Special thanks goes to Jack Thomas for help with photo captions.
Interstate 87 / Adirondack Northway North
Interstate 87 northbound joins Interstate 90 eastbound briefly between Exit 24 of the New York Thruway mainline and the Adirondack Northway. Pictured here is the Interstate 87 & 90 / Exit 24 toll plaza, a facility which is credited as the busiest section of the whole entire thruway. Photo taken 07/20/05.
Past the toll booths, Interstate 87 northbound prepares to split from Interstate 90 eastbound at Exit 1S-N. Exit 1S serves a short stub of the Northway leading south to Crossgates Mall and U.S. 20 (Western Avenue). Originally, the Northway was to parallel the Thruway to Interstate 787 at Exit 23. Photo taken 07/20/05.
A directional-cloverleaf interchange facilitates the movements at the split between the two Interstate highways near the Cross Gates Mall and Rensselaer Lake Preserve and Park. A two-lane off-ramp carries Interstate 87 northbound motorists toward Colonie, Albany International Airport, and Saratoga Springs. Interstate 90 meanwhile presses east to Roessleville, Albany, and Rensselaer. Photo taken 07/20/05.
Interstate 87 northbound joins the Adirondack Northward for the drive to Montreal, Quebec. The freeway quickly encounters New York 5 (Central Avenue) at the Albany suburb of Colonie. New York 5 travels east-west throughout the Empire State between Pennsylvania 5 and downtown Albany. Photo taken 07/20/05.
An auxiliary lane departs Interstate 87 (Adirondack Northway) northbound for Exit 2E (New York 5 eastbound and Wolf Road northbound). New York 5 (Central Avenue) serves the Northway and Colonie Center Malls nearby en route to Roessleville and the city of Albany. Photo taken 07/20/05.
Northbound at the Exits 2E/2W full-cloverleaf interchange between Interstate 87 and New York 5 (Central Avenue). Exit 2E ties into the Central Avenue intersection with Wolf Road, a north-south road between New York 5, Sand Creek Road, and Albany Shaker Road. Photo taken 07/20/05.
Exit 2W departs Interstate 87 northbound onto New York 5 (Central Avenue) westbound to Schenectady. The state highway leads to many hotels and retail establishments, as well as the village of Colonie. Photo taken 07/20/05.
Advance signage for Exit 4 (Wolf Road) to Albany International Airport posted along Interstate 87 northbound. It is interesting to note that there is no Exit 3 on the Northway. That is because Exit 3 was supposed to serve as the junction with Interstate 687, an unconstructed freeway between Interstate 90 Exit 5A and the cancelled Interstate 88 Extension. The unbuilt roadway was to provide direct access to the airport. There is a current plan to construct an Exit 3, but not to the same standards for which it originally was intended. Photo taken 07/20/05.
Interstate 87 (Adirondack Northway) northbound at the Exit 4 ramp departure onto the adjacent Wolf Road. Wolf Road ends at Albany Shaker Road nearby. Interests to Albany International Airport should take Albany Shaker Road westbound to the facility. Photo taken 07/20/05.
Next in line for northbound travelers is the Exit 5 partial-cloverleaf interchange with New York 155 (Watervliet Shaker Road). New York 155 meanders east-west around Albany International Airport between north Colonie and Latham. Photo taken 07/20/05.
Traffic to New York 155 (Watervliet Shaker Road) departs Interstate 87 northbound via the Exit 5 loop ramp. New York 155 ventures 1.2 miles east to junction U.S. 9 (New Loudon Road) at Latham and 4.6 miles to its eastern terminus at junction New York 32 (2nd Avenue) in Watervliet. Interstate 87 southbound motorists are provided access to the airport and New York 155 via a combined Exit 5-4 setup. Photo taken 07/20/05.
Continuing northward toward the Exit 6 junction with New York 2 and 7 (Troy Schenectady Road) on Interstate 87. New York 2 and 7 meet the freeway between Latham and Schenectady. Photo taken 07/20/05.
Auxiliary guide sign touting the New York 2 eastbound connection to Watervliet and New York 7 eastbound connection to Waterford. New York 7 eastbound merges with Interstate 87 northbound between Exits 6 and 7. Photo taken 07/20/05.
Approaching the Exit 6 off-ramp to New York 2 east and New York 7 west on Interstate 87 north. Troy Schenectady Road carries the New York 7 designation west seven miles to Schenectady and New York 2 3.5 miles east to Watervliet. Photo taken 07/20/05.
Interstate 87 northbound at the Exit 6 ramp departure to Troy Schenectady Road. New York 7 westbound ventures west through Schenectady to the Pennsylvania state line south of Binghamton parallel to the Interstate 88 corridor. New York 2 meanwhile begins at Exit 6 and heads 31 miles east to the Massachusetts state line west of Williamstown. Photo taken 07/20/05.
Sparrowbush Road travels over Interstate 87 & New York 7 between Exits 6 and 7. Exit 7 represents the west end of the New York 7 freeway between the Adirondack Northway and Troy. The east-west freeway was built in anticipation of the unconstructed Interstate 88 extension. The freeway otherwise acts as a direct connection between Interstate 87 and Interstate 787 near Cohoes and Waterford. Photo taken 07/20/05.
New York 7 eastbound departs Interstate 87 northbound via a trumpet interchange at Exit 7. New York 7 journeys 3.5 miles east to the junction with Interstate 787 & New York 787 (Cohoes Boulevard). Interstate 787 south serves Watervliet, New York 787 north serves Cohoes and Waterford, and New York 7 east crosses the Collar City Bridge into the city of Troy. Photo taken 07/20/05.
Six views of the Thaddeus Kosciusko Bridge over the Mohawk River, locally referred to as the "Twin Bridges". A major reconstruction plan is in place for the 1959-built1 twin-arch bridges. It also marks the border between Albany and Saratoga County. Photos taken 07/20/05.
Northbound mileage sign posted along Interstate 87 beyond the Thaddeus Kosciusko Bridge. Commuting traffic along Interstate 87 continues northward through Saratoga Springs and Glen Falls. Traffic counts however drop off rapidly north of there toward Lake George and Adirondack State Park. Photo taken 07/20/05.
The communities of Halfmoon Beach and Clifton Park Center are accessible from the next four interchanges of Interstate 87 northbound. Clifton Park Center lies west of the Adirondack Northway and Halfmoon Beach to the east along the Mohawk River. Photo taken 07/20/05.
Crescent and Vischers Ferry Roads intersect Interstate 87 at the first Saratoga County interchange of the Adirondack Northway. Crescent Road leads west 3.75 miles to Vischers Ferry. Photo taken 07/20/05.
Interstate 87 northbound at the Exit 8 ramp departure to Crescent and Vischers Ferry Roads. Vischers Road heads east two miles toward Halfmoon Beach and junction U.S. 9 (Halfmoon Parkway). Photo taken 07/20/05.
Interstate 87 northbound at the final U.S. exit on the Adirondack Northway. All traffic not departing via Exit 43 onto U.S. 9 must enter the port of entry before continuing north along Quebec Autoroute 15 toward Montreal. U.S. 9 comprises the adjacent frontage road between Locust Street and a dead end north of Rouses Point. Photo taken July of 2000.