Cross County Parkway

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Cross County Parkway marker

Cross County Parkway
Map of Westchester County in southeastern New York with Cross County Parkway highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NYSDOT
Length: 4.46 mi[1] (7.18 km)
Existed: 1947[citation needed] – present
Major junctions
West end: Saw Mill River Pkwy. in Yonkers
  I-87 / Thruway in Yonkers
Bronx River Pkwy. in Yonkers
NY 22 in Mount Vernon
East end: Hutchinson River Pkwy. in Eastchester
Location
Counties: Westchester
Highway system

The Cross County Parkway (CCP) is a 4.46-mile (7.18 km) long parkway in Westchester County, New York, in the United States. The parkway is a critical east–west connection throughout Westchester, having full interchanges with every major north–south parkway in southern Westchester, in addition to the New York State Thruway mainline. The western terminus is at the Saw Mill River Parkway in Yonkers. The eastern terminus is at the Hutchinson River Parkway in Eastchester.

As evident from stubs and oversized overpasses, it appears that there were plans to expand the Parkway west from exit 3 and east from exit 9, respectively.[2] World War II had slowed this idea until it was shelved. The CCP is the only parkway in New York state that has Express and Local lanes. The parkway is designated New York State Route 907K (NY 907K), an unsigned reference route.

Route description[edit]

The Cross County Parkway looking east from the Murray Avenue bridge in Yonkers

The Cross County Parkway begins at an interchange with the Saw Mill River Parkway (exit 4A) in the city of Yonkers. (Going westbound this is designated exit 2 for the Cross County). After crossing an abandoned railroad grade, the parkway enters exit 3, a small interchange with Yonkers Avenue. The six-lane roadway crosses through southeast Yonkers, making a gradual bend from the northeast to the southeast before crossing into an interchange with the New York State Thruway (I-87) and NY 100. In this interchange, designated as exits 4S and 4N, eastbound are accessed by separate ramps on frontage roads. Just east of the Thruway, the Cross County passes north of Cross County Shopping Center and the frontage roads service exit 5, which connects to Kimball Avenue and Midland Avenue.[3]

Cross County Parkway signage in Yonkers

Continuing east through Yonkers, the Cross County Parkway enters an interchange with the Bronx River Parkway just south of the fork from the Sprain Brook Parkway. In the center of this interchange, consisting of several flyover ramps, is the Fleetwood Metro-North Railroad station on the Harlem Line. Now in Mount Vernon, the parkway enters an urbanized part of the city before winding southeast into the Chester Heights section, where it enters exit 8 for NY 22 (North Columbus Avenue). Just east of exit 8, the Cross County has a ramp for exit 9, which connects the parkway to the southbound lanes of the Hutchinson River Parkway at the latter's exit 13. At this interchange, the Cross County Parkway turns northward, paralleling a park in Chester Heights and entering exit 10, a small interchange with New Rochelle Road.[3]

Now in Eastchester, the Cross County Parkway continues north as a six-lane parkway before crossing under a flyover ramp for the Hutchinson River Parkway southbound and merging into the parkway northbound.[3]

History[edit]

The Cross County Parkway was originally built as an east–west link between the Saw Mill, Bronx River, and Hutchinson River Parkways. Construction began in 1929, and the highway was initially a 40-foot (12 m)-wide undivided roadway that could accommodate four lanes of automobile traffic (two in each direction). The parkway had a toll barrier in Fleetwood, which was removed in the early 1950s. The reconstruction of the Cross County Parkway was begun in 1964; however, the project was not completed until 1984[4][5] The parkway is now a multi-lane highway with express and local lanes. In conjunction with the renovation of the Cross County Shopping Center, exit 5 westbound and exit 5 eastbound of the Cross County Parkway underwent major reconstruction during 2010 and 2011. The two exit ramps were widened and improved with new traffic lights and signage. In addition, traffic can now proceed directly from the eastbound parkway into the shopping center.

Cross County Parkway was originally intended to connect to the Rye Playland Parkway.[6] However this proposal was stalled by the Great Depression and Second World War, and finally cancelled in the 1970s.

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Westchester County.

Location Mile[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Yonkers Saw Mill River Pkwy. south Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; exit 4A (Saw Mill River Parkway)
1 Rumsey Road Westbound exit only
0.00 0.00 2 Saw Mill River Pkwy. north Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
0.13 0.21 3 Yonkers Avenue
West end of local/express lane division
1.00 1.61 4 I-87 (Central Park Avenue) / Thruway to NY 100 Signed as 4S (south) and 4N (north); all but exit 4N eastbound is accessible only from local lanes; exit 4N eastbound accessible only from express lanes; ; exit 4 (I-87/NYST)
5 Kimball Avenue / Midland Avenue Exit accessible only from local lanes
East end of local/express lane division (westbound)
1.78 2.86 6 Bronx River Pkwy. Eastbound exit accessible only from local lanes; the westbound onramp merges into the local lanes after the split; exit 11 (Bronx River Parkway)
Mount Vernon 7 West Broad Street / Gramatan Avenue Eastbound exit and entrance; accessible only from local lanes
East end of local/express lane division (eastbound)
2.88 4.63 8 NY 22 (North Columbus Avenue)
3.09 4.97 9 Hutchinson River Pkwy. south Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
10 New Rochelle Road Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Eastchester 4.46 7.18 Hutchinson River Pkwy. north Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; exit 15 (Hutchinson River Parkway)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2007 Traffic Data Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. July 25, 2008. Retrieved July 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ Anderson, Steve. "Cross County Parkway". NYCRoads. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Microsoft. "overview map of the Cross County Parkway". Bing Maps (Map). Cartography by Nokia. http://binged.it/UhoVPo. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  4. ^ Fleetwood NYC Station, Mount Vernon, New York; 1954 (NETR Online; Historic Aerials)
  5. ^ Fleetwood PC Station, Mount Vernon, New York; 1974 (NETR Online; Historic Aerials)
  6. ^ "Transportation 1985: A Regional Plan," by the Tri-State Transportation Commission (1966)

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