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State DOT Announces New Highway Exit Numbers For I81 in Cortland County

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If you’re like many and have finally memorized which exit number is your destination within Cortland County, you are going to have to learn new exits as the New York Department of Transportation has announced brand new exit numbers for all highway exits on I81 in Cortland County.


Cortland County though, is not the only county that will have new highway exit numbers as Onondaga and Oswego Counties will also be having new exit numbers. The reasoning the DOT says is to enhance safety and facilitate more informed travel decisions for motorists on I81, I690, and State Route 481.

“The safety and convenience of the traveling public are always top priorities for the New York State Department of Transportation and these new exit numbers will allow drivers to make safer and better-informed travel decisions as they journey along some of Central New York’s busiest highways,” NYDOT Commissioner Dominguez said. “With mile-based exit signs, drivers will be able to easily determine where they are and how far they need to go to reach their destinations, enabling more efficient travel planning and enhanced safety for all who use our highways.”

Exit numbers will now be updated from the sequential numerics they are at now to a mileage-based location along the highway. The DOT says this will give drivers a more accurate indication of how many miles they will need to travel to get to their destination.

For Interstate 81 that runs through Cortland County, exit numbers will now be determined by their actual mileage from the Pennsylvania Border. For Example in Marathon, Exit 9 will now become Exit 38 as the exit is 38 miles from the PA border.

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“I am pleased to see this critical infrastructure program get underway here in our region. I thank DOT Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez for her support for our roads and highways. This transition to a mile-based system will align our highways with national standards and assist motorists in determining their location and the distance to their exit. Additionally, this efficiency will help our first responders reach drivers in distress with speed and efficiency.”

Stated Senator Lea Webb

Changes on the exits will begin in Marathon and proceed northward. Each exit will have signage to inform local drivers of its former exit number.

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