Albany Skyway to Improve Waterfront Connectivity

January 17, 2017

Click Here To View The Announcement Press Release

Capitalize Albany Corporation’s Round VI awarded CFA project is the first phase of a multi-phase proposed project that will ultimately result in the conversion of the I-787 northbound exit ramp from Quay Street to Clinton Avenue—into the Region’s first and only highline park—the Albany Skyway. With support from Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative and New York State, the Albany Skyway’s Phase I will entail a feasibility study including assessments, planning, preliminary design and other related activities to begin in the coming year. 

The Impact Downtown Albany strategic plan, the City’s comprehensive plan, LWRP and waterfront master plan show demand for, and an economic need to increase connections from downtown to the waterfront. The proposed conversion of the exit ramp would transform the underutilized space into a landscaped multi-use connection, from downtown Albany and surrounding neighborhoods including Arbor Hill and Sheridan Hollow, to the Corning Riverfront Park. The former ramp would serve as a fully ADA compliant promenade, bike route and linear park making valuable connections to the Hudson River—dramatically increasing accessibility to both downtown and the waterfront. Learn more about the Albany Skyway in WNYT 13’s story here.