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Interstate 287 is a major highway in New Jersey and New York. It is a partial beltway around New York City, serving the northern half of New Jersey as well as the counties of Rockland and Westchester in New York. Its shape resembles a horseshoe. The northeastern end is in Port Chester, New York. From there it extends west, crosses the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River between Tarrytown and Nyack, and continues west to Suffern, intersecting Interstate 87 (the New York State Thruway) and the New Jersey border. Between Port Chester and Tarrytown the road is also called the Cross-Westchester Expressway. It then bears southwest into New Jersey, intersecting Interstate 80 near Parsippany. It continues further south, through Morristown and eventually to Bedminster, where it intersects Interstate 78. The highway then curves southeast, heading towards Perth Amboy.
Similar to what still exists today with the New Jersey portion of Interstate 95, Interstate 287 was long disjointed due to community opposition. The New York stretch effectively ended at Suffern, and the New Jersey portion at US 202 near Boonton, with a long gap between. Finally, by the late 1980s, construction commenced, with this missing section opening in 1994.
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