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George Washington Bridge / Cross-Bronx Expressway

Bruckner Expressway / New England Thruway

Interstate 95 enters the Empire State via the George Washington Bridge from Fort Lee, New Jersey. The suspension bridge carries 14 overall lanes and upwards of 300,000 vehicles a day between the Garden State and Manhattan Island. From there Interstate 95 enters the Cross Bronx Expressway, a Robert Moses designed freeway traveling east from Manhattan Island to Unionport in the Bronx. The high-level Alexander Hamilton Bridge carries the freeway over the Harlem River between Washington Heights and High Bridge. The Cross Bronx Expressway, notorious for its long traffic delays, cuts a swath through the Tremont, East Tremont, and West Farms communities of the Bronx with interchanges joining it with Interstate 87 (Major Deegan Expressway), Interstate 895 (Sheridan Expressway), Bronx River Parkway, Interstate 278 (Bruckner Expressway), and Interstate 678 (Hutchinson River Expressway) and Hutchinson River Parkway. At the Bruckner Interchange, junction of Interstates 95, 278, 295, 678, and the Hutch, Interstate 95 turns northeast along the Bruckner Expressway toward Co-Op City and the New England Thruway portion of the New York Thruway system.

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Exit numbers along the Cross Bronx Expressway originally were laid out based upon milepost zero at the New Jersey state line. Newer installations made at the Bruckner Interchange in the mid-2000s reflected the sequential numbering system of Interstate 295 (Cross Bronx Expressway Extension), where Exits 6A/B were renumbered to Exits 11 and 12. These have since been amended back to their original numbers.

Interstate 95 scenes
A small guide sign directs motorists along Amsterdam Avenue north at West 179th Street to both Interstates 87 (Major Deegan Expressway) and 95 (Cross Bronx Expressway). Photo taken 07/27/07.
A direct ramp, between West 180th and 181st Streets, loops from Amsterdam Avenue onto Interstate 95 south on the descent toward the George Washington Bridge. Photo taken 07/27/07.
State-named shields are posted in each direction of Amsterdam Avenue at the Interstate 95 southbound on-ramp. I-95 travels between 178th and 179th Streets through a cut and cover tunnel across Manhattan Island. Photo taken 07/27/07.
Amsterdam Avenue north at West 181st Street and the Washington Bridge across the Harlem River. The Washington Bridge provides a direct link to Interstate 95 (Cross Bronx Expressway) north and University Avenue. Photo taken 07/27/07.
Washington Bridge provides three lanes of travel east from 181st Street and Amsterdam Avenue to a half diamond interchange with University Avenue. Two lanes default onto Interstate 95 & U.S. 1 north ahead of Jerome Avenue. Photo taken 07/27/07.
University Avenue constitutes a multi-lane boulevard north from the Washington Bridge to the Morris Heights neighborhood of the Bronx and south to High Bridge. Photo taken 07/27/07.
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Washington Bridge splits with the University Avenue off-ramp above Undercliff Avenue. Motorists remaining to the left merge onto Interstate 95 (Cross Bronx Expressway) at the Jesup Avenue overpass. There is no direct access to Interstate 87; instead drivers bound for the Major Deegan Expressway are directed to use the Jerome Avenue interchange to U-turn onto I-95 south. Photos taken 07/27/07.
Interstate 95 north overhead that was posted on 3rd Avenue southbound at the Cross-Bronx Expressway eastbound frontage street in East Tremont, Bronx. This old style assembly included a light fixture. Throgs Neck Bridge was signed in lieu of New England or Bruckner Expressway. The half diamond interchange at Exit 3 joins 3rd Avenue with the Cross-Bronx Expressway via nearby slip ramps from the adjacent frontage streets of Interstate 95. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Interstate 95 trailblazer formerly posted on Conner Street southbound at Tillotson Avenue in the Bronx. This sign was missing a right arrow as it pointed toward the ramp to Interstate 95 north via Tillotson Avenue south. Photo taken 03/15/00.
One of the last remaining New England Thruway trailblazers posted was this assembly located northwest of Interstate 95 in the Bronx. The spade shaped sign was posted along 233rd Street eastbound at Provost Avenue. Photo taken 03/15/00.
Bruckner Boulevard west
Bruckner Boulevard represents a surface street couplet that parallels the Bruckner Expressway southward from the Bronx Pelham Parkway to the Triborough Bridge. The boulevard generally serves the cross streets that both Interstates 95 and 278 intersect with slip ramps to and from the freeway itself. Oftentimes the overhead guide signs are readily visible from the residential street alongside the freeway. That is the case in this photograph along Bruckner Boulevard westbound as adjacent Interstate 95 (Bruckner Expressway) southbound prepares to enter the Bruckner Interchange with Interstates 278, 295, and 678. Photo taken 08/09/04.
A second set of original button copy signs, replaced by 2011, partitioned traffic between Interstate 278 (Bruckner Expressway) westbound and Interstate 95 (Cross-Bronx Expressway) southbound at the Bruckner Interchange. Interests to Interstate 678 (Whitestone Bridge) southbound are advised to remain on Interstate 95 southbound. The two directions of Bruckner Boulevard separate to accommodate the Bruckner Interchange with Interstate 678 and the Hutchinson River Parkway ahead. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Traffic to Interstate 678 southbound to the Whitestone Bridge and Van Wyck Expressway into Queens departs Interstate 95 southbound adjacent to Bruckner Boulevard. High flyover ramps to the south carry the Cross-Bronx Expressway Extension (Interstate 295) directly onto Interstate 95. Note that access to Bruckner Boulevard is granted from Exit 6A to the left.
This set of original signs was replaced by 2011. Photo taken 08/09/04.
The exit ramp to Interstate 678 southbound partitions into traffic for the Whitestone Bridge and Bruckner Boulevard westbound. Beyond the sign, which was removed by 2011, is the merge between traffic on Interstate 95 northbound with traffic from Interstate 678 north. Bruckner Boulevard serves the local street grid of Schuylerville and Unionport from the expressway interests. Photo taken 08/09/04.
One movement that Bruckner Boulevard provides that Interstate 95 southbound does not is direct access onto the Hutchinson River Parkway north. An on-ramp joins the parkway ahead of the Boulevard merge with ramps from Interstate 95 southbound. The Hutchinson River Parkway continues the Interstate 678 freeway northward to Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, and White Plains. Photo taken 08/09/04.
A look at the Exit 6A ramp split between Interstate 678 (Whitestone Bridge) south and Bruckner Boulevard west. Bruckner Boulevard westbound motorists however cannot access the southbound Whitestone Bridge approach just yet. Instead motorists bound for Queens via Interstate 678 must continue ahead to a roadway that joins Bruckner Boulevard east for its connection to the Hutchinson River Parkway southbound frontage street.
This overhead was carbon copied by 2011 and its lights removed. Photo taken 08/09/04.
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Situated below the Bruckner Interchange viaducts and flyovers is the Bruckner Boulevard westbound ramp onto the boulevard eastbound. The eastbound connection allows for drivers to access Interstate 678 southbound via the Hutchinson River Parkway southbound frontage street near Ferry Point Park. Additionally traffic remaining on Bruckner Boulevard eastbound can access the Hutchinson River Parkway northbound via its on-ramp, thus providing indirect access from Interstate 95 southbound at Exit 6A onto The Hutch. Photos taken 08/09/04.
Lost in the complicated array or ramps is a return ramp onto Interstate 95 (Cross-Bronx Expressway) south for Bruckner Boulevard westbound motorists. That connection is accomplished by utilizing the Zerega Avenue off-ramp west of the Unionport Drawbridge.
This overhead was replaced by 2011. Photo taken 08/09/04.
The two roadways of Bruckner Boulevard converge at Brush Avenue to cross the Unionport Drawbridge over the Westchester Creek. The 1953-built span carries the boulevard into Unionport where Bruckner Boulevard again splits between the east and westbound directions of Interstate 278 (Bruckner Expressway). Traffic destined for Interstate 278 west should remain on Bruckner Boulevard westbound for its on-ramp near Havemayer Avenue. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Both directions of Bruckner Boulevard crosses the Unionport Drawbridge over Westchester Creek. A companion eastbound-only four-lane span built in 1930 was removed during the Bruckner Interchange construction of the 1960s. Otherwise drivers bound for Interstate 95 south and Zerega Avenue depart Bruckner Boulevard via a ramp to the right. Bruckner Boulevard continues west alongside Interstate 278 to the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx ahead. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Cross-Bronx Expressway frontage street west
The Zerega Avenue ramp from Bruckner Boulevard reemerges from the shadows of the Cross-Bronx Expressway at the intersection with Zerega Avenue and Chatterton Avenue. Zerega Avenue straddles the Westchester Creek between Castle Hill Avenue and Westchester Avenue at Parkchester. Motorists bound for Interstate 95 continue straight onto the Cross-Bronx Expressway westbound frontage street.
This sign was replaced by 2011. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Like Bruckner Boulevard, the Cross-Bronx Expressway frontage street system parallels both directions of Interstate 95 between the Bruckner Interchange and the Bronx River Parkway. The westbound street ascends from Zerega Avenue to parallel Interstate 95 southbound near Exit 5A (old Exit 8). Photo taken 08/09/04.
A traffic signal governs the movements between the Cross-Bronx Expressway frontage road and Castle Hill Avenue. Castle Hill Avenue, like Zerega Avenue, provides a north-south route between Unionport and Parkchester. An Interstate 95 trailblazer reminds motorists to remain westbound through the forthcoming intersection. Photo taken 08/09/04.
The Westchester Avenue / White Plains Road off-ramp (Exit 5A) of Interstate 95 (Cross-Bronx Expressway) south departs the freeway for the frontage street near Olmstead Avenue. The Cross-Bronx Expressway frontage street intersects Westchester Avenue at Hugh J. Grant Circle a few blocks ahead. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Finally Bruckner Boulevard westbound motorists have the opportunity to merge onto Interstate 95 (Cross-Bronx Expressway) below. The Cross-Bronx Expressway stays below the city street grid between the Bruckner Interchange and Bronx River.
This original button copy sign was replaced by 2011. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Trucks trudge along the Cross Bronx Expressway westbound at the on-ramp from the frontage street west of Rosedale Avenue. This ramp serves traffic from Bronx River Parkway north to I-95 south.
The button copy sign pictured here was replaced by May 2011. Photo taken 07/27/07.
An overhead sign precedes the northbound on-ramp to Bronx River Parkway from the westbound frontage street. Bronx River Parkway begins at a cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 278 (Bruckner Expressway) at Soundview and leads north to White Plains as Sprain Brook Parkway. Photo taken 07/27/07.
Motorists bound Bronx River Parkway from either direction of Interstate 95 utilize the northbound on-ramp from the westbound Cross Bronx Expressway frontage street. A pedestrian signal lies at the ramp gore point. Photo taken 07/27/07.
Cross Bronx Expressway frontage street east
The Cross Bronx Expressway frontage road provides the movement from Bronx River Parkway north to Interstate 95 north at the Park Versailles neighborhood of the Bronx. Photo taken 07/27/07.
A Texas-style U-turn ramp allows drivers along the Cross Bronx Expressway eastbound frontage street access to the westbound frontage street independent of Rosedale Avenue. The ramp facilitates part of the route motorists from I-95 north to Bronx River Parkway north must take in lieu of a direct connection. Photo taken 07/27/07.
Following the U-turn ramp, motorists see a set of trailblazers to both Interstate 95 south and Bronx River Parkway north. There is no direct connection from the parkway north to the Cross Bronx Expressway south, so drivers must also use the frontage street system. Photo taken 07/27/07.

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03/15/00, 08/09/04, 07/27/07 by AARoads

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Page Updated 02-17-2013.