COLONIE, N.Y. -- The New York State Department of Transportation said more than 113,000 vehicles travel over the northbound and southbound bridges of the Adirondack Northway over Albany-Shaker Road in Colonie every day.
The two were built in 1959 but they're starting to show their age.
"They're safe but they're just aging, deteriorating, and it's time for new bridges to be there," said D.O.T. spokesman Bryan Viggiani.
Beginning this summer, the State D.O.T. will begin to replace them. The $14.5 million project has already been funded, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.
Phase two of the project could have the biggest impact. That's if the D.O.T. can get $34 million to fund it.
The proposed project calls for a total reconfiguration of Exit 4 on I-87, north and south.
The area often times has backups on both off-ramps during rush hour, and can be confusing to navigate.
"We're trying to alleviate that by making a better off ramp and a better system to get onto Albany-Shaker," Viggiani said.
One of the biggest downfalls of the current exit has been it doesn't give direct access to the Albany International Airport.
"Right now, we're the only major airport in the state without direct access," said Albany County Airport spokesman Doug Myers.
When the Adirondack Northway was built, it was supposed to have an Exit 3, which led directly to the airport. Those plans were scrapped.
Myers said that it has caused them to lose customers.
"In order to expand, airlines and passengers like that direct access," Myers said.
The proposal calls for a fly road that would go over the Northway and lead to an intersection on Albany-Shaker Road, near the airport's entrance.
The D.O.T. said it won't find out if it can get funding for phase two of the project for a couple of years.
Myers said officials at the Albany airport will patiently wait and help any way it can.
Meanwhile, the bridge replacement project is expected to begin sometime this summer and be completed by the end of next year.
If funded, the D.O.T. hopes to begin the Exit 4 reconfiguration in 2019.
For more on the project go to www.dot.ny.gov .