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New York State Route 787 (NY 787) is a state highway in Albany County, New York, in the United States. It is a superhighway extension of Interstate 787 (I-787), continuing northward from the underpass at exit 9 for NY 7 near Green Island to downtown Cohoes at NY 32. It is a four-lane divided highway, having only at-grade intersections; thus, it may loosely be considered an expressway. For its entire length, NY 787 runs parallel to, and between, NY 32 and the Hudson River.

New York State Route 787 marker

New York State Route 787
Map of New York State Route 787
Map of Albany County in eastern New York with NY 787 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NYSDOT
Length2.56 mi[3] (4.12 km)
Existedby 1990[1][2]–present
Major junctions
South end I-787 / NY 7 in Colonie
North end NY 32 in Cohoes
Location
CountiesAlbany
Highway system
I-787I-790

Route descriptionEdit

NY 787 begins at the partial cloverleaf interchange connecting NY 7 to I-787, the continuation of NY 787 south of the NY 7 arterial, near Green Island. Unlike I-787, which is a limited-access highway for its entire length, NY 787 is predominantly a divided highway as it lowers to grade level a small distance north of the I-787/NY 7 interchange. Near the Green Island-Cohoes city line, NY 787 intersects Tibbits Avenue, the first in a series of local streets connecting NY 787 to NY 32, which NY 787 parallels as it heads northward through Cohoes.

 
Route 787's northern terminus as viewed from Route 32 in Cohoes

After intersections with Dyke Avenue and Bridge Avenue (the latter leading to lower Van Schaick Island) on the western bank of the Hudson River, NY 787 intersects NY 470, an east–west route linking Cohoes to northern Troy via upper Van Schaick Island. Past NY 470, NY 787 curves to the northwest and immediately intersects NY 32. Although NY 787 terminates here, New Courtland Street (later named North Mohawk Street and Cohoes Crescent Road) continues northwest from the intersection along the Mohawk River to U.S. Route 9 in Colonie, just south of the hamlet of Crescent, in Saratoga County.

Along NY 787, markers continue from those of I-787, without interruption. At the beginning of NY 787, some reference markers have the letter "I" along the top (route) row. The markers continue from those of I-787 and the control segments thereof.

HistoryEdit

The southernmost section of NY 787 was originally built in the early 1970s as part of I-787. At the time, the highway ended at a junction with Arch Street.[4][5] It was extended north to Tibbits Avenue in the early 1980s[1][6] and to NY 470 by 1990, at which time the portion of the I-787 freeway north of NY 7 was designated as NY 787.[2] The short connector between NY 470 and NY 32 was completed by the following year.[7]

FutureEdit

Though never implemented, the original plans called for Route 787 to continue across the Mohawk River through the village of Waterford in Saratoga County.[citation needed] The route was to use the bed of the Champlain Canal.[citation needed] Some early plans would have routed 787 north-westward and possibly connect to the Exit 8 area of the Adirondack Northway, however, the exact route and terminus is not clear.[citation needed]

Major intersectionsEdit

The entire route is in Albany County.

Locationmi[3]kmDestinationsNotes
Town of Colonie0.000.00  I-787 south – AlbanyNorthern terminus of I-787; exits 9E–W on I-787
   NY 7 to I-87 – Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Troy, Bennington
0.761.22Tibbits Avenue – Maplewood, Green IslandTo NY 32
Cohoes2.443.93  NY 470 – Troy
2.564.12  NY 32 / New Courtland Street – WaterfordNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b New York (Map). Rand McNally and Company. 1985. ISBN 0-528-91040-X.
  2. ^ a b Upstate New York City Street Maps (Map) (1st ed.). 1" = 1/2 mile. Cartography by DeLorme Mapping. DeLorme Mapping. 1990. p. 39. ISBN 0-89933-300-1.
  3. ^ a b "2008 Traffic Volume Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. June 16, 2009. p. 244. Retrieved February 1, 2010.
  4. ^ New York Thruway (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally and Company. New York State Thruway Authority. 1971.
  5. ^ New York (Map) (1973 ed.). Cartography by H.M. Gousha Company. Shell Oil Company. 1973.
  6. ^ I Love New York Tourism Map (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally and Company. State of New York. 1981.
  7. ^ Troy North Digital Raster Quadrangle (Map). 1:24,000. New York State Department of Transportation. 1991. Retrieved June 24, 2010.

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