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Interstate 687 New York

The route of Interstate 687 and also the canceled northern extension of the Central Arterial (New York 85).

A freeway known as the Northway-Northside Connection, Interstate 687 was to link Interstate 87 (Adirondack Northway) near Albany International Airport (ALB) in the Town of Colonie with Interstate 90 in the city of Albany. The freeway was first proposed in the 1957 plan of Albany Freeways.1

Sequential numbers along the Adirondack Northway omit Exit 3 between New York 5 (Exit 2) and New York 155 (Exit 4). The southernmost portion of the Northway opened in 1960 with Exit 3 reserved for the future interchange with the Northway-Northside Connection.2,3

The proposed Northway-Northside Connection was numbered as Interstate 687 by 1967 and construction began at the southern terminus interchange (Exit 5A of I-90) by 1971. Changes in the State and Federal funding programs2 and increasing community opposition1,3 however led to the planned freeway being removed from Capital District's long-range highway plan in 1973. The Interstate was subsequently dropped from the national interstate system plan in 1977.2,3

The Corporate Woods interchange remains as the lone piece of infrastructure built for I-687.1 It provides a high speed entrance to a 30-mile per hour arterial through Corporate Woods business park.

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.
Eastern Terminus - Interstate 90, Albany, New York
Perspective from Interstate 90 west
Westbound Interstate 90 at Exit 5A for Corporate Woods Boulevard. This trumpet interchange is all that remains of the plan for Interstate 687. The connection serves local traffic interests to Corporate Woods between I-90 and Shaker Road. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (01/20/02).


Page Updated May 28, 2015.

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Albany inset from the 1967 Rand McNally North American Road Atlas.
The Northway-Northside Connection first appeared as an unnumbered proposed line in the 1965 Rand McNally North American Road Atlas. An I-687 shield was added to the proposed route in the Albany inset of the atlas in the 1967 edition. It remained on the map until the 1975 edition.