I-295 crosses the East River on the Throgs Neck Bridge south from Fort Schuyler in Bronx to Beechhurst in Queens. Built to provide congestion relief along the Bronx Whitestone Bridge (I-678), the suspension bridge opened to traffic in 1961.1 05/30/22
Interstate 295 is the combination of the Clearview Expressway, Throgs Neck Bridge, and Cross Bronx Expressway Extension in New York City. It is a freeway open to all traffic (unlike the parkway system). Interstate 295 begins at Grand Central Parkway near Hollis in Queens and travels north across the tolled Throgs Neck Bridge to Bronx. The freeway culminates at the Bruckner Interchange, where I-95 (Cross Bronx Expressway), I-278 (Bruckner Expressway), I-678 (Whitestone Expressway) and the Hutchinson River Parkway come together.
Originally, the section of Interstate 295 was planned as part of Interstate 78 through New York City. However, when several sections of Interstate 78 through Manhattan and Brooklyn were canceled (including the Lower Manhattan Expressway, Bushwick Expressway, and the southern half of the Clearview Expressway), the completed section of the Clearview Expressway section was renumbered as Interstate 295.
The southern extension of the Clearview Expressway, north from the Nassau Expressway / Belt Parkway to Grand Central Parkway, was not constructed due to community opposition and other considerations. I-295 ends just south of high speed ramps with Grand Central Parkway at a traffic signal with New York 25 (Hillside Avenue) in the Queens neighborhood of Hollis.
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