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Interstate 87 or I -87 is an Interstate Highway in the United States, located entirely in the state of New York. The highway forms a north-south route between New York City and Montreal in Canada. The highway is one of the few where a highway continues at the Canadian border. The southern portion is part of the New York State Thruway, and is a toll road between New York City and Albany. The route is 537 kilometers long.
New York City
I-87 / New York Thruway.
According to Topschoolsintheusa, the highway begins in New York’s Bronx borough, at the interchange with Interstate 278, the Bruckner Expressway. The highway has 2×3 lanes from here and is called Major Deegan Expressway. The highway follows the course of the Harlem River and runs across from Manhattan. A complex interchange crosses Interstate 95, which leads to Newark and Philadelphia to the south, and to Bridgeport, New Haven and Boston to the north. After driving past Manhattan, the highway cuts through the Bronx. Ahead, the Mosholu Parkway turns off, a parkway toward the Saw Mill River Parkway, which runs parallel to I-87. After a city park you arrive in Yonkers, with 200,000 inhabitants one of the larger suburbs of New York. One crosses the Cross County Parkway, which runs between Yonkers and New Rochelle. The urban area of New York is quite large, and stretches quite a bit along the highway.
Just north of Yonkers, you will pass the first toll station. This is followed by a series of forested suburbs, before I-87 veers west at the interchange with Interstate 287, which leads to Port Chester, forming a New York City ring road. I-87 is then double-numbered with I-287, and crosses the 2.8-mile Hudson River via the Tappan Zee Bridge. On the other side, the suburbs continue. A little further on, one crosses the Palisades Interstate Parkway, which runs parallel to the bank of the Hudson River. Near Spring Valley, the Garden State Parkway ends at I-87, a major New Jersey route. Further on, I-87 runs very close to the New Jersey border, and the interchange with Interstate 287 is already partially in New Jersey. After this, you leave the urban area and the highway runs through hilly landscape.
Upstate New York
I-87 in Albany.
I-87 in the Adirondacks.
At Harriman you cross Interstate 86 to Binghamton. The highway narrows to 2×2 lanes and passes through Newburgh, a regional town 80 miles north of New York. This is where the city’s area of influence ends. One crosses Interstate 84, which runs between Scranton and Hartford. After this, the highway parallels the Hudson River for some distance, which narrows. At Clintondale, US 44 crosses to Poughkeepsie on the east bank of the Hudson River. At Kingston, one crosses State Route 199, a short highway that also crosses the Hudson River. At Castleton one crosses the Berkshire Spur, a connecting road to theInterstate 90 towards Springfield and Boston in Massachusetts. After this one arrives at the city of Albany, the capital of the state of New York. The highway passes west of this town and Interstate 787 exits into downtown Albany. On the west side of town, Interstate 90 intersects, the New York State Thruway exits here for Syracuse and Buffalo, while I-87 continues north as the Adirondack Northway. Eastbound leads I-90 toward Albany and Boston. On the north side of Albany, State Route 7. joinswhich, along with I-787, forms the bypass of Albany.
A bridge crosses the Mohawk River and begins the long journey through less populated areas to Canada. You pass the town of Saratoga Springs, and to the west lies the immense nature reserve of the Adirondacks, which occupies almost all of northern New York. At Glen Falls one crosses the Hudson River again, which originates in Adirondack Park. One now passes by Lake George, part of a number of large lakes that extend into Canada and also form the border with the state of Vermont. The highway now runs into Adirondack Park and parallels US 9. Every now and then some roads turn deeper into the park. You pass right by the 1629 meter high Mount Marcy, the highest point in New York state. The area is densely wooded and has many height differences. The entire route through the park is 200 kilometers long. To the east is the immense Lake Champlain, also the border with Vermont and is 15 kilometers wide and more than 140 kilometers long. You leave the park again just before Plattsburgh, also the last larger place before the Canadian border. At Champlain, the Canadian border follows, where the A15 continues to Montréal, which is barely 50 kilometers to the north.