Jericho Turnpike and Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge

By | February 4, 2023

Jericho Turnpike

Jericho Turnpike
Get started New York
End Smithtown
Length 30 mi
Length 48 km
  • New York
  • Floral Park
  • New Hyde Park
  • Garden City Park
  • mineola
  • Jericho
  • Elwood
  • Commack
  • Smithtown

According to, the Jericho Turnpike is a historic turnpike in the U.S. state of New York. The road is a major east-west route on Long Island, in the New York City suburban area. It is one of several east-west axes across this densely populated island, running from the New York City boundary through several suburbs to Smithtown. The road also bears the number State Route 25. The route is 48 kilometers long.

Travel directions

On the border of the borough of Queens and Bellerose Terrace, Jamaica Avenue becomes the Jericho Turnpike at Belt Parkway. The road will then have 2×2 lanes with an asphalted middle partition. The road runs in long straights to the east, passing through the centers of several small suburbs. This area mainly consists of older suburbs that are fairly densely built-up. The road network is set up in a grid pattern, typical of older American urban areas. Most suburbs are small, like all suburbs on Long Island. One then goes under the Northern State Parkway, although there is no direct connection with it. The Meadowbrook State Parkway also begins near this intersection, a north-south route. As the Jericho Turnpike slowly shifts north, it passes through increasingly affluent suburbs, with large houses on very spacious lots. The Jericho Turnpike runs here between the Northern State Parkway and the Long Island Expressway. Also nearby is the Wantagh State Parkway, another north-south route. One then crosses the Long Island Expressway, or I-495 via an unusual junction where the highway exits merge on the left side of the split lanes. You then pass through the suburb of Jericho, after which the road is named, and the road here has almost highway characteristics with 2×3 lanes and a cloverleafwith Broadway, not to be confused with the more famous street in Manhattan itself. The road then narrows to 2×2 lanes and forms the dividing line between the spacious suburbs to the north of it and the older densely built suburbs to the south. In Syosset, the Jericho Turnpike is the northern end of the Seaford Oyster Bay Parkway, with the latter’s 2×3 lanes terminating in a pasture. There are also so-called job centers along the Jericho Turnpike, so that not everyone has to commute to Manhattan. The road runs through a commercial strip just north of the Northern State Parkway. In Commack one crosses the Sunken Meadow State Parkway, a north-south highway. Lots of expensive suburbs here too. In Smithtown, the Jericho Turnpike then terminates at SR-25A. The road here turns into Main Street.


Between 1924 and 1926 the number NY-25A was assigned, the NY-25 itself ran further north. In 1930 this road number was reversed, giving the Jericho Turnpike its current road number. The road has historically been a commercial route as it connects many centers on Long Island. However, there have never been plans to upgrade the road to a highway. It would be an expensive business these days, given the many houses and businesses that are right next to the road.

Traffic intensities

Because the Jericho Turnpike is not interesting as a main commuter route, given the numerous traffic lights and the parallel highways Northern State Parkway and the Long Island Expressway ( I-495 ), the road is not overly busy. In general, between 30,000 and 40,000 vehicles per day use the 2×2 traffic light lanes.

Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge

Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge
Spans Hudson River
Lanes 1×2
Total length 2.375 meters
Main span 244 meters
Bridge deck height 76 meters
Opening 02-02-1957
Traffic intensity 21,500 mvt/day
Location Map

The Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge is a truss bridge in the United States, located in upstate New York.


The bridge is a truss bridge with the truss structure below the bridge deck. The bridge is two-lane and 2,375 meters long. The largest spans are 244 meters. The bridge deck is no less than 76 meters above the water, making it one of the highest bridges in the eastern United States. State Route 199 runs across the bridge from Kingston to Rhinecliff, after which the bridge is named. Although the bridge has 2 lanes, it is quite wide, the width of the bridge deck allows half emergency lanes in both directions. The toll plaza is on the west bank, on the Kingston side.


The bridge was built between 1954 and 1957 and opened to traffic on February 2, 1957, although the bridge was not yet finished. The official ceremony was on May 11 that year. The bridge cost $17.5 million at the time.

Traffic intensities

In 2011, 21,500 vehicles crossed the bridge daily, which is at its maximum capacity, like most bridges over the Hudson between Albany and New York City.


The bridge is a toll road, the toll is $1.50 for a passenger car and is only levied towards the east.

Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge