For Immediate Release: July 20, 2012
Consider Alternate Routes During Saratoga Racing Season
Travelers on I-87 will experience increased delays beginning July 20
ALBANY – Northbound motorists traveling to the Saratoga Race Course and other northern destinations may want to consider an alternate route to avoid construction zones in the Albany area, the New York State Thruway Authority and the New York State Department of Transportation announced.
The 114th racing season at the historic Saratoga track from July 20, through Labor Day, September 3, is expected to draw large crowds. Other summer travelers will be headed toward Lake George, the Adirondacks, and other points north.
Northbound motorists may wish to avoid construction zones in Albany by using Exit 21A to travel east of Albany.
The construction zones are in the Exit 23-24 corridor on I-87, both northbound and southbound and on northbound I-787 in downtown Albany.
From Exit 21A of the Thruway (I-87), take the Berkshire Connector to Exit B1 (Albany, Hudson). Follow the directional signs to I-90 West, to I-787 North, to Route 7 West, to I-87 North (Adirondack Northway).
Southbound motorists should consider using Adirondack Northway Exit 7 to Route 7 East, to I-787 South, to the I-87 South (Thruway).
Along the Thruway system motorists can get real-time alerts on road and traffic conditions by signing up for free TransAlerts. See the weblink http://www.thruway.ny.gov/tas/index.shtml.
Thruway traffic information also is distributed via electronic message boards and on the Highway Advisory Radio, in the Capital District at 1610 AM.
For real-time travel information, motorists may call 511 or visit www.511NY.org. 511NY is New York State's official traffic and travel information source. The 511NY site and mobile app provides free, 24/7, statewide real-time traffic and transit information for all of New York State.