Historical Photo Gallery



*So that you can appreciate as many details as possible of these historical photos, those marked with an asterisk are in a very large format (about 1 M in size).

Description Year County Photographer
*Interstate 81 Southbound at Exit 18 - Syracuse. Overhead gantry in downtown Syracuse. Notice the lack of cardinal direction on the I-81 sign. These types of signs were installed around 1973. There were similar northbound signs with just "Watertown". Low res version available here. 1976 Onondaga NYSDOT Photolog
*Interstate 81 Southbound at Exit 22 - Syracuse. In front of what is now Carousel Center. Notice the square signs with rounded border and the cut out New York route shield! Low res version available here. 1976 Onondaga NYSDOT Photolog
*Interstate 81 Northbound at Exit 23 - Syracuse. At the Hiawatha Blvd. southbound exit flyover, pretty much where the bridge stands today. Notice the signage for Exit 24. Again, square sign with rounded border and cut out NY route shield. Interesting choice of Electronics Parkway for a destination, as Electronics Pkwy is about four miles from here via NY Route 57 or Old Liverpool Rd. Low res version available here. 1976 Onondaga NYSDOT Photolog
*Interstate 81 Northbound at Exit 36 - Pulaski. At the beginning of the exit for Pulaski. Vintage 1973 (or so) signage from a massive sign rehab project that encompassed all of I-81 in Region 3. The advance (1 mile) signs for all of the exits in Oswego County had interesting installations, with the services sign mounted on the same posts below the advance signage. Low res version available here. 1976 Oswego NYSDOT Photolog
*Interstate 790 just through the Thruway toll barrier - Utica. The eastern end of I-790 in it's original configuration. I-790 was a two lane, non-divided highway for a good portion of it's run from I-90 to the NY Routes 5, 8 and 12 expressway. Notice the Thruway maintained signage, in all caps with the simple designations of "ROUTE" and the downward slanting arrows. Low res version available here. 1976 Oneida NYSDOT Photolog
*NY Routes 8 & 12 Northbound at Interstate 790 interchange - Utica. Heading east on I-790 (along with the multiplex with NY Route 5 East and NY Routes 8 and 12 North), this is where Interstate 790 departed from the north-south expressway. Notice the tight, tight exit ramp to the two lane road. Low res version available here. 1976 Oneida NYSDOT Photolog
Interstate 190 Buffalo, Exit N7. The Thruway Authority used to post all exit numbers with an "N" prefix on the Niagara Thruway in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Here's a shot of one of these signs. Erie John Krakoff
NY Routes 49 and 5 Overhead - Utica. Overhead gantry on NY Routes 8 and 12 at the intersection with NY Routes 5 and 49. before 1989
Find Services at Interchanges. A guide sign along NY Route 17 just west of Corning advising travelers that there are no services directly on NY Route 17. There was a similar sign on I-81 in Oswego County just north of Exit 32 up until the 1992 sign replacement project. It was preceded with a sign stating "No Services on this Route". The one pictured originally had the preceding sign as well, but had disappeared by the time this picture was taken.
Angola Service Area. Before the rebuilding of the Thruway Service Areas in the early 1990s, this was a typical service area advance sign.
Use Pedestrian Bridge to Restaurant. Found at the Angola Service Area, this sign discourages travelers from running across the road and using the pedestrian bridge to the restaurant facilities.
Check Your Gas. Found east of Thruway Exit 61, this warns travelers that it's quite a distance to the first service area. As near as I can figure, this sign stood where the "Chautauqua" Service Area/Gateway Center was planned to be built in the 1990s. That project is considered to be dead.
Welcome to the New York Thruway. A sign welcoming travelers to the Thruway in the early 1990s. These signs had "blue out" shortly after their installation and were modified to simply say "Welcome to New York".

*So that you can appreciate as many details as possible of these historical photos, those marked with an asterisk are in a very large format (about 1M in size).