New York Roads - I-86/NY 17 - Horseheads Bypass

I-86/NY 17: Horseheads Bypass

The Horseheads Bypass project is turning four lanes (with median) of surface NY 17 highway to four lanes of elevated I-86 freeway with four lanes of frontage road. Its completion removes one of the last major roadblocks to getting all of the Erie-Harriman freeway designated I-86. Almost all of the photos on this page were taken 9/30/06 as part of the Elmira Meet. There's also a surface photos page linked a couple of times below.
NY 17/I-86 Eastbound


Coming down the eastbound side of NY 17, which will become the eastbound frontage road soon.


Taken in October 2008 after all of the work is done. Traffic now flies right above the city without even seeing it. As an added bonus, the completion of the bypass got I-86 extended along it to the eastern end (NY 352). You may be able to see that the reference marker in the last photo is for NY 14, not 86 or even 17, and that's because the bypass was originally constructed only around the east side of Elmira as a north-south freeway for 14.
Horseheads


Fat and incorrect school sign, on Center St. NB. I'm standing on the northeast corner of the western NY 17 signalized intersection; Grand Central Ave. is the other road that crosses 17 at-grade. What's incorrect is that school speed limit restrictions only go into effect at 7 AM, not 6, and the regular-looking speed limit sign in the background has that right.

Old McDonald's had a... Chemung St. location.

More photos from the surface
NY 17/I-86 Westbound



Heading west from the NY 13 interchange toward the westbound frontage road.


Past the unopened bypass and back up onto NY 17. Traffic from Horseheads merging onto NY 17 and traffic exiting 17 here at NY 14 must weave, so there will probably be some sort of C-D setup here, or else six lanes with full shoulders to replace the current four-lane setup.
Horseheads Bypass surface photos
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