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Interstate 687 New York


The route of Interstate 687 and also cancelled northern extension of New York 85, the Central Arterial.

A freeway known as the Northway-Northside Connection, Interstate 687 was to link Interstate 87, the Adirondack Northway, with Interstate 90 between the cities of Albany and Colonie. The freeway routing originally came about during the 1957 plan of Albany Freeways. The Interstate 687 designation applied to the route by 1967. Construction began at the southern terminus interchange (Exit 5A of Interstate 90) by 1971. Cancellation of the highway began soon thereafter, with community opposition from residents within the corridor's path growing. By 1973, Interstate 687 is cancelled officially, leaving the Corporate Woods Boulevard trumpet interchange as the only visible remnant of the highway.1

Western Terminus - Interstate 87, Colonie, New York
The planned western terminus would tie Interstate 687 into the Northway just south of current Exit 4. There is no Exit 3 of Interstate 87, due to the fact that it was slated for Interstate 687. Currently no photos of this stretch of freeway are available.
Eastern Terminus - Interstate 90, Albany, New York
Perspective from Interstate 90 west
Westbound Interstate 90 at Exit 5A/Corporate Woods Boulevard. This trumpet interchange is all that remains of Interstate 687. The connection now serves local traffic interests with a grandiose type interchange. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (01/20/02).


Page Updated December 10, 2002.

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