New York Roads - Triboro Bridge N., Bruckner Expwy.

I-278, Triboro Bridge (north) and Bruckner Expwy.

Old signage lives on the Triboro Bridge. The first is reflective button copy, the second has cool state-name shields that you can click on to enhance, and the last two photos are left and right on the same gantry. All of these are eastbound on I-278 and northbound on the Triboro. Other signs of this age have the shields already installed (see the I-95 link at bottom), so I don't know why these don't, since I-278 was designated by 1960.

Cool diagrammatic, and cooler big-Y button copy with the tacked on shield, WB on the northern span of the Triboro Bridge. Notice that the original button copy arrows on the second sign have been replaced with homemade ones.

Some newer signs around the surface of Randall's Island. The first sign is a new one at Central Rd., the second is WB on Bronx Shore Rd. nearing its end, and the third is exiting the NYC Parks parking lot around there.

One more glimpse of the Hell Gate viaduct. Appropriately, this is also its northern span, over Bronx Kill (same as the Triboro Bridge you'll see in the next photo run). The size of that waterway has been so greatly reduced, the remaining Kill flows around the northern pier and there's almost nothing under the truss.

Finishing the drive across Bronx Kill on the Triboro.

Here's some Randall's Island-level photos of the northern truss, facing west.

Views from east to west along Central Rd./Bronx Shore Rd. on that same island.

NYSDOT has curiously decided to embark on an exit renumbering in the NYC area to turn everything sequential - even though highways like I-278 already WERE sequential. Part of this is adding exit numbers on the Staten Island Expressway, which doesn't affect current exit numbers, but apparently a few exits are being turned from A-B into two separate numbers. 44 is the old number, 47 the new. Which means that White Plains Road, currently Exit 47 (though not marked), will definitely not be 47 much longer. It also means that if you're trying to take a particular exit by number instead of name, fuhgeddaboudit. These are westbound on the Bruckner Expwy.

Same deal EB, courtesy Doug Kerr.

WB over the Bruckner Boulevard truss crossing railroad tracks west of the Bronx River. The former EB Blvd. lanes are now I-278 WB, but because only 2 lanes can fit, the third lane drops onto Bruckner Blvd. quasi-intentionally. It helps with the Sheridan Expwy./I-895 merge just around sharp, substandard bend.

EB view passing by the WB truss.

The first and last photos are Doug Kerr's, as we finish up the EB signage and run smack into the Bruckner Interchange. The frontage roads for the Bruckner handle all of the exit and entrance ramps.

Finishing the page WB, heading down the Bruckner away from I-95 and ending up at the base of the Hunts Point Ave. ramp. The I-278 trailblazing BGS in the fourth photo is on the service road (Bruckner Blvd.), and is indeed button copy. There are three drawbridges I can think of offhand on the Interstate system, though I'm sure there are more. The Woodrow Wilson Bridge on I-495/I-95 in Virginia/DC is being replaced by a higher span, the Stickel Drawbridge on I-280 in Newark NJ is slated for replacement (though this generates controversy from the fact that several blocks of Newark will have to be knocked down - not that that's a bad thing...), and the Hunts Point Bridge here is the third. I don't think there are any plans for this bridge, either. Given that I-278 spends some time as the Grand Central Parkway, and can't have trucks on it, this drawbridge doesn't faze me. Again, just one more reason this designation should never have been patched on.

Continue south (I-278 west) on the Triboro Bridge
Onto the Triboro Bridge Manhattan leg
Back to I-278 main page

Into Manhattan
Exit 47 to I-87, the Major Deegan Expressway
Onto Bruckner Boulevard
To the Bronx River Parkway
Into the Bronx
Follow the Bruckner Expressway onto I-95

Follow I-295, the Hutchinson River Parkway, or I-678 from the Bruckner Interchange
Bruckner Expressway and Triboro Bridge on Steve Anderson's
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