By SERGEY KADINSKY
Forgotten NY correspondent
Like any big city, New York is located at the juncture of major interstate highways and their auxiliary routes. For example, I-95 has the Long Island Expressway (495) as its auxiliary branch and I-78 has a host of auxiliaries such as the BQE that were never linked to it because of neighborhood opposition in the 1960s.
Nearly 30 years before the Eisenhower administration criscrossed the country with the interstate highway grid, the New York State Highway Department decided to assign its own numbers to some of the longer intercity roads within the state. The shield for state highways was based on a silhouette of the state’s seal.
For Long Island, 25 and 27 were the first east-west routes to appear on the map. Within a decade, auxiliary routes that ran parallel to them were assigned. Route 25 in Queens covers Queensboro Bridge, Queens Boulevard, Hillside Avenue, Braddock Avenue and Jericho Turnpike.