New York Roads - I-278 - Brooklyn-Queens Expwy.

Brooklyn-Queens Expressway

The brief BQE (the popular abbreviation) trench shows the same brick walls present on I-95 in the Cross Bronx Expressway, and in need of repair. These are all WB; after the Battery Tunnel (unsigned I-478) and Hamilton Ave. exit, the BQE technically becomes the Gowanus Expressway, though not by signage.

Similar view EB, and onto the Exit 27 ramp.

WB and down the opposite Exit 27 ramp.

All EB vehicles over 12'-2" had to take Exit 27, because I-278 then heads under a park and on top of I-278 WB and Furman St., leading to a very compressed situation. The decked roadway affords killer views of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge above the twisted railing, but it would have been nice if truckers could have shared in those views. In the next-to-last photo, you can see that a small EXIT ONLY yellow patch has been laid over the older RIGHT LANE, probably because 1) the old method didn't clearly indicate that the right lane would have to exit, and 2) it was white on green, not black on yellow. The sign has since been replaced. (Vehicles over 12'-2" have to exit AGAIN at Exit 28A for the Brooklyn Bridge, but they had no way back on before then, so I really don't get how that's possible. Maybe the Exit 27 warning is premature.)

A bunch of westbound photos past the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, ending along Exit 28. Click on the only photo with a button-copy shield for a closeup.

Continuing WB past Exit 28 into the quadruple deck that begins there. Furman St. is the lower level, I-278 EB is the next level up, and on top is a park with fabulous views of NYC, a concession by Robert Moses to the adjoining Brooklyn neighborhood in order to get his road built. Other villages (the NYC term for neighborhoods) weren't so lucky with their demands.

Cadman Plaza West EB at I-278 Exit 28 (Brooklyn Bridge). My retake of the second photo saved you a horribly blurry sign, and instead you can see the pitiful excuse for a shield that hasn't lasted ten years, if that. I'd rather see a little white-on-green shield than that.

BQE construction brings out the worst in contractors.

The Kosciuszko Bridge, connecting Brooklyn and Queens, and now marred by a VMS.

WB across the Kosciuszko Bridge, which passes by quite an impressive graveyard. It's not easy to steal guiderail from the side of a freeway with no shoulder. See the merge sign in the background of the narrow shield (third photo)? That merge creates traffic headaches for miles on this and I-495 (which interchanges just to the north/east). That's why the replacement for the Kosciuszko is proposed to have nine lanes - but the fate of New York City traffic may depend on which side gets the extra lane.

Taking EB Exit 35 to I-495 EB brings you underneath the freeway in a rare C-D road/freeway double-deck. In this direction, the structure is the most interesting spectacle. The lower level is even done up in fake brickwork like other old NYC expressways.

Keep note of the exit numbers on these WB signs, provided by Doug Kerr. You'll see the same signs in a moment:

Yup, you guessed it, these were renumbered in the past couple of years.

Continuing the eastbound Doug Kerr Photo Parade. I-278 briefly joins the Grand Central Parkway in the last photo, making it one of the only Interstates in the country that doesn't allow commercial traffic. (For a short time, I-78 through the Holland Tunnel was another.)

West to the Staten Island and Gowanus Expwys.
East to the Triboro Bridge and Bruckner Expwy.
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Exit 28 to the Brooklyn Bridge
Exit 29A to the Manhattan Bridge
Exit 35 to I-495
Exit 36 (now 39) to NY 25
Exit 39 to the Grand Central Parkway
Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on Steve Anderson's
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