Traveling 118 miles through the Catskills and Leatherstocking Region of eastern Upstate New York, Interstate 88 runs northeast from Binghamton to Oneonta and the Capital District at Schenectady. The east end of I-88 ties into the New York Thruway midway between interchanges with I-890. Travelers using I-88 east to I-890, or from I-890 to I-88 are not charged tolls along I-90. This exemption serves local traffic between Schenectady and Interstate 88.
Interstate 88 was designed to improve regional connectivity between Binghamton and the Capital District. Replacing New York Route 7 as the main route between the two areas, the rural freeway was approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on December 13, 1968 and by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) on June 23, 1969. Construction followed from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.1
The original east end of Interstate 88 was planned at the Schenectady-East Interchange with the Thruway, opposite Interstate 890 at Exit 25. The alignment was built further north both to avoid residential development, and to offset high costs with constructing the route across mountainous terrain near Altamont.1
- Capital Highways - Interstate 88.
Page Updated 03-04-2020.