New York has one of the most comprehensive and oldest transportation infrastructure systems in the U.S. The State Department of Transportation has the overall authority to supervise the road transportation network in the state. They build new roads and maintain the old roads.
The northern regions of the state are linked to the southern portions of the state by interstate highways 81, 87 and 495. The interstate highways of 84, 86, 88 and 90 join the eastern end with the western end of New York.
Till 2006, tolls were taken on the Thruway within The City of Buffalo. They were withdrawn in the latter part of 2006 at the time of the election run for Governor (both aspirants proposed their abolition).
New York had 112,783 miles of roads and highways in the state in 2000.
New York Thruway
The New York Thruway is possibly the biggest single thoroughfare in the state. It extends for greater than 400 miles from The Bronx to Buffalo. Similar to the New York Central before it, it roughly follows the course of the Erie Canal.
Thomas E. Dewey Thru-way is the longest highway in New York, with a length of 560 miles.
The state is home to various parkways constructed by Robert Moses. Some of his well known projects are the Staten Island Expressway, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the Belt Parkway, the Cross-Bronx Expressway, and the Laurelton Parkway.
Other parkways include the Taconic State Parkway, the Cross County Parkway in Westchester, the Northern State Parkway, the Palisades Interstate Parkway, and the Southern State Parkway. Northern State and Southern State Parkways are located in Long Island.
Holland Tunnel and Lincoln Tunnel are important tunnels in the state. These two tunnels below the Hudson River join New Jersey with Manhattan.
Given below is a list of the bridges in the state:
- Peace Bridge
- Tappan Zee Bridge
- George Washington Bridge, traversing the Hudson River between Fort Lee, New Jersey, and New York City. It is the busiest car bridge in the world.
- Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
- Champlain Bridge
The Verrazano- Narrows Bridge connects Staten Island with Brooklyn.
The following Interstate Highways pass through the state:
The New York State Map clearly marks the important state and national highways of New York that facilitate intra- and inter- state accessibility.