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Thruway Post-Interchange Distance Signs

This signshop recommendation is for the post-interchange distance signs eastbound on Interstate 90, east of the Utica interchange (exit 31).

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For the most part, the New York State Thruway Authority does an excellent job of posting the mileage to important destinations along the Thruway. Post-interchange mileage signs between Albany and Syracuse have been upgraded in the past five or so years to include three destinations, indicating the distance to Utica, Syracuse, Buffalo or Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, depending where on the Thruway you're located at the time. This provides valuable information to the "cross-state" travelers.

This portion of the Thruway is also part of Interstate 90, a cross-country route that runs from Boston to Seattle. Many out-of-state travelers use this route to reach destinations beyond The Empire State.

One of the confusing aspects of the mileage signs along Interstate 90 is that they contain the distance to New York. Interstate 90 doesn't go to New York. At Albany, the Thruway then follows Interstate 87 south to New York. A similar situation exists along Interstate 87 as the mileage signs along the northbound roadway show the distance to Buffalo, even though Interstate 87 doesn't go to Buffalo. However, those signs show the distance to Montreal as well, the approved control city for Interstate 87, which becomes Autoroute 15 at the Canadian border and goes to Montreal.

I'm recommending that the Thruway Authority start including the distance to Boston on the eastbound signs between exits 31 and 24. Since there are countless travelers headed to New England and the current milemarkers do not correspond to the actual length of Interstate 90 in New York, I feel the addition of Boston to these signs would do travelers in The Empire State a great service.