Interstate 495 New Jersey
New Jersey Route 495 east at the Weehawken entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel. Consisting of three tubes which opened in 1937, 1945 and 1957 respectively, the Lincoln Tunnel connects Union City, New Jersey with Midtown Manhattan in New York City. Photo by Cesar Centeno, Jr. (01/01/08).
New Jersey Route 495 comprises a limited access highway linking Interstate 95 (New Jersey Turnpike) in the town of Secaucus with the Lincoln Tunnel to Midtown Manhattan, New York. The freeway connects with Route 3, U.S. 1/9, and commercial and neighborhood areas of North Bergen Township and Union City. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and the Port Authority of New York share maintenance along the 3.45 mile long route.
The eastern half of the Lincoln Tunnel and the ramp system to Dyer Avenue and 34th Street are part of New York Route 495. The state route is not marked.
Interstate 495 was originally intended to connect I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike) in North Jersey with I-78 (Clearview Expressway) in Queens, New York City. As part of the proposed Mid-Manhattan Expressway, the Lincoln Tunnel would have linked with a freeway route across Manhattan, connecting Union City, New Jersey with the Queens-Midtown Tunnel across the East River. The Mid-Manhattan Expressway was deleted from the Interstate system, with approval by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) on June 23, 1969.
With the cancellation of the Mid-Manhattan Expressway in 1971,1 the section of I-495 between I-95 and the Lincoln Tunnel was permanently disconnected from the Queens Midtown / Long Island Expressway segment east of the Queens Midtown Tunnel.