Thruway scheduled to be widened in Albany


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The NYS Thruway Authority announced today that it will be spending $110 million to reconstruct and widen the Thruway from Exit 23 (Albany, I-787) to Exit 24 (Albany, I-87). The plan is add one new lane in each direction -- which would bring to the stretch to three lanes on each side.

A mini-site for the project says construction is scheduled to start in mid-2011, with completion scheduled for 2012. It says no detours are expected -- a temporary lane will be added to the median during construction.

That stretch of Thruway runs along the back of a bunch of residential neighborhoods. The "project is not anticipated to directly impact adjacent land uses," according to the site. It does report that the extra lanes "may increase noise levels." The document says noise will be monitored and some sort of sound mitigation might be an option (example: noise walls).

The Thruway says a 2002 study reported that an average of 48,100 vehicles traveled on that stretch daily. That study concluded that northbound traffic operated at an "unacceptable Level of Service" and southbound traffic was projected to reach that point in... 2008.

Update: The TU reports the project is scheduled to start April 2011 and be finished in the fall of 2013. The project's chief engineer told the Gazette that stretch of Thruway is in "in significant disrepair."

The Thruway also announced today it will be resurfacing pavement on the following stretches:

  • from milepost 121, south of Interchange 21B (Coxsackie) to milepost 141 near Interchange 23 (Albany, I-787)
  • from Interchange 24 (Albany, I-87) at milepost 148.15 to west of Interchange 25 (Schenectady, I-890) at milepost 153.85
  • nearly seven miles of pavement resurfacing and safety upgrades on the Berkshire Spur, from the Canaan Toll Barrier to the Massachusetts State Line, approximately $7.5 million.

Comments

It'd be great if soundbarriers were built. I can hear those noisy 18 wheelers from miles away.

WOW.... 110 million... we should fix all the pot holes in the city of albany and possibly pay alittle extra and get some better pavement so this pot holes dont come back... this is the biggest waste of money.... so what theres 30mins of traffic a day... go to nyc and see the traffic on some of the side streets... so much waste... we should be trying to be come a more efficiency orientated region... maybe if that was actually the goal we could get people to move up here.. but no again Albany is getting S*** on....

WASTEFUL SPENDING

Great, so instead of two lanes of traffic backed up at exit 24 there will be three. A project to install high speed ezpass lanes would have been far more useful to overall flow of rush hour traffic. The tolls are the bottle neck, not the number of lanes geniuses.

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