Interstate 587 New York
A somewhat unique route within the Interstate system, Interstate 587 forms a short spur connecting I-87 (New York Thruway) with the city of Kingston in Upstate New York. The interstate constitutes a controlled access arterial (Colonel Chandler Drive) leading east from the Kingston Traffic Circle joining the New York Thruway access road with the continuation of New York State Route 28 west to Onteora Trail and Washington Avenue south into Kingston.
NY 28 overlaps with I-587 as it crosses Esopus Creek east from I-87 to NY 32 (Albany Avenue / Broadway) in Downtown Kingston. There are no exit ramps along the route in either direction. Signs on the Thruway mainline for Exit 19 and Kingston, a former capital city for New York, omit the Interstate 587 designation.
Road work reconfigures the east end of Interstate 587 and NY 28 from a five-way intersection into a roundabout. The roundabout was first suggested in February 2011 to improve traffic flow by a consultant group. A study recommending the $4.5 million reconfiguration was endorsed by City of Kingston lawmakers in May 2012.1 Construction was slated for 2016, but pushed back with bids expected in 2018 and work taking place in 2019.2
An $11.59 million contract was awarded for the I-587 Intersection Improvement at Albany Avenue project on November 15, 2019. The estimated completion date for the contract is October 24, 2021. Construction stages will first remove roadways and consolidate traffic into a single intersection. The final stage will replace the intersection with a roundabout.
East End – Kingston, NY
West End – Ulster, NY
Mileage – 1.21
Cities – Kingston
- Junctions –
Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-587 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
|Location||Vehicles per day|
|NY 28 to Washington Ave||13,032|
|Washington Ave to NY 32||14,675|
Source: 2016 NYSDOT Traffic Data Viewer
Interstate 587 was included in Kingston’s arterial route plan in 1957. Engineers made adjustments to the design of the highway so that it would meet New York State Department of Public Roads standards for “interstate connections,” allowing for federal aid. The major phase of the route was the spur leading northwest from Albany Avenue and Broadway (NY 32) to the New York Thruway interchange with NY 28. A traffic circle or interchange system was also proposed joining the expressway spur with NY 32 at East James Street.3 With the arterial plan approved, Interstate 587 was subsequently included in a state wide numbering plan announced by the State Public Works Department on October 21, 1958.7
Ground clearing for the the Kingston arterial spur started in early January 1959 at a site east of Sawkill and Brabant Roads.4 Plans for the east end of the route at Broadway and St. James Street were changed following concerns from area businesses. A new proposal was submitted to the state engineer’s office by Mayor Edwin F. Radel on August 4, 1959.5
Pavement work at the traffic circle connecting I-587 and NY 28 with the NY Thruway (I-87) commenced on September 16, 1959. Adjacent construction was nearly finished on the grade separation taking Sawkill Road over the arterial route.6 The Kingston spur was dedicated on July 25, 1960. Opened five months ahead of schedule, the 1.50 mile roadway cost $2.5 million to build.8
The Ulster County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution urging the State Legislature to name I-587 George F. Chandler Drive on August 13, 1964. Chandler was from Kingston and the founder of the New York State Police.9
East End at Albany St – Kingston, New York
West End at Washington Ave – Ulster, New York
- “Kingston residents raise concerns about roundabout proposed for busy intersection.” Daily Freeman News (Kingston, NY), December 3, 2015.
- “Kingston roundabout plan detailed.” Times Herald-Record (Middletown, NY), December 4, 2015.
- “To Check Route Plan On Federal Aid Basis.” The Kingston Daily Freeman (NY), June 11, 1957.
- “Kingston Arterial Route Will Bear Numbers 587.” The Kingston Daily Freeman (NY), October 21, 1958.
- “Ground Clearing Starts in Ulster For Arterial Way.” The Kingston Daily Freeman (NY), January 9, 1959.
- “Merchants Very Much Concerned – Former Alderman, Mayor Ask Action.” The Kingston Daily Freeman (NY), August 5, 1959.
- “To Start Blacktop Pouring on Circle.” The Kingston Daily Freeman (NY), September 16, 1959.
- “Arterial Spur to Thruway Opened Today.” The Kingston Daily Freeman (NY), July 25, 1960.
- “Supervisors Due To Act Tonight on Naming Spur.” The Kingston Daily Freeman (NY), August 13, 1964.
Page updated March 4, 2020.