States traversed: Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
Two Interstates in the United States were given the designation of Interstate 84; the eastern Interstate 84 runs from northeastern Pennsylvania, through southeastern Upstate New York and the middle of Connecticut, to end along a nudge north into Massachusetts. For the western Interstate 84 in Oregon, Idaho, and northern Utah, click here. The eastern Interstate 84 begins near Scranton, Pennsylvania, at Interstate 81, where it heads southeast from a four-way interchange. Interstate 81 occupies the northwestern and southwestern legs of the interchange, while US Route 6 occupies the northwestern and northeastern legs. Interstate 380 starts at this interchange, too, heading southeast along Interstate 84 for a few miles before the two Interstates part ways. Interstate 84 continues east out of northeastern Pennsylvania into southeastern New York, staying about fifty miles north of New York City. In the state of New York, the highway passes through Middletown, Newburgh, and Brewster. At Brewster, Interstate 84 sprouts a branch to the south for accessing the New York City metroplex, labeled Interstate 684. Just past Brewster, Interstate 84 crosses into the state of Connecticut, where it's one of the most important highways in the state (and the only Interstate with an even number). It continues east through Connecticut, but with a northeasterly tilt, connecting Danbury, Waterbury, and Hartford. After winding through downtown Hartford, Interstate 84 continues northeast to exit Connecticut in the northeastern part of the state. It exits Connecticut to spend only about eight miles in central Massachusetts, ending at Interstate 90 near Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Most traffic continues onto Interstate 90's eastern leg toward Boston.
My photo of a route marker for Interstate 84's eastern iteration comes from a Welcome Center for the state of Connecticut, along that state's western border. Connecticut provides a rest area and welcome center for eastbound travelers, that those travelers will encounter just after entering the state from New York. This rest area, where I took this photo, sits near Danbury, Connecticut. The signage depicted shows drivers at the rest area how to get back to the freeway. This photo was taken on a rainy day in October 2015, during my trip to the northeastern states. Back to the nationwide main page. Back to the home page.