The photo above shows the entire length of the Garden State Parkway Connection, shortest segment of the New York State Thruway system. The New York-New Jersey state line runs diagonally across the lower left corner. Because it leads directly into New Jersey's Garden State Parkway, the Thruway connector does not carry a touring route number, and is therefore assigned the reference route number 982L. Although NYSDOT reference markers are not, as a rule, placed on the Thruway system, there is one placed at the state line where the Garden State Parkway Connection begins (see photo).
On the Thruway mainline, to the west of the Garden State Parkway Connection in the above photo, is the Spring Valley toll barrier. At the present time, tolls are collected from northbound commercial vehicles only. A set of through lanes allows passenger vehcles to bypass the barrier on its south side.
The Garden State Parkway Connection includes a single, unnumbered
interchange (shown right). It is a half-diamond connection to School
House Road (Rockland CR 41, also called Red Schoolhouse Road) in
Chestnut Ridge. The interchange provides access to and from Thrwuay
points only (including the northbound-only Nanuet
exit); it is not available to Garden State Parkway motorists.