Thruway scheduled to be widened in Albany


View Larger Map

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.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Santa Speedo Sprint 2016 photos

The annual Albany Santa Speedo Sprint was Saturday afternoon on Lark Street. For the 11th year, a bunch of scantily-clad people dashed 800 meters through... (more)

A few bits about the proposed Albany Skyway

One of the more intriguing Capital Region projects to pop up in the state's Regional Economic Development Council funding announcements this week is a linear... (more)

Our guest speaker today is...

One of the odd things about my job is that sometimes I get asked to speak in college classes about it -- often journalism classes,... (more)

Whose Golden Knights?

The new NHL franchise in Las Vegas -- nickname the Golden Knights -- had its trademark request tripped up this week by the US Patent... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

It is the season of being incredibly busy. But make time if you can. This weekend's collection of stuff to do is larger than the... (more)

Recent Comments

I grew up in the Utica area and moved out here in 1998. It really is funny how different the cultures are less than 100 miles away. It's more laid back in the Utica/Syracuse area, and the culture is much more "country" whereas Albany and a lot of the are around it is much more fast paced and has more of a NYC influence. Both are nice places to live, but definitely different vibes.

Adapting for a more extreme future

...has 7 comments, most recently from BS

A few bits about the proposed Albany Skyway

...has 4 comments, most recently from BS

Day trip: New Paltz

...has 5 comments, most recently from Stephen Leon

Phoenicians Mediterranean Palace

...has 6 comments, most recently from Elise

Our guest speaker today is...

...has 3 comments, most recently from Greg