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Interstate 81 South - Onondaga County

05/09/05 photos taken by Alex Nitzman.

Interstate 81 South
Southbound reassurance shield for Interstate 81 posted after the New York 31 (Seymour Street) diamond interchange in Cicero. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Approaching the full-cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 481 south and New York 481 north (Exits 29N/S) on Interstate 81 south. Through traffic interests to Cortland and Binghamton may use Interstate 481 south to bypass the city of Syracuse. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Exit 21N connects Interstate 81 south with New York 481 north at North Syracuse. New York 481 continues the Interstate 481 freeway northwest to Fulton. New York 481 itself continues from Fulton to Oswego along a surface highway. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Departing Interstate 81 south for New York 481 north. Interstate 481 southbound begins and travels southeast from Cicero to DeWitt and junction Interstate 90 (New York Thruway). Photo taken 05/09/05.
Traveling the Exit 21N off-ramp, motorists are provided with a one-half mile guide sign to U.S. 11. Exit 10 of New York 481 departs ahead for Circle Drive, an east-west connector between U.S. 11 and South Bay Road at the Penn-Can Mall. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Shifting focus to downtown Syracuse and the ramp from Interstate 690 east to Interstate 81 south. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Interstate 81 follows an elevated viaduct south from Interstate 690 along Almond Street to Van Buren Street. Recent discussion surrounding the aging viaduct involves either replacing it with a surface boulevard and resigning Interstate 481 as 81 or replacing the structure with a new facility. Photo taken 05/09/05.

Exit 18 joins Interstate 81 with Harrison Street west and Adams Street east for interests into the Syracuse central business district and Syracuse University. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Mainline drivers of Interstate 81 south must move over at least one lane as the Interstate 690 on-ramp forms the second through lane. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Two westerly views from the Interstate 81 viaduct of the downtown area high rises. Photos taken 05/09/05.
Continuing south toward the Interstate 81 viaduct end above Taylor and Burt Streets. Photo taken 05/09/05.
The next exit for Interstate 81 south connects with McClure Avenue west at South State Street, one block north of Brighton Avenue. South State Street splits with U.S. 11 at Raynor Avenue and ends as a frontage road to I-81 at the Calthrop Avenue on-ramp. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Exit 17 departs Interstate 81 south. McClure Avenue leads drivers west from parallel South State Street to junction U.S. 11 (South Salina Street). Brighton Avenue travels west to New York 175 (South Avenue) and southeast to New York 173 (Seneca Turnpike) near the interchange with Interstate 481. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Interstate 81 straddles the hillside above the south Syracuse street grid along U.S. 11. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Exit 16A leaves next for the northbound beginning of Interstate 481. Interstate 481 travels east to DeWitt and north to Cicero. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Interstate 81 lowers into the tri-level stack interchange with Interstate 481 east. Photo taken 05/09/05.
A left-hand exit carries drivers onto Interstate 481 east; the freeway meets Rock Cut Drive in Onondaga and North Street near Jamesville on its eastward trek. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Interstate 481 replaced the Interstate 281 designation in 1970 and was fully completed by 1981. Originally the bypass only extended as far north as Interstate 90. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Southbound at the split with Interstate 481 north on Interstate 81 south. Interstate 481 leads five miles east to junction New York 5 & 92 and nine miles to the New York Thruway. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Crossing over New York 173 (Seneca Turnpike), Interstate 81 leaves Interstate 481 and reduces to four lanes overall. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Nedrow, a community just south of Syracuse along U.S. 11, is the next exit of Interstate 81. Binghamton is a 67-mile drive. Photo taken 05/09/05.
One mile north of the Exit 16 modified interchange with U.S. 11 at Onondaga Castle on Interstate 81 south. The freeway straddles the northeastern reaches of the Onondaga Indian Reservation from Nedrow south to the LaFayette town line. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Sinking toward Exit 16, Interstate 81 passes under the Sentinel Heights Road overpass between rock cuts. Photo taken 05/09/05.
U.S. 11 follows South Salina Street from Syracuse to Nedrow and Onondaga Castle. The U.S. route enters Onondaga Indian Reservation at New York 11A's northern terminus before crossing under Interstate 81 at Exit 16. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Interstate 81 ascends southeastward from Exit 16 with a southbound side frontage road and U.S. 11 paralleling on the north side. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Drivers continue another four miles to LaFayette (Exit 15) and 63 miles to Binghamton from the Onondaga Indian Reservation. Photos taken 05/09/05.
A truck climbing lane expands Interstate 81 south to three overall lanes over Thomas Hill. The freeway exits the reservation and enters the town of LaFayette. U.S. 11 continues in close proximity to the east. Photos taken 05/09/05.
A partial-cloverleaf interchange (Exit 15) joins Interstate 81 south with U.S. 20 at the LaFayette town center. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Drivers bound for U.S. 20 leave Interstate 81 south at Exit 15. U.S. 20 intersects U.S. 11 nearby on the drive to Collingwood and Pompey. Westbound U.S. 20 continues to New York 11A at Cardiff, Skaneateles, and Auburn. U.S. 20 is the third longest route in the state, tallying 372.33 miles between Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Photo taken 05/09/05.
A shorter truck climbing lane stems from the U.S. 20 on-ramp along Interstate 81's ascent from central LaFayette. Tully is a five mile drive south. Photos taken 05/09/05.
Weigh stations (inspection stations) line both sides of Interstate 81 at the LaFayette and Tully town lines beyond milepost 71. Photos taken 05/09/05.
Continuing south from the inspection station along the hill east of Tulley Valley. Photos taken 05/09/05.
Drawing to within one mile of the modified-diamond interchange for New York 80 at Tulley Center. New York 80 begins in Syracuse and heads south to South Onondaga, Otisco, and the village of Tulley east of Interstate 81 and junction U.S. 11 / New York 281 south. The state route comprises 127.22 miles to its terminus at New York 5 in Nelliston. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Exit 14 carries drivers from Interstate 81 south onto parallel New York 11A before it ends at junction New York 80. Lake Road (Onondaga County 134) continues south from New York 11A and 80 to Green Lake and the return ramp to Interstate 81. Meanwhile New York 80 continues east to a 0.61-mile overlap with U.S. 11 along Elm Street in Tully and New York 281 begins and heads south to Preble parallel to Interstate 81. Photo taken 05/09/05.
A short distance south of Tulley Center is the Interstate 81 crossing into Cortland County. Tully Lake lies nearby at Assembly Park. Photos taken 05/09/05.

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Page Updated August 25, 2009.