Hawthorne Circle

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Hawthorne Interchange
Hawthorne Circle
A map of the interchange's former iteration as a traffic circle
A map of the interchange's former iteration as a traffic circle
Location
Hawthorne, New York, United States
Coordinates: 41°6′34.3″N 73°48′6.4″W / 41.109528°N 73.801778°W / 41.109528; -73.801778Coordinates: 41°6′34.3″N 73°48′6.4″W / 41.109528°N 73.801778°W / 41.109528; -73.801778
Roads at
junction:
Saw Mill River Parkway
Taconic State Parkway
Construction
Type: Three-level partial stack interchange
(former traffic circle)
Spans: 4
Lanes: 10
Constructed: 1929-1931, 1971 by
WCPC and NYSDOT
Opened: 1931 (1931) (as a circle)
1971 (1971) (as an interchange)[1]
Maintained by: NYSDOT

Hawthorne Circle was a notably dangerous traffic circle located in Hawthorne, New York, United States until 1971 when it was replaced with a three-level interchange.[1] The circle once connected two busy highways, the Taconic State Parkway and the Saw Mill River Parkway.[2] It also accessed to the Bronx River Parkway by way a 2.6-mile (4.18 km) segment of the Taconic Parkway. The Sprain Brook Parkway, whose northern terminus lies just south of the circle, was not completed until 1980, eight years after the circle was converted to an interchange.

With over 67,000 cars passing through the area daily,[when?] a traffic circle would be even more dangerous today than it was in 1971.[citation needed]

For many years after the circle was eliminated, the Hawthorne Interchange was sometimes misleadingly referred to by its former name, especially in radio traffic reports.

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Media related to Hawthorne Circle at Wikimedia Commons