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DescriptionEdit

 
The interchange in 1946

The Kew Gardens Interchange is located roughly midway between LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport. Highways feeding into the Kew Gardens Interchange include the Grand Central Parkway, Interstate 678 (the Van Wyck Expressway), the Jackie Robinson Parkway, Queens Boulevard (New York State Route 25), and Union Turnpike.[1]

The Kew Gardens Interchange is an incomplete junction. The Grand Central Parkway connects to and from the Jackie Robinson Parkway in both directions, but access to I-678 south is only served by eastbound exit and westbound entrance ramps. The Jackie Robinson Parkway, which terminates at this interchange, connects to both directions of the Grand Central Parkway, but only serves I-678 north. The northbound lanes of the Van Wyck Expressway (I-678) only serve the westbound Grand Central Parkway, while the southbound lanes only serve the Jackie Robinson Parkway.

All directions of the limited access highways provide access to Union Turnpike, which also intersects to Queens Boulevard (NY 25) to the west and Main Street to the east. Missing movements in the highway interchange can be made via these local roads, as well as the Long Island Expressway (I-495), located approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the interchange.

Missing connectionsEdit

Missing connection Connected by
   Grand Central Parkway east to I-678 north NY 25A / Northern Boulevard, located 4 miles (6.4 km) north (G.C. Parkway exit 9E, I-678 exit 13)
   I-678 south to Grand Central Parkway
   Jackie Robinson Parkway east to I-678 south Metropolitan Avenue, Union Turnpike, and Queens Boulevard (J.R. Parkway exit 6, I-678 exit 9)
   I-678 north to Jackie Robinson Parkway west
   Grand Central Parkway west to I-678 south G.C. Parkway frontage roads, Main Street (G.C. Parkway exit 17, I-678 exit 8)
   I-678 north to Grand Central Parkway east

HistoryEdit

A distorted trumpet between Grand Central Parkway and Interboro Parkway, with Union Turnpike appearing somewhat as a service road, was constructed in the 1930s.[2] Connections to the Van Wyck Expressway were added later.

On August 18, 2010, the New York State Department of Transportation broke ground on the first phase of reconstruction of the Kew Gardens interchange. The renovation project includes the renovations of the nearby Queens Boulevard viaduct over the Van Wyck Expressway and the nearby Briarwood subway station (E, ​F, and <F> trains).[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bertrand, Donald (July 19, 2005). "Kew Gardens Interchange Project Slated to get $171 Million". Daily News. New York. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved June 13, 2007.
  2. ^ Shaman, Diana (January 13, 2002). "If You're Thinking of Living In/Kew Gardens Hills; Tranquil Enclave, Especially on Saturday". The New York Times. Retrieved June 13, 2007. Major growth first came to Kew Gardens Hills in the mid-1930's when the Grand Central Parkway first linked the Kew Gardens interchange to the Triborough Bridge and Queens Boulevard was paved.
  3. ^ "NYSDOT Breaks Ground on Kew Gardens Interchange Project" (Press release). New York State Department of Transportation. August 18, 2010. Archived from the original on December 14, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2011.

External linksEdit

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