Interstate 495 in New York

By | October 14, 2022

 

I-495
Get started New York
End Riverhead
Length 114 km
Route
  • Queens-Midtown Tunnel13 Pulaski Bridge
  • 14 Long Island City
  • 15 Van Dam Street
  • 16 Hunters Point Avenue
  • 17 → Brooklyn / Bronx
  • 18 Maurice Avenue
  • 19 Queens Boulevard
  • 20 Junction Boulevard
  • 21 108th Street
  • 22A Grand Central Parkway → LaGuardia Airport
  • 22B → JFK Airport / Bronx
  • 23 Main Street
  • 24 Kissena Boulevard
  • 25 Utopia Parkway
  • 26 Francis Lewis Boulevard
  • 27 → Bronx
  • 28 Oceania Street
  • 29 Springfield Boulevard
  • 30 Belt Parkway → Brooklyn / Bronx
  • 32 Little Neck Parkway
  • Nassau County
  • 33 Lake Success
  • 34 New Hyde Park Road
  • 36 Northern State Parkway
  • 37 North Hills
  • 38 North Hempstead
  • 39 Northern State Parkway
  • 40W Old Westbury
  • 40E Jericho Turnpike
  • 41 Jericho
  • 42 Northern State Parkway
  • 43 Syossett-Robins Lane
  • 44 South Oyster Bay Road
  • 44S Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway
  • 45 Woodbury
  • 46 Plainview
  • 48 Round Swamp Road
  • Suffolk County
  • 49 Broad Hollow Road
  • 50 Huntington
  • 51 Dix Hills
  • 52 Commack Road
  • 53 Sagtikos State Parkway
  • 55 Wicks Road
  • 56 Central Islip
  • 57 Islip
  • 57 Patchogue
  • 58 Old Nichols Road
  • 59 Ronkonkoma
  • 60 Lake Ronkonkoma
  • 61 Holbrook
  • 62 Nicolls Road
  • 63 Mount Sinai
  • 64 Port Jefferson
  • 65 Centereach
  • 66 East Patchogue
  • 67 Yaphank
  • Brookhaven
  • 68 William Floyd Parkway
  • 69 Wading River
  • 70 Eastport
  • 71 Hampton Bays
  • 72 Riverhead
  • 73 Old Country Road

Interstate 495 or I -495, also called Long Island Expressway ( LIE ) is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of New York. The highway forms an east-west connection on Long Island, and runs for an enormous distance through the suburbs of New York City. The interstate begins in New York City and ends in Riverhead, 711 miles to the east. The route along the way consists of countless small suburbs, which become less and less built-up the further east you go.

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Travel directions

I-495 at Queens.

I-495 on the border between Nassau County and Queens.

Queens

The interstate begins in Manhattan at 2nd Avenue. One dives directly into the Queens-Midtown Tunnel and goes under the East River. The tunnel is almost 2 kilometers long. In Queens, the tunnel comes back above ground and the motorway then has 2×3 lanes. The highway passes through a large cemetery where the intersection with Interstate 278, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) is located. In the middle of this cemetery is also a power plant. The highway then widens to 2×4 lanes. A little further on it crosses Queens Boulevard, with 12 lanes one of the widest roads in Queens. In Central Queens one crosses the Grand Central Parkway and half a kilometer further theInterstate 678, the Van Wyck Expressway to the airport. Interstate 495 then has 2×3 lanes. In the east of Queens, Interstate 295 crosses the Clearview Expressway that leads to the Bronx. The last highway that one crosses in New York is the Belt Parkway, also known as the Cross Island Parkway. A few miles away they cross the border into Nassau County.

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Nassau County

The density of the urban area changes immediately after the county line, the residential areas here are less densely built. Nassau County is one of the most expensive and wealthiest counties in the United States. The Northern State Parkway runs parallel, sometimes a few tens of meters away. This corridor has 19 lanes, but actually consists of two motorways and access roads. Both motorways have 2×3 lanes. You pass countless small suburbs, none of which really stands out in terms of population. At Plainview, one crosses the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway, which leads south. After this one crosses the Northern State Parkway, but the node consists of only 2 connections and is far from complete. Plainview crosses the border into Suffolk County.

Suffolk County

Most of I-495 is in Suffolk County. In the first place, Melville, are large industrial estates. They are now 60 kilometers from Manhattan. It passes by Dix Hills and Deer Park, both suburbs of New York. In Brentwood one crosses the Sagtikos State Parkway. I-495 still has 2×3 lanes here. Brentwood is a somewhat larger suburband is also quite densely built. The neighborhoods have a good living environment, with many trees and parks and wide roads with little traffic. Central Islip is another larger suburb along I-495. Most suburbs have only a few thousand residents, but there are hundreds of them on Long Island. After Medford, almost 100 kilometers from Manhattan, the built environment becomes more dispersed. The interstate eventually ends a little further on, at Riverhead, after 115 miles of suburban and residential areas on Main Street.

Traffic intensities

I-495 is busy and congested. Despite more than 100 kilometers of suburbs, the road remains largely 2×3 lanes. Every turn to the west adds more traffic, eventually leading to structural congestion in New York, often lasting all day. Traffic intensities are high, but usually fluctuate between 120,000 and 180,000 vehicles, which usually means that capacity is used up throughout the day. In Nassau County, there are temporary 2×4 lanes, so the traffic volumes here rise to more than 200,000 vehicles. In Suffolk County, this slowly decreases to 127,000 vehicles, but it only calms down near the end of the road.

Exit Location 2008 2015
Queens-Midtown Tunnel 80,000 79,000
14 Long Island City 80,000 70,000
17 68,000 162,000
19 Queens Boulevard 163,000 189,000
21 108th Street 145,000 152,000
22 Grand Central Parkway 147,000
23 Main Street 139,000 171,000
24 Kissena Boulevard 184,000 127,000
25 Utopia Parkway 131,000 128,000
26 Francis Lewis Boulevard 124,000 156,000
27 127,000 156,000
29 Springfield Boulevard 119,000 149,000
30 Belt Parkway 143,000 175,000
31 Douglaston Parkway 123,000 175,000
32 Little Neck Parkway 171,000 196,000
33 Lakeville Road 201,000
34 New Hyde Park Road 213,000 205,000
35 Shelter Rock Road 204,000 219,000
37 Willis Avenue 202,000 211,000
38 Northern State Parkway 223,000 230,000
39 Glen Cove Road 179,000 187,000
40 Jericho Turnpike 171,000
41 Jericho 185,000 183,000
43 Oyster Bay Road 169,000 187,000
44 Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway 189,000 161,000
45 Manetto Hill Road 181,000 180,000
46 Sunnyside Boulevard 182,000 183,000
49 Broad Hollow Road 170,000 189,000
50 Bagatelle Road 170,000 172,000
51 NY-231 177,000 185,000
52 Commack Road 173,000 178,000
53 Sagtikos State Parkway 135,000 160,000
54 Wicks Road 111,000 188,000
55 Motorcycle Parkway 174,000 205,000
56 NY-111 180,000 183,000
57 Veterans Memorial Highway 169,000
58 Old Nichols Road 174,000
59 Ocean Avenue 168,000 175,000
60 Ronkonoma Avenue 158,000
61 Patchogue-Holbrook Road 175,000 189,000
62 Nicolls Road 160,000 141,000
63 Ocean Avenue 131,000
64 NY-112 88,000 71,000
65 Horseblock Road 75,000
66 CR-101 80,000
67 Yaphank Avenue 66,000 77,000
68 William Floyd Parkway 80,000 51,000
69 Wading River Road 60,000 26,000
70 CR-111 26,000 28,000
71 NY-24 30,000 19,000
72 NY-25 19,000 19,000
73 CR-58 11,000 9,000

Lane Configuration

This highway has sequential exit numbers.

From Unpleasant Lanes
Exit 15 Exit 17 (I-278) 2×3
Exit 17 (I-278) Exit 19 2×4
Exit 19 Exit 30 2×3
Exit 30 Exit 64 2×4
Exit 64 Exit 73 2×3

Interstate 495 in New York