I-81 to Close Overnight Between Exits 16A & 17

Published on November 16, 2023

Sharing this press release on behalf of New York State Department of Transportation. For up-to-date information, call 511, visit www.511.org, or the mobile site at m.511ny.org.


I-81 to Close During Overnight Hours Between Exits 16A & 17 in the City of Syracuse

The New York State Department of Transportation is alerting motorists of a traffic pattern change related to the I-81 Viaduct Project that will take place beginning tonight, November 15, 2023. This overnight closure will be taking place from 6 p.m. this evening through 6 a.m. tomorrow morning, and again tomorrow night starting at 6 p.m. through 6 a.m. Friday morning.  Subsequent closures will be needed, which will be dependent on weather and work accomplished these first two nights.  The Department will inform the public of additional work, times and dates this coming Friday. The closures are necessary to facilitate the removal of steel bridge beams for the demolition of the I-481 southbound ramp bridge to I-81 southbound that crosses I-81 in the City of Syracuse.

Signed detours will be in place directing traffic traveling northbound on I-81 to exit 16A (I-481 North), to exit 1 (Brighton Ave Rock Cut Rd), to west on Rock Cut Road, to north on Brighton Avenue, to I-81 northbound. Southbound I-81 traffic will be directed to exit 17 (South Salina Street and Brighton Avenue), to south on Route 11, to I-81 southbound.

Drivers are asked to use caution when traveling through the work zone area and pay attention to all traffic control devices, including signs and flaggers.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in work zones. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.

 For up-to-date information, call 511, visit www.511.org , or the mobile site at m.511ny.org.