Though Interstate 87 never leaves the state of New York, it's still quintessential to the Interstate Highway System, running from New York City north parallel to the state's entire eastern border, through Albany to a Canadian border crossing. The Canadian border crossing home to Interstate 87's northern end connects to the main Quebec freeway leading north to Montreal, Canada; that freeway is designated as Autoroute 15. From the Canadian border crossing at Champlain, New York, leading toward Montreal, Interstate 87 heads south through the Adirondacks. Next to Albany is an interchange with Interstate 90, where Interstate 87 begins carrying a portion of the tolled New York State Thruway. This tolled portion follows alongside the Hudson River Valley through Kingston and Newburgh into the New York metropolitan area. At Suffern, Interstate 87 diverts easterly to join Interstate 287 over the Mario Cuomo Bridge, a massive bridge over the wide Hudson River. Soon after disembarking from the bridge, Interstate 87 turns southerly to end at Interstate 278, to end in the southwestern corner of the Bronx Borough of New York City. Interstate 87 parallels the corridor of US Route 9 for its entire length.
My photo of an Interstate 87 marker comes from a tiny hamlet called Pottersville, New York, in the Adirondacks. The signage faces south on US Route 9, for the northbound traffic that's about to pass under Interstate 87. A pair of side roads each lead to a partial interchange with Interstate 87 in this area. The intersection home to this sign assembly is with the side road extending east to a partial interchange that provides access to and from the south leg of Interstate 87. Remember when I said Interstate 87 follows along the corridor of US Route 9? US Route 9 winds back and forth over and under Interstate 87 many times in this area. This photo was taken along the October 2015 trip to the northeastern United States. Back to the nationwide main page. Back to the home page.