Interstate 695 New York

Short Interstate 695 follows the Throgs Neck Expressway between Interstate 95/New England Thruway and Interstate 295. The only interchange on southbound Interstate 695 is with Randall Avenue. For more information, visit Throgs Neck Expressway (by Steve Anderson). Photo taken 08/29/05.

Routing

Interstate 695 in New York follows the Throgs Neck Expressway, a short connector route between Interstate 295 (Throgs Neck Bridge) and Interstate 95 (New England Thruway).

History

Interstate 695 was a part of Interstate 295 (a spur much like Interstate 270 in Maryland) and known as Spur Interstate 295 until 1986. This spur designation explained why Interstate 695 was not included in the official Route Log and Finders List until December 31, 2014, as the mileage was attibuted to I-295. The Throgs Neck Expressway opened in 1961 and was included as the easternmost extent of Interstate 78. When Interstate 78 across New York City was cancelled in 1971, the Cross Bronx Expressway Extension, the Clearview Expressway and Throgs Neck Bridge were signed as Interstate 295 and the Throgs Neck Expressway was designated as Interstate 295 Spur. Interstate 695 replaced Spur Interstate 295 in 1986.

A previous alignment for Interstate 695 in New York City was reserved for the unconstructed route of the Queens Interborough Expressway from the proposed Cross Brooklyn Expressway (I-878) north to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278) in Queens. This was designated by AASHTO on June 23, 1969.

Highway Guides

Southern Terminus - Interstate 295 - Bronx - New York City, New York
Perspective from Interstate 695/ Throgs Neck Expressway south
Interstate 695 is signed as To Interstate 295 as the Throgs Neck Expressway travels south. This reassurance shield assembly is posted after the Randall Avenue interchange. Photo taken 08/29/05.
The only indication that southbound Interstate 695 comes to an end is the Junction Interstate 295 standalone shield assembly located below an overhead sign for Exit 9, Harding Avenue/Pennyfield Avenue. Photo taken 08/29/05.
To access Exit 9, Harding Avenue/Pennyfield Avenue from southbound Interstate 695, traffic must cross the lanes of Interstate 295 traffic. The long line of cars merging onto Interstate 695 are from Interstate 295. At this point, the three-lane Interstate 695 prepares to merge with Interstate 295 south. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Southbound Interstate 695 ends as traffic merges onto Interstate 295 south. On this day, the merge was tight and very slow. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Perspective from Interstate 295/ Cross Bronx Expressway Extension south
After traffic from Interstate 695 merges with traffic from Interstate 295, this set of signs advises Interstate 295 continues south onto the Throgs Neck Bridge, while the right lane exits to Exit 9, Harding Avenue and Pennyfield Avenue. Photo taken 08/29/05.
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. 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.
Perspective from Interstate 695/ Throgs Neck Expressway north
After splitting from Interstate 295/Cross Bronx Expressway Extension, northbound Interstate 695/Throgs Neck Expressway immediately approaches its first interchange: Exit 1, Lafayette Avenue. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Northbound Interstate 695/Throgs Neck Expressway reaches Exit 1, Lafayette Avenue. Photo taken 08/09/04.
The first Interstate 695 north reassurance shield is also posted as TO Interstate 95 north and is located after the Lafayette Avenue offramp. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Northern Terminus - Interstate 95 - Bronx - New York City, New York
Perspective from Interstate 695/ Throgs Neck Expressway north
There is not much distance between the reassurance shield shown in the last photobox above and the northern terminus,. Northbound Interstate 695/Throgs Neck Expressway directly merges onto Interstate 95 northbound, with no access to Interstate 95 south provided. An END shield is in place for the terminus of Interstate 695 north. Photo taken 08/09/04.
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. Photos taken by 08/29/05 and Jim K. Georges (07/98).
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/ Bruckner Expressway north
There is no connection from Interstate 95 north to Interstate 695/Throgs Neck Expressway south. However, this curve (with a reduced speed limit due to construction) is the point where Interstate 95 crosses over Interstate 695 before the two routes merge. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Northbound Interstate 95/Bruckner Expressway crosses over Interstate 695/Throgs Neck Expressway. Interstate 695 traffic will merge onto Interstate 95 from the left. Photo taken 08/29/05.
The END Interstate 695 shield assembly can be seen from northbound Interstate 95. The next exit on northbound Interstate 95 is Exit 7C, Country Club Road (not sure if this would be Exit 13 under the sequential exit numbering system). Photo taken 08/29/05.
Perspective from Interstate 695/ Throgs Neck Expressway south
The first (and only) standalone exit on southbound Interstate 695/Throgs Neck Expressway is for Randall Avenue. Photo taken 08/29/05.
The first southbound Interstate 695 reassurance shield is posted prior to the Randall Avenue offramp. Interstate 295 trailblazers are posted along the Throgs Neck Expressway. It should be noted that Interstate 295 was once planned as part of the Interstate 78 New York City routing that for the most part never came to fruition. Had Interstate 78 been built across New York City, it would have begun at this point (along Interstate 695). Photo taken 08/29/05.
Southbound Interstate 695/Throgs Neck Expressway reaches Exit 1, Randall Avenue. After this interchange, Interstate 695 prepares to merge with Interstate 295 south and come to an end. Photo taken 08/29/05.

Page Updated January 27, 2007.



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Mileage

State New York
Mileage 1.40
Cities New York City
Junctions I-295, I-95
Source: December 31, 2016 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-695 New York Annual Average Daily Traffic

County From: To: AADT Composite/th>
Queens Cross Bronx Expressway Extension I-95 89,000*
Source: NYSDOT 2002 Traffic Volume Report
* - count attributed to Interstate 295 AADT