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Interstate 278 (abbreviated I-278) is an auxiliary Interstate Highway in New Jerseymarker and New Yorkmarker, United Statesmarker. It serves as a partial beltway through the eastern section of New York Citymarker and passes through all five of the city's borough (though through Manhattanmarker only because the Robert F.marker Kennedy Bridgemarker crosses Ward's Islandmarker, which is part of Manhattan). Despite its number, I-278 does not connect to I-78; however, there were once plans to extend I-278 west to I-78 east of the Route 24 interchange in Springfield, New Jerseymarker. The majority of I-278 is in New York Citymarker and serves local traffic.

Like most Interstate Highways, I-278 is predominantly owned by the state; however, in New Yorkmarker, the New York City Department of Transportation owns two older sections of the freeway in Brooklynmarker. The first is near downtown Brooklyn; the other is located between Queens Boulevardmarker and the Grand Central Parkway.

Route description

Homes along the Staten Island ExpresswayThe short New Jersey segment of I-278 begins in Lindenmarker at the junction with U.S.Route 1/9 and goes east into Elizabethmarker, where it meets Route 439 (the original Goethals Bridge approach) and the New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95) at the only intermediate interchange that I-278 has in New Jersey.This short length is sometimes called the Union Freeway. It crosses the Arthur Killmarker on the four-lane Goethals Bridgemarker to Staten Islandmarker, a borough of New York Citymarker.

After crossing into New York City, I-278 uses the following named highways:

I-278's eastern terminus is at the Bruckner Interchangemarker.Here, the Bruckner Expressway becomes I-95and continues towards the New England Thruway. Due to the relatively old age of the highways that comprise I-278 (most of the highways that make up I-278 predate the highway), the majority of I-278 has a speed restriction, with the exception of the Staten Island Expressway, which has a speed limit.

Legally, the New York section of I-278 is defined as part of Interstate Route Connector 512 and all of Interstate Route Connector 518 in New York Highway Law § 340-a.

History

During the 1960s, Interstate 278 (Union Freeway) was supposed to continue west of its current end (at US 1/9 in Linden, NJmarker) to the interchange with Interstate 78 and Route 24 in Springfield, Union County, NJmarker.It was during this decade that the project faced strong opposition. Even though it was to run along an abandoned railroad right-of-way, it would traverse through dense development in Roselle Park, Kenilworth, and Union Township, thereby making the project further disliked. By 1967, state officials decided not to pursue the continuation of Interstate 278 (known as the Union Freeway Extension). Instead, they decided to substitute the Central Jersey Expressway (I-195) in its place, since I-195would not go through such densely populated areas.

However, the Union Freeway Extension was revived again, and was to start at US 1/9, but end at the Middlesex Freeway (now known as Interstate 287) in the Township of Hanovermarker.Nevertheless, the FHWA rejected the proposal, thus ending the I-278 project.

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NJmarker 2.00 3.22
NYmarker 33.62 54.11
Total 35.62 57.32
County
Location
Mile
#
Destinations
Notes
Old
Unionmarker
Lindenmarker
0.00
1
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Elizabethmarker
1.01
2
1.20
3
Goethals Bridgemarker over Arthur Killmarker
New YorkmarkerNew Jerseymarker state line
Richmondmarker
Staten Islandmarker
1.60
3
Western Avenue
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
1.70
4
Forest Avenue
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
1.83
5
NY 440 south (West Shore Expressway) – Outerbridge Crossingmarker
West end of overlap
1.90
6
South Avenue
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
2.04
7
Richmond Avenue
2.74
8
Victory Boulevard
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
2.93
9
NY 440 north (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Expressway) – Bayonne Bridgemarker
East end of overlap
2.74
10
Victory Boulevard
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
3.44
11
Bradley Avenue
4.78
12
Todt Hill Road, Slosson Avenue
5.73
13
Clove Road, Richmond Road, Hylan Boulevard
7.34
14
Narrows Road west, Hylan Boulevard
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
7.58
15
Lily Pond Avenue, Bay Street – South Beachmarker
Signed westbound as 15S and 15N
Verrazano-Narrows Bridgemarker over The Narrowsmarker
Kingsmarker
Brooklynmarker
8.64
16
Belt Parkway east - Kennedy Airportmarker
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; exit not signed
9.84
17
92nd Street - Bay Ridge
10.47
18
Fort Hamilton Parkway
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
10.89
19
86th Street
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
11.18
20
7th Avenue, 65th Street, 6th Avenue
11.93
21
3rd Avenue
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
12.65
22
Belt Parkway
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
13.92
23
38th Street, 39th Street
No entrance ramps
14.29
24
NY 27 east (Prospect Expressway)
15.06
26A
25
Battery Tunnelmarker (I-478) – Manhattanmarker
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Westbound exit is via Exit 26
15.14
26B
26
Hamilton Avenue
Signed westbound for Battery Tunnel – Manhattan
16.12
27
Atlantic Avenue
16.74
28A
Cadman Plaza West
Signed as exit 28 westbound
17.20
28B
Brooklyn Bridgemarker
Westbound exit is via exit 28
17.47
29A
Manhattan Bridgemarker
Westbound exit is via exit 29
18.10
29B
Tillary Street – Brooklyn Civic Center
Signed as exit 29 westbound
18.68
30
Flushing Avenue
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
19.32
31
Wythe Avenue, Kent Avenue
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
19.85
32A
Williamsburg Bridgemarker – Manhattanmarker
Eastbound exit is via exit 32
20.41
32B
Metropolitan Avenue
Signed as exit 32 eastbound
20.60
33
Humboldt Street, McGuinness Boulevard
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
21.80
34
Meeker Avenue, Morgan Avenue
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Queensmarker
Queensmarker
22.02
35
23.30
36
39
Signed as exits 39E (east) and 39W (west) westbound
23.87
37
40
Broadway, Roosevelt Avenue
24.48
38
41
24.66
39
42
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
25.31
40
43
30th Avenue
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
25.57
41
44
Astoria Boulevard west
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
26.01
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
26.37
3
45
31st Street, Astoria Boulevard
Robert F.marker Kennedy Bridgemarker (west span) over East Rivermarker
New Yorkmarker
Manhattanmarker
28.18
46
FDR Drive – Manhattanmarker, Randalls Islandmarker, Wards Islandmarker, Downing Stadiummarker
Robert F.marker Kennedy Bridgemarker (east span) over Hell Gate
Bronxmarker
The Bronxmarker
28.89
44
47
See Bruckner Expressway
33.62
54
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
33.62
 – New Englandmarker
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance

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