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.
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.