Governor Andrew M. Cuomo cut the ribbon on the completed Albany International Airport Transportation Corridor last week.
The much anticipated northbound Exit 3 flyover ramp, as well as newly configured Exits 4 and 5 off and on ramps, will provide more direct access to local roads and the Northway.
The new Exit 3, which has been talked about for decades without coming to fruition, and the upgrades to Exits 4 and 5 improve access to and from Albany International Airport, as well as ease congestion on surrounding roads.
The roadway improvements are key components of a $72.1 million investment by the State to modernize the airport.
The transportation corridor project was completed a year ahead of the original 2020 target date and under budget.
Governor Cuomo also unveiled the renderings for the brand new gateway welcome sign, designed by the Albany County Airport Authority, to commemorate the transformation of the airport and its transportation corridor.
“A half century of delay and inaction has come to an end with the complete opening of Exit 3 and the completion of the new Albany Airport Transportation Corridor,” Governor Cuomo said.
“This new exit provides travelers with improved access to Albany International Airport, reduce congestion and foster continued economic growth in the Capital Region. It is further proof that New York is second to none when it comes to creating a 21st Century transportation infrastructure.”
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, “New York State is making historic investments in our airports that will ease the burden on travelers, promote tourism and stimulate economic activity.
“Modernizing the airport for the state’s capital city and providing a direct link to the airport from the Northway will make it an easier, more attractive destination to get to
and foster continued growth throughout the region.