Albany, NY (WRGB) — Headway is finally being made in efforts to reimagine Interstate 787 along Albany's Hudson River waterfront.
The New York State Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to Parsons Transportation Group of New York to conduct the study, according to a DOT spokesman. This was first reported in the Albany Business Review. The DOT spokesman tells us the study is underway and is expected to cost about $5 million
New York's Fiscal Year 2023 state budget included an allocation of that amount of money for a study of this kind.
"For decades now Downtown Albany has been cut off from it's greatest natural resource, the mighty Hudson River," Assemblywoman Pat Fahy said.
Fahy says getting that $5 million approved was her "greatest local achievement" in last year's budget. She expects to see some results of the study by the end of this year or early 2024.
According to Fahy, the study could lead to big changes for Interstate 787 and Albany's waterfront; parts of the highway could be removed or access to the waterfront area could be created under or over 787.