Interstate 790 constitutes a 2.41 mile spur freeway leading into Utica from Interstate 90 (New York Thruway) at Exit 31. Co-signed with New York 5 for its entire length, the route runs parallel with the New York Thruway for the first mile before turning southwesterly at the partial cloverleaf interchange with New York 8 and New York 12. Unlike most other interstates in New York, the two interchanges along Interstate 790 are not numbered. The short interstate spur officially ends at the folded-diamond interchange with New York 5A west of downtown Utica, while the expressway portion continues southwest carrying New York 5, New York 8 and New York 12 toward the nearby town of New Hartford.
09/27/09 photos taken by Brent Ivy.
Interstate 790 East
Interstate 790 begins its short 2.41 mile journey just north of the folded-diamond interchange with New York 5S west of downtown Utica. The interstate is multiplexed with New York 5 for its entire length to Interstate 90. Photo taken 09/27/09.
Motorists are advised to stay in the right-most lane for the upcoming departure of Interstate 790 and New York 5 eastbound at the partial cloverleaf interchange with New York 8 and New York 12. Photo taken 09/27/09.
New York 8 and New York 12 leave the interstate at this partial cloverleaf interchange and continue north. The two state highways split at a trumpet interchange 4.7 miles northeast of Interstate 790. Photo taken 09/27/09.
Now within the confines of the interchange with New York 8 and New York 12, Interstate 790 prepares for its ramp split with New York 49 west. There has been discussion to realign and extend the Interstate 790 designation along a portion of the New York 49 freeway toward the city of Rome, but nothing official has been set. Photo taken 09/27/09.
Now parallel with the New York Thruway, Interstate 790 and New York 5 prepare to depart. Genesee Street, one of the main arterials through Utica, can be reached via both freeways. Photo taken 09/27/09.
Interstate 790 departs for Genesee Street south and Interstate 90. New York 5 continues east another 0.8 miles to intersect Leland Avenue. The state route then follows Leland Avenue to Herkimer Road, where the route turns east and heads toward Herkimer and Little Falls. Photo taken 09/27/09.
Genesee Street south leads directly into downtown, and serves as the other main connection between Interstate 90 and Utica besides Interstate 790. The freeway gets ready to enter the Thruway toll plaza before its trumpet interchange with Interstate 90. Photo taken 09/27/09.
Interstate 790 quickly draws to a close after the toll plaza. Guide signs direct traffic onto ramps leading to the New York Thruway and Interstate 90. Heading west along the Thruway takes motorists toward Syracuse 47 miles away. The state capital of Albany lies some 88 miles to the east along Interstate 90. Photo taken 09/27/09.
Interstate 790 West
Reaching Interstate 790 west from Interstate 90 is not a direct freeway to freeway connection but rather involves a series of right-hand turns on surface streets. Motorists exiting from the Thruway toll plaza must make a right turn onto Genesee Street north and pass underneath Interstate 90. A second right-hand turn must be made onto Auert Avenue before entering the on-ramp to Interstate 790 west. Genesee Street becomes a one-way couplet immediately north of the Thruway and further splits into River Road and Coventry north of the Auert Avenue and Herkimer Road intersections. Photo taken 09/27/09.
Interstate 790 can be reached by using the upcoming loop on-ramp east of the intersection of Genesee Street and Auert Avenue. The one-way Auert Avenue continues eastward, becoming New York 5 at the Leland Avenue intersection. New York 5 stems eastward from Utica running parallel with Interstate 90 to the town of Herkimer. Photo taken 09/27/09.
Now running parallel with the New York Thruway mainline, Interstate 790, now joined by New York 5 for the rest of its journey into Utica, travels west toward the partial cloverleaf interchange with New York 8 and new York 12. The eastbound lanes of the 2.41 mile interstate travel on the south side of the Thruway mainline carriageways. Photo taken 09/27/09.
The partial cloverleaf interchange with New York 8 and New York 12 is the first of two un-numbered interchanges that Interstate 790 encounters in its short duration into Utica. New York 8 and New York 12 continue north of the interchange as a freeway. The town of Poland can be reached via New York 8 while New York 12 meanders up to Watertown and Interstate 81, 76 miles northwest of Utica. Photo taken 09/27/09.
Interstate 790 and New York 5 depart for downtown via a flyover ramp over New York 8 and New York 12. Both state highways join the pair for the rest of its duration into Utica. Motorists wanting to reach New York 49 west are directed to stay on the collector-distributor roadway. New York constitutes a freeway stemming northwest from Interstate 90 toward the city of Rome. The idea of extending the Interstate 790 designation along the New York 49 freeway has been discussed, but nothing formal from the New York Department of Transportation has been finalized. Photo taken 09/27/09.
Merging onto the southbound mainline carriageway of New York 8 and New York 12, Interstate 790, now essentially non-existent, and New York 5 begin their southward jog toward the downtown area of Utica. The interchange with New York 5A and New York 5S is now coming into view. Photo taken 09/27/09.
The last interchange Interstate 790 encounters before ending is at the folded diamond of New York 5A and New York 5S. New York 5S (Oriskany Street) feeds directly into downtown and continues southeastward to Frankfort. New York 5A (also Oriskany Street) stems west from the interchange to serve the nearby community of Whitesboro. Photo taken 09/27/09.
Interstate 790 comes to a quiet end immediately after the interchange with New York 5S and New York 5A. Motorists continuing southbound on the triple multiplex of New York 5, New York 8 and New York 12 prepare for merging traffic from Oriskany Street. The expressway continues southwest through the west side of Utica before splitting at a cloverleaf interchange in New Hartford. Photo taken 09/27/09.
Scenes pertaining to Interstate 790
Approaching the on-ramp to Interstate 790 eastbound from State Street. One last ramp at the signal leads to New York 5S eastbound and adjacent downtown Utica. Photo taken 09/27/09.
Motorists traveling west along New York 5S prepare to depart for Interstate 790 eastbound. The upcoming interchange marks the southern terminus of the 2.41 mile long interstate within the city limits of Utica. Photo taken 09/27/09.