New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald announced that a $28.6 million project to reconstruct the southern portion of Interstate 787 between Route 9W (McCarty Avenue) and Route 5 near Exit 3B (Madison Avenue) in Albany has begun.
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,” 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.
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, guiderail and pavement markings will be replaced. New drainage structures will be installed. Work is expected to be completed in 2016.
The construction contractor for the project is Lane Construction Corp of Cheshire, Conn.
Work is being coordinated on an ongoing project to rehabilitate a section of I-787 just north of this project, as well as with the Patroon Island Bridge reconstruction project.