Interstate 890 New York

East End
West End


Interstate 890 comprises a nearly nine mile 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 890 extends north from the access road to I-90 across the Mohawk River into southern Saratoga County. That state route spurs north to New York 5 in the town of Glenville.


Interstate 890 was constructed during the late 1950s and early 1960s.1 An extension of the I-890 freeway northward across the Mohawk River to New York 5 in Glenville opened initially with ramps to New York 5S on October 31, 1997.2 Numbered as New York 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 1960s-built interchange at the GE Schenectady campus, Erie Boulevard and Washington Avenue (Exits 4A/B). The $4.6 million project replaced the loop ramp of Exit 4B along westbound with a new ramp slightly to the east of the former. The Exit 4B off-ramp from I-890 east closed permanently, with traffic redirected via Exit 4A to the west. That ramp was renumbered to Exit 4.4 The inner loop connecting Erie Boulevard with I-890 east and Edison Avenue was also permanently closed. It was filled with 11,300 cubic yards of earth after June 2016.5

Route Information

  • East End – Fort Hunter, NY

  • West End – Rotterdam, NY

  • Mileage – 9.35

  • Cities – Schenectady

  • JunctionsI-90 NY Thruway

Source: December 31, 2017 Interstate Route Log and Finders List

I-890 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

Location Vehicles per day
I-90 to Exit 9 37,406
Exit 9 to Schenectady Co. 35,692
Albany Co. to Exit 8 40,149
Exits 8 to 7 42,843
Exits 7 to 6 49,533
Exits 6 to 5 55,694
Exits 5 to 4C 46,950
Exits 4C to 4B 20,721
Exits 4B to 2A 22,314
Exits 2A to 1B 19,268
Exit 1B to I-90 7,055
Exit 1B to 1A 16,292
A chamber of commerce map dated in 1972 showed Interstate 890 only opened northward to Campbell Road (Exits 2A/B).

Highway Guides

East End I-90 NY Thruway – Rotterdam, New York

Perspective from Interstate 890 east
The initial sign for Interstate 90 along I-890 east appears at the diamond interchange (Exit 8) with High Bridge Road. An intervening exit joins the freeway loop with NY 7 (Curry Road) before motorists enter the New York Thruway toll plaza. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Back to back ramps depart from Interstate 890 east for New York 7 (Curry Road) west to Coldbrook and South Schenectady and parallel New York 146 (Carman Road) ahead of the terminus at I-90. Photo taken 06/28/05.
The freeway mainline angles southeast to the trumpet interchange with I-90 as Exit 9 branches west to New York 146 and Fort Hunter. Photo taken 06/28/05.
An end shield for Interstate 890 precedes the Thruway toll plaza. The toll road connects the east end of I-890 with Interstate 87, six miles to the east and Interstate 88, five miles to the west. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Leaving the toll plaza, drivers partition into a two lane ramp for Interstate 90 east to Albany and a single lane ramp west to Interstate 88 and Syracuse. The connection to I-88 is toll-free. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Perspective from Interstate 90 (New York Thruway) west
Interstate 90 travels northwest from Albany through the town of Colonie to meet Interstate 890 at Exit 25 near Fort Hunter. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Entering the trumpet interchange (Exit 25) with Interstate 890 west on the New York Thruway west. Adjacent ramps connect the Schenectady freeway loop with NY 146 to Fort Hunter and NY 7 to Rotterdam. Photo taken by Chris Jordan (12/27/02).
Perspective from Interstate 90 (New York Thruway) east
Exit 25 loops away from the New York Thruway east for Interstate 890 west to Downtown Schenectady. Interstate 90 continues east into a service plaza beyond the exchange with I-890. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (05/15/02).

West End I-90 NY Thruway New York 890 – Rotterdam, New York

Perspective from Interstate 890 west
Exit 1B loops away from Interstate 890 west to the New York Thruway access road connecting with I-90 west to Utica and east to Albany. New York 890 takes over as the freeway designation north to Exit 1A (New York 5S). Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (11/17/01).
Perspective from New York 890 west
The New York 890 freeway spurs concludes across the Mohawk River at New York 5 in Glenville. Mileposts from I-890 zero out at the junction with NY 5. Photo taken by Jim Teresco (10/26/02).
Perspective from New York 890 east
New York 5 (Amsterdam Road) east intersects New York 890 east and Vley Road (County Road 30). New York 890 crosses the Mohawk River south to New York 5S and the Thruway interchange. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (08/11/01).
New York 890 eastbound shield posted just after the freeway begins from New York 5. Photo taken by Chris Jordan (11/00).
New York 890 ends and Interstate 890 begins at the trumpet interchange (Exit 1B) with the New York Thruway access road. Traffic continuing eastward reaches Downtown Schenectady in five miles. Interstate 90 bypasses Schenectady and Rotterdam to the south. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (08/11/01).
Perspective from Interstate 90 (New York Thruway) east
The New York Thruway straddles the northern hillside overlooking the Mohawk River to Rotterdam and Exit 25. Exit 25 links Interstate 90 with I-890 east into Schenectady and NY 890 north to Glenville. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (11/00).
Perspective from Interstate 90 (New York Thruway) west

The fifth in a series of consecutive Interstate highway interchanges along the New York Thruway west is the west end of Interstate 90 at Exit 26. Photo taken 06/28/05.


  1. Capital Highways – Interstate 890 (Chris Jordan).
  2. "New ramps to open linking Route 5S, Exit 26, I-890." The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY), October 31, 1997.
  3. "Mohawk span done " The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY), October 21, 1998.
  4. "Notorious I-890 loop in Schenectady on the way out." The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY), April 21, 2016.
  5. "Redesign of I-890 Exit 4 reaches completion." The Daily Gazette, November 3, 2016.

Page updated November 5, 2016.