New York Roads - Triboro Bridge, Bruckner Expwy.

Triboro Bridge and Bruckner Expwy.


One of the four major bridges of I-278, the Triboro Bridge, in all her glory. Of all four, only the Kosciuszko is not tolled. The Triboro is unique among freeway bridges in that the Manhattan "spur" of the bridge is also considered part of it - and there are even local connections to Randalls Island/Wards Island (same landmass now) right where the three legs meet.


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, the third is gone now and is courtesy Doug Kerr (I don't know what was covered up), and the fourth is after the Manhattan spur of the bridge has already departed. 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.


Eastbound on the Triboro (heading out of Manhattan).


We love Triboro! Day and night! Night and day! More Triboro!


Off the exit ramp to Randalls Island, looking north, the Triboro Bridge is to the left and this long railroad counterpart is to the right. The unique inverted arches link the two water spans of the Hell Gate Bridge, which predates the Triboro by many moons.


Looking southeast from the base of the I-278 SB ramp at the signature span of the Hell Gate.


Cool diagrammatic, and cooler big-Y button copy with the tacked on shield, WB on the Triboro Bridge.


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.

West to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway
Back to I-278 main page

To FDR Drive
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 nycroads.com
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