Interstate 90 Westbound - Albany Vicinity

Interstate 90 West
Nearing the New York state line on Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) near West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Intersecting the toll road across the state line is New York 22, a north-south route straddling the eastern reaches of the state. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Posted at the Massachusetts 102 (State Line Road) connector overpass is a sign informing motorists they are entering the New York Thruway system and leaving the Massachusetts Turnpike. This particular roadway in the system is known as the Berkshire Spur (named for the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts), and at every exit, has the B suffix added before the number of the exit. Photo taken 06/28/05.
The Hudson Valley Region is accessible from all three Berkshire Spur exits. New York 22 serves New Lebanon nine miles to the north and Austerlitz 5.5 miles to the south. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Westbound at the Exit B3 parclo interchange with New York 22. An interesting piece of information involving Exit B3 is the connection to Massachusetts 102 from New York 22 via a short access road. This road also connects to the Mass Pike by a pair of ghost ramps (not pictured). Those ramps appear to represent a temporary endpoint of the Mass Pike before the Berkshire Spur was completed. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Beyond the New York/Massachusetts border is a new Thruway designed New York State Welcome sign. This sign is actually posted within the Exit B3 interchange, about a quarter mile away from the state line. New York 22 travels overhead between the Massachusetts 102 access road and Peaceful Valley Road. Massachusetts 102 leads back east toward West Stockbridge. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Westbound along a mountainous section of Interstate 90 past Exit B3. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Mileage sign for Interstate 90 westbound traffic posted after Exit B3. Albany is 30 miles away via Exit B1, New York City is 156 miles away via the New York Thruway mainline, and Buffalo is 312 miles away via both the mainline Thruway or Exit B1. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Continuing westward through the mountains of Columbia County. Photos taken 06/28/05.
Advance toward the Canaan Toll Booths along Interstate 90. Westbound travelers receive a toll ticket for the Thruway toll system, and Eastbound traffic must pay the specified toll on their ticket. Photos taken 06/28/05.
EZPass, a common pay method by recordable tags placed on your windshield, is widely accepted on the Thruway, as well as other toll highways and bridges. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Entering the Canaan toll barrier along Interstate 90 westbound. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Advance signage for Exit B2 and the Taconic State Parkway. New York 295 is not signed along the parkway, but it does run in close proximity to the parkway nearby. It is also a means for truckers to access nearby towns without having to travel on the parkway, since trucks are restricted on the parkway. New York 295 leads to the nearby village of Chatham. Photo taken 06/28/05.
The Exit B2 guide sign features a Taconic State Parkway shield for the trumpet interchange between the two limited-access highways. The parkway leads south to Dutchess County and the outer suburbs of New York City. Photo taken 06/28/05.
A rocky carriageway split exists west of Exit B2 along Interstate 90. Pictured here is a reassurance shield for the freeway. Photo taken 06/28/05.
The first in a series of signs prefacing the Interstate 90 departure from the Berkshire Section of the New York Thruway. Interstate 90 loops northward into the Capital District, serving such cities like Rensselaer and Troy in addition to Albany. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Two sets of Interstate 87 trailblazers lie ahead of the Exit B1 trumpet interchange. The Berkshire Section of the New York Thruway continues west as an unnumbered toll road to Exit 21A of the Thruway mainline (Interstate 87). Interstate 90 returns to the Thruway system at Exit 24 near Colonie, the same point at which Interstate 87 leaves the thruway. Photos taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 90 and Albany bound traffic are to use Exit B1, while Buffalo and New York City traffic are encouraged to stay on the Berkshire Spur to the mainline Thruway. However, motorists can still access Buffalo by traveling on Interstate 90 through Albany, for I-90 rejoins the Thruway system at Exit 24 ahead of Schenectady. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Entering Exit B1 trumpet interchange with the free portion of Interstate 90. Interstate 90 heads northward and interchanges U.S. 9 nearby. U.S. 9 travels east of the Hudson River through such cities as Peekskill, Poughkeepsie, and Hudson to Rensselaer. Both routes head to the city of Albany within 14 miles. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Motorists departing the Berkshire Spur enter a toll plaza just ahead of the Exit 12 parclo interchange with U.S. 9. Photos taken 06/28/05.
A sign welcoming motorists to the Capital Region (Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga Springs) resides beyond the Thruway toll plaza. Technically, Interstate 90 does not enter the Capital District until Exit 11. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Motorists bound for U.S. 9 depart Interstate 90 westbound at Exit 12. U.S. 9 travels 20 miles north from Hudson to Exit 12 and continues northward 4.25 miles to merge with U.S. 20. From there U.S. 9 joins U.S. 20 westward into the Capital District, splitting with U.S. 20 outside of downtown en route through north Albany on the overall path to Rouses Point and Canada (U.S. 9 ends at the last US exit of Interstate 87). Photo taken 06/28/05.
A rest area resides north of Exit 11 along Interstate 90 westbound. This facility is the only such along the free portion of Interstate 90 through the Albany area. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Westbound reassurance shield. This portion of Interstate 90 is referred to by the NYSDOT as "free 90", because it is the only portion of I-90 not taken up by the NY Thruway system. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Mileage sign indicating that the city limits of Albany are 12 miles away. All USDOT mileage signage advertises city limits (and in most cases downtown), and not metro areas of cities. Photo taken 06/28/05.
U.S. 9 joins U.S. 20 just east of Interstate 90 near the community of Schodack Center. The two routes merge for an eight-mile overlap through to downtown Albany and the circle stack interchange with Interstate 787. Interstate 90 intersects the tandem at the Exit 11 parclo interchange. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Connections of U.S. 9 & 20 with New York 150 (Schodack Valley Road) provide a direct route to the village of Castleton on Hudson to the west. Castleton resides along the Hudson River banks five miles to the west at the junction of New York 150 and New York 9J (River Road). Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 90 enters the Capital District (Albany Metro Area) proper at the Exit 11 interchange with U.S. 9 & 20 (Columbia Turnpike). U.S. 9 & 20 continue north a short distance to the community of East Greenbush. Eastward, U.S. 20 departs its merge with U.S. 9 on a 4.5-mile drive to Nassau. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 90 continues one mile northward to the Exit 10 diamond interchange with Miller Road just east of East Greenbush. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 10 also serves the area of Schodack Center via Miller Road west to U.S. 9 & 20 (Columbia Turnpike) and Sunset Lane. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Westbound at the ramp departure to Miller Road on Interstate 90. Miller Road stems east from U.S. 9 & 20 (Columbia Turnpike) at East Greenbush 3.1 miles to New York 151 (Luther Road). Photo taken 06/28/05.
U.S. 4 heads northward out of the East Greenbush vicinity along Troy Road to meet Interstate 90 at Exit 9. The US highway ends at U.S. 9 & 20 two miles to the south with Red Mill Road providing a route from U.S. 4 into Rensselaer. Photo taken 06/28/05.
A half-cloverleaf interchange facilities the movements between Interstate 90 and U.S. 4 (Troy Road) at Exit 9. The towns of East and North Greenbush are accessible via U.S. 4. Also, U.S. 4 provides a direct link to the city of Troy, northern areas of the Capital District (Waterford, Mechanicville, Stillwater), Glens Falls, and eventually Vermont. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Next in line for westbound motorists is the Exit 8 trumpet interchange with New York 43 (Sand Lake Road), U.S. 4 (Greenbush Road) and Washington Street Extension from Rensselaer. New York 43 begins at Exit 8 and heads east through Defreetsville to West Sand Lake, Sand Lake, Stephentown Center and the Massachusetts state line as Massachusetts 43. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Hudson Valley Community College and Joseph L. Bruno Stadium are accessible from Exit 8 via its connections with U.S. 4 (Greenbush Road) in Defreetsville. Bruno Stadium is home to the is home to the minor league baseball franchise Tri-City Valley Cats. The college and venue reside within the city of Troy 5.5 miles to the north. Photo taken 06/28/05.
A trumpet interchange joins Interstate 90 with New York 43 at Exit 8. Until 1996 Exit 8 never existed. Instead, it was reserved for the unconstructed South Mall Expressway that would have linked Interstate 90 directly with Downtown Albany. There were numerous stubs for unbuilt ramps along this portion of highway until Exit 8 was finally built for New York 43. New York 43 followed 3rd Avenue Extension and present-day New York 151 into Rensselaer prior to the interchange completion. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Motorists destined for downtown Albany and Empire State Plaza (home to New York state government) should follow Interstate 90 west to Interstate 787 southbound to bypass Rensselaer. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Westbound Interstate 90 at the half-diamond interchange with Washington Street (Exit 7). Unnumbered at the time of this photograph is the one-half mile guide sign for Interstate 787. There is no Exit 7 along Interstate 90 westbound and some would argue that the Interstate 787 (Exit 6A) interchange should receive the Exit 7 designation and current Exit 7 with Washington Street should be renumbered Exit 7A. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Crossing the Hudson River on the Patroon Island Bridge westbound. Opened to traffic by 19681, the Patroon Island Bridge includes a truss supported deck. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 90 westbound on the approach to the four-level stack interchange with Interstate 787 (Exit 6A). The high-speed interchange provides access to downtown Albany and Watervliet, Cohoes, and Troy. Interstate 90, like Interstate 787 below, reduces to four overall lanes through the junction. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Northward facing view of the Hudson River from the Patroon Island Bridge. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 6A departs Interstate 90 westbound to carry movements to north and south Interstate 787 in unison. Interstate 787 heads south two miles to the South Mall Expressway at downtown Albany and north 5.5 miles to New York 7 at Troy and Watervliet. Interstate 787 north to New York 7 provides a bypass route to Interstate 87 (Adirondack Northway) northbound for Glen Falls, Saratoga Springs, and Lake George. Photo taken 06/28/05.
The following photographs, through until the Exit 24 toll booth, were taken during a massive Interstate 90 Reconstruction project. The project highlights the replacement of the aging concrete roadway with new pavement. Other highlights included new exit signage and other amenities. This temporary sign tells motorists of Exit 6 for U.S. 9 north to Latham and Loudonville. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 90 crosses over Broadway (New York 32) ahead of the Exit 6 off-ramp to U.S. 9. U.S. 9 southbound leads to the Arbor Hill neighborhood of Albany and Henry Johnson Boulevard. Henry Johnson Boulevard stems south from the U.S. 9 turn onto Clinton Avenue to Washington Park. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Drivers bound for U.S. 9 depart Interstate 90 westbound via the Exit 6 off-ramp. U.S. 9 follows Henry Johnson Boulevard south to Clinton Avenue and Interstate 787. U.S. 9W splits from U.S. 9 via Lark Street and Delaware Avenue west of downtown Albany. U.S. 9 north follows a short freeway to Loudon Road. An interchange joins the freeway with New York 377 (Northern Boulevard). Photo taken 06/28/05.
A parting shot of the U.S. 9 sign bridge situated at the Exit 6 ramps from Interstate 90 westbound. The US highway travels 1.75 miles north to Menands and four miles to Loudonville. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 6 itself is a four level stack interchange designed for much greater purposes than what it's used for today. Originally, it was to be the northern terminus for the Mid-Crosstown Arterial that linked Interstate 90 to Interstate 87 and provided connections to downtown and the also unbuilt South Mall Expressway. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Advance signage for Exit 5A to Corporate Woods Boulevard. This was originally to be the eastern terminus of Interstate 687, which would've led to Interstate 87, Albany International Airport, and eventually the cancelled Interstate 88 extension. Photo taken 06/28/05.
A trumpet interchange facilitates the movements between Interstate 90 and Corporate Woods Boulevard. Corporate Woods Boulevard travels a short distance through the Corporate Woods business campus to Shaker Road. Everett Road nearby at Exit 5A also serves the business park. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Situated nearby to Corporate Woods Boulevard is the Exit 5 diamond interchange with Everett Road. Everett Road travels north-south between New York 5 (Central Avenue), Sand Creek Road, and Albany Shaker Road. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Approaching the Exit 4 trumpet interchange with the New York 85 freeway along Interstate 90 westbound. New York 85 begins here and travels southwest through west Albany to Slingerlands and New Scotland. Connections with New York 85A link the state route with Voorheesville.
Beyond Exit 5 along Interstate 90 all the way to the Thruway, there is high mast lighting put in place for the ongoing night work that took place when these photographers were taken. In the time transpired since these pictures, the road work has stopped and new pavement and signage are in place in certain spots along this portion of Interstate 90, most notably around Exit 6-6A. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 4 leaves Interstate 90 westbound for New York 85 southbound. The state route comprises a full freeway between Interstate 90 and Krumkill Road near the crossing with Interstate 87. Interchanges along the limited-access highway include those with Washington Avenue, the State Offices, Daytona Avenue to U.S. 20 (Western Avenue), and Buckingham Drive. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 90 receives its own trumpet interchange directly with the State Offices. The ramps tie into the ring road system of state office campus south of Washington Avenue. At Exit 3, a temporary "To I-90 East" shield assembly existed during the 2005 road construction project. The marker existed due to the closing of the westbound carriageway during the over night hours. Earlier in the reconstruction, the same was done for the eastbound side. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exits 2 and 1 sign bridge for the final two interchanges of "Free Interstate 90" westbound. Fuller Road interchanges with the freeway next, serving the State University of New York Albany campus. SUNY Albany resides between Washington Avenue and U.S. 20 (Western Avenue) east of Fuller Road and west of the State Offices. Photo taken 06/28/05.
A two-lane off-ramp departs Interstate 90 westbound for the Exit 2 trumpet interchange with Fuller Road. Fuller Road heads north 0.9 miles to New York 5 (Central Avenue) and 1.1 miles south to U.S. 20 (Western Avenue). Photo taken 06/28/05.
Westbound at the Exit 2 ramp departure to Fuller Road and the SUNY Albany campus. Featured at the Exit 2 sign bridge are overheads for the forthcoming Exit 1 directional cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 87 and the Adirondack Northway. Previous Interstate 87 guide signs featured "Northway" in place of Saratoga. Pull through signage includes New York City for Interstate 87 (New York Thruway) southbound. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 90 westbound approaches the Exits 1N/S interchange with the Adirondack Northway and Interstate 87. Interstate 87 northbound provides a direct route to Colonie, Latham, Albany International Airport, Clifton Park, Round Lake, Glens Falls, Lake George, and Plattsburgh in addition to the control cities of Saratoga and Montreal, Quebec. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Two outer lanes go to Interstate 87 North, while the remaining two are saved for through traffic. The entire Exit 24/Exit 1N-S system was reconstructed in the late 80's, from a simple cloverleaf/trumpet interchange to a high powered modified cloverleaf/Y interchange. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Advance signage for Exit 1S, to Western Ave. Access to U.S. 20 is provided by a short stub of the Northway, which would've been extended to I-787, but those plans never materialized. A direct EZPass Only connection to the Thruway is being planned to relieve congestion at the Exit 24 toll booth. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 1S loops onto the Adirondack Northway southbound for its end at U.S. 20 (Western Avenue). U.S. 20 parallels the New York Thruway and Interstate 90 to the south between Westmere and West Albany nearby. Use Exit 1S for the Crossgates Mall complex too. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 90 reenters the New York Thruway system west of the interchange with Interstate 87 (Adirondack Northway). The brief stretch between Exit 1S and the Exit 24 trumpet interchange with the Thruway mainline includes both Interstate 90 west and Interstate 87 south. The 13 lane Exit 24 toll booth is considered to be the busiest section of the whole Thruway system. Traffic delays often occur here due to the close proximity to the adjoining interchanges. Photos taken 06/28/05.
Past the toll booths, Interstate 87 southbound departs Interstate 90 west for Kingston and New York City. Interstate 90 westbound mainline defaults onto the New York Thruway mainline westbound to Schenectady, Utica, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo. Interstate 87 next meets Interstate 787 (Exit 22) in six miles while Interstate 90 continues west 5.5 miles to junction Interstate 890 (Exit 25). Photo taken 06/28/05.

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