I drive along Interstate 84 just about everyday. My commute on 84 is only a couple of miles but I appreciate how important the highway is. Especially for truck traffic. Several years ago I noticed New York and Pennsylvania have a different system for numbering exits on I 84. In Pennsylvania the exit numbers are based on mileage. For example, the exit 53 take for Matamoras which is the last exit before New York traveling east. The Milford exit is exit 46. Which is six miles west of Matamoras. The exit numbers get lower as you get deeper into Pennsylvania.
New York State has had exit numbers on I 84 in a sequence since the highway was built in the 1970's. Exit 1 is Port Jervis. Mountain Road five miles west in Greenville is exit 2. Exits 3 and 4 are in Goshen and Middletown about 18 miles away. So exit numbers don't tell you how far away the next exit is.
Well now all of that is going to change. New York State has started the process of changing to mileage based exit numbers on I-84. The only exit number that won't change is Exit 1 in Port Jervis. After that exits will be numbered by mileage west to east until the Connecticut state line.
The Federal Highway Administration prefers exit numbers based on mileage and New York State has been changing highway by highway.
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