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Utica Arterial

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Published on May 10, 2009

This is a video of accessing the North South Arterial using I 790 from exit 31 off the Thruway. I start, just as I leave the tollbooth. You will notice that the west bound side of I 790 isn't connected to exit 31 by a ramp. You have to go through a stop light first. The eastbound lane is connected by a ramp that you can see right at the start of the video. It's the third lane to the left. The second is for Genesse South and the fourth one is a inbound lane from Genesse Street. I take the first lane on the far right to access genesse St. northbound and pick up I 790 off of Auert Ave.

This part of Utica has a pretty cool interchange. I know it's nothing like the interchanges in big cities like Houston, but I have lived in the Mohawk Valley all my life. I don't know any better. That interchange is near The Riverside Shopping Center were I 790 and 5 break from 49 in this video. Six routes meet here, I 90, I 790, 5, 49, 8, 12, and even River Rd. They are all connected through a series of ramps. What makes this interchange fun for me is the wide, high speed, flyover ramps that run over the I 90 and canal corridor. They are similar to the empire plaza ramps in Albany, but there are only two of them. The other ramps are cloverleaf and diamond ramps.

The North South Arterial is mainly route 12 with other routes tagging along to get across the Mohawk. It runs from northern Utica to near Sangertown Square where 5 and 12 split. Route 8 runs with route 12 until it splits off at sauquoit creek. Route 5 picks up the arterial over the barg canal and tags along to the southern end were it becomes the Seneca Turnpike. I 790 picks it up with 5 and ends over 5A and 5S (Oriskany St.) downtown Utica. Genesee St. runs parallel to it.

I did what I could with windows movie maker and sped up most of the video so the drive wouldn't take as long. At the end of the video watch for viscous Utican Geese. They try to kill each other by pushing each other into traffic.

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