New York Roads - I-84 EB/NY 52

I-84 East

Yet another way to sign NJ 23. Both directions now have the NY 23 signage (NY 23 being farther north and east and definitely not the same roadway), but only EB has the NJ in the circle.

The view from the eastbound rest area between Exits 1 and 2.

The first two photos are mine, the last two Doug Kerr's.

My replacement for Doug's first photo loses the button copy but still leaves extra space. At least now, it's clear that the space will be for a second route, that being I-86.

Cute, slightly wide I-84 shield adorns a mile marker (and is also on tenth-mile markers).

Between the time I took that first one and when I came back for these, the NY Thruway Authority gave I-84 back to NYSDOT, so their blue shields were removed from all of the mileposts. When the rest of the milepost fades, that leaves an unfaded circle under where the old shield protected it.

I-87 to I-84 is not a freeway-to-freeway interchange, since the NY State Thruway existed before I-84, but the interchange is currently under reconstruction to provide direct freeway access and incidental NY 300 access. Something happened to the EB gantry at this interchange; click on the either of the latter two photos to see Doug Kerr's earlier photo, which has both Exits 7N and 7S on the same assembly (the exact same signs that are now ground mounted).

This sign was once several hundred feet east of the aforementioned Exit 7 gantry, but now is much closer to the Exit 7N BGS. Ideally, the 7N BGS should have been shifted to the upcoming overpass (and thus be right by its exit).

Second photo courtesy Doug Kerr, and last photo courtesy Michael Summa. It was taken in 1975, when the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge behind him was still a single span with one lane each way, widening out to two here. State-name shields were usually only found as standalones, but clearly this was tacked onto a nondescript THRU TRAFFIC sign and wasn't meant for a BGS.

EB across the newer span of the bridge, between Exits 10 and 11. No shoulder travel permitted, unsurprisingly. Hamilton fish taste like flounder.

Eastbound, button copy except for the second photo where I wanted to contrast the old style (normal text, missing the word "STATE") with the new style (text in a box) of parkway-name BGS signage.

Now you can turn that second photo into button copy! Thanks to the magic of Michael Summa, who I think took this in 1977 (the alternative is 1975). Try reading those shields at high speed; that's why the little letters gradually got larger and larger. Notice NYSDOT's earlier practice of using tenths of miles for multiple ramps within an interchange.

This is technically for I-684 NB, but since 684 transitions into NY 22 after the US 6/US 202 interchange (Exit 10), no reason to sign it as such.

I won't lie, it's easier to read three shields next to each other than to have the route names spelled out. But NYSDOT was smart and has kept a nearly identical sign to the one in the first photo - minus button copy, and with a better NY 22 shield. First photo from 1977, other two from 1975, all courtesy Michael Summa.

RIDOT snuck in when NYSDOT closed the I-684 SB ramp to I-84 WB. Traffic had to follow three loops instead of a simple straight finger ramp: SB-EB, EB-NB (where this sign was), NB-WB. Bonus: at bottom right is the world's smallest shield.

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More bridge views from Newburgh

Exit 1, 3, or 20 to US 6 and 6/202
Exit 1 to NJ 23
Exit 3 to NY 17M
Exit 4 to NY 17
Exit 5 to NY 208
Exit 7S to I-87
Exit 10 to US 9W
Exit 10 to NY 32
Exit 11 to NY 9D
Exit 16 to the Taconic State Parkway
Exit 18 to NY 311
Exit 20 to NY 22
Exit 20 to US 202
Exit 20 to I-684
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