$150 Million Project to improve NYS Thruway Interchange digs in

Work begins to improve Exit 16 on NYS Thruway (Photo: Kathy Kahn)

By Kathy Kahn

Back in November, 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to Harriman’s IBEW Local 363 to announce the complete redesign of the intersection of Exit 16 on the NYS Thruway, which leads to what is still called “Future I-86,” better known to locals as the Quickway, had been approved.

Locals have long taken the word “quick” out of the highway’s nickname that is often backed up on holidays and weekends as shoppers descend on Woodbury Common Premium Outlet, the first exit off for drivers leaving the NYS Thruway. Notorious for delays and weekend /holiday standstills, the changes have been nearly eight years in the making. Now, the state is finally breaking ground.

Along with the mind-boggling congestion at the exit to the Interchange, Legoland’s opening in 2020 at Exit 125 (Merlin Entertainment has proposed building an on/off ramp to relieve congestion) and the opening of Resort World Catskills at the former site of the Concord Hotel in February,2018, the push in on to get traffic moving.