Interstate 81


I-81
  • Runs from the Pennsylvania State Line to the Canadian Border at the 1000 Islands.
  • Passes through Broome, Cortland, Onondaga, Oswego and Jefferson counties.
  • Is designated "The American Legion Memorial Highway". The designation follows Interstate 81 its entire length.
  • When constructed was referred to as the "Penn-Can Highway". There are no signs on I-81 indicating this.
  • 183 miles in length in New York State, passing through the cities of Binghamton, Cortland, Syracuse and Watertown.
  • Historical information and scans of the brochure accompanying the opening can be found here.

Click on route shields, county names and adjacent state signs for further information.

Please note: Parking Areas do not have bathrooms, however, picnic tables are available seasonally. Parking Areas are generally Carry In - Carry Out when it comes to trash. You bring it, you take it with you.


Interstate 81 Exit Guide
MILE NORTHBOUND EXITS
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SOUTHBOUND EXITS
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0 [Welcome to NY]
Broome County
[Welcome to Pa.]
Susquehanna County
0 [SPEED LIMIT 65] CONSTRUCTION INFORMATION
888 NYS-REG9
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ALL COMMERCIAL VEHICLES MUST EXIT AS INDICATED BY SIGNS AND/OR FLASHING LIGHTS

1 REST AREA
NEW YORK
WELCOME CENTER
restroom picnic parking phone Tourist Info [State Police]
NEXT REST AREA
MAINTAINED BY PennDOT
2 MILES
4 EXIT 1
[US 11] [NY 7]
Conklin
Kirkwood
Broome Corp Park
[SOUTH]
[I-81]
7 EXITS 2 E-W
[I-86] [NY 17] [EAST] [US 11]
New York
Industrial Park
EXIT 2
[US 11]
Five Mile Pt

Interstate 86 was assigned to a portion of NY Route 17 east of Interstate 81 in late 2006.

[NORTH] [WEST]
[I-81] [NY 17]
[EAST] [I-86] [NY 17]
New York

LEFT EXIT

9 EXIT 3
Industrial Park
Colesville Rd
10 [SPEED LIMIT 55] [SPEED LIMIT 65]
12 EXIT 3
Broad Ave
Downtown Binghamton
12 EXITS 4 N-S
[NY 7]
Downtown Binghamton
Hillcrest
[SOUTH] [EAST]
[I-81] [NY 17]
13 [WEST] [NY 17]
Owego
Elmira

LEFT EXIT

[NY 17] [WEST]
Owego
Elmira
[NORTH]
[I-81]
14 EXIT 5
[US 11]
Front St
Broome County Community College
EXIT 5
[US 11] To [I-88] [EAST]
Front St
Broome County Community College
15 [I-88] [EAST]
Albany
16 EXIT 6
[US 11] [NY 12]
Chenango Bridge
Norwich
Binghamton Regional Airport
16 EXIT 6
[US 11] [NY 12]
To [I-88] [EAST]
Chenango Bridge
[SPEED LIMIT 65] [SPEED LIMIT 55]
21 EXIT 7
[US 11]
Castle Creek
28 EXIT 8
[NY 26]
To [US 11] To [NY 79] To [NY 206]
Whitney Point
30 EXIT 8
[NY 79]
To [US 11] To [NY 26] To [NY 206]
Whitney Point
Greene
33 NEXT REST AREA
37 MILES
REST AREA
restroom picnic parking phone Tourist Info State Police
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35 Cortland County Broome County
38 EXIT 9
[NY 221]
Marathon
Bowman Lake
State Park
38 EXIT 9
[NY 221]
Marathon
Bowman Lake
State Park
49 EXIT 10
[NY 41]
Cortland
Mc Graw
EXIT 10
[NY 41]
Cortland
52 EXIT 11
[NY 13]
Cortland
Ithaca
SUNY Cortland
Fillmore Glen
State Park
54 EXIT 12
[US 11] [NY 281]
Homer
EXIT 12
[US 11] [NY 41] [NY 281]
Cortland
Homer
Ithaca
60 REST AREA
restroom picnic parking phone Tourist Info State Police
NEXT REST AREA
37 MILES
Tourist information services provided by Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau.
State Police
TRUCK INSPECTION

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62 EXIT 13
[NY 281]
Preble
65 Onondaga County Cortland County
66 EXIT 14
[NY 80]
Tully
Highland Forest
County Park
70 TRUCK INSPECTION

ALL COMMERCIAL VEHICLES MUST EXIT AS INDICATED BY SIGNS AND/OR FLASHING LIGHTS

73 EXIT 15
[US 11] To [US 20]
La Fayette
EXIT 15
[US 20]
La Fayette
State Police
77 EXIT 16
[US 11]
Onondaga Nation Territory
Nedrow
80 [SPEED LIMIT 55] [SPEED LIMIT 65]
81 CITY OF
Syracuse
81 EXIT 16 A
[I-481] [NORTH]
De Witt
EXIT 16 A
[NORTH] [I-481]
De Witt

LEFT EXIT

Bypass for
NORTHBOUND Thru Traffic
USE I-481 NORTH
82 EXIT 17
S Salina St
Brighton Ave
EXIT 17
S Salina St
S State St
Brighton Ave
O C C
Carrier Dome Parking
83 EXIT 18
Adams St
Harrison St
On Center
Syracuse University
[SPEED LIMIT 45] [SPEED LIMIT 55]
84 [I-690]
East Syracuse
Baldwinsville
Fairgrounds
[I-690] [EAST]
East Syracuse
84 EXIT 19
Clinton St
Salina St
Downtown Syracuse
[SPEED LIMIT 55] [SPEED LIMIT 45]
84 EXIT 20
Franklin St
West St
Downtown Syracuse
85 EXIT 21
Catawba St
Spencer St
86 EXIT 22
[NY 298]
Court St
Rosamond Gifford Zoo
87 EXITS 23 - 24 A-B
[NY 370]
Hiawatha Blvd
Park St
Old Liverpool Rd
Onondaga Lake Pkwy
Liverpool

TRUCKS OVER 9' 0" TO LIVERPOOL MUST USE OLD LIVERPOOL RD

Overhead signage refers to NY 370 / Park St / Liverpool until you actually enter the exit ramps.
Pay close attention to signs
Regional Market
Destiny USA
Alliance Bank Stadium
Train Station Bus Station Bus & Train Center
87 EXITS 23 A-B - 22
[NY 298] To [I-690] [WEST]
Bear St
Hiawatha Blvd
Destiny USA Dr
Regional Market
Alliance Bank Stadium
Train Station Bus Station Bus & Train Center
87 CITY OF
Syracuse
87.5 [SPEED LIMIT 65] [SPEED LIMIT 55]
88 EXIT 25
7th North St
EXIT 25
7th North St
Liverpool
89 EXIT 25 A
[I-90] [Thruway]
Albany
Buffalo
This exit was not numbered with the original designation of I-81. The Exit 25A designation appeared after the major reconstruction project of 1982-1984.
90 EXIT 26
[US 11]
Mattydale
91 EXITS 27-28
Syracuse Airport
Taft Rd
North Syracuse
State Police
EXIT 27
92 EXITS 27-26
[US 11]
Syracuse Airport
Mattydale
State Police
EXIT 27
92 EXIT 28
Taft Rd
North Syracuse
93 EXITS 29 S-N
[I-481] [NY 481]
Oswego
De Witt
EXITS 29 N-S
[I-481] [NY 481]
North Syracuse
De Witt
Fulton
EXIT 29 N
Utica
EXIT 29 S
Bypass for SOUTHBOUND Thru Traffic
USE I-481 SOUTH
95 EXIT 30
[NY 31]
Cicero
Bridgeport
100 EXIT 31
To [US 11]
Bartel Rd
Brewerton
Canal Park
Oneida Shores County Park
101 Oswego County Onondaga County
Oneida Lake
101 NEXT REST AREA
73 MILES

FIND SERVICES
AT INTERCHANGES
REST AREA
restroom picnic parking phone
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104 EXIT 32
[NY 49]
Central Square
111 EXIT 33
[NY 69]
Parish
115 EXIT 34
[NY 104]
Mexico
Oswego
119 EXIT 35
To [US 11]
Tinker Tavern Rd
121 EXIT 36
[NY 13]
Pulaski
Fish Hatchery
Selkirk Shores
State Park
State Police
121 EXIT 36
[CR 2]
Pulaski
Fish Hatchery
Selkirk Shores
State Park
State Police
County Route designation not listed on guide signs
128 EXIT 37
[CR 15]
Sandy Creek
Lacona
EXIT 37
[CR 15]
Sandy Creek
Lacona
Boylston
Sandy Island Beach State Park
Oswego County Fairgrounds
County Route designation not listed on guide signs
130 Jefferson County Oswego County
131 EXIT 38
[US 11]
133 EXIT 39
[CR 94]
Mannsville
County Route designation not listed on guide sign
133 PARKING AREA
Parking Picnic Area
135 EXIT 40
[NY 193]
Pierrepont Manor
Ellisburg
Southwick Beach State Park
141 EXIT 41
[NY 178]
Adams
Henderson
Henderson Harbor
146 EXIT 42
[NY 177]
Smithville
Adams Center
NY Route 177 between Rodman and Lowville may be subject to closing due to blowing and drifting snow
148 EXIT 43
To [US 11]
Kellogg Hill
150 NEXT REST AREA
24 MILES
REST AREA
restroom picnic parking phone Tourist Info State Police
State Police
150 EXIT 44
[NY 232]
Watertown Ctr
151 PARKING AREA
Parking Picnic
155 EXIT 45
[NY 3]
Arsenal St
Sackets Harbor
Watertown
Westcott State Park
156 EXIT 46
[NY 12F]
Coffeen St
Airport
Watertown
Jefferson Community College
157 EXIT 47
[NY 12]
Bradley St
Clayton
Watertown
Cape Vincent
159 PARKING AREA
Parking Picnic
160 EXIT 48
[NY 342] To [NY 3] To [NY 37]
Black River
Carthage
EXIT 48
[NY 342]
Black River
Carthage
161 EXIT 48 A
[I 781] To [US 11]

Fort Drum
Gouverneur
Ogdensburg
Massena
Potsdam
162 PARKING AREA
[Parking] [Picnic]
166 PARKING AREA
[Parking] [Picnic]
167 EXIT 49
[NY 411]
Theresa
La Fargeville
174 REST AREA
restroom picnic parking phone Tourist Info State Police
NEXT REST AREA
23 MILES
State Police
177 EXITS 50 N-S
[NY 12]
Alexandria Bay
Clayton

LAST EXIT BEFORE TOLL

EXITS 50 N-S
[NY 12]
Alexandria Bay
Clayton
River State Parks
REST AREA
restroom picnic parking phone Tourist Info State Police
REST AREA
NEW YORK
WELCOME CENTER
restroom picnic parking phone Tourist Info
[SPEED LIMIT 40] [SPEED LIMIT 65]
178 1000 ISLANDS BRIDGE
[PAY TOLL]
1000 ISLANDS BRIDGE
[SPEED LIMIT 65] [SPEED LIMIT 40]
179 EXIT 51
Island Rd
Island State Parks
182 EXIT 52
Island Rd
De Wolf Point
Last U S Exit
EXIT 52
Island Rd
De Wolf Point
[SPEED LIMIT 30] [SPEED LIMIT 65]
183 U S - Canadian Border
Customs

BE PREPARED TO STOP

WELCOME TO
Ontario
United Counties - Leeds & Grenville
To [ON 401]
[Welcome to New York]
Jefferson County
[SOUTH]
[I-81]
[SPEED LIMIT 60 km/h] [SPEED LIMIT 30]
MILE NORTHBOUND EXITS
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SOUTHBOUND EXITS
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