New York State Department of Transportation—I-390/I-490/Lyell Ave Interchange Project

Community members enjoy better traffic flow and experience safer walking/biking trips with New York State DOT’s I-390/I-490/Lyell Avenue Interchange project.

Traffic backups and safety issues were prevalent at the I-390/I-490 interchange, which connects nearly 200,000 daily motorists to centers of economic activity, including the Greater Rochester International Airport, the Rochester Technology Park, the Eastman Business Park, and downtown Rochester. Pedestrian and bicycle accommodations were lacking on Lyell Avenue west of I-390. Additionally, residents of Lyell Avenue – many of whom come from low-income households – effectively were cut off from accessing grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and other commercial amenities more easily available to those in the suburbs.

NYSDOT analyzed the current infrastructure and landed on a $178 million plan to widen the roadway to not only improve traffic flow but also install bicycle accommodations and sidewalk enhancements, truly transforming Lyell Avenue into a multi-modal corridor. With expanded access to this corridor the City of Rochester residents will have fewer barriers standing between them and their families to access basic needs.