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NYSDOT to Reconstruct Southern Portion of I-787
Starting July 1, two travel lanes of I-787 north will be closed between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Travelers on Tuesday, July 2, will find two of the three travel lanes open to traffic, with one lane closed. The nighttime lane closures will accommodate restriping pavement markings and setting up concrete barrier to establish the long term right-lane closure.
This $28.6 million project to reconstruct the southern portion of Interstate 787 will be between Route 9W (McCarty Avenue) and Route 5 near Exit 3B (Madison Avenue) in Albany. Work will involve concrete pavement reconstruction and the rehabilitation of six bridges.
"The southern portion of Interstate 787 provides a key connection between the Thruway and downtown Albany and the rail station in Rensselaer," DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald said. "As part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's investment in infrastructure, it is essential that this deteriorating stretch of highway be reconstructed to ensure safety for motorists."
Work this year will focus on reconstructing and resurfacing the concrete highway. Construction will occur during day and nighttime hours.
Similar work will occur the following week to establish a right lane closure on I-787 south. Two lanes will be closed at night, while one lane will be closed during the day. By mid-July, one lane will be closed in each direction through the fall.
The overall project will include repairing decks, replacing joints and bearings and making other miscellaneous concrete and steel repairs. The six bridges carry I-787 over Route 32, over the Thruway westbound connection ramp, north and south over Route 5, and north and south over Route 32 and Broadway. Route 5 runs along State Street in Albany, follows a portion of Broadway and then runs under I-787, connecting Quay Street on the east with Frontage Road and Broadway on the west of the highway.
As part of the project, highway signs, guide rail and pavement markings will be replaced. New drainage structures will be installed. Work is expected to be completed in 2016.