List of unused highways in New York

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An unused highway may reference a highway or highway ramp that was partially or fully constructed but was unused[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] or later closed.[10][11][12] An unused ramp can be referred to as a stub ramp,[13] stub street,[2][14][15] stub-out,[2] or simply stub.[16][17] Several such highways exist in the U.S. state of New York.

Capital District[edit]

Dunn Memorial Bridge stub ends

Central New York[edit]

  • The freeway portion of NY 5 in the Syracuse suburbs indicates there were plans to make the freeway section longer than it currently is. At the western freeway end, NY 5 intersects NY 174 (West Genesee Turnpike). Entering westbound traffic takes an unnecessary loop ramp and eastbound traffic veers from the mainline as an exit would. There are small mainline stubs for both directions and grading all the way west to the overpass over NY 174.[29] The eastbound end was planned to continue to Seymour and Shonnard Streets, via the current Grand Avenue and would have intersected I-81 via another unbuilt roadway.[30] It instead intersects West Genesee Street as it leaves the mainline heading to and from both directions, leaving a wide median. There is currently a power substation in the right of way.[31]
  • I-690 has been planned to extend to Manlius or to the far east suburb of Chittenango as NY 5[30] but currently ends in an expansive interchange with I-481. There are three unused ramps and three ramp stubs that are fully intact: one was to be the continuation of the freeway eastward, another as the extension merging with the current I-481 southbound to I-690 westbound (both lead to/from a service yard), the third is a loop ramp that was for the traffic from the extension to head south on I-481, the first ramp stub that was for the traffic from I-481 northbound to I-690 eastbound extension, the another ramp stub that was for the traffic from I-690 eastbound to I-481 northbound extension, and the third ramp stub was the I-690 extension from east to west.[32]


Hudson Valley[edit]

Long Island[edit]

Other stubs include:

New York City[edit]

Manhattan[edit]

Queens[edit]

Staten Island[edit]

  • The full route of the Korean War Veterans Parkway, formerly known as the Richmond Parkway, has yet to be completed. The northern terminus ends just short of Arthur Kill Road at Wainwright Avenue. Beyond this, however, is a long stub that extends over Richmond Avenue. There is also a vestigial overhead sign on the unused southbound lanes for the Arden Avenue exit. The stub is now part of a roadway leading to a construction site.[49] At the north end of the unbuilt section, near the Todt Hill Road exit of the Staten Island Expressway, is a fully built three-way interchange showing exactly where the Parkway was originally intended to end.[50][51]
  • Where NY 440 (the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Expressway) ends at Victory Boulevard, stubs point south for a never-built section of the road that would have ended at the South Shore.[52][53] There is also an embankment on both sides of Victory Boulevard for the never-built expressway.
  • The West Shore Expressway ends on the Korean War Veterans Parkway, although the interchange is designed as a full 4-way interchange. This was to have connected to the never built Shore Front Drive.[54][55] The West Shore Expressway now continues onto a park and ride facility for the Staten Island Railway. Also at that interchange, there are stubs and a bridge for an unbuilt ramp from the northbound West Shore Expressway to the westbound Korean War Veterans Parkway.

Western New York[edit]

Buffalo[edit]

  • I-990 was planned in the 1960s to at least reach Lockport and was even rumored to be part of a Niagara Falls to Rochester freeway but instead ends at NY 263. I-990 initially terminated at North French Road and was extended to its current terminus at the end of 1990, though it was not officially labeled I-990 until 1993. At NY 263, there is an eastbound mainline stub extending from what was to be an exit there.[56][57] There is also a visible remnant of what was built in Lockport and was to be a bypass of that city. The road, actually termed the Lockport Bypass and signed as NY 93, is about one mile (1.6 km) long and is only a shadow of what it was planned to be.[58][59]
  • The Robert Moses Parkway is interrupted through Niagara Falls State Park.[60] North of the park, the road has been turned into a two-lane expressway by replacing the southbound roadway with a bikeway.[61]
  • There were plans at one time for the "Outer Beltway" of the greater Buffalo area and it was to be signed I-890. This beltway did not make it to full fruition but parts do exist as the Mile Strip Expressway (NY 179) and as the LaSalle Expressway, where there are stubs for a continuation past Williams Road.[62][63]

Springville[edit]

See also[edit]

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