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