Interstate 695 New York

Interstate 695 New York
History
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South End

Overview

Interstate 695 follows the northern section of the Throgs Neck Expressway through the Throgs Neck section of Bronx, New York. I-695 constitutes a short connector linking I-295 and the Throgs Neck Bridge with I-95 and the New England Thruway. Unnumbered exits serve Randall Avenue from southbound and Lafayette Avenue from northbound. There are no entrance ramps from Throgs Neck onto I-695 south.

History

The Throgs Neck Expressway opened in 1961 and was included as the easternmost extent of Interstate 78. When I-78 across Brooklyn and Queens, New York was cancelled in 1971, the Cross Bronx Expressway Extension, the Clearview Expressway and Throgs Neck Bridge were redesignated as Interstate 295. The Throgs Neck Expressway leading north from the Cross Bronx Expressway Extension was assigned Interstate 295 Spur, similar to I-270 Spur in Montgomery County, Maryland. With concurrence by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Interstate 695 replaced I-295 Spur in 1986, though the mileage for I-695 remained attributed to I-295 until the official Route Log and Finders List issued on December 31, 2014.

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) formally requested to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) for the change of I-295 Spur to I-695 along the 1.4 mile long section on January 10, 2008:

It has been signed and known as I-695 since 1986 but was never submitted to the FHWA to request a formal Interstate designation of I-695. Prior to 1986 it has been approved and built under varying designations including I-78, I-295 and I-295 Spur. This request will not result in any change to the Interstate System within New York State. It is simply a request to redesignate an existing portion of I-295 to I-695 that has been physically in place for over 20 years.

The proposed urban Interstate numerology in New York approved by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) on November 10, 1958 assigned Interstate 695 in place of I-595 along a loop northeast from I-278 (Brooklyn Queens Expressway) to the Bruckner Interchange. The approved route of I-695 followed White Stone Parkway, the Whitestone Bridge and Hutchinson River Expressway. The original proposal for I-695 followed the Sheridan Expressway and Boston Post Road northeast from I-278 (Bruckner Expressway) to I-95 along the New England Thruway. Actions by AASHO reassigned that route as Interstate 895. The State of New York Department of Public Works Bureau of Highway Planning concurred with the renumbering on March 1, 1959.

Whitestone Expressway was never built between the Brooklyn Queens Expressway to Grand Central Parkway across Jackson Heights in Brooklyn. Interstate 695 in New York City was eventually 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 designation was approved by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) on June 23, 1969.

Route Information

  • North End – Bronx, New York, NY

  • South End – Bronx, New York, NY

  • Mileage – 1.40

  • Cities – New York City

  • JunctionsI-295 I-95

Source: December 31, 2021 Interstate Route Log and Finders List

I-95 south at I-695 - Bronx, NY

Older guide signs along I-95 south referenced the Throgs Neck Expressway as Interstate 295. 09/20/93

Highway Guides

North End – I-95 – Bronx, New York City, New York

I-695 North at I-95

I-695 north at I-95 - Bronx, NY

An end shield for I-695 stands at the wye interchange where the Throgs Neck Expressway converges with Interstate 95 (Bruckner Expressway) north. 05/30/22

I-95 South at I-695

I-95 south at I-695 - Bronx, NY

Interstate 695 branches south from I-95 (Bruckner Expressway) at a wye interchange (Left Exit 7 A) at the Schuylerville neighborhood of Bronx, New York. 05/30/22

I-95 south at I-695 - Bronx, NY

The Throgs Neck Bridge represents the easternmost connection over the East River to Long Island from New England and points north. 05/30/22

I-95 south at I-695 - Bronx, NY

I-695 leads south to become Interstate 295 ahead of the tolled Throgs Neck Bridge and Clearview Expressway through east Queens. 05/30/22

I-95 south at I-695 - Bronx, NY

Interstate 695 commences south with two lanes through the Throgs Neck section of Bronx, New York while I-95 (Bruckner Expressway) angles southwest with three lanes toward the Bruckner Interchange with I-278. 05/30/22

I-95 south at I-695 - Bronx, NY

The exchange joining I-95 and I-695 along the Throgs Neck Expressway was rebuilt in 2007. 05/30/22

I-695North End Throwback

I-95 south at I-695 - 2005

Former button copy sign posted one mile ahead of the I-95/695 southbound split at the Wilkinson Avenue overpass in Bronx, New York. This sign predated the designation of I-695 along the Throgs Neck Expressway. 08/29/05

I-95 south at I-695 - 2005

Previous guide signs for I-95 at I-695 (Throgs Neck Expressway) referenced the Bruckner Expressway connection with the Triboro (RFK) Bridge. 08/29/05

I-95 south at I-695 - 2005

This button copy sign directed travelers onto Interstate 95 (Bruckner Expressway) west toward the George Washington Bridge at the south split with I-695. 08/29/05

South End I-295 – Bronx, New York City, New York

I-695 south at I-295 - Bronx, NY

Interstate 695 south defaults onto I-295 to the Throgs Neck Bridge and Queens beyond the exit for Randall Avenue at the Throgs Neck neighborhood. 05/30/22

I-695 south at I-295 - Bronx, NY

The lone indication that southbound I-695 concludes is a standalone shield preceding the wye interchange with Interstate 295 (Cross Bronx Expressway Extension). 05/30/22

I-695 south at I-295 - Bronx, NY

A lane drop occurs as Interstate 695 combines with the left lanes of I-295 ahead of Exit 9 for Harding and Pennyfield Avenues. 05/30/22

I-295 North at I-695

I-295 north at I-695 - Bronx, NY

Interstate 295 connects with I-95 north to Upper Manhattan and North Jersey via the George Washington Bridge. 05/30/22

I-295 north at I-695 - Bronx, NY

Interstate 695 continues the Throgs Neck Expressway to I-95 (New England Thruway) north en route to Stamford, Bridgeport and New Haven, Connecticut. 05/30/22

I-295 north at I-695 - Bronx, NY

Heading northwest from the Throgs Neck Bridge, Interstate 295 splits with the Throgs Neck Expressway (I-695) for the Cross Bronx Expressway Extension west to the Bruckner Interchange. 05/30/22

I-695 South End Throwback

I-295 north at I-695 - 2004

Overheads at the wye interchange (Exit 10) where I-695 branches north from I-295 were carbon copied by 2021. 08/09/04

I-295 north at I-695 - 2004

Historically the split of the Throgs Neck Expressway and Cross Bronx Expressway Extension was where I-78 and I-78 Spur separated. 08/09/04

Page updated June 7, 2022.