Interstate 490

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Interstate 490 joins the Rochester metropolitan area with the New York Thruway (I-90) west to Buffalo and east to Syracuse. Beginning at Victor, I-490 travels northwest through suburban areas of Fairport, East Rochester and Pittsford to Interstate 590 (Rochester Outer Loop Freeway). The Outer Loop arcs southwest along I-590 through the town of Brighton to I-390, and northwest as I-390 to Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) and the town of Gates. I-490 travels to the north, leading directly into the central business district along the East Expressway. Once at Downtown, Interstate 490 comprises the southern leg of the Inner Loop freeway.

Leaving the Inner Loop, Interstate 490 follows the West Expressway to the exchange with I-390 (Outer Loop freeway) south to ROC Airport and NY 390 north to Greece. Continuing west through Gates, I-490 splits with NY 531, a freeway spur leading toward Spencerport and Brockport. I-490 turns south from NY 531 to Chili and west again ahead of Churchville. The western end at the New York Thruway falls within a rural area south of Bergen and north of Le Roy.

Interstate 490 New York Guides

As part of the Western Gateway Project reconstructing Interstate 490 from I-390 east to Downtown Rochester, the aging Troup Howell Bridge was replaced with a signature span featuring three 70 foot high arches. Work on the crossing, which spans the Genesee River at a height of 85 feet, commenced in April 2004 and was completed on June 18, 2007. The bridge was subsequently renamed the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge in July 2017.

Rochester, NY - 1968

The last section of Interstate 490 to be built in Rochester was the West Expressway between Mt. Read Boulevard and the Inner Loop.

Interstate 490 scenes
NY 31 (W Main Street) intersects the east end of NY 33 adjacent to I-490 (Inner Loop) at Downtown Rochester. W Main Street extends along NY 33 from Broad Street by Nick Tahou's Hots. Located at the former the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh railroad station, the eatery is famous for its "Garbage Plate."1 05/28/00
This trailblazer for I-490 was posted along NY 31 (Broad Street) just after the turn from W Main Street (NY 33). This area historically was the confluence of the Erie and Genesee Valley canals.1 05/28/00
Goodman Street north at Broadway and the westbound entrance ramp for Interstate 490 to Downtown Rochester. 05/10/05
Broadway at the westbound on-ramp for I-490 from Goodman Road. Broadway north to Union Street was originally the route joining I-490 west with the former Inner Loop freeway north. 05/10/05

  1. Email correspondence with Nathan Perry.

Photo Credits:

05/28/00, 05/10/05 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 90 / New York Thruway
Interstate 390
Interstate 590 / State Route 590

Page Updated 03-04-2020.

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