Interstate 890 comprises an urban loop from the New York Thruway into the city of Schenectady. The freeway serves Downtown and the General Electric (GE) Schenectady campus, headquarters of the GE Power business unit. New York Route 890 extends north from the access road to I-90 across the Mohawk River into southern Saratoga County. That state route spurs north to NY 5 in the town of Glenville.
The Interstate Urban Area Numerology for New York submitted to the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) on August 22, 1958 proposed Route 690 for the Thruway Spur Connection in Schenectady. AASHO changed 690 to 890 to keep the numerical order of loops and spurs in sequence from west to east. This was the result of Route 190 bypassing Buffalo changing to Route 290, Rochester’s 290 to 490 and Syracuse’s 490 to 690. AASHO made the changes official on November 10, 1958.
Interstate 890 was constructed during the late 1950s and early 1960s.1 An extension of the freeway northward across the Mohawk River to NY 5 in Glenville opened initially with ramps to NY 5S on October 31, 1997.2 Numbered as NY 890, the four lane Mohawk River bridge opened to traffic on October 20, 1998 following a ribbon cutting ceremony held that morning.3
Construction between April 25 and November 2016 reconfigured the interchange built in the 1960s at the GE Schenectady campus, Erie Boulevard and Washington Avenue (Exits 4A/B). The $4.6 million project replaced the loop ramp at Exit 4 B along westbound with a new ramp slightly to the east of the former. The off-ramp at Exit 4 B from I-890 east closed permanently, with traffic redirected via Exit 4 A to the west. That ramp was renumbered to Exit 4.4 The inner loop connecting Erie Boulevard with I-890 east and Edison Avenue also permanently closed. It was filled with 11,300 cubic yards of earth after June 2016.5