Interstate 481 South

05/09/05 photos taken by Alex Nitzman.

Interstate 481 South
The first exit of Interstate 481 south is the Exit 8 parclo interchange with Northern Boulevard in Cicero. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Interstate 481's first southbound shield, posted after the Thompson Road (Onondaga County 13) underpass. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Northern Boulevard heads south from Interstate 481 to Hancock Field Air National Guard Base (via Taft Road west) and New York 298 (Collamer Road) in DeWitt. Northward the arterial merges with Thompson Road to suburban areas at New York 31. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Curving southeast, Interstate 481 travels two miles to New York 298, three miles to Interstate 90, and seven miles to the DeWitt town center. Photo taken 05/09/05.
New York 298 begins in Bridgeport (New York 31) and travels southwest to Schepps Corners and a folded-diamond interchange with Interstate 481 (Exit 7). Photo taken 05/09/05.
Southbound at the Exit 7 off-ramp to New York 298 (Collamer Road). New York 298 continues west through Collamer to the industrial center of DeWitt and New York 635 (Thompson Road). Overall the highway travels 14.05 miles between Bridgeport and Interstate 690 (Exit 14) in Syracuse. Photo taken 05/09/05.
A short distance south of Exit 7 is the Exit 6 trumpet interchange to the New York Thruway (Exit 34A). Photo taken 05/09/05.

A rare state-named shield for Interstate 481 posted ahead of the Interstate 90 on-ramp from Exit 6. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Interstate 90 travels west from Interstate 481 to Interstate 81 at Salina, Liverpool, and Interstate 690 at Van Buren. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Southbound at the loop ramp to the New York Thruway. Interstate 90 follows the toll road west to Rochester and Buffalo and east to Utica and Albany. Photo taken 05/09/05.
One mile north of the Exit 5W/E full-cloverleaf interchange with Kirkville Road on Interstate 481 south. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Interests to the New York State Fairgrounds are directed onto Interstate 690 west from Interstate 481 south. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Exit 5W leaves Interstate 481 south for Kirkville Road west to Franklin Park and New York 635 (Thompson Road) via Exeter Street. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Kirkville Road east continues into the town of Manlius, ending at North Kirkville Road. Kirkville Road east to Main Street south connects drivers with Minoa and New York 290 near Green Lakes State Park. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Interstate 481 south at the Exit 5E loop ramp to Kirkville Road, one mile north of the directional cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 690's westbound beginning (Exit 4). Several ramps at Interstate 690 were built and never opened due to cancelled plans to extend the freeway east toward Fayetteville.1 Photo taken 05/09/05.
A long viaduct carries Interstate 481 over a CSX Railroad yard on the 0.75-mile approach to Interstate 690. Interstate 690 heads west five miles to Interstate 81 at downtown Syracuse and overall 14.19 miles to Interstate 90 at Van Buren. Photos taken 05/09/05.
Exit 4 parts ways with Interstate 481 south after the New York 290 (Manlius Center Road) underpass. New York 290 turns northwest on Bridge Street at East Syracuse, north of the Bridge Street interchange with Interstate 690 (Exit 17). Photo taken 05/09/05.
Interstate 690 travelers depart Interstate 481 south. The east-west freeway also serves the communities of Westvale and Solvay as it treks towards Onondaga Lake west of downtown. New York 690 continues the freeway to Baldwinsville and Lysander. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Continuing south on Interstate 481, Towpath Road comes into view along the southbound side of the freeway. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Passing under Kinne Road on the one-half mile approach to New York 5 & 92 (Exits 3W/E). Photo taken 05/09/05.
Exit 3W carries southbound motorists onto New York 5 & 92 ahead of their split at Erie Boulevard. New York 5 follows Erie Boulevard north to Shoppingtown Mall and the DeWitt town center and west to downtown via a path parallel to Interstate 690. Photo taken 05/09/05.
New York 92 continues along East Genesee Street through eastern Syracuse toward Syracuse University and its western terminus at U.S. 11. Photo taken 05/09/05.
New York 5 & 92 share 1.13 miles over pavement east from Erie Boulevard to their split at Lyndon. New York 92 (Highbridge Road) continues southeast from there into Manlius and seven miles beyond the village to Cazenovia. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Exit 5E joins Interstate 481 with Fayetteville via New York 5 (Genesee Street) east. New York 5 continues from there eight miles to Chittenango. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Interstate 481 turns southwest parallel to Butternut Creek between suburban areas along Maple Drive and Jamesville Road. Photo taken 05/09/05.
The freeway reduces from five to for lanes on the approach to Exit 2. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Jamesville Road heads south from New York 92 (East Genesee Street) to cross paths with Interstate 481 at the Exit 2 diamond interchange. Exit 2 serves Jamesville Beach County Park (via New York 173 west) and Clark Reservation State Park (via New York 91 south). Photo taken 05/09/05.
Interstate 481 turns westward at the Exit 2 ramp departure to Jamesville Road. Jamesville Road continues south to North Street nearby; North Street (Onondaga County 6) meanders south from there to New York 173 (Seneca Turnpike) at Jamesville. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Interstate 481 enters Rams Gulch north of Clark Reservation State Park. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Entering the final two miles of Interstate 481 south. Photo taken 05/09/05.
A CSX Railroad passes under Interstate 481 from Jamesville and parallels the freeway west to its terminus at Interstate 81. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Brighton Avenue stems north from New York 173 in south Syracuse to meet Interstate 481 at Exit 1. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Approaching Exit 1 for Brighton Avenue along Interstate 481 south. The graphical overhead shows the configuration of the final three off-ramps of Interstate 481. Photo taken 05/09/05.
A tri-level stack interchange facilitates the movements to Interstate 81 west of the parclo with Brighton Avenue. Brighton Avenue parallels Interstate 81 north to U.S. 11 (Salina Street). Photo taken 05/09/05.
Nearing the Exit 1 off-ramp to Brighton Avenue. Brighton Avenue south merges with New York 173 (East Seneca Turnpike) east ahead of Lafayette Road and the town of Onondaga. New York 173 constitutes an east-west route between Fairmount, Onondaga, south Syracuse, and Jamesville. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Interstate 481 splits with Exit 1 and prepares to partition into lanes for Interstate 81 north to Syracuse and Interstate 81 south to Cortland and Binghamton. Photo taken 05/09/05.
Nearing the Brighton Avenue overpass, the freeway ends ahead at the split between north and south Interstate 81. Interstate 81 southbound departs Syracuse for the Onondaga Indian Reservation and village of LaFayette. Northbound enters the southern reaches of Syracuse and the community of Skytop. Photo taken 05/09/05.
An on-ramp from Brighton Avenue joins Interstate 81 northbound as the southbound ramp ascends a high flyover. The southbound Interstate 481 end shield resides on the northbound connection to Interstate 81. Photos taken 05/09/05.
Interstate 481's on-ramp expands Interstate 81 north to four overall lanes through to Exit 17 (Calthrop Avenue). Calthrop Avenue connects Interstate 81 with parallel U.S. 11 (South Salina Street) five blocks south of its intersection with Brighton Avenue. Photo taken 05/09/05.


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