Clearview Expressway / Cross Bronx Expressway Extension


Interstate 295 constitutes a 9.10-mile routing between the Bruckner Interchange in the Bronx to Hillside Avenue near Hollis. The designation entails the Cross Bronx Expressway Extension, Throgs Neck Expressway, Throgs Neck Bridge, and the Clearview Expressway. Interstate 295 replaced Interstate 78 along this routing in 1971 after Interstate 78's planned routing through Brooklyn and Queens was cancelled.

The Cross Bronx Expressway Extension includes the freeway from the Bruckner Interchange (Interstates 95, 278, 678, Hutchinson River Parkway) to the Throgs Neck Expressway through Schuylerville in the east Bronx. The freeway opened to traffic on January 11, 1961, the same day the Throgs Neck Expressway and Throgs Neck suspension Bridge opened across the East River.1 The routing between Interstate 95 and the Long Island Expressway was planned as Interstate 495 for a brief time in 1958, with Interstate 78 entailing the Clearview Expressway south of the L.I.E. By December of 1958, the Interstate 78 designation saw extension northward to the planned Throgs Neck Bridge and Expressway. At the split of the Cross Bronx Expressway Extension and Throgs Neck Expressway (present day Interstate 695), Interstate 78 split into two spur routes. The spur routes became apart of Interstate 295 between 1971 and 1986. In 1986, the Throgs Neck Expressway between the Cross Bronx Expressway Extension and Interstate 95 (Bruckner Expressway) was redesignated Interstate 695.2

Once in Queens, Interstate 295 follows the Clearview Expressway south from the Throgs Neck Bridge to its premature end at New York 25 (Hillside Avenue) near Hollis. The north-south freeway carries four to six lanes overall and represents the most direct route between Interstate 95 and Long Island via connections to the Cross Island Parkway, Interstate 495 (Long Island Expressway), and Grand Central Parkway. Planning for the expressway commenced in 1955 as a route between the planned Throgs Neck Bridge and Long Island Expressway. Construction began in 1957 and the freeway opened in two stages. The first section opened by late 1960 to include the Throgs Neck Bridge approach and roadway south to 73rd Avenue (Exit 3), including the directional interchange with the Long Island Expressway. Second to open in 1963 was the remainder of the freeway between 73rd Avenue and New York 25 (Hillside Avenue), including the symmetrical stack interchange with the Grand Central Parkway. The 5.3 mile freeway cost $50 million to build.3

Interstate 78 was to travel east from the Holland Tunnel across the unconstructed Lower Manhattan Expressway to the unconstructed Bushwick Expressway, partially-built Nassau Expressway, and partially-built Clearview Expressway. Planning occurred for the Clearview Expressway extension between the Nassau Expressway and Hillside Avenue in 1957. Two alignments were considered. First was a path southeast along Francis Lewis Boulevard to a southwest alignment between Farmers and Springfield Boulevards. The second path considered took the freeway southeast to the Cross Island Parkway within the vicinity of New York 24 (Exit 26B) and the Southern State Parkway (Exits 25A/B), and from there parallel to the Belt Parkway system to the Nassau Expressway. The 6.3-mile long extension faced funding issues and later community opposition. The $194-million proposal officially was withdrawn from consideration on March 24, 1971 by then-Governor Nelson Rockefeller.3

Interstate 295 New York Guides


Interstate 295 scenes
Interstate 295 southbound guide sign posted at the Lawton Avenue intersection with the Throgs Neck Expressway southbound side frontage road. Restrictions to the on-ramp from Harding Avenue mandate that motorists use the Randall Avenue on-ramp to Interstate 295 south during certain times of the day. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Take Lawton Avenue north across the Throgs Neck Expressway and the surface street reaches the northbound side frontage road of the Throgs Neck Expressway. Drivers destined for Interstate 295 or Interstate 695 northbound are directed onto the frontage road southbound for the on-ramp at Blair Avenue. Photo taken 08/09/04.
The Throgs Neck Expressway northbound side frontage road southbound at the Interstate 295 northbound on-ramp. The overhead includes control cities for Interstate 95 (New Haven to the north and Trenton to the south). It is unclear why Trenton is used over the George Washington Bridge or even Newark, New Jersey. Interstate 695 is omitted from the overhead here even though it carries traffic onto Interstate 95 northbound. Photo taken 08/09/04.

Interstate 295 & New York 25 shield assembly posted on New York 24 (212th Street) westbound. New York 24 intersects New York 25 (Hillside Avenue) ahead. From there 212th Street becomes the northbound beginning of Interstate 295 and the Clearview Expressway. The Interstate 295 shield here is original and includes the state name. Photos taken 10/03/04.
A second view of the Interstate 295 & New York 25 shield assembly pictured in the above photoboxes. New York 24 follows the one-way street couplet of 212th Street and Place between Hamstead & Jamaica Avenues and New York 25 (Hillside Avenue). The upcoming intersection represents the western terminus of the western segment. Photo taken 06/13/05.
212nd Street (New York 24) northbound at Hillside Avenue (New York 25). Interstate 295 begins beyond the signalized intersection. To the left is Terrace Heights and Hollis, New York 25 east heads to Queens Village. Photo taken 06/13/05.
New York 25 (Hillside Avenue) eastbound at the intersection with 212nd Street (New York 24) and the northbound beginning of Interstate 295 (Clearview Expressway). The freeway interchanges with the Grand Central Parkway immediately after its departure from Hillside Avenue. Photo taken 08/29/05.

Sources:

  1. Throgs Neck Bridge (I-295), NYCRoads.com.
  2. Throgs Neck Expressway (I-695), NYCRoads.com.
  3. Clearview Expressway (I-295), NYCRoads.com.

Page Updated January 22, 2006.

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