The Info List - Grand Central Parkway

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The Grand Central Parkway
(GCP) is a 14.61-mile (23.51 km) long parkway that stretches from the Triborough Bridge
Triborough Bridge
in New York City
New York City
to Nassau County on Long Island. At the Queens–Nassau border, it becomes the Northern State Parkway, which runs across the northern part of Long Island
Long Island
through Nassau County and into Suffolk County, where it ends in Hauppauge. The westernmost stretch (from the Triborough Bridge
Triborough Bridge
to exit 4) also carries a short stretch of Interstate 278 (I-278). The parkway runs through Queens
and passes the Cross Island Parkway, Long Island
Long Island
Expressway, LaGuardia Airport and Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. The parkway is designated New York State Route 907M (NY 907M), an unsigned reference route. Despite its name, the Grand Central Parkway
was not named after Grand Central Terminal. The Grand Central Parkway
has a few unique distinctions. First, it is apparently the only parkway in New York City
New York City
to carry an elliptical black-on-white design for its trailblazer. Parkways throughout The Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island
Staten Island
use the state-standard design, while the Belt system parkways use a modified version of the Long Island regional parkway shield with the Montauk Point Lighthouse
Montauk Point Lighthouse
logo. Second, it is one of the few parkways in the state to allow truck traffic to any extent. The section shared with I-278 allows for all trucks under 14 feet (4.3 m) high.


1 Route description 2 History 3 Exit list 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Route description[edit]

The western end of the Grand Central Parkway
concurrent with I-278 in Astoria, as seen facing the BMT Astoria Line

The Grand Central Parkway
begins at exit 44 off eastbound I-278 (the Brooklyn– Queens
Expressway) in the Astoria section of Queens. The parkway proceeds east past St. Michaels Cemetery, entering exit 5, which serves 82nd Street and Astoria Boulevard in East Elmhurst, also connecting to the Marine Air Terminal
Marine Air Terminal
and Terminal A of LaGuardia Airport. After crossing over 82nd Street and Ditmars Boulevard, the parkway enters the airport area, passing south of runway 4-22. During the reconstruction of the LaGuardia terminals, construction has been heavy in the vicinity of exits 6 and 7. As currently configured, eastbound exit 6 is an interchange with 94th Street while exit 7 forks northward on a ramp to the airport's terminals B, C and D. On the westbound side, exit 7 provides access to terminals C and D while exit 6 serves terminal B (in addition to 94th Street). After exit 7, the Grand Central bends southeast and away from LaGuardia Airport, paralleling the Long Island Sound into the eastbound only exit 8, which serves 111th Street.[2] Entering the Corona section of Queens, the Grand Central enters exit 9, which serves NY 25A (Northern Boulevard) just west of Citi Field. The Grand Central then proceeds south, crossing under the Long Island
Long Island
Rail Road's Port Washington Branch
Port Washington Branch
and soon into Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Through the park, the parkway passes west of Arthur Ashe Stadium, the Queens
Zoo and the Unisphere
before entering exit 10, a cloverleaf interchange with the Long Island Expressway (I-495). Soon crossing into Forest Hills, the parkway continues through Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, passing Meadow Lake, entering exit 11, connecting to 69th Road and Jewel Avenue in [in Forest Hills]. After that interchange, the parkway bends southeast through Forest Hills, passing Willow Lake and exit 12, which connects to NY 25 ( Queens
Boulevard) via 78th Avenue.[2] The Grand Central continues its bend, now proceeding eastward over Corona Yard, entering the Kew Gardens Interchange
Kew Gardens Interchange
(exits 13, 14 and 15), connecting I-678
(the Van Wyck Expressway), Union Turnpike and the Jackie Robinson Parkway
Jackie Robinson Parkway
in Kew Gardens. After the Kew Gardens Interchange, the Grand Central Parkway
continues east into the Briarwood section of Queens, where exit 16 connects to Parsons Boulevard via a service road. After crossing through the developed neighborhood of Briarwood, the parkway enters Jamaica Hills, passing south of Queens
Hospital near 164th Street. Proceeding westbound, an exit (exit 17) is present, connecting to 168th Street, while eastbound, exit 18 connects the Grand Central to Utopia Parkway.[2]

Depressed section through Jamaica

At the interchange with Utopia Parkway, the Grand Central passes south of St. John's University, soon winding northeast into exit 19, which serves 188th Street in Jamaica Estates. After exit 19, the parkway winds eastward into Cunningham Park, where it enters exit 20, which serves Francis Lewis Boulevard
Francis Lewis Boulevard
and exit 21, which connects to the Clearview Expressway
Clearview Expressway
(I-295) and its southern terminus. The parkway leaves Cunningham Park, entering the Bellerose section of Queens, entering exit 22, which connects to Union Turnpike via Stronghurst Avenue. The route then enters Alley Pond Park, where it interchanges with the Cross Island Parkway
Cross Island Parkway
and Winchester Boulevard. After the interchange, the Grand Central passes west of Creedmoor Hospital, winding northeast into exit 24, which serves Little Neck Parkway
before winding northeast to the Nassau County line in Little Neck. At this crossing, the parkway changes names to the Northern State Parkway, which continues east towards Hauppauge.[2] History[edit] The Grand Central Parkway
was first planned in 1922, as a connection between Queens
Boulevard and Nassau County, helping city dwellers reach Jones Beach more easily. The original section is a parallel route to the pre-existing Union Turnpike, which was a congested street. Construction for the Parkway
began in 1931, and the parkway was widened in 1961 in preparation for the 1964 New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. Formerly, the frontage road of the Grand Central between BQE and the RFK Bridge served as a truck route, since large trucks are not permitted on the parkway. Exemptions are provided for smaller trucks that conform with strict regulations, but only on the section of the Grand Central that overlaps with I-278.[3] In December 2017, the state concluded a $2.5 million project that lowered the roadbed of the section of the parkway that is concurrent with I-278. This section of I-278 now has a 14-foot (4.3 m) vertical clearance, which allows most trucks to stay on I-278.[4]

Exit list[edit] The entire route is in the New York City
New York City
borough of Queens. 

Location mi[1][5] km Exit Destinations Notes

Astoria 0.00 0.00 – I-278 east (Robert F. Kennedy Bridge) – Manhattan, Bronx West end of concurrency with I-278

45 31st Street / Astoria Boulevard (I-278 Truck) No exit number eastbound; former exit 3

Astoria–East Elmhurst line 0.80– 1.34 1.29– 2.16 4 I-278 west (Brooklyn– Queens
Expressway) – Brooklyn, Staten Island East end of concurrency with I-278; exit 42 on I-278; no exit number eastbound

East Elmhurst 1.34 2.16 5 Astoria Boulevard / 82nd Street – Terminal A Also serves Steinway Street

2.26 3.64 6 94th Street – Terminal B Parking Eastbound access to Terminal B is via exit 7; westbound exit opened August 20, 2017[6]

2.51 4.04 7 LaGuardia Airport – Terminals C and D Westbound access to Terminal B is via exit 6

3.55 5.71 8 111th Street Eastbound exit only

Corona 3.79 6.10 9W NY 25A west (Northern Boulevard) Westbound exit and eastbound entrance

9E I-678
(Whitestone Expressway) / NY 25A east (Northern Boulevard) Exits 13B–C on I-678

Flushing Meadows–Corona Park 4.39 7.07 9P Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, BJK Tennis Center Eastbound exit is via exit 9E

5.10 8.21 10 I-495 ( Long Island
Long Island
Expressway) – Manhattan, Eastern Long Island Signed as 10W (west) and 10E (east); exit 22A on I-495

5.94 9.56 11 69th Road / Jewel Avenue Signed as 11W (west) and 11E (east) westbound

6.50 10.46 12 NY 25 ( Queens
Boulevard) / 78th Avenue Eastbound exit only

Kew Gardens Hills 7.19 11.57 13W Jackie Robinson Parkway
Jackie Robinson Parkway
west – Brooklyn Eastern terminus of Jackie Robinson Parkway; left exit westbound

13S I-678
south (Van Wyck Expressway) – Kennedy Airport Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; exit 10 on I-678

7.53 12.12 14 Union Turnpike / Main Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance

15 NY 25 west ( Queens
Boulevard) / Union Turnpike Westbound exit and eastbound entrance

Briarwood 8.11 13.05 16 Parsons Boulevard / 164th Street Eastbound exit only

Jamaica Hills–Hillcrest line 8.64 13.90 17 Parsons Boulevard / 168th Street to I-678
south (Van Wyck Expressway) Westbound exit only

9.13 14.69 18 Utopia Parkway Westbound exit is part of exit 17

Jamaica Estates–Holliswood line 9.83 15.82 19 188th Street

Cunningham Park 10.57– 10.86 17.01– 17.48 20 Francis Lewis Boulevard Signed as exits 20A (north) and 20B (south)

11.10 17.86 21 I-295 (Clearview Expressway) / NY 25 (Hillside Avenue) – Bronx NYC's only stack interchange; exit 1 on I-295

Bellerose 11.93 19.20 22 Union Turnpike Westbound exit is part of exit 23

Glen Oaks 12.56 20.21 23 Cross Island Parkway
Cross Island Parkway
to I-495 / Winchester Boulevard / Union Turnpike exit 29 on Cross Island Parkway

Glen Oaks–Little Neck line 13.67 22.00 24 Little Neck Parkway

14.61 23.51 – Northern State Parkway
Northern State Parkway
east – Eastern Long Island Continuation into Nassau County

1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

      Concurrency terminus       Incomplete access

See also[edit]

New York Roads portal


^ a b "2007 Traffic Data Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. July 25, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 12, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2009.  ^ a b c d Microsoft; Nokia
(June 21, 2012). "overview map of the Grand Central Parkway" (Map). Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved June 21, 2012.  ^ " New York City
New York City
Truck Route Map" (PDF). nyc.gov. New York City Department of Transportation. June 8, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2017.  ^ Matua, Angela (December 15, 2017). "Trucks will be permitted on Grand Central Parkway
in Astoria, ending 'soul-piercing' noise on local streets - QNS.com". Queens
Courier. Retrieved December 24, 2017.  ^ " Queens
County Inventory Listing" (CSV). New York State Department of Transportation. August 7, 2015. Retrieved September 5, 2017.  ^ "Travel Advisories - LaGuardia Airport". Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 

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