Bruckner Expressway

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Interstate 95 marker Interstate 278 marker

Bruckner Expressway
Map of Bruckner Expressway
Map of the Bronx in New York City with Bruckner Expressway highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NYSDOT
Length: 7.02 mi[1] (11.30 km)
Component
highways:
I-278 from Port Morris to Throggs Neck
I-95 from Throggs Neck to Pelham Bay Park
Major junctions
South end: I-87 in the Bronx
North end: Pelham Parkway in the Bronx
Highway system

The Bruckner Expressway is a freeway in the New York City borough of The Bronx. It carries Interstate 278 (I-278) and I-95 (and formerly I-878) from the Triborough Bridge to the south end of the New England Thruway at the Pelham Parkway interchange. The highway follows a mostly northeast–southwest alignment through the southern portion of the borough, loosely paralleling the course of the East River. It connects to several major freeways, including the Bronx River Parkway, the Cross Bronx Expressway, and the Hutchinson River Parkway.

Route description[edit]

Northern part

The expressway begins at the northern approach to the Triborough Bridge, where I-278 meets the southern end of I-87, here known as the Major Deegan Expressway. It heads to the northeast as an elevated highway, carrying the I-278 designation through the South Bronx. After 2 miles (3.2 km), the Bruckner Expressway meets the short Sheridan Expressway (I-895) and turns eastward to cross the Bronx River into the Soundview neighborhood. Here, the highway connects to the Bronx River Parkway at an interchange one block north of that road's official southern terminus. The Bruckner Expressway remains I-278 into the adjacent neighborhood of Castle Hill, where I-278 enters the west half of the complicated Bruckner Interchange and I-95 transitions from the Cross Bronx Expressway to the Bruckner.

In the east half of the junction, located on the opposite bank of Westchester Creek in Throggs Neck, the Bruckner Expressway (now designated I-95) intersects the Hutchinson River Parkway, I-295, and I-678. I-295 proceeds southeast from the Bruckner Interchange as the Cross Bronx Expressway Extension, while the Hutchinson Parkway and I-678 head to the north and south, respectively. The Bruckner eventually makes a turn to the north as well, connecting with I-695 in the process. The Hutchinson and the Bruckner follow mostly parallel alignments to Pelham Bay Park, where the Bruckner Expressway ends at an interchange with the Pelham Parkway. I-95 continues north from this point as the New England Thruway.

History[edit]

The Bruckner Expressway was a project envisioned by developer Robert Moses, who steered the Bruckner through the Soundview section of the Bronx, further decimating the neighborhood Moses had uprooted with his 15-year construction of the Cross Bronx Expressway, which was completed in 1963. The Bruckner Expressway opened in 1973, making it one of the last roads of the New York City Expressway system to be built. It is named in honor of former Bronx Borough President and Congressman, Henry Bruckner (1871–1942), and was built on and over the roadway of Bruckner Boulevard.[2]

Unlike the Cross Bronx Expressway, which cut through the existing street grid, the Bruckner Expressway was built along the Bruckner Boulevard alignment (except at its western end, where the Bruckner Expressway and Major Deegan Expressway meet). Between the Sheridan Expressway and the eastern end of the Bruckner Expressway, the Bruckner Boulevard is the service road, except at the I-95/278/295/678 junction, where Bruckner Boulevard passes underneath the flying junction. West of the Sheridan Expressway, Bruckner Boulevard is underneath the expressway, and extends past the expressway's western terminus for about .5 miles (0.80 km), ending at the Third Avenue Bridge.

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in the Bronx.

Mile[1] km Old exit New exit Destinations Notes
0.00 0.00 I-278 (Triborough Bridge) – Manhattan, Queens Continuation beyond I-87
0.00 0.00 44 47 I-87 north (Major Deegan Expressway) – Albany Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
45 48 East 138th Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
1.89 3.04 46 49 I-895 north (Sheridan Expressway) / East 177th Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
50 Hunts Point Avenue – Hunts Point Market Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
51 Bronx River Avenue Westbound exit only
2.69 4.33 52 Bronx River Parkway north – White Plains No westbound exit
3.36 5.41 53 White Plains Road / Castle Hill Avenue
Zerega Avenue / Bruckner Boulevard No entrance ramps; westbound exit is part of exit 6A
4.73 7.61 54 I-95 south (Cross Bronx Expressway) – George Washington Bridge Southbound exit and northbound entrance; Bruckner Expressway becomes I-95 northbound and I-278 southbound
I-295 south (Throgs Neck Bridge) Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Hutchinson River Parkway north Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
6A I-678 south (Hutchinson River Expressway) – Whitestone Bridge No exit number eastbound
5.62 9.04 7A I-695 south to I-295 south (Throgs Neck Bridge) – Long Island Southbound exit and northbound entrance
7B East Tremont Avenue Southbound exit only
7C Country Club Road – Pelham Bay Park Northbound exit and entrance
8A Westchester Avenue No northbound exit
8B Orchard Beach, City Island
7.02 11.30 8C Pelham Parkway west
7.02 11.30 I-95 north (New England Thruway) – New Haven Continuation beyond Pelham Parkway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ a b "2010 Traffic Volume Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. July 25, 2011. pp. 151, 205. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Henry Bruckner, Lawyer, Son of Bronx President". The New York Times. August 3, 1970. p. 31. Retrieved April 4, 2010.