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New York State Thruway

Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway
Map of New York with the Thruway mainline in red; other components of the Thruway system are in blue
Route information
Maintained by NYSTA
Length496.00 mi[1] (798.23 km)
Mainline only
ExistedJune 24, 1954 (June 24, 1954)[2]–present
RestrictionsNo explosives (including in cargo) between exits 9 and 11
No commercial vehicles allowed on the Garden State Parkway Connector
Major junctions
South end I-87 at the BronxYonkers city line
Major intersections
West end I-90 at the New York–Pennsylvania state line in Ripley
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountiesWestchester, Rockland, Orange, Ulster, Greene, Albany, Schenectady, Montgomery, Herkimer, Oneida, Madison, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, Ontario, Monroe, Genesee, Erie, Chautauqua
Highway system

The New York State Thruway (officially the Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway and colloquially "the Thruway") is a system of controlled-access highways spanning 569.83 miles (917.05 km) within the U.S. state of New York. It is operated by the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA), a New York State public-benefit corporation. The 496.00-mile (798.23 km) mainline is a toll road that extends from the New York City line at Yonkers to the Pennsylvania state line at Ripley by way of I-87 and I-90 through Albany, Syracuse, and Buffalo. According to the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, the Thruway is the fifth-busiest toll road in the United States.[3] The toll road is also a major route for long distance travelers linking the cities of Toronto and Buffalo with Boston and New York City.

A tolled highway connecting the major cities of New York was first proposed in 1949. The first section of the Thruway, between Utica and Rochester, opened on June 24, 1954. The remainder of the mainline was opened in 1955, and many of its spurs connecting to highways in other states and the Canadian province of Ontario were built in the 1950s. In 1957, much of the Thruway system was included as portions of Interstate 87 (I-87), I-90, and I-95. Other segments became part of I-190 and I-287 shortly afterward. Today, the system comprises six highways: the New York–Ripley mainline, the Berkshire Connector, the Garden State Parkway Connector, the New England Thruway (I-95), the Niagara Thruway (I-190), and the Cross-Westchester Expressway (I-287). The portion of I-84 in New York was maintained by the Thruway Authority from 1991 to 2010, but it was never part of the Thruway system and is currently maintained by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).

The Thruway formerly utilized a combination of closed (ticket-based), and open (barrier-based) tolling. From 2016 to 2018, all flat-rate barriers on the Thruway system transitioned to open road tolling, which replaced cash payment with an all-electronic tolling system using E-ZPass and toll by mail. On November 13, 2020, both ticket systems on the Thruway were converted to open road tolling. The Garden State Parkway Connector, the Cross-Westchester Expressway and the section of the mainline in and around Buffalo are toll-free. Motorists with E-ZPasses receive a greater discount on the toll-by-mail rate than out-of-state E-ZPass members do.[4] The Thruway is partly subsidized by the tolls, whereas other parts are subsidized by NYSDOT, a 50/50 for the toll-free areas, and cashless/tolled areas.

Route description

View north along the thruway in Ramapo

The New York State Thruway system is a collection of six individual components across the state of New York that connect the state to four neighboring states (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) as well as the Canadian province of Ontario. Together, the highways extend for 569.83 miles (917.05 km),[1] making the Thruway system one of the largest toll highway systems in the United States.[5] The longest of the six components is the 496-mile (798 km) mainline. Of the 570 miles in the Thruway system, 560.85 miles (902.60 km) (98.4%) carries at least one Interstate Highway designation.[1] Only three sections of the system are not part of the Interstate Highway System; these are the Garden State Parkway Connector in Rockland County, a 6-mile (10 km) portion of the Berkshire Connector between its western terminus at exit 21A on the mainline near Selkirk and where it joins up with Interstate 90 at exit B1 near Castleton-on-Hudson, and a short section of the mainline within exit 24 in Albany that is located between where I-87 departs the roadway and I-90 enters it. They are designated as New York State Route 982L (NY 982L), NY 912M, and NY 915H, respectively, all unsigned reference routes.[6] The speed limit, enforced by the New York State Police, is 65 mph (105 km/h) along most of the Thruway. The main exceptions to this are in the densely-populated northern suburbs of New York City in Westchester and Rockland counties, and the suburbs and city of Buffalo. There, the speed limit is 55 mph (89 km/h).[7]

I-90, which comprises the bulk of the mainline and the Berkshire Connector, runs for 365.55 miles (588.30 km) along the Thruway: 17.70 miles (28.49 km) as part of the Berkshire Connector and 347.85 miles (559.81 km) on the mainline. I-87 comprises the remaining 148.15 miles (238.42 km) of the mainline, including an 18.86-mile (30.35 km) concurrency with I-287 north of New York City. I-287 covers another 29.76 miles (47.89 km) (including the 18.86 miles (30.35 km) shared with I-87), while I-190 spans 21.24 miles (34.18 km) and I-95 covers 15.01 miles (24.16 km).[1]

All highways maintained by the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) lack the reference markers that exist on all New York State Department of Transportation-maintained roads, as would be expected. In their place, NYSTA-controlled roadways use small, square tenth-mile markers with a white background and blue numbering.[8] These markers differ from the white-on-green reference markers used by NYSDOT on state-maintained highways, which are 10 inches (254 mm) high and 8 inches (203 mm) wide and display a limited amount of mileage information on their third row.[9]


South of Albany

The mainline of the Thruway begins, both in terms of exit numbers and mileposts, at the boundary between the New York City borough of the Bronx and the Westchester County city of Yonkers.[1] Here, I-87 changes from the Major Deegan Expressway to the Thruway as the mainline proceeds northward through Yonkers and southern Westchester County. It connects with Central Park Avenue (NY 100) at exit 1, the first of 12 exits within the county. The first few exits serve various local streets, with exit 2 providing access to Yonkers Raceway and exit 3 serving the Cross County Shopping Center. At exit 4, I-87 connects to the Cross County Parkway, an east-west parkway providing access to the Saw Mill River, Bronx River, and Hutchinson River parkways, all of which run parallel to the Thruway through Yonkers. The Hutchinson River and Bronx River parkways leave to the northeast midway through Yonkers, while the Saw Mill and Sprain Brook parkways follow the Thruway out of the city. Exit 5 connects to Central Park Avenue which connects towards White Plains. After that, exit 6 connects to Tuckahoe Road, connecting towards Yonkers and Bronxville. The last free exit heading northbound is at Ridge Hill Boulevard and Stew Leonard Drive (exit 6A). Travel farther north from there requires a toll payment at the Yonkers toll gantry.

Tappan Zee Bridge (I-87 and I-287)

After the toll, the thruway continues to exit 7, which grants access to Ardsley and Saw Mill River Road. All three highways take generally parallel tracks to Elmsford, where I-87 directly intersects the Saw Mill River Parkway at exit 7A. Not far to the north is exit 8, a semi-directional T interchange with I-287 (the Cross-Westchester Expressway). I-287 joins the Thruway here, following I-87 west across the Hudson River into Rockland County on the Tappan Zee Bridge. I-87 and I-287 remain overlapped for 15 miles (24 km) through the densely-populated southern portion of Rockland County, meeting the Palisades Interstate Parkway (exit 13) and the Garden State Parkway Connector, the latter of which provides access to the Garden State Parkway (exit 14A) in New Jersey. The Thruway continues generally westward to Suffern, where I-87 and I-287 split at a large semi-directional T interchange (exit 15) near the New Jersey border. At this point, I-287 heads south into New Jersey while I-87 and the Thruway turn northward into the valley of the Ramapo River. NY 17 northbound briefly joins the Thruway at the interchange with I-287 in Suffern, and leaves the Thruway a half-mile north at exit 15A in Hillburn.

The Thruway continues north through the river valley toward Harriman, where it encounters the Woodbury toll barrier, the southeastern end of the mainline's major closed ticket system. The barrier is located on the mainline within exit 16 (NY 17), a trumpet interchange. Along with the mainline barrier in Harriman, an electronic toll plaza exists on the exit 16 ramp midway between the Thruway and NY 17 exit 131 (NY 32). Now a completely tolled highway, the Thruway heads northward, roughly paralleling the Hudson River to the river's west as it serves the city of Newburgh, the village of New Paltz, and the city of Kingston, indirectly connecting to the short I-587 in the latter.

Past Kingston, the highway runs closer to the river as it parallels U.S. Route 9W (US 9W) through the towns of Saugerties, Catskill, Coxsackie, and Ravena. Just north of Ravena, the Thruway meets the west end of the Berkshire Connector, a spur linking the Thruway mainline to the Massachusetts Turnpike 25 miles (40 km) to the east. The highway continues into Albany, where it connects to Troy via I-787 at exit 23 and intersects I-90 at exit 24. The latter of the two junctions is the busiest of the Thruway's exits, serving an estimated 27 million vehicles a year.[10] I-87 leaves the Thruway mainline here, and the Thruway briefly becomes the unsigned reference route NY 915H, before I-90 merges into it, following the Thruway northwestward toward Schenectady.

Albany to Syracuse

The New York State Thruway (I-87) looking east from Nordkop Mountain in Suffern

South of Schenectady, but still in Albany County, the Thruway and I-90 meet I-890, a loop route of I-90 that directly serves the downtown district of Schenectady, at exit 25. The Thruway, meanwhile, bypasses the city to the south and west, intersecting I-88 at exit 25A in Rotterdam before reuniting with I-890 at exit 26 west of Scotia. Travel between I-88 (Exit 25A) and exits 24, 25 and 26 in either direction is toll-free.[11] From exit 26 west to Utica, the mainline of the Thruway parallels the Erie Canal and the Mohawk River, crossing over the water-bodies at Mohawk. In between Schenectady and Utica, I-90 and the Thruway serve several riverside communities, including the cities of Amsterdam (exit 27 via NY 30) and Little Falls (exit 29A, NY 169) and the villages of Fonda (exit 28, NY 30A), Canajoharie (exit 29, NY 5S and NY 10), and Herkimer (exit 30, NY 28).

Like Schenectady before it, the Thruway bypasses downtown Utica, following an alignment north of the city while I-790 serves it directly. I-790 breaks from the Thruway at exit 31 and runs along two carriageways flanking the mainline on both sides for 1.5 miles (2.4 km) before turning southward onto the North-South Arterial. The adjacent highways become NY 49, which parallels the Thruway for another 2 miles (3.2 km) northwestward. At the end of this stretch, the Thruway turns slightly southwestward, crossing over the Mohawk River and the Erie Canal while NY 49 continues northwestward along the northern bank of the water-bodies toward Rome. On the other side of the river, the Thruway curves back to the west, proceeding to exit 32 in Westmoreland.

New York State Thruway (I-90) eastbound past NY 298 in East Syracuse

Not far to the west, the Thruway has a junction with NY 365 at exit 33 in Verona. Here, the Thruway connects to the cities of Rome and Oneida and serves the Turning Stone Resort & Casino via NY 365. The highway continues onward through a sparsely-populated area between Verona and Syracuse, passing roughly 5 miles (8 km) south of Oneida Lake as it connects to the village of Canastota by way of NY 13 at exit 34. As the highway approaches exit 34A (I-481) outside of Syracuse, the surroundings become more developed. The level of development rises sharply west of I-481 as the Thruway enters Salina, a northern suburb of Syracuse. Within Salina, I-90 and the Thruway intersect I-81, which connects the Thruway to both downtown Syracuse and Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

Syracuse to Buffalo

West of Salina, the Thruway passes north of Liverpool and Onondaga Lake before intersecting I-690 and its northern continuation, NY 690, at exit 39 in Van Buren. At this point, the amount of development along the Thruway sharply declines as it heads generally westward through a marshy area of Onondaga County. I-90 and the Thruway reconnect to the Erie Canal (here part of the Seneca River) at the western county line. Now in Cayuga County, the highway serves Weedsport via exit 40 and NY 34, exit 41 serving Del Lago Resort and Casino in Tyre, New York and passes north of Port Byron prior to entering Seneca County and the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Here, the canal leaves the Thruway for good, turning northwestward to follow the NY 31 corridor to Rochester and beyond.

Advance signage for exit 45 (I-490)

The portion of the Thruway between Montezuma and the Rochester area is one of mostly rural nature, with the highway passing through remote, open fields, and for the most part avoiding highly populated areas. Along this stretch, it connects to two cities, both located well to the south of the Thruway: Geneva by way of exit 42 for NY 14 and Canandaigua by way of exit 43 via NY 21. The next exit along the highway, exit 44 for NY 332, also serves Canandaigua; the junction is the primary exit for Canandaigua-bound travelers from the Rochester area. Here, the Thruway temporarily widens from four to six lanes as it continues generally westward to meet I-490 at exit 45 near Victor. As in the vicinity of Schenectady and Utica, an auxiliary route of I-90—here I-490—directly serves a city (Rochester) while the Thruway bypasses it.

It heads northwestward through the city's southern, mostly rural suburbs to Henrietta, where it meets I-390 at exit 46. Henrietta is as close as the Thruway gets to downtown as it proceeds west to Le Roy, where I-490 reconnects to I-90 at exit 47. I-90 continues onward into Genesee County, intersecting with NY 98 at exit 48 north of Batavia and NY 77 at exit 48A in Pembroke. The latter exit provides access to Six Flags Darien Lake, a large amusement park located in the town of Darien. I-90 and the Thruway continue into Erie County and the Buffalo area. It meets NY 78 at exit 49 near Depew before passing through the Williamsville toll barrier, the northwestern end of the major closed ticket system.

West of Buffalo

NYS Thruway near Silver Creek

Just west of the toll barrier, I-90 and the Thruway—now toll-free—connect to I-290 via exit 50, a semi-directional T interchange. At this point, the Thruway turns southward, passing through the immediate eastern suburbs of Buffalo. As it heads south, it meets the Kensington Expressway (NY 33) at exit 51 and Walden Avenue at exit 52, both cloverleaf interchanges. At exit 52, it passes to the west of the Walden Galleria, a shopping mall situated at the nearby junction of Walden Avenue and NY 277. Two exits later in southern Cheektowaga, I-90 meets I-190, a spur route leading to downtown Buffalo and Niagara Falls, at exit 53.

South of the city, the Thruway meets the Aurora Expressway (NY 400) and the Southern Expressway (US 219) at exits 54 and 55, respectively, in West Seneca. Just southwest of exit 55, I-90 and the Thruway pass through the Lackawanna toll barrier, which serves as the northeast end of the minor closed ticket system. Once again a toll road, the Thruway heads southwestward, roughly paralleling the shoreline of Lake Erie to Blasdell, where it connects to NY 179 (the Milestrip Expressway). Farther southwestward, the Thruway is joined by US 20, which follows a parallel routing to that of the Thruway to the Pennsylvania state line.

As the route passes from Erie County to Chautauqua County, the last on its routing, it cuts through the northwestern portion of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, situated on Cattaraugus Creek. The Thruway continues alongside US 20 past Dunkirk and Westfield to the Ripley toll barrier, the southwestern end of the minor closed ticket system just northeast of exit 61 for Shortman Road. Travelers heading eastbound from Pennsylvania can access Shortman Road toll-free. The Thruway ends about 1 mile (1.6 km) after exit 61 at the Pennsylvania state line. I-90, however, continues onward into Pennsylvania as a toll-free highway.

Berkshire Connector

The Berkshire Connector is a 24.28-mile (39.07 km) east–west spur connecting the Thruway mainline in Coeymans to the Massachusetts Turnpike at the Massachusetts state line in Canaan.[1] It is tolled as part of the closed ticket system in place on the mainline between exits 16 and 50. The highway begins at exit 21A off the Thruway southwest of Selkirk in the town of Coeymans (south of Albany) as NY 912M, an unsigned reference route.[6] It proceeds eastward over the Hudson River and into Rensselaer County by way of the Castleton-on-Hudson Bridge. It navigates through the southern, rural portion of the county to exit B1 in Schodack, where the connector meets I-90. The unsigned NY 912M designation terminates here while I-90 joins the Berkshire Connector and follows the spur east into Columbia County.[6]

While the Rensselaer County segment follows a mostly east–west routing, the Berkshire Connector in Columbia County takes on a northwest-southeast alignment as the roadway heads towards exit B2 in East Chatham. The junction serves as the northern terminus of the Taconic State Parkway, which connects the spur to the New York City area. About 2 miles (3.2 km) to the southeast is the Canaan toll barrier, which marks the end of the Thruway ticket system. The last exit on the Berkshire Connector is exit B3 for NY 22 just west of the Massachusetts state line in Canaan. The spur continues east to the state line, where it becomes the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Garden State Parkway Connector

The Garden State Parkway Connector is a 2.40-mile (3.86 km) highway that connects the Thruway mainline at exit 14A in Ramapo with the Garden State Parkway at the New Jersey state line.[1] It is designated as NY 982L, an unsigned reference route.[6] The highway begins, in terms of mileposts, at Thruway (I-87 and I-287) exit 14A in Ramapo and heads generally southwestward as a toll-free highway toward the state line. Just north of the state line, the southbound connector meets Red Schoolhouse Road (County Route 41 or CR 41) at a partial diamond interchange. All southbound commercial traffic is forced to exit here, as the Garden State Parkway prohibits commercial traffic north of exit 105. Thus, the final 0.31 miles (0.50 km) of the road south of the Red Schoolhouse Road exit is the only part of the Thruway system that prohibits commercial vehicles.[1][12] The connector continues to the state line, where it becomes the tolled Garden State Parkway.

Other components

The New York State Thruway system also consists of three other components: the New England Thruway, the Cross-Westchester Expressway, and the Niagara Thruway. The New England Thruway (NET) is a 15.01-mile (24.16 km) section of Interstate 95 under the operation and maintenance of the New York State Thruway Authority. It begins at the Pelham Parkway interchange (exit 8) in the Co-op City section of the Bronx and continues northeastward into Westchester County to the Connecticut state line, where it connects to the Connecticut Turnpike. The Cross-Westchester Expressway, part of I-287, begins at I-87 exit 8 in Elmsford, where I-287 splits from the Thruway mainline, and travels east across Westchester County to I-95, with connections to both the New England Thruway and the Connecticut Turnpike at exit 12 in Rye. The Niagara Thruway comprises the first 21.24 miles (34.18 km) of I-190 from I-90 in Buffalo to NY 384 in Niagara Falls.[1]


Origins and construction

New York State Thruway (I-87) northbound in Ulster

A toll superhighway connecting the major cities of the state of New York that would become part of a larger nationwide highway network was proposed as early as 1949. The following year, the New York State Legislature passed the Thruway Authority Act creating the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA), an independent public corporation, which would build and manage the Thruway. The project was to be financed through toll revenue bonds and self-liquidating by receipt of tolls, rents, concessions, and other income. The act also stipulated NYSTA adopt a hybrid system of tolls, with barrier tolls collected in urban areas, and long-distance tickets issued in rural areas.[13]

The first section of Thruway, a five-mile stretch from an extended NY 332 west to a cloverleaf interchange at NY 96, was opened on October 11, 1949 by governor Thomas Dewey.[14] This was included in a 115-mile stretch from Lowell to West Henrietta that opened on June 24, 1954, the first major opening of the highway. Earlier, a section from NY 5 in Amherst south to Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga opened on October 29, 1951,[15] which was extended south to Dingens Street and Harlem Road, the highway's original terminus, on December 7, 1953.[16] Other sections of the 426-mile (686 km) mainline between Buffalo and the Bronx were completed and opened throughout 1954 and 1955.[17] The last segment, from Yonkers south to the Bronx, was completed on August 31, 1956. The total cost was $600 million (equivalent to $5.15 billion in 2023), financed by the sale of $972 million in bonds (equivalent to $8.35 billion in 2023).[13][18] At the time, it was the longest toll road in the world. In 1957, the mainline was extended 70 miles (113 km) west from Buffalo along Lake Erie to the Pennsylvania state line, first west of Silver Creek on August 21,[19] and east on December 14.[20]

From 1957 to 1960, several spurs of the road were built to connect the road to turnpikes in adjacent states. These include the Berkshire Connector (opened east of US 9 on October 8, 1958,[21] and to the Thruway on May 26, 1959), which connects to the Massachusetts Turnpike, the New England Thruway (October 31, 1958) and Cross Westchester Expressway (December 1, 1960), which both connect to the Connecticut Turnpike, and the Niagara Thruway (July 30, 1959), which connects to Canada's Queen Elizabeth Way via a border crossing near Niagara Falls.[13] The Thruway also directly connects to New Jersey's tolled Garden State Parkway, which eventually connects to the New Jersey Turnpike, which is part of a toll road system linking New York City and Chicago that also uses tolled highways in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana.

On August 14, 1957, the segment of the mainline between the Pennsylvania border and the Adirondack Northway in Albany became part of I-90 while the portions from the Northway south to Newburgh and from Elmsford south to the New York City line were included in I-87. Between Elmsford and Newburgh, I-87 followed I-287, what is now I-684, and I-84. Upon its completion, the Berkshire Connector east of US 9 also became part of I-90, creating a gap in the I-90 designation around Albany until the completion of the 20-mile-long (32 km) Albany-Schodack Freeway in the early 1970s, which is not part of the Thruway system. The entirety of the New England Thruway became part of I-95 upon completion while the Niagara Thruway became I-90N in 1957 when it was built through downtown Buffalo, and later I-190 in 1959 upon completion.[22][23] The Elmsford–Suffern section of the mainline was designated as part of I-287 upon completion of the Cross Westchester Expressway (also I-287) in 1960.[23] The last section of the mainline to receive a designation—from Suffern to Newburgh—finally received one on January 1, 1970, when I-87 was realigned to follow the Thruway for its entire length south of Albany and the former portion of I-87 between White Plains and Brewster became I-684.[24]

The highway was distinctive in that original signage utilized dark blue backgrounds, the same color blue as displayed on the New York state flag. Over time, these signs were replaced with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)-approved green backgrounds.[13]

Tappan Zee Bridge replacement

Original Tappan Zee Bridge

The original Tappan Zee Bridge, carrying the concurrency of the New York State Thruway, I-87, and I-287, was a cantilever bridge built during 1952–55. The bridge was three miles (4.8 km) long and spanned the Hudson at its second-widest point. Before its replacement in 2017, the deteriorating structure carried an average of 138,000 vehicles per day, substantially more traffic than its design capacity. During its first decade, the bridge carried fewer than 40,000 vehicles per day. Part of the justification for replacing the bridge stems from its construction immediately following the Korean War on a low budget of only $81 million. Unlike other major bridges in metropolitan New York, the Tappan Zee was designed only to last 50 years.[25] The Federal Highway Administration issued a report in October 2011 designating the Tappan Zee's replacement to be a dual-span twin bridge.[26]

Construction officially began in October 2013,[27][28] with the new spans being built to the north of the existing bridge. The new bridge connects to the existing highway approaches of I-87 and I-287 on both river banks.[26] The northbound/westbound span opened on August 25, 2017.[29][30] Southbound/eastbound traffic remained on the old bridge until October 6, 2017. At that point, southbound/eastbound traffic shifted to the westbound span of the new bridge and the old bridge closed.[31][32] The bridge's eastbound span opened to traffic on September 11, 2018.[33][34] Upon completion, the new Tappan Zee Bridge became one of the longest cable-stayed spans in the nation.[35]

Interstate 84

Except for the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge that is owned and maintained by the New York State Bridge Authority (NYSBA), Interstate 84 was a toll-free component of the New York State Thruway System from 1991 to 2010. Prior to 1991, I-84 was constructed and maintained by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). In 2010, maintenance responsibilities of I-84 reverted to NYSDOT as part of a deal to permanently de-toll I-190 between Buffalo and Niagara Falls (the Buffalo toll plaza has been removed, but tolls for two Grand Island bridges along I-190 remain).

Other developments

In the late 1970s, NYSTA experimented with all-metric signage in the Syracuse area, such as these signs at exit 35.

In 1964, the New York State Legislature officially renamed the Thruway in honor of Thomas E. Dewey, the Governor of New York at the time of the Thruway's opening. The official designation is, however, rarely used in reference to the road.[36]

The Schoharie Creek Bridge was a Thruway bridge over the Schoharie Creek near Fort Hunter and the Mohawk River. On April 5, 1987, it collapsed due to bridge scour at the foundations after a record rainfall. At the time of the collapse, one car and one tractor-semitrailer were on the bridge. Before the road could be blocked off, three more cars drove into the gap. The collapse killed ten people.[37][38] The replacement bridge was completed and fully open to traffic on May 21, 1988.[39]

In August 1993, NYSTA became the first agency to implement the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system.[13] By December 1996, it was implemented at all of the Thruway's fixed-toll barriers and at exits along the Berkshire Connector and the New York City–Buffalo section of the mainline.[40] E-ZPass was installed at all of the mainline exits by March 1998.[41] On May 14, 2010, a new E-ZPass configuration, consisting of two highway speed E-ZPass lanes in each direction, became operational at the Woodbury toll plaza, with concrete barriers separating the faster traffic from the staffed toll lanes necessary for vehicles not equipped for E-ZPass.[42]

In 1999, NYSDOT, the Federal Highway Administration and NYSTA discussed making the entire Berkshire Connector part of I-90 and redesignating the non-toll part of I-90 from Thruway exit 24 to exit B1 as I-88. The Thruway main line would be designated as both I-90 and I-88 between exits 25A and 24, and as I-90 and I-87 from exit 24 to exit 21A. This was never implemented, as the FHWA wished to preserve the I-88 numbering for a potential future corridor connecting Albany and northern interior New England.[43]

When I-84 was built through the Newburgh area in the early 1960s,[44][45] no interchange was built between I-84 and the Thruway. Instead, the connection was made via a short segment of NY 300, which both I-84 and I-87 meet via interchanges.[46] Construction on a direct connection between the Thruway mainline and I-84 began in August 2003.[47] The portion of the exit carrying traffic from I-84 to the Thruway was opened in July 2009. The opposite direction was opened two months later on September 23.[48] The connection allows cars to travel between I-87, I-84 and NY 300 via splits in the ramp.[49]

In late 2018, ramp meters were installed on all entrance ramps to the Thruway mainline in Westchester County (exits 1-9) and at all entrances to the entire Cross-Westchester Expressway.[50] Ramp meters were activated at exits 11, 12, and 13 in October 2020.[51]

In October 2020, it was announced that the transition to cashless tolls would go into effect the following month, which would eliminate all toll booths and their operators.[52] On November 12, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the entire Thruway would transition to cashless tolling.[53] Tolls on the entire Thruway became completely cashless two days later.[54][55] The cashless tolling project cost $355 million.[56]


All of I-90 within New York is designated as the "AMVETS Memorial Highway", as indicated by this sign at the Port Byron service area.[6]

There are 27 service areas along the Thruway, all on the New York–Ripley mainline. The service areas, called "travel plazas" by the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA), are spaced roughly 30 miles (48 km) apart and are open at all hours of the day.[57] Two plazas—the New Baltimore plaza at milepost 127 and the Angola plaza at milepost 447—are accessible from both directions of the Thruway; the remainder are accessible from only one direction (although the Sloatsburg and Ramapo service plazas at milepost 33 were connected via a pedestrian bridge until 2021). Each plaza features a gas station and a variety of restaurants, at least one of which is open 24 hours.[58] Free Wi-Fi service was added to all 27 service areas on March 1, 2007.[59]

NYSTA also operates the Thruway Authority Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) system, a network of radio stations across the state that broadcast information on traffic conditions along the Thruway. The system broadcasts at 1610 AM in the Rochester, Albany, Kingston, and Newburgh areas, 1620 AM in the Finger Lakes and Syracuse areas, 1630 AM near Buffalo, and 530 AM in the New York City metropolitan area. HAR is also used to broadcast Amber/Silver Alerts if one is issued.[60]

The New York Thruway Travel Plazas started a redesign and redevelopment program in the middle of 2021. This project is expected to be completed in two phases with one completed in 2023 and the other in 2025. The operators of the rest stops are Empire State Thruway Partners. They plan to include several restaurant options.[61]

Travel plazas

Name Location Direction Milepost Restaurants Services Fuel
Ardsley Hastings On Hudson Northbound 6.0 miles (9.7 km) Closed for construction Sunoco
Sloatsburg Sloatsburg Northbound 33.0 miles (53.1 km) Burger King, Dunkin', Starbucks, Travel Mart E-ZPass On-the-Go, pet comfort areas, tourism information Sunoco
Ramapo Southbound Closed for construction Sunoco
Plattekill Walkill Northbound 65.0 miles (104.6 km) Closed for construction High-speed EV charging station, Sunoco
Modena Southbound 66.0 miles (106.2 km) Applegreen C-Store E-ZPass On-the-Go, farm market (seasonal) High-speed EV charging station, Sunoco
Ulster Ruby Southbound 96.0 miles (154.5 km) Burger King, Starbucks, Travel Mart E-ZPass On-the-Go, farm market (seasonal), pet comfort areas High-speed EV charging station, Sunoco
Malden Saugerties Northbound 103.0 miles (165.8 km) Applegreen C-Store E-ZPass On-the Go, farm market (seasonal) High-speed EV charging station, Mobil
New Baltimore New Baltimore Both 127.0 miles (204.4 km) Closed for construction Mobil
Guiderland Schenectady Eastbound 159.0 miles (255.9 km) Applegreen C-Store E-ZPass On-the-Go, farm market (seasonal) Mobil
Pattersonville Amsterdam Westbound 168.0 miles (270.4 km) Roy Rogers, Starbucks, Taste NY Store, Travel Mart E-ZPass On-the-Go, farm market (seasonal), pet comfort areas Mobil
Mohawk Eastbound 172.0 miles (276.8 km) Applegreen C-Store E-ZPass On-the-Go Mobil
Iroquois Little Falls Westbound 210.0 miles (338.0 km) Burger King, Chick-fil-a, Starbucks, Applegreen C-Store Mobil
Indian Castle Eastbound Applegreen C-Store, Popeyes, Starbucks (Drive Thru) Mobil
Schuyler Schuyler Westbound 227.0 miles (365.3 km) CLOSED for Renovations E-ZPass On-the-Go Mobil
Oneida Westmoreland Eastbound 244.0 miles (392.7 km) CLOSED for Renovations Sunoco
Chittenango Canastota Westbound 266.0 miles (428.1 km) Applegreen C-Store, Chick-fil-a, Starbucks (Drive Thru) Sunoco
DeWitt Syracuse Eastbound 280.0 miles (450.6 km) Applegreen C-Store E-Zpass On-the-Go High-speed EV charging station, Sunoco
Warners Warners Westbound 292.0 miles (469.9 km) Closed for construction E-Zpass On-the-Go, farm market (seasonal) High-speed EV charging station, Mobil
Port Byron Port Byron Eastbound 310.0 miles (498.9 km) Closed for construction E-Zpass On-the-Go, farm market (seasonal) Mobil
Junius Ponds Waterloo Westbound 324.0 miles (521.4 km) Applegreen C-Store, Shake Shack, Starbucks, Taste NY Store Farm market (seasonal), Pet relief area Sunoco
Clifton Springs Clifton Springs Eastbound 337.0 miles (542.3 km) Applegreen C-Store, Auntie Anne's, Chick-fil-a, Shake Shack, Starbucks, Taste NY Store Sunoco
Seneca Victor Westbound 350.0 miles (563.3 km) Closed for construction Mobil
Scottsville Henrietta Eastbound 366.0 miles (589.0 km) Arby's, gift shop E-Zpass On-the-Go, farm market (seasonal) Mobil
Ontario Le Roy Westbound 376.0 miles (605.1 km) Applegreen C-Store E-Zpass On-the-Go, farm market (seasonal) High-speed EV charging station, Sunoco
Pembroke Pembroke Eastbound 397.0 miles (638.9 km) Closed for construction Sunoco
Clarence Clarence Westbound 412.0 miles (663.0 km) Closed for construction Sunoco
Angola Evans Both 447.0 miles (719.4 km) Subway, Applegreen C-Store E-Zpass On-the-Go, tourism information High-speed EV charging station, Sunoco


Woodbury Toll Gantry along the mainline

All components of the New York State Thruway system except for the Garden State Parkway Connector and the Cross-Westchester Expressway are tolled in some capacity. The entire Thruway has used an all-electronic, open road tolling system since November 14, 2020, with tolls being collected by E-ZPass or Tolls by Mail.[54][55] Seventy electronic toll gantries comprise the Thruway toll system.[56][62]

As of 2021, drivers with out-of-state issued E-ZPass transponders pay 15% more than drivers with transponders issued by the New York Customer Service Center. Tolls by Mail rates are 30% higher than New York E-ZPass rates.[4] Tolls by Mail drivers pay an additional fee when receiving their invoice.[63]

Component toll sections

There are three types of toll sections on the Thruway: closed-toll segments, flat-rate highway gantry segments, and flat-rate bridge/barrier gantry segments. On the closed-toll segments, a driver is electronically recorded when they enter and pay a distance-based toll upon exit. The highway gantry segments are situated between closed-toll segments and are spaced so they require a toll to travel between any pair of exits on each segment. Finally, the barrier/bridge gantries generally contain free exits on either side of the gantry.[63]

Closed-toll segments and highway gantries

A former New York State Thruway toll ticket obtained at exit 25A

Prior to the implementation of electronic tolling, the longer of the two closed-toll systems began at Woodbury and extended from NY 17 to just east of exit 50 in Williamsville. The Berkshire Connector was enclosed within this system, so traveling between the mainline and the connector via exit 21A did not involve crossing an electronic toll gantry. Under the old ticket system, the connector's exits up to the toll barrier at exit B3 were listed with the mainline exits on tickets for the major closed system. The other system encompassed the portion of the mainline between exit 55 in Lackawanna and exit 61 near the Pennsylvania state line.[64]

Similar to the old system, any travel between exits 15A and 50 and between exits 55 and 61 requires paying a toll, but a mixture of closed-toll segments and fixed-toll gantries are used. There are six closed-toll segments on the Thruway, which are numbered 1 through 6. Within each closed-toll segment, there are highway gantries on the mainline Thruway before the respective start and end of each segment, as well as on the entrance and exit ramps of all interchanges between each of these highway gantries. Cameras or E-ZPass readers record vehicles entering each segment, and a distance-based toll is calculated when vehicles leave that segment. Segments 1 through 5 cover the exits in the old closed-toll system from Woodbury to Williamsville, while segment 6 comprises the shorter system from Lackawanna to Ripley. The segments are as follows:[63]

  • Segment 1: exits 50 to 47
  • Segment 2: exits 44 to 39
  • Segment 3: exits 39 to 36
  • Segment 4: exits 34A to 25A
  • Segment 5: exits 23 to 15A and the Berkshire Connector (tolls from southbound drivers entering at exit 16 and northbound drivers leaving at exit 16 are flat-rate; see New York State Thruway § Barrier/bridge gantries)
  • Segment 6: exits 61 to 55

The eight fixed-rate segment highway gantries are all located between the closed-toll (distance-based) segments. Unlike at the closed-toll segments, a single fixed-rate toll is paid when traveling between adjacent exits, but motorists driving for longer distances pay multiple tolls. These eight toll points on the highway took the place of toll plazas at the adjacent exits, therefore these exits do not need or have their own toll gantries. There was no corresponding old toll point (barrier plaza) on the highway before November 2020, where this class of gantry now stands, since the plazas were at the exits. Also, when the plazas were at the exits, rather than being fixed-rate, there was a distance-based toll, using tickets or being electronically recorded using E-ZPass. The locations on the highway of this class of toll gantry are as follows:[63]

  • Three gantries between exits 47 and 44
  • Two gantries between exits 36 and 34A
  • Three gantries between exits 25A and 23

Standalone fixed toll gantries

This class of toll gantry on the Thruway system replaced former fixed-rate toll barrier plazas located at bridges and other locations. These particular toll points are their own class because they are not considered segments of the distance-based toll system (former ticket systems), unlike fixed-rate segment highway gantries which are situated between distance-based toll segments. These toll points were made cashless (changed from plazas to gantries) first, from 2016 to 2018, contrasted with fixed-rate segment highway gantries, which were established for tolling in November 2020, when cashless tolling went live on the ticket systems of the Thruway. Even before cashless tolling, which brought more segmentation and the other class of fixed-rate toll point, these toll points were considered standalone due to being outside the ticket systems. This class of toll gantry, and the toll barriers that existed before, are subject to conditions such as direction of travel and not being covered by the E-ZPass annual permit plan.

On the mainline Thruway, there are three flat-rate bridge/barrier gantries. The southernmost of these is in Yonkers, where there is a bi-directional gantry between exits 6A and 7. In South Nyack, there is a southbound-only toll gantry for the Tappan Zee Bridge. Lastly, there is a northbound, commercial traffic-only gantry between exits 14A and 14B near Spring Valley.[65][66] The closed-toll (originally ticket) system originally began at Spring Valley[67] but was moved to Woodbury on March 3, 1974, allowing interchanges along the Thruway in Rockland County to be free of tolls. The toll plaza at Suffern was dismantled along with this change.[68] On April 23, 2016, the southbound toll plaza at the Tappan Zee Bridge in Westchester County was closed and replaced with an southbound all-electronic toll gantry on the Rockland County side of the bridge. In late 2018, all remaining flat-rate toll barriers on the Thruway were replaced with electronic toll gantries.[69]

Approaching the Williamsville toll barrier on I-90 / Thruway westbound. This toll plaza is now removed and replaced with the electronic tolls on the Thruway

The Harriman toll gantry at exit 16 is also a barrier/bridge gantry; it is right next to the Woodbury toll gantry, which forms the southern end of closed-tolling segment 5.[63] The Harriman toll gantry is used by traffic entering the southbound Thruway from eastbound NY 17, as well as traffic on the northbound Thruway exiting to westbound NY 17. Traffic entering or continuing on the northbound Thruway, as well as traffic from the southbound Thruway that is exiting or continuing south, use the Woodbury toll gantry.[68] The ticket on the former ticketed system was identical to that given for exit 15A with the exception that the toll for exit 16 is subtracted from all of the prices.[70][71] To distinguish between exit 16 and the Woodbury toll barrier, Thruway tickets listed the NY 17 interchange as exit 16 and the Woodbury toll plaza as exit 15, although the actual exit 15 is situated almost 15 miles (24 km) to the south.[64]

The other components of the system that are tolled have far fewer tolls. On the New England Thruway (I-95), there is a fixed-rate electronic toll gantry on I-95 northbound between exits 16 and 17 in New Rochelle. Meanwhile, the only tolls along the Niagara Thruway (I-190) are those for the North and South Grand Island Bridges.[65][66]


When the Thruway opened in the mid-1950s, the cost to travel from Buffalo to New York City was $5.60 (equivalent to $50.00 in 2023). The closed ticket system, which at the time extended from Spring Valley to Williamsville, accounted for $5 of the toll, while the remaining $0.60 was charged at the Yonkers ($0.10) and Tappan Zee ($0.50) toll barriers.[67][18] After the south end of the major closed ticket system was moved from Spring Valley to Woodbury, the Spring Valley toll barrier became a fixed-rate toll for both cars and trucks.[68] The Spring Vallery barrier's car toll was removed in July 1997. At the time, the toll was $0.40 (equivalent to $1.00 in 2023).[18][72] As of August 2021, the trip from Buffalo to the New York City line costs $31.04 with toll-by-plate ($23.87 for New York E-ZPass holders) with two-axle passenger vehicles, calculated at 15 gantries and tolling sections.[73] The return trip costs $24.21 ($18.62 with New York E-ZPass) across 14 gantries and tolling sections, as the Tappan Zee Bridge gantry only charges a southbound/eastbound toll.[74]

As of August 2021, the Berkshire Connector costs $1.03 ($0.79 with New York E-ZPass) to travel between the Massachusetts state line and exit B1. Tolls west of exit B1 vary based on which direction a motorist travels on I-87.[75] The toll on the minor closed ticket system from Pennsylvania to exit 55 south of Buffalo is $3.87 ($2.97 with New York E-ZPass).[76] The Grand Island Bridges on I-190 cost $1.24 to cross ($0.95 with New York E-ZPass) while the New Rochelle toll gantry on I-95 costs $2.16 ($1.66 with New York E-ZPass).[65] The Black Rock and City Line toll barriers on the Niagara Thruway in Buffalo charged $0.75 at the time of their removal on October 30, 2006.[77]

All tolls along the Thruway were supposed to be abolished when the construction bonds used to build it had been paid off.[78] The last of the bonds was paid off in 1996; however, the tolls remained in place after the New York State Legislature transferred ownership of the New York State Canal System to NYSTA in 1992.[79]

Exit list

For exits on the Cross-Westchester Expressway, the New England Thruway, or the Niagara Thruway, see the articles on those highways.


I-87 south (Major Deegan Expressway) – New York City
Southern terminus; I-87 continues south into New York City as the toll-free Major Deegan Expressway.
0.480.771Hall Place / McLean AvenueNo northbound signage for McLean Avenue
0.921.482Yonkers Avenue – RacewayNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; other movements via exit 4
1.772.853Mile Square RoadNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; other movements via exit 4
2.183.514 Cross County ParkwayCloverleaf interchange with Central Park Avenue; exits 4N-S on Cross County Parkway
NY 100 north (Central Park Avenue) – White Plains
No southbound exit; southern terminus of NY 100
4.006.446Tuckahoe Road (CR 36) – Bronxville, YonkersSigned as exits 6E (east) and 6W (west) southbound; no control cities signed northbound
5.148.276ARidge Hill Boulevard / Stew Leonard Drive
5.478.80Yonkers Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
Greenburgh6.109.82Ardsley Service Area (northbound)
Ardsley7.5812.207 NY 9A – ArdsleyNorthbound exit and southbound entrance

Saw Mill River Parkway north to Taconic State Parkway
Northbound exit and entrance; other movements via exit 8; exit 20 on Saw Mill River Parkway

Saw Mill River Parkway south
Southbound exit only; other movements via exit 8; exit 20 on Saw Mill River Parkway

I-287 east / NY 119 / Saw Mill River Parkway north – White Plains, Rye
Southern terminus of I-287 concurrency; signed as exits 8 (I-287) and 8A (NY 119 / Saw Mill) southbound
Tarrytown12.6520.369 US 9 – Tarrytown, Sleepy HollowAccess via NY 119 northbound
Hudson River12.80–
Tappan Zee (Governor Mario M. Cuomo) Bridge
RocklandSouth Nyack14.7623.75Tappan Zee Bridge Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail, southbound only[81])
16.4926.5410 US 9W – Nyack, South NyackNo southbound exit
Nyack17.6328.3711 US 9W (NY 59 west) – Nyack, South NyackNY 59 not signed
West NyackValley Cottage line18.7630.1912 NY 303 / Palisades Center Drive – West Nyack
West NyackBardonia
Nanuet tripoint
20.9433.7013 Palisades Parkway – Bear Mountain, New JerseySigned as exit 13N (north) and exit 13S (south); exits 9E-W on Palisades Parkway
Nanuet22.8036.6914 NY 59 – Spring Valley, NanuetTo NY 45
23.0037.01 CR 35 (Pascack Road) / Old Turnpike RoadSouthbound entrance only
Chestnut Ridge23.5337.8714A
Garden State Parkway south – New Jersey
Access via Garden State Parkway Connector
24.3139.12Spring Valley Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail, northbound only)
Montebello27.6244.4514B Airmont Road (CR 89) – Airmont, Montebello, Monsey, SuffernAccess to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center; To NY 59, US 202[82]

I-287 south / Route 17 south – New Jersey
Northern terminus of I-287 concurrency; southern terminus of NY 17 concurrency
NY 17 north / NY 59 – Sloatsburg, Suffern
Northern terminus of NY 17 concurrency;
Sloatsburg33.2053.43Sloatsburg-Ramapo Service Area
OrangeWoodbury45.0072.4216 Future I-86 / US 6 / NY 17 / NY 32 / Woodbury Outlets Boulevard – Harriman, Bear Mountain, West Point, Monticello, BinghamtonHarriman Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail); NY 32 not signed
Woodbury Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
Town of Newburgh60.1096.7217 I-84 / NY 300 / NY 17K – Scranton, Newburgh, Stewart Airport, Beacon, DanburyExit 36A on I-84; To NY 52 & NY 207
Plattekill-Modena Service Area
UlsterTown of New Paltz76.01122.3318 NY 299 – Mid-Hudson Bridge, New Paltz, Poughkeepsie, Hyde ParkTo NY 55 & US 44
Ulster91.37147.0519 NY 28 – Kingston, Rhinecliff Bridge, WoodstockAlso Serves I-587 and US 209
96.30154.98Ulster Service Area (southbound)
Town of Saugerties101.25162.9520 NY 32 / NY 212 – Saugerties, WoodstockWoodstock appears only on southbound signage; NY 212 not signed
103.20166.08Malden Service Area (northbound)
GreeneTown of Catskill113.89183.2921 NY 23 – Cairo, Catskill, Hudson, Rip Van Winkle BridgeVia CR 23B
New Baltimore124.53200.4121B
US 9W to NY 81 – Coxsackie, Ravena, New Baltimore, Athens
127.30204.87New Baltimore Service Area / Capital Region Welcome Center
To I-90 / Massachusetts Turnpike – Boston
Access via Berkshire Connector; To US 9, NY 203, NY 66, NY 295, Taconic Parkway, NY 22, Route 102 & Route 41
NY 144 to NY 396 – Selkirk
139.80224.99Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
I-787 north / US 9W – Albany, Troy, Rensselaer
Southern terminus of I-787; also serves Times Union Center; To NY 32 & NY 443
Bethlehem145.60234.32Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
AlbanyGuilderland line148.15238.4224

I-87 north / I-90 east – Albany, Montreal, Albany International Airport, Boston
Signage changes from north-south to east-west; northern terminus of I-87 concurrency; eastern terminus of I-90 concurrency; also serves US 20, Crossgates Mall, & UAlbany
149.60240.76Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
Guilderland152.80245.91Guilderland Service Area (eastbound)
I-890 west / NY 7 / NY 146 – Schenectady
Eastern terminus of I-890
SchenectadyRotterdam157.80253.95Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
158.82255.6025A I-88 / NY 7 – Schenectady, BinghamtonEastern terminus of Interstate 88
161.00259.10Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
162.22261.0726 I-890 / NY 5 / NY 5S – Schenectady, ScotiaExit 1B off of I-890
MontgomeryFlorida168.20270.69Pattersonville Service Area (westbound)
171.80276.49Mohawk Service Area (eastbound)
FloridaAmsterdam line173.59279.3727 NY 30 – Amsterdam
Fultonville182.17293.1728 NY 30A – Fultonville, FondaAlso serves Fulton County Airport
Root311.40501.15Fultonville Rest Area / Mohawk Valley Welcome Center (westbound)
Town of Canajoharie194.10312.3729 NY 10 – Canajoharie, Sharon SpringsAlso Serves NY 5S & NY 80
HerkimerDanube209.90337.80Indian Castle-Iroquois Service Area
210.62338.9629A NY 169 – Little Falls, Dolgeville
Village of Herkimer219.70353.5730 NY 28 – Herkimer, Mohawk
Schuyler227.00365.32Schuyler Service Area (westbound)

I-790 / NY 8 / NY 12 to NY 49 / NY 5 – Utica, Rome
Rome only appears on westbound signage. Eastern terminus of Interstate 790
Westmoreland243.37391.6732 NY 233 – Westmoreland, RomeRome only appears on westbound signage
244.00392.68Oneida Service Area (eastbound)
Verona252.71406.7033 NY 365 – Verona, Oneida, RomeRome only appears on eastbound signage; Oneida only appears on westbound signage
MadisonCanastota261.50420.8434 NY 13 – Canastota, Chittenango, OneidaOneida only appears on eastbound signage; Chittenango only appears on westbound signage
Sullivan266.20428.41Chittenango Service Area (westbound)
OnondagaTown of Manlius276.10444.34Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
DeWitt276.58445.1134A I-481 – Syracuse, Oswego, ChittenangoExit 6 on I-481; Chittenango only appears on eastbound signage; Oswego only appears on westbound signage
277.50446.59Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
278.93448.8935 NY 298 – Syracuse, East Syracuse
279.40449.65DeWitt Service Area (eastbound)
Salina281.30452.71Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
282.93455.3336 I-81 – Watertown, Binghamton, Syracuse AirportExit 25A on I-81; To US 11
283.40456.09Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
283.79456.7237Electronics Parkway – Liverpool, SyracuseSyracuse only appears on eastbound signage; Liverpool only appears on westbound signage
285.95460.1938 CR 57 – Liverpool, Syracuse
Van Buren288.80464.78Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
289.53465.9539 I-690 / NY 690 – Syracuse, FultonExit 1 off of I-690
291.30468.80Warners Service Area (westbound)
294.60474.11Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
CayugaBrutus304.19489.5540 NY 34 – Weedsport, AuburnTo NY 31
Mentz308.30496.16Erie Canal Heritage Park (eastbound)
Montezuma310.10499.06Port Byron Service Area (eastbound)
SenecaTyre320.41515.6541 NY 414 – Waterloo, Clyde
Junius323.60520.78Junius Ponds Service Area (westbound)
OntarioTown of Phelps327.10526.4242 NY 14 – Geneva, LyonsAlso serves NY 318
Town of Manchester336.90542.19Clifton Springs Service Area (eastbound)
340.15547.4243 NY 21 – Manchester, Palmyra
340.70548.30Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
Farmington347.13558.6544 NY 332 – Canandaigua, VictorVictor only appears on westbound signage; northern terminus of NY-332
Town of Victor348.00560.05Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
349.20561.98Seneca Service Area (westbound)
350.99564.8645 I-490 – Rochester, VictorVictor only appears on eastbound signage. Eastern terminus of Interstate 490; Also serves NY 96
MonroePittsford358.10576.31Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
Henrietta362.44583.2946 I-390 – Rochester, CorningAlso serves NY 253 and NY 15. Exit 12 off of I-390
365.30587.89Scottsville Service Area (eastbound)
Chili368.80593.53Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
GeneseeTown of Le Roy375.20603.83Ontario Service Area (westbound)
378.56609.2347 I-490 / NY 19 – Le Roy, RochesterWestern terminus of Interstate 490
379.10610.10Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
Town of Batavia390.13627.8548 NY 98 – Batavia
Pembroke397.00638.91Pembroke Service Area (eastbound)
401.72646.5148A NY 77 – Pembroke, Medina
ErieTown of Lancaster411.60662.41Clarence Service Area (westbound)
CheektowagaAmherst line417.27671.5349 NY 78 – Depew, Buffalo Niagara International Airport
418.15672.95Williamsville Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
420.34676.4750 I-290 – Niagara FallsEastern terminus of Interstate 290; interchange formerly served NY 5[83]
Cheektowaga420.93677.4250ACleveland DriveEastbound exit and westbound entrance
421.57678.4551 NY 33 – Buffalo, Buffalo Niagara International AirportSigned as 51E (east) and 51W (west); interchange formerly served Maryvale Drive[83]
423.19681.0652Walden Avenue – Cheektowaga, BuffaloSigned as 52E (east) and 52W (west)
424.92683.8452AWilliam Street
426.17685.8553 I-190 – Downtown Buffalo, Canada, Niagara FallsSouthern terminus of Interstate 190
West Seneca427.94688.7054 NY 400 / NY 16 – West Seneca, East AuroraNorthern terminus of NY 400
429.47691.1655 US 219 – Ridge Road, Lackawanna, West Seneca, Orchard Park, SpringvilleEastbound entrance from and westbound exit to US 219; full access to and from Ridge Road. Northern terminus of US 219
Lackawanna431.15693.87Lackawanna Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
Town of Hamburg432.45695.9656 NY 179 (Mile Strip Road) / US 62 – Blasdell, Orchard ParkOrchard Park only appears on eastbound signage
436.22702.0357 NY 75 – Hamburg, East Aurora
Evans444.87715.9557AEden, Angola
446.60718.73Angola Service Area
ChautauquaHanover455.54733.1258 US 20 / NY 5 – Silver Creek, IrvingAccess to Lakeshore Hospital
Town of Dunkirk467.74752.7559 NY 60 – Dunkirk, Fredonia
Town of Westfield485.00780.5360 NY 394 – Westfield, Mayville
488.50786.16Ripley Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
Ripley494.92796.5061Shortman Road (NY 950D) – RipleyAlso serves US 20, NY 5, and NY 76
I-90 west – Erie
Western terminus; I-90 continues into Pennsylvania as a toll-free highway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Berkshire Connector

The Berkshire Connector is a closed-ticket system that extends east from the Thruway mainline to the Canaan Toll Barrier, connecting the mainline Thruway to the Mass Pike.


I-87 Toll / New York Thruway to I-90 west – New York City, Buffalo
Exit 21A on mainline Thruway
Hudson River0.95[80]1.53Castleton Bridge
I-90 west / US 9 – Albany, Hudson
Western terminus of concurrency with I-90; To NY 203 & NY 66
ColumbiaTown of Chatham15.0924.29B2
NY 295 / Taconic State Parkway south – Chatham, East Chatham, Canaan
Northern terminus of Taconic Parkway; To NY 66
Canaan18.129.1Canaan Toll Gantry (E-ZPass or Toll by Mail)
23.2737.45B3 NY 22 – Austerlitz, New Lebanon, West Stockbridge, StockbridgeTo Route 102 & Route 41

I-90 Toll east / Mass Pike east – Boston, Springfield
Continuation into Massachusetts; eastern terminus of concurrency with I-90
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Garden State Parkway Connector

The entire route is in Rockland County. [80]All exits are unnumbered.

Chestnut Ridge0.000.00

I-87 Toll / I-287 Toll / New York Thruway – Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, New York City, New England, Albany
Exit 14A on the mainline Thruway
NanuetNanuetNorthbound exit only; access via CR 35
Chestnut Ridge2.093.36Red Schoolhouse Road (CR 41) – Chestnut RidgeSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
G.S. Parkway south
Continuation into New Jersey; no commercial vehicles
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q New York State Thruway Authority. "Interchange/Exit Listing with Mileposts". New York State Thruway Authority. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  2. ^ Dales, Douglas (June 20, 1954). "Across The Map". The New York Times. p. XX21.
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