The Long Island Expressway

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From Manhattan to Riverhead, Long Islanders have used the Long Island Expressway to get to many locations on the Island. Also known as the LIE, the 495, or I-495, these three lane expressway runs through the middle of the island. A Long Islander knows, if you get lost and you see a sign to the LIE, you know you are going to get back on to where you are going.

At 71 miles, the LIE is one of the many ways to directly get in Manhattan or go all the way out to Riverhead. Major intersection of the LIE include:

  • Queens-Midtown Tunnel: This is your portal to Manhattan from Long Island and the beginning of the LIE.
  • I-278: This interstate highway will take one to Queens.
  • I-678: This north and south interstate will take you through Queens and the Bronx.
  • Grand Central Parkway (GCP): This parkway will take you to the Triborough Bridge.
  • I-295: In Queens, one can take this interstate to the Throgs Neck Bridge and the Bronx and Queens.
  • Cross Island Parkway: This is part of the Belt Parkway that can be taken to the broader of Queens and Brooklyn.
  • Northern State Parkway: Starting in Jericho, this parkway goes to the beginning of Route 347.
  • Sagtikos State Parkway: This Suffolk parkway going north and south goes between Smithtown and Islip.
  • County Road 54: The LIE ends that this county road out in Riverhead.

So, if you cannot find your way, always find a way back to the LIE and you find exactly where you need to go!

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