Interstate 190 New York
Interstate 190 is the spur of Interstate 90 that leads from the New York Thruway mainline north to Downtown Buffalo, Grand Island and Niagara Falls. This is one of two three-digit Interstate highways to end at an international boundary. The other is Interstate 110 in El Paso, Texas, which links I-10 with the Bridge of the Americas into Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Designated Interstate 90N in 1957, the Niagara Section of the New York Thruway connects Interstate 90 with Downtown Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Renumbering of the route to Interstate 190 followed on February 24, 1959.3
Known as the Niagara Section of the New York Thruway, Interstate 190 originally had toll barriers at four locations: west of Interstate 90, south of the Peace Bridge, and at the two Niagara River crossings. The bridge crossings have tolls that are levied on inbound traffic only. During the 1950s and 1960s, when the New York Thruway was established, all the exits on the “Niagara Section” were numbered with the prefix of N-xx. This practice was done to distinguish them from the Thruway mainline exit numbering system.2
Erie County Clerk David J. Swarts presented a petition of about 20,000 signatures to regional transportation officials advocating the removal of the Interstate 190 toll plazas within the city of Buffalo. The contention was that Buffalo is the only upstate city in New York that had tolls levied on its commuters. He cited the differences between Buffalo and Rochester as a justification for the toll removal.
A similar concern arose in the early 2000s from Grand Island commuters concerning the tolled Niagara River spans of Interstate 190. These residents were somewhat successful in their complaints in that they were granted special commuter rates for returning to the island via the Grand Island bridges.1
Efforts to remove the two Buffalo toll plazas were also successful. Tolls along Interstate 190 in Buffalo ceased on October 30, 2006 by order of the New York Thruway Authority.3
North End – Lewiston, NY
South End – Buffalo, NY
Mileage – 28.34
Cities – Buffalo, Niagara Falls
- Junctions –
Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-190 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
|Location||Vehicles per day|
|Exits 1 to 2||62,058|
|Exits 2 to 3||72,609|
|Exits 3 to 4||72,817|
|Exits 4 to 5||86,258|
|Exits 5 to 6||86,097|
|Exits 6 to 7||85,049|
|Exits 8 to 9||84,795|
|Exits 9 to 11||75,339|
|Exits 11 to 12||67,970|
|Exits 12 to 13||70,453|
|Exits 13 to 14||66,688|
|Exit 14 to NY 266||65,729|
|NY 266 to I-290||58,650|
|South Grand Island Br||69,238|
|Staley Rd to Exit 19||59,094|
|Exit 19 to NY 324||51,210|
|South Grand Island Br||56,070|
|Exits 21 to 22||44,371|
|Exits 22 to 23||35,285|
|Exits 23 to 24||33,408|
|Exits 24 to 25||26,482|
|Exit 25 to port of entry||8,750|
Source: 2015 NYSDOT Traffic Data Viewer
The Niagara Section of the Thruway initially extended northwest from Buffalo to Grand Island and New York 384 (Buffalo Avenue) in Niagara Falls.
North End – Canadian International Border – Lewiston, New York
South End – Buffalo, New York
- “Petition supports case for removing toll barriers.” Buffalo News, November 11, 2003.
- Cuff, Richard. “Thruway Exit Numbering (was: Re: [northeastroads] Re: Who else out there hates I-99).” Online posting, Yahoo! Groups Northeastern U.S. Roads, November 20, 2003.
- Interstate 190 (New York) @ Wikipedia.org.
Page updated May 27, 2009.