Interstate 687 New York
A freeway known as the Northway-Northside Connection, Interstate 687 was to link I-87 (Adirondack Northway) near Albany International Airport (ALB) and 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
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.
East End – Albany. NY
West End – Colonie, NY
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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.
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.
- Capital Highways – Interstate 687, Chris Jordan.
- Adirondack Northway Exit 3 Project – Project I.D. No. 1721.51, NYSDOT History
- “A few facts, controversies, and quirks from the Northway’s history.” All Over Albany, May 27, 2015.
Page updated May 28, 2015.