Interstate 278 West
Exiting the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge toll plaza, Exits 14 and 15 immediately leave the freeway mainline for Lily Pond Avenue / Father Capodanno Boulevard south to South Beach and Midland Beach and the beginning of Narrows Road west. Narrows Road lines both sides of Staten Island Expressway from Fingerboard Road west to Concord and Grasmere. 08/29/05
A split diamond interchange (Exit 13) follows in one half mile for Targee Street, Richmond Road, and Clove Road. Interstate 278 on Staten Island is designated the POW MIA Memorial Highway. 08/29/05
Hylan Boulevard meets adjacent Narrows Road at a traffic circle above Interstate 278 as the freeway nears the Exit 13 off-ramp at Concord. Clove Road stems northwest from Hylan Boulevard to Grasmere and Emerson Hill, where the road crosses Staten Island Expressway. 08/29/05
Exit 13 joins Interstate 278 west with Narrows Road North ahead of its intersections with Targee Street and Richmond Road. Richmond Road leads northeast from Arthur Kill Road and Richmond to Grant City and Linden Park to Vanderbilt Avenue by Fox Hills. Clove Road continues northwest from Exit 13 to Port Richmond. 08/29/05
Passing over Clove Road, one half mile from the parclo interchange (Exit 12) with Slosson Avenue on I-278 west. 08/29/05
Slosson Avenue becomes Todt Hill Road four blocks to the south of Exit 12 near Westwood Avenue. Todt Hill Rill continues the road south by Todt Hill to Richmond Road at New Dorp. 08/29/05
Interstate 278 (Staten Island Expressway) westbound through an abandoned tri-level stack interchange. Never opened to traffic, the high speed ramps were to facilitate movements between I-278 and the unconstructed Richmond Parkway. Richmond Parkway constitutes a freeway between NY 440 and the Outerbridge Crossing northward to Arthur Kill Road. The Parkway from Arthur Kill Road to Interstate 278 was never built. 08/29/05
Exit 12 departs from Interstate 278 west from under the flyover ramps meant for Richmond Parkway. Slosson Avenue north serves the Castleton Corners neighborhood. 08/29/05
Interstate 278 again gains frontage streets from Manor Road westward in the form of North and South Gannon Avenue. Exit 11 utilizes the parallel roadways to make the connection with Bradley Avenue. 08/29/05
Traveling between Castleton Corners and Willowbrook along Interstate 278, one quarter mile east of the diamond interchange (Exit 11) with Bradley Avenue. 08/29/05
Bradley Avenue heads north from Interstate 278 to Victory Boulevard and Watchogue Road and south to Brielle Avenue. 08/29/05
A half diamond interchange (Exit 10) joins Interstate 278 with Gannon Avenue ahead of Victory Boulevard in one quarter mile. NY 440 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Expressway) south merges with I-278 west at the following directional cloverleaf interchange (Exit 9). 11/27/11
Victory Boulevard crosses Interstate 278 from Castleton Corners to Bulls Head and Travis, ending just shy of Arthur Kill. The east-west road was a part of NY 439A until 1972, when the route between Richmond Avenue (then NY-440) and Forest Avenue (then NY-439) was decommissioned. 08/29/05
Interstate 278 curves northwesterly toward NY 440 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Expressway) north to Elm Park, Port Richmond and Jersey City, New Jersey. NY-440 travels 12.73 miles from Outerbridge Crossing at Perth Amboy, New Jersey to the Bayonne Bridge. 11/27/11
Named Willowbrook Expressway until 1990, NY 440 north to the Bayonne Bridge was part of a longer parkway proposed to lead southeast from Victory Boulevard nearby to Richmondton, Oakwood Beach and the planned Shore Front Drive. 08/29/05
Westbound Interstate 278 at the Exit 9 off-ramp to NY 440 north. NY 440 transitions into New Jersey 440 (formerly numbered NJ-169) upon crossing the Kill Van Kull River into Bayonne. NJ-440 continues north to Interstate 78 (New Jersey Turnpike Extension). 08/29/05
Interstate 278 West New York Route 440 South
NY 440 follows Staten Island Expressway 1.10 miles west to Exit 5 and the West Shore Expressway. The tandem see a ramps for both Richmond Avenue (old NY 440) and South Avenue (Exit 6) on their overlap. 08/29/05
A loop ramp departs Interstate 278 west & NY 440 south for Richmond Avenue. Richmond Avenue ventures north to Graniteville and south to Annadale. NY 440 followed the avenue south to Drumgoole Road until 1976.1 08/29/05
Exit 6 quickly follows as a slip ramp onto adjacent Goethals Road North to South Avenue. South Avenue mirrors the West Shore Expressway southward to Chelsea. Northward, the road continues to Forest Avenue (former NY 439) and Mariners Harbor. 08/29/05
Three lanes of Staten Island Expressway west continue to a directional interchange (Exit 5) with West Shore Expressway south. NY 440 follows the November 1976-opened freeway2 southwest to Korean War Veterans Memorial Parkway and Outerbridge Crossing. 08/29/05
NY 440 south parts ways with Interstate 278 west for the eight mile drive to Outerbridge Crossing and Perth Amboy, New Jersey. NJ-440 continues the freeway west to Interstate 287 at the New Jersey Turnpike near Metuchen. 08/29/05
Interstate 278 West
The final Staten Island off-ramp (Exit 3) connects Interstate 278 west with Goethals Road North ahead of Western Avenue. 08/29/05
An on-ramp joins Interstate 278 west from Goethals Road near Forest Avenue (former NY 439). NY 439 was the original designation of the forthcoming Goethals Bridge into Linden, New Jersey. 08/29/05
Interstate 278 carries just two through lanes beyond the Exit 3 off-ramp to Western Avenue Western Avenue serves the industrial areas at Port Ivory. 08/29/05
A sprawling toll plaza lies at the Exit 3 off-ramp. Tolls are only charged to eastbound drivers however. 08/29/05
Constructed between 1925 and 1928, the narrow Goethals Bridge spans the Arthur Kill River between Staten Island and Linden, New Jersey. Measuring 8,600 feet in length, the steel-truss cantilever bridge travels 135 feet above the river at mid-span.3 08/29/05
The Goethals Bridge carries four ten foot lanes with no shoulders in either direction. A recent study found that the bridge was near the end of its life span and now the Port Authority plans to build a replacement. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was undertaken and a Record of Decision (ROD) was set on January 31, 2011 for a new cable-stayed bridge. Forecast completion of the new span, planned to carry six 12 foot lanes with both inside and outside shoulders, is 2017. 08/29/05
Cresting over the Arthur Kill River, Interstate 278 enters Union County, New Jersey. Designated a part of NJ-439 and NY-439 between 1952 and 1972, the Goethals Bridge became part of Interstate 278 in 1958.3 08/29/05


Photo Credits:

    08/29/05 by AARoads. 11/27/11 by I.C. Ligget.

Page Updated 02-10-2012.

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