SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Motorists are advised that I-890 eastbound in Schenectady at Exit 4 will be closed around the clock from 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, until 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 22 as part of the ongoing project to reconfigure the Exit 4 interchange.
Eastbound motorists will be detoured to the off-ramp at Exit 3 down to the lower access road and then back onto I-890 at the newly constructed on-ramp near the entrance to General Electric.
Work will also impact motorists coming into the interchange from Washington Avenue and the Schenectady County Community College area. Those motorists will be detoured to beyond the outer loop to Campbell Road at Exit 2A. From there, motorists can loop back around and take the access road to reach I-890 eastbound via the newly constructed on-ramp near the entrance to GE.
The five-day closure will allow the Department of Transportation to permanently replace the bridge at Exit 4 over the closed inner loop – also known as the “Little Circle” – with a section of highway supported on earth, lowering future maintenance costs. The inner loop had been closed in June as part of this $4.6 million project to improve traffic flow and safety at this interchange in the city of Schenectady and town of Rotterdam in Schenectady County.