Thruway Photos


The New York State Thruway Authority maintains portions of I-87 and I-90, I-190 and I-287.

Photo Description Photographer Date
thumb Exit 32 Secondary Destination sign. . Installed on Interstate 90 in May 2008, this sign replaced a "Griffiss AFB / Oneida County Airport" sign that was installed after the closure of the Air Force Base. I believe this is one of the first secondary destination signs along the Thruway to use Clearview for the lettering.
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thumb Exit 32 Secondary Destination sign. Installed on Interstate 90 in May 2008, this sign replaced a "Griffiss AFB / Oneida County Airport" sign that was installed after the closure of the Air Force Base. I believe this is one of the first secondary destination signs along the Thruway to use Clearview for the lettering.
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J.P. Wing 24 May 2008
thumb Exit 37 Guide Panel. . Installed on Interstate 90 eastbound in May 2008, this sign replaced one of the last button-copy guide signs along the Thruway. The main panel uses the Clearview lettering. I'm curious as to why the interchange number is smaller than most installations and DOESN'T use Clearview. Personally I think the lettering looks disproportionate to the size of the sign. The 'kerning' in Syracuse is a little off as well. I do not believe the Thruway has enough familiarity with how Clearview should be used to have completely converted to this style of lettering.
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J.P. Wing 24 May 2008
Post Interchange mileage sign on Interstate 87 . This two line mileage sign is on the Thruway (I-87/I-287). I think there should be a line in between Tappan Zee Br and New York City that says "White Plains 21" since White Plains is the main control city on I-287 after it splits with I-87. If you also notice in the photo, this sign is located at mile marker 29.2 so the mileage for NYC should be 29 not 28. Jon Hirschkind 2007
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area . This sign went up several months ago, just north of exit 15A on the northbound side of the Thruway. Webmaster's Note: Similar signs went up near Albany as well. Notice it's in Clearview. Jon Hirschkind 2007
Catskill Region. This sign is on the Thruway, about 2 miles from exit 16. Jon Hirschkind 2007
New E-ZPass only lane sign at Exit 27 . This sign leads the way to one of the newer, faster E-ZPass lanes. We get to drive 20 MPH through this one! Ian Hutchinson 08.11.2006
New E-ZPass only lane sign at Exit 32 . Here's what the new E-ZPass only signs look like. Note that they are done in the new Clearview alphabet. J.P. Wing July 2006
Taconic State Parkway Thruway entrance at Exit B2 . Here's a typical Thruway entrance sign, except this one is in Arial or Helvetica instead of the standard FHWA or Clearview alphabet. The use of this lettering is very rare; there's an overhead sign installation on the Niagara Thruway that uses the same style of lettering. This is definitely not Clearview, making one wonder if the Thruway was trying it's own method of improving sign legibility. As of 2006, the Thruway has adopted Clearview for all new guide signs. Frank Goebel 2006
Private Road sign . Normally found at the back entrance to Thruway service areas, this sign is a classic example of a Thruway sign and their slightly different font. This is to the entrance of one of the canal locks, also currently maintained by the Thruway Authority. J.P. Wing April 16, 2006
Thruway Mileage Sign.This is on the New York Thruway/Interstate 90 just west of Exit 48A. Notice the "a"'s. The NYSTA used these "a'"s on several button-copy signs in the early and mid 80s, I have no idea why. This sign has been replaced. J.P. Wing
I-90 Exit 35 metric (old signage) . This sign was replaced in Spring 1999. It was originally installed in the late 70s. The New York Thruway Authority was giving metric a try. There was a similar sign for Exit 36. Also, I've been told that there was a metric speed limit sign that didn't last nearly as long. It had read "88 km/h" for the State Speed Limit of 55. J.P. Wing
I-90 Exit 24, I-87/I-90 (old signage). A beautiful NYSDOT installed button-copy sign on the New York Thruway where the mainline moves from Interstate 90 east to Interstate 87 south. The "exits 23-1" over the right side was installed by the Thruway Authority about 2 years later. The up arrow shields on the right have been replaced with much larger versions. These two signs indicate that the Thruway follows I-87 SOUTH and that traffic to the Mass. Tpke. should follow I-87 SOUTH to the Berkshire Section of the Thruway. This sign has been replaced. Christopher Jordan
Welcome to the Thruway. Here's a typical welcome sign along the New York Thruway. This is found at state borders. This particular sign is located at the New York-Massachusetts border on the Berkshire Section of the Thruway at Exit B3.
If you look closely, you'll notice "blue-out" under "Welcome" and "New York". The sign used to say "Welcome to the New York Thruway", but was changed shortly after I complained about it on misc.transport.road. I like to think that I had something to do with the change!
Earl Cochran February 2001
Exit 29 / Canajoharie, Sharon Springs . Here we have a typical Thruway guide sign. That's my windshield that's so dirty. J.P. Wing February 2001
PennDOT sign for Thruway Exit 61 . This sign is for Exit 61 on the New York State Thruway; the I-90 portion. This is the first exit as you enter New York from Pennsylvania. Neat thing about this sign, it's a PennDOT sign, and from what I can tell, it's from the original construction of I-90. You can tell it's not a "New York" sign by a couple of ways. For one, it doesn't have rounded corners, only the border is rounded, in New York the sign would be rounded as well. And secondly, from what I can tell, New York never left off the bottom border of the exit tab, and Pennsylvania always did until they started using left- or right-justified tabs. Other states do this style as well, Massachusetts and South Carolina are just a couple. I've always liked this era of PennDOT signage. Note: This sign has been replaced. J.P. Wing
Welcome to the Thruway (close up) . The "Welcome to New York" sign on the Garden State Extension portion of the New York Thruway. Notice the "Blue Out" on the sign... it used to say "Welcome to the New York Thruway". Brian Florence August 2000
Welcome to the Thruway (original configuration) . Here's the original version of the sign. NYSTA