New York Legislated Highways

The following highways were proposed and written into the state Highway Law. However, they were either never built or only partially built. They are still listed in the law to this day, but it is unlikely that they will ever be constructed.

Clearview Expressway
Direction:
North/South
Southern Terminus:
Nassau Expressway (NY 878) in Queens
Northern Terminus:
Throgs Neck Bridge
Status:
Unbuilt from NY 878 to NY 25. Constructed from NY 25 to Throgs Neck Bridge.
Long Island Expressway
Direction:
East/West
Western Terminus:
Midtown Tunnel
Eastern Terminus:
Main Road (NY 25) in Mattituck
Status:
Constructed from Midtown Tunnel to Suffolk CR 58. Unbuilt from Suffolk CR 58 to NY 25.
Sunrise Highway
Direction:
East/West
Western Terminus:
Queens-Nassau border
Eastern Terminus:
Montauk Highway (NY 27) in Amagansett
Status:
Constructed from Queens-Nassau border to Suffolk CR 39. Unbuilt from Suffolk CR 39 to Montauk Highway.
Note:
Sunrise Highway exists in Queens from the Belt Parkway to the Queens-Nassau border. Like most state routes in New York City, this segment is locally maintained but carries a state route number, NY 27. If the extension to Amagansett were ever built, the Highway Law calls for the section of Montauk Highway between Flying Point Road (Suffolk CR 39A) and the eastern terminus of Sunrise Highway to be decommissioned.
Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway
Direction:
North/South
Southern Terminus:
Wantagh Parkway in Wantagh
Northern Terminus:
Pine Hollow Road (NY 106) in Oyster Bay
Status:
Unbuilt from Wantagh Parkway to Nassau CR 27. Constructed from Nassau CR 27 to NY 25. Unbuilt from NY 25 to NY 106.
Nassau Expressway, Long Beach Expressway
Direction:
East/West
Western Terminus:
Belt Parkway, North Conduit Avenue (NY 27), and South Conduit Avenue (NY 27) in Queens
Eastern Terminus:
Loop Parkway in Point Lookout
Status:
Constructed from Belt Parkway to Rockaway Boulevard. Unbuilt from Rockaway Boulevard to Nassau CR 257. Constructed from Nassau CR 257 to Nassau CR 22. Unbuilt from Nassau CR 22 to Loop Parkway.
Note:
The Nassau Expressway in Queens was previously designated I-878, but the NYSDOT later downgraded it to a state route. The Nassau Expressway in Nassau has traffic lights at all of its intersections except one, the interchange with Seagirt Boulevard. If there were to be improvements to this road, it is possible that the I-878 designation would be restored to all or part of it.
Interboro Parkway
Direction:
East/West
Western Terminus:
Belt Parkway in Brooklyn
Eastern Terminus:
Grand Central Parkway and Van Wyck Expressway (I-678) in Queens
Status:
Unbuilt from Belt Parkway to Jamaica Avenue. Constructed from Jamaica Avenue to I-678.
Note:
The Interboro Parkway has been renamed the Jackie Robinson Parkway. If the extension to the Belt Parkway were to be built, it would almost certainly carry the new name.
Richmond Parkway
Direction:
North/South
Southern Terminus:
West Shore Expressway (NY 440) on Staten Island
Northern Terminus:
Staten Island Expressway (I-278) on Staten Island
Status:
Constructed from NY 440 to Richmond Avenue. Unbuilt from Richmond Avenue to I-278.
Note:
The Richmond Parkway has been renamed the Korean War Veterans Parkway. If the extension to I-278 were to be built, it would almost certainly carry the new name.
Shore Front Drive
Direction:
Unknown
From:
West Shore Expressway (NY 440) and Staten Island Expressway (I-278) on Staten Island
To:
West Shore Expressway (NY 440) and Richmond Parkway
Status:
Unbuilt.
Note:
The Shore Front Drive was to begin at the northern terminus of the West Shore Expressway and run along the water all the way around Staten Island to the interchange of the West Shore Expressway with the Richmond Parkway (now the Korean War Veterans Parkway). Since this route is semicircular, it is impossible to say if it would have been considered a north/south route or an east/west route. It is possible that it would have been considered both in different places.
Shore Front Parkway
Direction:
East/West
Western Terminus:
Cross Bay Parkway in Queens
Eastern Terminus:
Nassau Expressway (NY 878) in Lawrence
Status:
Constructed from Beach 109 Street to Beach 73 Street. Unbuilt from Beach 73 Street to NY 878.
Note:
The actual western terminus is west of the proposed western terminus.
Willowbrook Parkway
Direction:
North/South
Southern Terminus:
Great Kills Park on Staten Island
Northern Terminus:
Staten Island Expressway (I-278) on Staten Island
Status:
Unbuilt.

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