06/13/05).
Suffolk County Route 58 overhead (Exit 73) at the eastern terminus of Interstate 495. County 58 acts as a northern bypass to New York 25 and Riverhead, thus carrying the New York 25 peninsula control points of Greenport and Orient. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman and Justin Cozart (06/13/05).
Continuing eastward on the Interstate 495 transition ramp to Suffolk County 58. A concrete stub is present to the left (note the concrete lines in the pavement, which do not follow the direction of the offramp). It is unclear as to where the Long Island Expressway was to end based upon this clear remnant of greater plans. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman and Justin Cozart (06/13/05).
Perspective from Suffolk County Route 58 (Old Country Road) east
After exiting Interstate 495, traffic merges directly onto eastbound Suffolk County Route 58/Old Country Road. This traffic signal is located near Tanger Factory Outlet Center. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman and Justin Cozart (06/13/05).
Perspective from Suffolk County Route 58 (Old Country Road) west
Suffolk County Route 58/Old Country Road west at the ramp to the westbound beginning of Interstate 495. The ramp is a loop ramp, and the overpass carries traffic from Suffolk County Route 58 west to Interstate 495/Long Island Expressway west. Traffic continuing on Suffolk County Route 58 will meet New York 25 in a short distance. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman and Justin Cozart (06/13/05).
Westbound Suffolk County Route 58 westbound splits at this point, with the right lane connecting to Interstate 495 west. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman and Justin Cozart (06/13/05).
A unique "ENTRANCE WEST Interstate 495" shield assembly is posted at the gore point from westbound Suffolk County Route 58/Old Country Road. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman and Justin Cozart (06/13/05).
Perspective from Interstate 495 west
Crossing over Suffolk County Route 58 (Old Country Road), westbound Interstate 495/Long Island Expressway immediately assumes a three-lane configuration (plus an acceleration lane), even though only one lane connects the county route with the Interstate. A stub end is present behind here, offering further evidence of a future eastern extension of Interstate 495 could be accommodated. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman and Justin Cozart (06/13/05).
Shortly thereafter, westbound Interstate 495 passes under New York 25. There is no access from Interstate 495 west to New York 25. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman and Justin Cozart (06/13/05).
Perspective from Tanger Factory Outlet Center
These New York 25, Suffolk County Route 58, and Interstate 495 shields are located at the Tanger Factory Outlet, which is located at the eastern terminus of Interstate 495. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (6/00).

Page Updated January 17, 2007.

 
Mileage

State New York
Mileage 66.38
Cities New York City, Albertson, Jericho, Plainview, Melville, Hauppauge, Ronkonkoma, Islip, Holbrook, Riverhead
Junctions Interstate 278, Interstate 678, Interstate 295
Source: October 31, 2002 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-495 New York Annual Average Daily Traffic

State Location AADT Composite Year
New York Queens Midtown Tunnel 74,800 2002
New York Queens 224,400 2002
New York Lake Success 202,000 2002
New York Jericho 177,400 2002
New York Central Islip 191,800 2002
New York Ronkonkoma 164,200 2002
New York Medford 82,800 2002
New York Riverhead 11,000 2002
Source: NYSDOT 2002 Traffic Volume Report
Complete Interstate 495 AADT data.

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