Interstate 78 crosses the Hudson River through the Holland Tunnel from Jersey City, New Jersey into Manhattan, New York. The tunnel is tolled in the eastbound direction at a rate varying between EZPass/Cash drivers and Peak/NonPeak hours during weekdays. December 30, 2010 increases set the cash toll at $6.50 for all passenger vehicles.
Unconstructed Interstate 78
Planning for Interstate 78 originally took the highway through Brooklyn and Queens to Interstate 95 in the east Bronx. East from the Holland Tunnel, unconstructed Interstate 78 was to utilize the Lower-Manhattan Expressway. The Lower-Manhattan Expressway would compliment the Mid-Manhattan Expressway (Interstate 495), by providing seamless routes across Manhattan Island between the Hudson and East Rivers. A short connector, Interstate 478, would join the Lower-Manhattan Expressway with Interstate 278 (Brooklyn-Queens Expressway) via the Manhattan Bridge while Interstate 78 would follow the Williamsburg Bridge into Brooklyn.
Once in Brooklyn, unconstructed Interstate 78 turns southeast along the Bushwick Expressway through the Bushwick community of the borough. Portions of the right of way were cleared along Conduit Avenue from Atlantic Avenue east to the Nassau Expressway and Belt Parkway. The Bushwick Expressway would transition into the Nassau Expressway at the Belt Parkway and carry Interstate 78 east to the southern extension of the unconstructed Clearview Expressway. What was built of the Nassau Expressway exists wholly underneath Cross Bay Boulevard, and partially (eastbound only) from the Belt Parkway (Exit 19) to the Van Wyck Expressway (Interstate 678). Unsigned Interstate 878 entails the dual-carriageway portion of the Nassau Expressway from Interstate 678 to the freeway end at Hangar Road.
East of JFK International Airport / Hangar Road, unconstructed Interstate 78 would turn north from Rockaway Boulevard on the Clearview Expressway. The Clearview Expressway was never built between Laurelton in southeast Queens to Queens Village and Hillside Avenue (New York 25). A symmetrical stack interchange with the Grand Central Parkway was constructed under the premise that Interstate 78 would bring traffic in from southeast Queens. However the Clearview Expressway peters out at a traffic light with New York 25 and 212th Street. Interstate 295 follows the Clearview Expressway northward from the GCP to the Throgs Neck Bridge and the split with the Cross-Bronx and Throgs Neck Expressways. Interstate 78 partitioned there into spurs on both expressways to their respective merges with Interstate 95 (Bruckner Expressway). Today those routes are signed as Intestate 295 and 695 respectively.
Interstate 78 signs were posted along the Nassau Expressway in 1971 for a short time. In addition the Clearview Expressway (Interstate 295) carried Interstate 78 signage between 1958 and 1971.2
Unconstructed Interstate 78 Coverage
- New York 27 (Linden Boulevard / Conduit Avenue)
- Interstate 878 (Nassau Expressway) / New York 878 (Rockaway Boulevard)
- Interstate 295 (Clearview Expressway)
- Interstate 695 (Throgs Neck Expressway)
Interstate 78 New York Guide
|Interstate 78 East|
|Opened in 19271, the Holland Tunnel carries four lanes of travel underneath the Hudson River. Officially designated a part of Interstate 78, the tunnel system links Jersey City, New Jersey with New York City. Photo taken 07/27/07.|
|Eastbound views within the south tube of Holland Tunnel. The narrow roadway features no shoulders and a small pathway for maintenance personal on the left. Photos taken 07/27/07.|
|A ground level sign was added for Exit 5, advising motorists to keep left for the final Interstate 78 ramp. Photo taken 07/27/07.|
|Next in line is the Uptown turn-off (Exit 2) for the ramp to Beach Street west and Hudson Street north. Hudson Street flows north from Reade Street near Broadway to Greenwich Village and Bleecker Street at 8th Avenue. Photo taken 08/12/04.|
|The Interstate 78 eastbound partition between Exit 4 (Downtown) and Exit 5 (Canal Street north). Two lanes turn onto Varrick Street southbound as remaining defaults onto Laight Street east to Canal Street east. Photo taken 07/27/07.|
- 2004-08-12 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan. 2007-07-27 by AARoads.
Page Updated 02-15-2012.