Planning & Environmental Linkage (PEL) Study

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is undertaking a PEL study to “reimagine” the Interstate 787 Corridor and its proximity to the Hudson River. The study will expand on the previously completed I-787 Hudson Waterfront Study completed in 2018 by the Capital Region Transportation Council (Transportation Council). 

Study Area

787 Study Area Map

The above map shows the planned study area. Click here to view the full-sized image. 

Background

Interstate 787 was constructed in the 1960’s from I-87 in the city of Albany and extends north through the city of Watervliet, town of Colonie, village of Menands and the village of Green Island ending at Route 7. The highway was constructed primarily parallel to the Hudson River waterfront.

In 2018, the Capital Region Transportation Council's I-787 Hudson Waterfront Corridor Study was completed, which outlined various concepts and additional analysis needed to reconnect communities with the Hudson River waterfront. NYSDOT is commencing the PEL study to identify potential future transportation strategies that support and balance economic development and revitalization efforts, including enhanced walking, biking, and public transportation access to the waterfront. 

Study Deliverables

The PEL study will advance the findings of the Transportation Council I-787 Hudson Waterfront Study, which recommended additional analysis on four I-787 corridor areas. These four areas will be the primary focus of this study: 

A. CP Rail Facility Modification/Relocation/Operations Analysis 

B. I-787/Dunn Memorial Bridge/South Mall Expressway Interchange and South Mall Expressway Reconfiguration 

C. Albany Inner Harbor Marina/Historic District Development Concepts 

D. Other I-787 Access Opportunities 

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