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Mid-Crosstown Arterial

First appearing from a 1950 report on a proposed arterial system for Albany. The Mid-Crosstown Arterial would have served as an expressway through Downtown Albany.

Over the next 17 years, the Mid-Crosstown Arterial was proposed in several Albany arterial plans. Then in 1968, a formal plan for the Mid-Crosstown Arterial was developed. The Mid-Crosstown Arterial provided a connection between the Downtown Albany Interchange of the New York State Thruway, Exit 23, to an interchange with Interstate 90, Exit 6.

Interchanges on the Mid-Crosstown Arterial were proposed for with several city streets. One of the major interchanges planned was with the South Mall Expressway. Three plans for the South Mall Expressway Interchange were made, all within the area of Washington Park in Albany.

With a price tag of $112.5 Million, $573.9 Million today, the entire project would have devoured 350 buildings in the city, forcing about 750 families from their homes. Although the Mid-Crosstown Arterial was to be a centerpiece for the Albany Arterial System, the highway only had a small portion built before construction ceased due to lack of money.

Today, the only portion of the Mid-Crosstown Arterial that exists is in Albany, north of Livingston Avenue to the Colonie town line.

Related Links
New York State Department of Transportation

"Mid-Crosstown Arterial", 1968; New York State Department of Transportation.

A map of the Mid-Crosstown Arterial from a 1968 proposal.

A map of the proposed Washington park interchange for the Mid-Crosstown Arterial. The entire interchange would have been completely under Washington Park.

The Willet Street Interchage proposal would have involved elevated highway through Washington Park. This proposal was given as an inexpensive alternative to the Washington Park interchange.

An artist's conception of a typical tunnel portal for the Mid-Crosstown Arterial project.

Today, the Mid-Crosstown Arterial ends, abruptly at Livingston Avenue in Albany. You can see how the freeway would have continued on past this point.

The north end of the Mid-Crosstown Arterial. Today, this part of the Mid-Crosstown acts as a connection with Interstate 90.

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