New York Roads - Richmond Pkwy.
(Now the Korean War Veterans Parkway)
Richmond Parkway was meant to tie northward into the ghost interchange at I-278 near the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. NY 440 was meant to follow Richmond Pkwy. to Willowbrook Pkwy. (which would have extended up to meet the current stub end of the Willowbrook Expwy.), and indeed for many years it followed the Richmond Ave. corridor to head toward the Willowbrook until the West Shore Expwy. was constructed. Before the Parkway existed, Drumgoolie Boulevard carried traffic as far as Richmond Ave., and, well, the Parkway would never get any further than that, either. Environmental opposition killed the Parkway before it could either be finished or turned into a truck-bearing Expressway, and what remains are bridges and pavement that were meant to take NY 440 into preserved green space - the roadway was fully constructed right up to the edge of that space, and does not exist at all after that, except for some wye ramps that are about to be demolished (I suppose before they start raining chunks onto I-278
To prevent visual overload, this page presents photos from the open part of Richmond Pkwy. (I'm crotchety, I like the old names better.) The ghost roadway photos are on their own page.
Commercial traffic from the Outerbridge Crossing gets a chance to exit, and those lucky passenger vehicles get a sign that doesn't need to be there anymore. Or maybe it does, considering I still won't give in to the renaming, but with shields like in the second photo I think the message is clear enough.
All of these southbound signs were either taken over my shoulder or in my rearview mirror. The one new sign out of the bunch is the only one that's wrong - that is, if you ignore the NJDOT shields (i.e. with black background) on the old signs. Usually the Port Authority does a better job than this - this looks more like a DRPA job from the Philadelphia area.
The NB Parkway runs out of time and runs into Richmond Ave. The left branch until recently was striped for two through lanes in each direction, as it was the through route for NY 440 before the West Shore Expressway opened. The Park & Ride got greedy, though, and wants traffic going between any two points in this interchange to follow a single lane.
All southbound, again all taken out my window (traffic was incredibly light).
As I pull into the Park & Ride, here is the view straight ahead (but behind a fence) of the northbound lanes that wish they could take me up to the Staten Island Expressway.
Onto the ghost parkway stubs
Onto the Shore Front Drive stub at the Park and Ride
Onto NY 440
Richmond (KWV) Parkway on Steve Anderson's nycroads.com
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