New York State Route 155

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New York State Route 155

NY 155 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NYSDOT, Albany County and the city of Watervliet
Length16.85 mi[1] (27.12 km)
Existedc. 1931[2][3]–present
Major junctions
West end NY 85A in Voorheesville
Major intersections
East end NY 32 in Watervliet
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
Highway system
NY 154 NY 156

New York State Route 155 (NY 155) is a 16.85-mile-long (27.12 km) state highway located entirely within Albany County in the Capital District of New York. The western terminus of the route is at NY 85A in Voorheesville. The eastern terminus is at NY 32 in Watervliet. NY 155 mainly serves as a connection to the Albany International Airport from the major roads it connects to.

Route description

NY 155 begins at a roundabout with NY 85A (Maple Road) on the eastern edge of Voorheesville in the town of New Scotland. NY 155 proceeds northeast along State Farm Road, crossing under the former railroad bed of the Albany and Susquehanna Railroad into a junction with County Route 306 (CR 306 or Voorheesville Avenue / Normanskill Road). The two lane road continues on, winding northwest through New Scotland before entering the town of Guilderland. The route passes east of the Albany Country Club before crossing the Normans Kill creek and passing a housing development. Crossing Blockhouse Creek, NY 155 reaches the hamlet of Westmere.[4]

NY 155 north of CR 306 in New Scotland

Through Westmere, NY 155 bends northeast, crossing past the Hiawatha Trails Golf Course and past several housing developments before reaching the center of the hamlet, where it crosses US 20 (Western Avenue). At this junction, maintenance jurisdiction switches from the New York State Department of Transportation to Albany County, and the route becomes concurrent with CR 157. The road name change names from State Farm Road to New Karner Road. Shortly north of US 20, the route crosses into the city of Albany at Corporate Circle. Through Albany, NY 155 and CR 157 remain a two-lane arterial, passing through the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and intersecting with the western terminus of the Washington Avenue Extension (unsigned NY 910D).[4]

Just north of Washington Avenue Extension, NY 155 and CR 157 cross over the New York State Thruway (I-90), and cross through another section of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Soon leaving the city of Albany, the routes cross into the town of Colonie after a short stint back in Guilderland. Turning further to the northeast through Colonie, NY 155 and CR 157 pass through the hamlet of Karner and cross over tracks used by Amtrak. After crossing the tracks, the road passes through a corner of the village of Colonie. The routes reach a junction with NY 5 (Central Avenue) and the surrounding commercial area. NY 155 and CR 157 along New Karner Road, a two-lane arterial. At the junction with Watervliet–Shaker Road, NY 155 and CR 157 turn east, while the right-of-way continues north as Vly Road.[4]

NY 155 west at CR 153 in Colonie

Still in the town of Colonie, NY 155 and CR 157 continue east along Watervliet–Shaker Road, passing the Memory's Garden Cemetery. Passing north of Stump Pond, the routes soon turn northeast through the hamlet of Shakers, where widens into a four lane divided highway. County Route 157 ends at a junction with CR 151 (Albany Shaker Road). NY 155 and CR 151 become concurrent, running along the divided four-lane Albany Shaker Road, which provides the main access to Albany International Airport. Passing the main terminal of the airport, the routes bends southward at the entrance gate. Soon after passing the terminal, the median ends but the road remains four lanes as it passes the south end of the main runway. The next major junction is at the intersection of CR 153 (Wolf Road) and the southbound onramp of I-87 exit 4.[4]

NY 155 and CR 153 continue northeast along Wolf Road, parallel to Interstate 87 (the Adirondack Northway). CR 153 terminates at a nearby roundabout, where NY 155 turns east. Albany County's jurisdiction also ends at the roundabout. This is the eastern section of Watervliet–Shaker Road, which was severed by the runway. NY 155 continues east, crossing under I-87 at exit 5. Continuing east through the town of Colonie, the route soon reaches a junction with US 9 (Loudon Road) just south of the Latham Circle. NY 155 continues southeast through Colonie as a two-lane residential street, winding southeast past Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Passing a small pond, the route remains residential, soon crossing over railroad tracks into the city of Watervliet.[4]

In Watervliet, NY 155 proceeds northeastward as Tenth Street, a main commercial street through the city. At the junction with Third Avenue, it turns north for one block, turning eastward on 13th Street for one more block, reaching a junction with NY 32 (Second Avenue). This junction marks the eastern terminus of NY 155, which continues east as part of NY 32.[4]


NY 155 was assigned c. 1931 to the portion of its alignment between NY 5 in Colonie and NY 32 in Watervliet.[2][3] Meanwhile, the segment of what is now NY 155 from NY 85A near Voorheesville to U.S. Route 20 in Guilderland was designated as NY 310 at some point between 1931 and 1936.[3][5] A new Karner Road was opened on August 12, 1965. NY 155 was extended southwest along this road through to NY 85A near Voorheesville, supplanting NY 310.[6]

The routing of NY 155 around the Albany International Airport has been changed several times over the years as the airport has expanded, extended runways, and improved terminal and parking access. The first realignment occurred on July 20, 1966, when Watervliet Shaker Road was closed and traffic was rerouted along Wolf Road and Albany Shaker Road, in anticipation of an expansion of the airport.[7] Albany Shaker Road was bent around the airport in September that year as a part of the expansion project.[8] The most recent realignment occurred in 2003 as the alignment of both Watervliet Shaker Road and Albany Shaker Road were reconfigured within the vicinity of the airport.[9]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Albany County.

New Scotland0.000.00 NY 85A – New Scotland, VoorheesvilleWestern terminus; roundabout
Guilderland3.916.29 US 20 – Duanesburg, AlbanyWestern terminus of CR 157 and county maintenance; hamlet of Westmere
Albany5.308.53Washington Avenue Extension (NY 910D) – Hospital, Excelsior CollegeWestern terminus of unsigned NY 910D; to New York State Thruway
Village of Colonie7.0411.33 NY 5 (Central Avenue) – Schenectady, Albany
Town of Colonie9.0214.52

CR 157 north (Airport Access Road) / CR 151 west (Albany Shaker Road) to NY 7
Eastern terminus of CR 157 concurrency; western terminus of CR 151 concurrency
9.0514.56 Albany International Airport

I-87 south (Adirondack Northway) to I-90 / New York Thruway
Exit 3 on I-87 (Adirondack Northway)

CR 153 north (Wolf Road) / CR 151 east (Albany Shaker Road) to I-87 north
Eastern terminus of CR 151 concurrency; western terminus of CR 153; to Wolf Road (NY 910B)
12.3519.88Watervliet Shaker Road / Old Niskayuna RoadRoundabout; eastern terminus of CR 153
12.5520.20 I-87 (Adirondack Northway)Exit 5 on I-87 (Adirondack Northway); partial cloverleaf interchange; northern terminus of county maintenance
13.4721.68 US 9 – Siena CollegeHamlet of Latham
Watervliet16.8527.12 NY 32 (Second Avenue / 13th Street)Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

==See also==*List of county routes in Albany County, New York


  1. ^ a b "2008 Traffic Volume Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. June 16, 2009. p. 174. Retrieved February 1, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Road Map of New York (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Standard Oil Company of New York. 1930.
  3. ^ a b c New York (Map). Cartography by H.M. Gousha Company. Kendall Refining Company. 1931.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Microsoft; Nokia (February 6, 2013). "overview map of NY 155" (Map). Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  5. ^ New York (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Standard Oil Company. 1936.
  6. ^ "Local Service Highway Opened In Albany County". The Troy Record. 1965-08-13. p. 22. Retrieved 2024-01-08.
  7. ^ "Albany Airport Expansion Begins, To Cost $1 Million". The Times Record. 1966-07-20. p. 32. Retrieved 2024-01-08.
  8. ^ "Report Progress On New Albany Airport Runway". The Kingston Daily Freeman. 1966-09-13. p. 9. Retrieved 2024-01-08.
  9. ^ Sinsabaugh, Mark. "New York State Route 155". New York Routes. Retrieved February 19, 2007.

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