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The right width, but way too tall, on the two approaches to this intersection. Put these signs in a 3-digit shield, please.

I-495, according to some, begins here at the entrance to the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, while others hold that it's NY 495 until I-278. Historically, the latter has been true, but the former is probably true now. The first sign is at the first EB onramp from Borden Ave., which in fact leads away from the tunnel. I guess the tunnel trailblazer is here to prevent people from making a left, but really, who makes a left onto a freeway? Who is heading east to go west when there's a perfectly good tunnel entrance just across the highway?

Courtesy Doug Kerr.

Near Shea Stadium on the Exit 22 C-D road. The first two photos are on the left and right sides of the same gantry, because I didn't want to sacrifice the quality to make a single photo narrow enough to fit the page.

The last two photos are more Doug Kerr signage, including one on the EB ramp to Horace Harding Expressway South, the EB surface road for I-495. In other words, the Cross Island Pkwy. interchange is not strictly a full freeway connection, though I believe there is no impediment to traffic on the service roads. There is no EB-NB or SB-WB connection.

Comment time. The first and third pictures are Doug Kerr's. Exit 31 is what the Cross Island Parkway is from I-495. This WAS Exit 30, but after a massive reconstruction (you can see construction barrels in the last photo), it turned magically into 31. With exit numbers changing all over the place in the NYC area, most by just one or two numbers, this can't possibly add to the confusion. Well, heck, people go by names and not numbers here anyway (what's the last time someone called the Cross Bronx "95"?). As near as I can tell, that last photo is on the Horace Harding Expressway North. Due to interchange reconfiguration, the last photo completely doesn't exist anymore - there's only one WB Exit 31, versus the two Exit 30's that once were.

Second photo courtesy Doug Kerr. The last photo is part of an assembly that had button copy on the right as well - click for Doug Kerr's older version.

Last two photos courtesy Doug Kerr because the signs are gone now. Photo before that courtesy Mike Byrnes because his came out way better than mine.

The second photo is courtesy Doug Kerr. The last two are next to each other, one over the mainline and one over the C-D road.

Onto the Exit 22A C-D road.

Think there's enough room for those exit numbers? Nah, let's make sure homeless people can sleep in the exit tab shade. The second photo is off of Exit 17, which leads to the underside of I-495 and the C-D road down there. The photos of the structure are on the I-278 page, but here you get to see button copy and old shields.

Over the hill toward the Queens-Midtown Tunnel.

Saving the best for last, this original sign is at the end of the tunnel exit.
East on I-495 into Nassau and Suffolk Counties
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Follow I-495 into Manhattan
Through Manhattan to NY 495 (Lincoln Tunnel)
Exit 17 to I-278, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway
Exit 22A to Grand Central Parkway
Exit 22B to I-678, the Van Wyck Expwy.
Exit 27 to I-295, the Clearview Expwy.
Exit 27 or 72 to NY 25
Exit 30 to the Cross Island Parkway
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