Cross Island Parkway
Cross Island Parkway is a parkway located in Queens County, Long Island, New York. It is a part of the Belt Parkway system that runs 10.6 miles from the Whitestone Expressway (Interstate 678) in Whitestone past the Throgs Neck Bridge, along and across the border of Queens and Nassau County to meet up with the Southern State Parkway and the Laurelton Parkway. Cross Island Parkway is unsigned New York State Reference Route 907A. The parkway is the main route to Belmont Park in Elmont, where the Belmont Stakes is run every June, marking the third and final leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. The exit numbering scheme on the Cross Island Parkway is a continuation of the exit numbering scheme on the Belt Parkway.
The Cross Island Parkway-Belt Parkway route is considered as the greatest municipal highway venture ever attempted in an urban setting. It connected the Long Island parkways to the recently opened Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, providing easier access from upstate New York and New England to Jones Beach. A small portion of the parkway intersects into Nassau County just north of Belmont Park.
The entire route has a total of 47 road bridges, six pedestrian overpasses, five railroad bridges, and six over-water crossings were built. It surrounds 26 park areas totaling more than 3,500 acres, including Alley Pond Park, Crocheron Park, and Clearview Park and Golf Course.
The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) is responsible in maintaining the Cross Island Parkway and its surrounding rights-of-way. Cross Island Parkway carries approximately 130,000 vehicles per day. The NYSDOT have several plans in which the parkway will be benefited from safety improvements and renovation projects, such as the reconstruction of the main roadway and ramps, and the installation of new signs and lighting. They also conducted minor rehabilitation of the main roadways, ramps and bridges from EXIT 25C (Southern State Parkway) north to EXIT 36 (I-678 / Whitestone Expressway).