Interstate 84 or I -84 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of New York. The highway forms an east-west connection in the south of the state, and is New York ‘s first bypass that does not pass through the built-up area of the metropolitan area. Despite this, it is not an alternative to Interstate 95 traffic. The highway is 114 kilometers long.
The Newburgh-Beacon Bridge over the Hudson River.
At the tristate of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, Interstate 84 in Pennsylvania enters New York State from the city of Scranton. You pass Port Jervis, through wooded area, with sometimes beautiful views. You soon reach the city of Middletown, where you cross Interstate 86, which runs from Binghamton towards New York. After this, the area becomes less densely forested. At Orange Lake one crosses Interstate 87, the toll road from New York City to Montreal. Via the Newburgh-Beacon Bridgeone crosses the 1800 meter wide Hudson River at Newburgh. The river is so wide that even 120 kilometers inland the river is actually still at sea level. At Fishkill you cross US 9, which leads to Poughkeepsie. A little further on, one crosses the Taconic State Parkway, which runs all the way to New York. Then I-84 turns slightly southeast. At Brewster, Interstate 684 ends at I-84. I-684 leads to New York’s northern suburbs around White Plains. Not far after that, I-84 crosses the Connecticut border, and Interstate 84 continues in Connecticut to Hartford.
According to Topschoolsintheusa, I-84’s predecessor was US 6, a major east-west route that did not serve New York City. There weren’t many bridges crossing the Hudson River originally due to the width of the river. In the early 1950s, the New York State Thruway (I-87) was built through the Hudson Valley. It was originally planned to cross the Hudson River at Newburgh, but this eventually happened further south via the Tappan Zee Bridge . It was then proposed to build the east-west route through the Upper Hudson Valley as a toll road, but this proved unnecessary with the creation of the Interstate Highway system in 1956. Only the Newburgh-Beacon Bridgeis a toll connection, it opened on November 2, 1963. A second span was opened on November 1, 1980.
On November 2, 1963, the first 16 miles of I-84 between I-87 and Fishkill also opened, including the first span of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. In 1963 this section was extended eastward to the Taconic State Parkway. By 1970, the highway was completed just before the Connecticut border, and in 1971 it joined Interstate 84 in Connecticut. At the same time, the western portion of I-84 opened between the Pennsylvania border at Port Jervis and I-87 at Newburgh. The second Newburgh-Beacon Bridge was opened in 1980, after which the old bridge was renovated. Since June 1984, I-84 has had a minimum of 2×2 lanes permanently.
I-84 still had sequential exit numbering. In 2019, exit numbering according to distance was changed.
I-84 handles quite a lot of traffic for an interurban connection, because the countryside is still fairly densely populated, and I-84 is one of the few connections over the Hudson. The highway has 40,000 to 82,000 vehicles per day.