Interstate 278 begins in an industrial area between Linden and Elizabeth at a partially built interchange with U.S. 1 and 9. The freeway spurs east to the New Jersey Turnpike and Goethals Bridge approach to Staten Island, New York.
Interstate 278 enters all of New York City’s boroughs: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Bronx. I-278 connects to Manhattan because Wards Island, where the Robert F. Kennedy (Triboro) Bridge is partially located, falls within the borough of Manhattan. Like I-478, I-678 and I-878, I-278 does not meet Interstate 78.
An older, urban freeway, Interstate 278 offers excellent views of the Manhattan skyline along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. The route crosses several bridges along its course, including the Goethals Bridge between Elizabeth, New Jersey and Staten Island, the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge between Staten Island and Brooklyn, the Kosciuszko Bridge between Brooklyn and Queens, and the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge between Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx. Interstate 278 follows a combination of the Staten Island Expressway, Gowanus Expressway, Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE), Grand Central Parkway and Bruckner Expressway.
Connecting Staten Island with Brooklyn, the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge opened to traffic on November 21, 1964. A six lane deck added below the original deck opened on June 28, 1969.1 12/17/17
Unlike most Interstate Highways in New York City, trucks are prohibited along the section of I-278 on Grand Central Parkway through Astoria, Queens. Specifically, trucks must use the service roads parallel to Grand Central Parkway on this stretch.
I-278 concludes at the massive Bruckner interchange, where it converges with I-95, I-295, I-678 and Hutchinson River Parkway.