Photograph ©2021 by Kyle Lawson for Staten Island Advance.

What is Wrong With This Photograph? Part 87

The following photograph was taken from the center westbound lane of Interstate 278 — which is also known as the Staten Island Expressway — in the borough of Staten Island in New York by Kyle Lawson for Staten Island Advance.

What is Wrong With This Photograph? Part 87

Photograph ©2021 by Kyle Lawson for Staten Island Advance.

For this edition of this popular game, can you guess what you believe is wrong — or, at least, seemingly quite bizarre — with this photograph?

Please submit your answers in the Comments section below — and I enjoy reading creative answers.

Thank you in advance. As always, I cannot wait to read your answer and feedback.

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You are encouraged to submit photographs of your own for this feature at The Gate. When you do, please let me know if you want to have photography credit attributed to you — as well as what is the photograph; and when and where it was taken. If your photograph is selected, it will be featured in a future article here at The Gate.

In the meantime, the answer — or answers — to this article will be included in the next article of answers to the most recent five articles in the series of What is Wrong With This Photograph? articles.

Photograph ©2021 by Kyle Lawson for Staten Island Advance.

  1. If “West” is straightforward, then “South” should be to the left. But then, the actual exit is probably to the right, and so I guess the sign correctly directs the drivers.

  2. It’s the Goethals Bridge, not the “Geothals” Bridge (GOE, not GEO), named after George Washington Goethals, who supervised the construction of the Panama Canal and who was the first consulting engineer of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (at the time, the Port of New York Authority), which operates the bridge.

  3. There should be a notation on the Exit 7, Richmond Ave sign reading “exit only” because that lane must exit.

    For clarity, the sign for exit 6 (South Avenue) is about 1/4 mile ahead and the actual exit is about 1/2 ahead. The exits are number for the mile marker, not the sequence number.

  4. “Not fuh nuttin'” but Richmond Ave. was “my” exit on the “Stat N’ylin” Expressway for just shy 25 yeeahs. Jus’ sayin’…;-)

    (I lost most of the accent when I moved to Florida. Except when it pops out for no reason whatsoever)

    And yeah…”Goethals” is spelled wrong.

    1. Not fuh nuttin’; but you and I both know where you are originally from, Sharon Kurheg

      …and good to hear from you.

  5. It is possible for milepost-based exit numbers 7 and 5 to leave a highway 3/4 mile apart, because the standard is to number the exit, not by the milepost where they leave the highway, but by the milepost where the road the junction is with crosses the highway (the midline between the two carriageways when the crossing road is a dual carriageway). This makes sense–you want the same exit number for the same road in the two directions of a highway. This, combined with the fact that mile numbers are truncated toward zero (a road that crosses at milepost 5.99 gets exit number 5), makes it easy to have exit 7 (a short ramp toward a small road that crosses at milepost 7.01) come 3/4 mile before exit 5 (a long ramp toward a major road that crosses at milepost 5.99).

    But this is all moot in the current case. Most highways in New York, including Interstate 278, have not yet converted from sequential exit numbering to mileage-based exit numbering.

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