West 96 Street, East 96 Street

Westbound Views

East 96 Street begins at the FDR Drive and runs west as a four-lane undivided road. There are oversized street name signs at 1 Avenue, 3 Avenue, Lexington Avenue, and Park Avenue. Construction work is currently in progress to build a subway line under 2 Avenue.
Photos taken April 2011.
East 96 Street intersects Madison Avenue at a traffic light. To access the transverse road to the West Side from this direction, it is necessary to make a right turn here and then travel one block north on Madison Avenue and one block west on East 97 Street. East 96 Street ends one block ahead at 5 Avenue.
Photo taken April 2011.
The transverse road is a super-2, a two-lane undivided limited-access highway, crossing Central Park. There are a couple of overpasses, but no exits.
Photos taken October 2010.
The transverse road ends here at Central Park West. When travelling in this direction, the exit from the transverse road is aligned with West 97 Street, which is straight ahead. To continue along West 96 Street, turn left onto Central Park West and then turn right at the first traffic light. Small signs direct motorists heading toward the Henry Hudson Parkway (NY 9A) to do just that.
Photos taken July 2017.
West 96 Street begins at Central Park West and runs west across the Upper West Side as a four-lane undivided road. There are oversized street name signs at Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue.
Photos taken July 2017.
West 96 Street intersects Broadway at a traffic light.
Photo taken July 2017.
West 96 Street continues to the west. There is an oversized street name sign at West End Avenue.
Photos taken December 2010.
An overpass carries Riverside Drive over West 96 Street.
Photo taken December 2010.
After the overpass, West 96 Street ends at the Henry Hudson Parkway (NY 9A). In a somewhat unusual interchange, the ramp that West 96 Street becomes passes next to the northbound lanes of the parkway. Motorists wishing to travel north can change lanes onto the parkway. Motorists wishing to go south can continue along the ramp, which then curves around and passes under the parkway before merging with the southbound lanes.
Photos taken June 2014.

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