Interstate 81 in New York

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This article is about the section of Interstate 81 in New York. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 81.

Interstate 81 marker

Interstate 81
Map of New York with I-81 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NYSDOT and the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority
Length: 183.52 mi[2] (295.35 km)
Existed: August 14, 1957[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: I-81 at the Pennsylvania state line near Binghamton
  I-86 / NY 17 in Binghamton
I-88 near Binghamton
NY 13 in Cortland
I-90 / Thruway near Syracuse
NY 104 near Mexico
NY 3 near Watertown
North end: Highway 137 at the Canadian border near Wellesley Island
Highway system
NY 80 NY 81

Interstate 81 (I-81) is a part of the Interstate Highway System that runs from Interstate 40 at Dandridge, Tennessee, to the Thousand Islands International Bridge at Wellesley Island in New York, beyond which a short stub links it to Ontario Highway 401. In the U.S. state of New York, I-81 extends 183.52 miles (295.35 km) from the Pennsylvania state line southeast of Binghamton to the Canadian border at Wellesley Island northwest of Alexandria Bay. The freeway runs north–south through Central New York, serving the cities of Binghamton, Syracuse, and Watertown. It passes through the Thousand Islands in its final miles and crosses two bridges, both part of the series of bridges known as the Thousand Islands Bridge.

South of Watertown, I-81 closely parallels U.S. Route 11 (US 11), the main north–south highway in Central New York prior to the construction of I-81. At Watertown, US 11 turns northeastward to head across New York's North Country while I-81 continues on a generally northward track to the Canadian border. From there, the road continues into the province of Ontario as Highway 137, a short route leading north to the nearby Highway 401.

The portion of I-81 in New York was originally developed as the Penn-Can Highway, one of four expressways proposed by the state in 1953. It was added to the Interstate Highway System and designated I-81 in 1957, and constructed in sections over the course of the next decade. The first segment was completed in the mid-1950s, running from Tully to the southern edge of Syracuse. The last piece opened in the late 1960s, linking Marathon to Whitney Point.

Route description[edit]

Southern Tier[edit]

I-81 crosses the New York–Pennsylvania border about 11 miles (18 km) southeast of the city of Binghamton. The freeway heads northwest from the state line, running through a valley surrounding the Susquehanna River in the town of Kirkwood. This stretch of I-81 closely parallels US 11, continuing a trend that originally began at I-81's southern terminus in eastern Tennessee. Both roads head across relatively undeveloped areas along the eastern riverbank to the outskirts of Binghamton, where I-81 merges with New York State Route 17 (NY 17) in an industrial area east of the city. I-81 and NY 17 overlap for 5 miles (8 km), running along the northern edge of the Binghamton suburbs before entering the city itself. About 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of downtown, the freeway connects to Brandywine Highway, a limited-access road carrying NY 7 through mostly residential areas on the north side of the city.[3]

I-81 leaves NY 17 (future I-86) near Binghamton to head north toward Syracuse.

Just west of the Brandywine Highway junction, I-81 and NY 17 cross the Chenango River as they split at a directional T interchange[3] comprising part of an S-curve in NY 17 known locally as Kamikaze Curve.[4] While NY 17 heads west into the curve, I-81 proceeds northward along the west bank of the river, connecting to US 11 and passing by Broome Community College on its way into the suburban town of Chenango. Here, I-81 meets the western terminus of I-88 at a junction roughly 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Binghamton. Continuing on, the freeway intersects US 11 a second time before leaving the banks of the Susquehanna River and proceeding generally northwestward into increasingly rural areas of the Southern Tier. The route makes its way across a series of hills and valleys for 13 miles (21 km) to the village of Whitney Point, connecting to US 11 and two state routes of regional importance—NY 26 and NY 79—at two exits on the western edge of the community.[3]

Continuing on, I-81 begins to follow the Tioughnioga River, a tributary of the Susquehanna, as it bypasses the nearby village of Lisle to the east. While US 11 runs across the base of a valley flanking the river, the freeway proceeds along the valley's eastern edge, overlooking the valley road on its way to the BroomeCortland county line. Both routes cross the border at points just yards apart, beginning their transition from the Southern Tier region to Central New York. About 2 miles (3.2 km) from the county line, I-81 encounters the village of Marathon, situated inside the river valley at the junction of US 11 and NY 221. The freeway connects to the latter at an interchange just east of the village center before heading northwestward for 11 miles (18 km) across a series of moraines in another prolonged rural stretch. Along the way, I-81 passes between the Tuller Hill and Hoxie Gorge state forests, located near Messengerville on the western and eastern sides of the highway, respectively.[3]

Cortland to Syracuse[edit]

An expressway, photographed from its right shoulder, continuing north toward a green hillside in the center of the image, where it curves leftward. There is another hillside off to the left in the distance.
I-81 amongst the moraines south of Cortland

The rural, northwestward trend ends west of the village of McGraw at a junction with NY 41, the primary east–west (signed north-south) road through the community. NY 41 continues west from the exit for a short distance to meet US 11, and the two routes become concurrent for the next 5 miles (8.0 km). I-81, US 11, and NY 41 all head westward from this point, passing a handful of scattered businesses to reach the eastern edge of the nearby city of Cortland. While US 11 and NY 41 continue directly into the city, I-81 bypasses it to the northeast. As such, it crosses only moderately developed areas on the periphery of Cortland. The road connects to downtown Cortland by way of an exit with NY 13, a north–south route serving most of Central New York. Near the exit, the Tioughnioga River splits into two branches, with NY 13 following the east branch to the northeast and I-81 proceeding westward along the west branch.[3]

North of downtown Cortland, I-81 makes a 90-degree turn to the north, matching a similar curve in the course of the nearby river. This track brings the freeway to the suburban village of Homer, which I-81 connects to via exit 12. The trumpet interchange feeds into a long east–west ramp linking the highway to the parallel US 11, NY 41 and NY 281, another parallel road farther west. NY 41 leaves US 11 in Homer, and I-81, US 11, and NY 281 proceed slightly northeastward across a low-lying, undeveloped area in an otherwise hilly region of Cortland County. Just south of the Onondaga County line, I-81 directly meets NY 281 as it crosses from the western side of the freeway to the eastern edge. They meet one final time across the county line near the village of Tully, where NY 281 ends as I-81 intersects NY 80 and NY 11A. The west branch of the Tioughnioga River also terminates here, flowing into Tully Lake at the county line.[3]

I-81 at I-690 in downtown Syracuse

The amount of development along the freeway slowly increases as it heads north through the county. In La Fayette, I-81 meets with US 20, one of a handful of east–west roads spanning the width of the state. Continuing on, I-81 and US 11 pass east of the Onondaga Indian Reservation, connecting once again at exit 16 before entering the city of Syracuse. At this point, the forests that had lined both roads give way to the dense residential neighborhoods that comprise the city's southern half. Roughly 3 miles (4.8 km) south of downtown Syracuse, I-81 meets with I-481, an alternate route of I-81 bypassing the city to the east. I-81 itself proceeds due north toward downtown on an embankment, running alongside the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway (NYSW) and passing adjacent to Oakwood Cemetery. The surrounding area transitions from mostly residential to mostly commercial at the north edge of the cemetery, where I-81 passes west of the campuses of Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF.[3]

Syracuse and Oswego County[edit]

West of Syracuse University, the NYSW turns west to pass under I-81. At this point, the embankment gives way to an elevated highway carrying I-81 through downtown.[3] The road separates the 15th Ward on its west side from Syracuse University and the area's hospitals on its east side; it also visually hangs over the predominantly residential 15th Ward.[5] Farther north, the density of the commercial districts adjacent to the highway continue to increase as the road enters downtown Syracuse. For roughly a half-mile (0.8 km), I-81 heads east–west, running alongside I-690 and connecting to the highway by way of a series of closely spaced ramps. Like I-81, the incomplete interchange is entirely elevated, passing over parts of several downtown blocks. Past I-690, I-81 transitions from an elevated road to a sub-surface highway as it cuts across the north half of downtown and proceeds northwest past an old industrial area that was once Syracuse's Inner Harbor.[3] The elevated portion in Syracuse is expected to reach the end of its useful life in 2017.[6]

The cut eventually brings the freeway to the southeastern tip of Onondaga Lake, where I-81 ascends in elevation once again at a network of interchanges with NY 370 and a handful of nearby streets. The series of junctions serve Destiny USA, the area's largest mall; NBT Bank Stadium, the home of the Syracuse Chiefs; and the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center (RTC), Syracuse's bus and train station. I-81 subsequently passes over CSX Transportation's Mohawk Subdivision rail line, which serves the RTC. North of the rail overpass, the road finally returns to ground level as it heads northeastward through Syracuse's residential northern suburbs. In Salina, I-81 meets the New York State Thruway (I-90) at exit 25A and connects to Syracuse Hancock International Airport at exit 27. About 6 miles (9.7 km) north of downtown, the highway enters the village of North Syracuse, where I-481 rejoins I-81 at exit 29.[3]

While I-481 continues northwest from North Syracuse as NY 481, I-81 travels north through residential areas of gradually decreasing density. Just north of the junction with I-481 and NY 481, the freeway passes east of the former Penn-Can Mall, the largest commercial parcel in the area. I-81's first junction north of Syracuse is in the town of Cicero, where it connects to NY 31, another regionally important highway. North of here, US 11 begins to closely parallel I-81 once again, rejoining the highway's vicinity after following an erratic alignment through Syracuse. The two roads run across relatively flat and increasingly undeveloped land to Brewerton, a hamlet adjacent to where Oneida Lake empties into the Oneida River. While US 11 runs through the community, I-81 bypasses it to the east, offering unobstructed views of the lake as it crosses the lake outlet and enters Oswego County.[3]

On the opposite riverbank, I-81 initially runs past a line of lakefront houses and cottages; however, it soon enters a large marshy area named Big Bay Swamp. The wetlands reach as far north as Central Square, a village just west of I-81's interchange with NY 49. For most of the next 13 miles (21 km), I-81 runs north across a mixture of swamps and fields, both undeveloped and fairly level in elevation. Along this stretch, the freeway links to two more major routes: NY 69 and NY 104. The highway eventually reaches the village of Pulaski, where it reconnects to NY 13 at a partial interchange east of the village center. From here to Watertown, I-81 loosely parallels Lake Ontario, located about 7 miles (11 km) to the west and more closely followed by NY 3. Another substantial stretch of open, rolling fields brings the route to Sandy Creek, where it connects to County Route 15 (CR 15),[3] a highway designated NY 288 during the 1930s.[7][8]

North Country[edit]

Past Sandy Creek, I-81 proceeds into Jefferson County, where it continues to travel across rural, undeveloped areas with only gentle elevation changes. US 11 crosses I-81 for the last time just north of the county line, connecting to the freeway and switching from the highway's west side to its east side. As a result, I-81 now passes west of several villages and large hamlets, all located directly on US 11. Connections to the communities are made by the primary east–west highways serving them, namely CR 90 for Mannsville; NY 193 for Pierrepont Manor; NY 178 for Adams; and NY 177 for Adams Center. At Adams Center, both I-81 and US 11 take on a more northeasterly routing, bringing them farther inland toward the city of Watertown. The final exit before the city itself leads to NY 232, a short connector between I-81 and Watertown Center, the southern extent of Watertown's suburbs.[3]

The rural surroundings finally end, albeit briefly, in the vicinity of Watertown, where I-81 intersects NY 3 in a commercialized area west of downtown Watertown. All four corners of the junction contain at least one shopping plaza, and the northwestern corner features the sprawling Salmon Run Mall. The commercial development follows I-81 north to its next exit, a diamond interchange with NY 12F near Jefferson Community College. At this point, I-81 turns northeastward, running south of an industrial park and north of the college before crossing the Black River to meet NY 12 in a less developed but still commercialized area north of the city. US 11 and I-81 finally part ways at this point, with I-81 continuing north toward Canada and US 11 heading northeast to serve some of the North Country's northernmost communities.[3]

As the highway leaves the Watertown area, it passes into another area of rolling, open terrain with only pockets of development in the immediate vicinity of the road's interchanges. NY 37 largely replaces US 11 as the paralleling surface route, and the state route follows I-81 for 13 miles (21 km) to the vicinity of Theresa. West of the village, I-81 intersects NY 411, a connector between La Fargeville and NY 37. While NY 37 continues north from Theresa, I-81 turns to the northwest, crossing increasingly isolated areas of the state to reach NY 12 on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River midway between Clayton and Alexandria Bay. From here, the freeway heads into the Thousand Islands on the first of several bridges known collectively as the Thousand Islands Bridge.[3]

In the Thousand Islands, I-81 runs across Wellesley Island, one of the archipelago's largest. It initially heads northwest across the sparsely developed island, connecting to a pair of county-maintained roads before turning northeast at the eastern edge of Wellesley Island State Park. The freeway turns one final time near the northern edge of the island, curving back to the northwest at exit 52, the last exit along I-81. For most of its run on the island, I-81 runs along or close to the island's edge, permitting views of the river and some of the area's other islands. Not far from exit 52, an interchange linking the freeway to a paralleling local road, I-81 crosses the International Rift on a 90-foot (27 m) bridge connecting Wellesley Island in New York to Hill Island in Ontario, Canada. From here, the road continues north to Highway 401 as Highway 137. The long, continuous bridge span between Wellesley Island and the United States mainland is one of the few remaining two-lane stretches left on the Interstate Highway System.[3]

History[edit]

The BinghamtonSyracuseWatertown corridor was originally served by NY 2, a route assigned as part of the creation of the modern New York state route system in 1924.[9] It was replaced by US 11 when U.S. Highways were first posted in New York in 1927.[10] In February 1953, New York Governor Thomas Dewey proposed constructing four expressways across the state of New York to supplement the then-under construction New York State Thruway. One of the four proposed highways closely followed US 11, beginning in Binghamton and proceeding generally northward through Central New York to the Canadian border north of Watertown.[11] A connection to the Pennsylvania state line was eventually added to the route, which became known as the Penn-Can Highway.[12] On August 14, 1957, the Penn-Can Highway was included in the Interstate Highway System and designated as part of I-81.[1]

In the mid-1950s, the first section of the highway was completed, connecting Tully (modern exit 14) to Nedrow (16), just south of Syracuse.[13][14] Another section, extending from North Syracuse (26) to Brewerton (31), was opened to traffic in the late 1950s.[14][15] In the North Country, the first completed section ran from Adams (41) to Pamelia (48); it was put into service on October 21, 1959.[16] Extensions of the North Syracuse–Brewerton segment south into downtown Syracuse (19) and north to Parish (33) were completed c. 1961.[15][17] The section between modern exits 38 and 41 in southern Jefferson County was finished in November 1961, and the gap between the Syracuse–Parish and Jefferson County segments was filled on December 1, 1961, creating a continuous limited-access highway between Syracuse and Watertown.[16]

I-81 was opened to traffic from the Pennsylvania state line north to NY 17 in Kirkwood in mid-1961,[17][18] and the piece linking Pamelia to the Canadian border was completed on September 29, 1965.[16] Three more sections of I-81 were finished to traffic in the mid-1960s, completing all of I-81 within the state except for the portion between NY 221 in Marathon and NY 26 in Whitney Point.[19][20] The Marathon–Whitney Point segment was completed c. 1968.[20][21] In Syracuse, part of I-81 was built on an elevated highway, intended to make travel from downtown Syracuse to Syracuse University faster.[22]

Future[edit]

The section of I-81 that runs through Syracuse is slowly deteriorating and is due to be reconstructed.[22] The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has frequently said that I-81 will need to be changed due to its deteriorating condition.[23] One major reason for the urgency of this effort is the condition of the elevated highway and other bridges located on I-81 between the I-481 interchanges on opposite sides of the city, as well as on I-690 in the vicinity of I-81's interchange with the highway.[22] In 2001, Syracuse Common Councillor Van Robinson called for the removal of some elevated portions of I-81 that were blocking Upstate Medical University. He stated that the bridge not only presented a problem sectionalizing the Syracuse area, but also it presented a problem for Syracuse University and Upstate Medical University.[24]

The region is set to reach a final decision on the future of I-81 with input from many local groups, or stakeholders. In early May 2011, this official process was started by two entities: NYSDOT and the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC), the region’s metropolitan planning organization. NYSDOT is responsible for overseeing the process and, eventually, its construction. SMTC consists of member agencies that have a stake in transportation decisions in Central New York.[25] Both parties have yet to reach a decision, but they hope to eventually reach one that is in the best interest for everyone in the greater Syracuse area. In late March 2011, SMTC and NYSDOT announced the formation of the I-81 Community Liaison Committee (CLC). The CLC is made up of representatives from 37 organizations and will give ideas and point out concerns about the future of I-81 in Syracuse.[26]

Exit list[edit]

Unlike I-81 in other states, exit numbers in New York are roughly-sequential.

County Location Mile[2] km Exit Destinations Notes
Broome Kirkwood 0.00 0.00 I-81 south Pennsylvania state line
3.98 6.41 1 US 11 / NY 7 – Conklin, Kirkwood
8.65 13.92 2 US 11 north – Industrial Park Signed as exit 2W on I-81 northbound
8.65 13.92 I-86 east / NY 17 east – New York Signed as exit 2E on I-81 northbound; NY 17 joins northbound and leaves southbound
8.90 14.32 3 Industrial Park (Colesville Road) Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Binghamton 12.19 19.62 3 Broad Avenue Northbound exit and southbound entrance
12.58 20.25 4 NY 7 – Downtown Binghamton, Hillcrest Signed as 4N (north) and 4S (south)
13.06 21.02 NY 17 west – Owego, Elmira NY 17 leaves northbound and joins southbound
Dickinson 13.54 21.79 5 US 11 (Front Street) – Broome Community College To I-88 east (southbound)
Chenango 14.77 23.77 I-88 east – Albany No southbound exit
15.66 25.20 6 US 11 to NY 12 – Chenango Bridge To I-88 east (southbound)
21.62 34.79 7 US 11 – Castle Creek
Barker 28.99 46.65 8 NY 26 to US 11 to NY 79 to NY 206 – Whitney Point Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Triangle 30.33 48.81 8 NY 79 to US 11 to NY 26 to NY 206 – Whitney Point Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Cortland Village of Marathon 38.26 61.57 9 NY 221 – Marathon
Cortlandville 50.01 80.48 10 US 11 / NY 41 – Cortland, McGraw
Cortland 52.34 84.23 11 NY 13 – Cortland, Ithaca Access to SUNY Cortland
Homer 54.07 87.02 12 US 11 / NY 41 / NY 281 – Cortland, Homer
Preble 62.86 101.16 13 NY 281 – Preble
Onondaga Tully 66.58 107.15 14 NY 80 – Tully
LaFayette 73.19 117.79 15 US 11 / US 20 – LaFayette
Onondaga 78.10 125.69 16 US 11 – Onondaga Nation Territory
Syracuse 81.46 131.10 16A I-481 north – DeWitt
82.20 132.29 17 South Salina Street / South State Street / Brighton Avenue Access to Carrier Dome
83.77 134.81 18 Adams Street / Harrison Street Access to Syracuse University
84.78 136.44 I-690 – East Syracuse, Baldwinsville, Fairgrounds No access to I-690 west from I-81 south
19 Clinton Street / Salina Street Southbound exit and northbound entrance
20 Franklin Street / West Street Southbound exit and northbound entrance
21 Catawba Street / Spencer Street Southbound exit and entrance
86.23 138.77 22 NY 298 (Court Street) Northbound exit and entrance; access to Rosamond Gifford Zoo
22 NY 298 (Bear Street) to I-690 west Southbound exit and entrance; combined with exits 23A–B
86.68 139.50 23 NY 370 east (Park Street) / Hiawatha Boulevard Northbound exit only; access to Destiny USA and NBT Bank Stadium; combined with exits 24A–B
23A–B Hiawatha Boulevard / Destiny USA Drive Southbound exit and entrance; access to Destiny USA and NBT Bank Stadium; combined with exit 22
86.68 139.50 24A–B NY 370 west – Liverpool Northbound exit only; combined with exit 23
Salina 25 7th North Street – Liverpool
88.66 142.68 25A I-90 / Thruway – Albany, Buffalo
89.87 144.63 26 US 11 – Mattydale Combined with exit 27 southbound
90.67 145.92 27 Syracuse Airport Combined with exit 28 northbound and exit 26 southbound
Cicero 91.51 147.27 28 Taft Road – North Syracuse Combined with exit 27 northbound
North Syracuse 92.63 149.07 29 I-481 / NY 481 – Oswego, North Syracuse, DeWitt Signed as 29N (north) and 29S (south)
Cicero 95.07 153.00 30 NY 31 – Cicero, Bridgeport
99.03 159.37 31 To US 11 via Bartell Road – Brewerton
Oswego Hastings 102.83 165.49 32 NY 49 – Central Square
Parish townvillage line 111.11 178.81 33 NY 69 – Parish
Parish 114.87 184.87 34 NY 104 – Mexico
Richland 118.25 190.30 35 To US 11 via Tinker Tavern Road
Pulaski 121.65 195.78 36 NY 13 – Pulaski Northbound exit and southbound entrance
122.44 197.05 36 Pulaski (CR 2) Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Village of Sandy Creek 128.07 206.11 37 Sandy Creek, Lacona (CR 15) Northbound exit and southbound entrance
128.25 206.40 37 Sandy Creek, Lacona (CR 22A) Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Jefferson Ellisburg 130.82 210.53 38 US 11
132.83 213.77 39 Mannsville (CR 90)
134.68 216.75 40 NY 193 – Pierrepont Manor, Ellisburg
Village of Adams 140.25 225.71 41 NY 178 – Adams, Henderson
Adams 144.36 232.32 42 NY 177 – Smithville, Adams Center
145.91 234.82 43 To US 11 – Kellogg Hill
Town of Watertown 148.29 238.65 44 NY 232 – Watertown Center
152.60 245.59 45 NY 3 (Arsenal Street) – Sackets Harbor
153.55 247.11 46 NY 12F (Coffeen Street) – Airport Access to Jefferson Community College
Pamelia 155.05 249.53 47 NY 12 (Bradley Street) – Clayton
157.67 253.75 48 NY 342 to NY 3 to NY 37 – Black River, Carthage
48A I-781 to US 11 – Fort Drum
OrleansTheresa
town line
169.20 272.30 49 NY 411 – La Fargeville, Theresa
Alexandria–Orleans
town line
178.14 286.69 50 NY 12 – Alexandria Bay, Clayton Signed as 50N (north) and 50S (south)
St. Lawrence River US span of Thousand Islands Bridge ($2.75 toll northbound, southbound toll is on Canadian span)[27]
Orleans 179.80 289.36 51 Island Road – Island State Parks
183.03 294.56 52 Island Road – De Wolf Point
183.52 295.35 Highway 137 Canada–United States border; brief continuation into Ontario as Ontario Highway 137. Ends at Ontario Highway 401.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  23. ^ The I-81 Challenge. "What's New". Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
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  26. ^ Reinhardt, Eric (March 22, 2011). "Transportation council, DOT announce I-81 committee". The Greater Binghamton Business Journal (Binghamton, NY: CNY Business Review). Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Thousand Islands Bridge" (PDF). Thousand Islands Bridge Authority. Retrieved Jan 1, 2013. 

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