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|Owner||City of New York|
|Length||7.05 mi (11.35 km)|
|Location||Staten Island, New York|
|South end||Tennyson Drive in Eltingville|
|North end||Forest Avenue in Graniteville|
Richmond Avenue is a major north-south thoroughfare on Staten Island, New York. Measuring approximately 7.0 miles (11.3 km), the road runs from the South Shore community of Eltingville to the North Shore community of Graniteville.
Richmond Avenue begins at Tennyson Drive and Crescent Beach Park bordering Raritan Bay. Hylan Boulevard is the first major intersection, 0.2 miles (0.32 km) to the north. After intersecting Amboy Road and then crossing under the Staten Island Railway, Richmond Avenue continues north to Arthur Kill Road. A tenth of a mile later, the avenue intersects with the end of Korean War Veterans Parkway (formerly Richmond Parkway). Richmond Avenue then crosses over Richmond Creek on the Fresh Kills Bridge, gains a median divider, and passes between the Staten Island Mall and Freshkills Park. Richmond Avenue intersects Rockland Avenue and Draper Place in New Springville before traveling along the edge of Willowbrook Park.
Richmond Avenue continues north to the intersection with Victory Boulevard. Richmond Avenue intersects Lamberts Lane, a road with access to the Brooklyn-bound Staten Island Expressway (I-278). Goethals Road North, a road that parallels the expressway, then begins to the left. It intersects Forest Avenue 0.8 miles (1.3 km) north, where the median divider of Richmond Avenue ends. This is the northern terminus of Richmond Avenue as a major two-way street. North of Forest Avenue, most traffic continues north to Richmond Terrace via Morningstar Road, while Richmond Avenue diverges to the east as a narrow one-way residential street. Richmond Avenue ends at Willow Road West, a service road for NY Route 440, two blocks east of Morningstar Road.
The road is one of the older ones on Staten Island, presumably dating back to the early-to-mid-19th century. Early writings and periodicals refer to Richmond Avenue as the road from Port Richmond to New Springville, just north of the Fresh Kills. Sections of road along what is currently Richmond Avenue were known by various names, such as Old Stone Road and Church Road (in Port Richmond), Bridge Avenue (south to Arthur Kill Road), Eltingville Road (continuing south to Amboy Road), and Seaside Avenue (the final section). In 1912, they were all consolidated as "Richmond Avenue". In 1964, the construction of the Willowbrook Expressway divided Richmond Avenue into two sections, the northern segment being later renamed Port Richmond Avenue.
In the 1920s and 1930s, most of Richmond Avenue, particularly south of Victory Boulevard, was predominantly farmland. The road itself was merely one-lane wide. However, indicative of the economic transformation the Richmond Avenue corridor of Staten Island experienced, specifically with the opening of the Staten Island Mall in 1972, the roadway was widened. The roadway from Rockland Avenue to Forest Hill Road has been widened to an eight-lane thoroughfare (four lanes each way), while other sections are two and three lanes wide.
Prior to the construction of any expressway on Staten Island, Richmond Avenue, north of Drumgoole Boulevard, was designated New York Route 440, which it held until the West Shore Expressway was completed in 1976.
Richmond Avenue is served in its entirety by the S59 local/S89 limited bus routes. The portion from Forest Avenue to Yukon Avenue is served by the S44/S94 route. The portion south of the Staten Island Mall is also served by the S79 SBS bus. The SIM3, SIM33 and SIM34 express buses to Manhattan cover the northern portion of Richmond Avenue, the SIM4, SIM4X, SIM4C, SIM8, SIM8X and SIM31 cover the portion from Lamberts Lane to Arthur Kill Road, and the SIM1, SIM1C, SIM7, SIM10 and SIM22 cover the southern portion of Richmond Avenue.
|Eltingville||0.00||0.00||Tennyson Drive||Raritan Bay shore|
|0.97||1.56||Amboy Road||No northbound left turn|
Arthur Kill Road to Korean War Veterans Parkway south – Outerbridge Crossing
Drumgoole Road West to Korean War Veterans Parkway south – Outerbridge Crossing
|No northbound left turn|
|Bulls Head||5.57||8.96||Victory Boulevard – Goethals Bridge|
|Bulls Head–Graniteville line||6.17||9.93||I-278 / NY 440||Exit 7 on I-278 / NY 440; access via Lambert Lane (east/north) and Goethals Road North (west/south)|
|7.05||11.35||Forest Avenue / Morningstar Road – Bayonne Bridge||To exit 12 on NY 440|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- "Richmond County Inventory Listing" (CSV). New York State Department of Transportation. August 7, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
- Overview Map of Richmond Avenue and Hylan Boulevard intersection (Map). Google Maps. Retrieved 2007-10-02.
- Overview Map of Richmond Avenue-Goethals Road North length (Map). Google Maps. Retrieved 2007-10-02.
- Overview Map of Richmond Avenue/Forest Avenue/Morningstar Road intersection (Map). Google Maps. Retrieved 2007-10-02.
- "1912 Richmond Country Street Name Changes", Steve Morse's Staten Island Street Name Changes Page. Archived February 12, 2007.
- "Staten Island Map 1960", NYC Roads. Retrieved August 19, 2006
- "Staten Island Bus Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. January 2020. Retrieved December 1, 2020.