New York State Route 173

New York State Route 173 (NY 173) is a state highway located in the Syracuse area of central New York in the United States. It takes a slightly bow-shaped route from NY 31 in the town of Van Buren to NY 5 in Chittenango, gently curving to the south of Downtown Syracuse in the center of its 30.59-mile (49.23 km) routing. Even so, NY 173 briefly enters the Syracuse city limits near where it intersects U.S. Route 11 (US 11). NY 173 passes through several suburbs of Syracuse, including Camillus, where it first meets NY 5, and Manlius, where it has a short overlap with NY 92.

New York State Route 173 marker

New York State Route 173
Map of the Syracuse area with NY 173 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NYSDOT, Onondaga County, and the city of Syracuse
Length30.59 mi[1] (49.23 km)
Major junctions
West end NY 31 in Van Buren
  NY 5 in Camillus
US 11 in Syracuse
East end NY 5 in Chittenango
CountiesOnondaga, Madison
Highway system
NY-172.svg NY 172NY-174.svg NY 174

NY 173 was assigned as part of the 1930 renumbering of state highways in New York to its modern alignment. The route itself has not been altered since; however, the portion of the route from Onondaga to Manlius became part of NY 20N c. 1938 and a small section of the route within Manlius was included in NY 20SY when that highway was assigned in the early 1950s. Both designations were removed in 1961. All of NY 173 east of Onondaga was originally part of the Seneca Turnpike.

Route descriptionEdit

West of SyracuseEdit

NY 173 begins at an intersection with NY 31 in Ionia, a hamlet within the town of Van Buren. The route heads southeast, intersecting several county roads as it proceeds through a rural, marshy area of Onondaga County as Warners Road. It crosses over the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90 or I-90) on its way into the hamlet of Warners, where it briefly follows Canton Street and crosses the CSX Transportation-owned Rochester Subdivision rail line before becoming Warners Road once again as it follows the railroad east out of the community and into the town of Camillus.[3]

The route parallels the track for roughly 2 miles (3.2 km), over which time it passes to the north of Greenlawn Memorial Park. As the trackage and the highway approach a point known as Amboy Station, NY 173 curves away from the railroad and heads southeast toward Amboy. After making the turn, NY 173 meets Pottery Road (County Route 164 or CR 164), a local road leading to Camillus Airport, a simple one-runway facility located adjacent to the railroad line. NY 173 continues into and through Amboy, passing a large area of tailings that was once the site of the Syracuse Municipal Airport. The brownfields are bordered to the north by Ninemile Creek and to the south by the Old Erie Canal, both of which are traversed by NY 173 on its way into the densely populated Fairmount neighborhood of Camillus.[3]

NY 173 heading east from Onondaga Hill

In Fairmount, NY 173 passes Reed Webster Park and turns to the east ahead of the Camillus Bypass, a limited-access highway carrying NY 5 through the town. NY 173 parallels NY 5 for about 1 mile (1.6 km) before connecting to westbound NY 5 by way of a partial interchange; the eastbound connection is made by way of Hinsdale Road (CR 209) 1 mile (1.6 km) to the west. East of the westbound on-ramps, NY 173 passes over NY 5 and turns to the southeast ahead of an intersection with NY 297. The route continues on through Fairmount, intersecting West Genesee Street (CR 98) before becoming Onondaga Road and exiting the neighborhood upon entering the town of Onondaga.[3]

Within Onondaga, NY 173 passes through both open areas with sparse development and areas containing built-up residential neighborhoods. The route heads southeast to Onondaga Hill, a large community built up just east of Onondaga Community College. Here, it overlaps with NY 175 for about 100 yards (91 m) before NY 175 forks off to the northeast into Syracuse. NY 173 continues eastward as the Seneca Turnpike, passing to the south of Community General Hospital before it enters the southernmost portion of Syracuse. This portion of the city is mostly residential, save for a smattering of businesses around NY 173's junctions with NY 80 and US 11. Near the midpoint of the route's 2 miles (3.2 km) stay in Syracuse, it crosses over Onondaga Creek, on the banks of which lie Faith Heritage School and Meachem Field. The route leaves the city limits shortly after passing under both directions of I-81.[3]

All of NY 173 west of Genesee Street in Camillus is maintained by Onondaga County. NY 173 is co-designated with CR 204 from NY 31 to Bennetts Corners Road in Van Buren, CR 64 between Bennetts Corners Road and Canton Street in the hamlet of Warners, CR 57 from Canton Street to Thompson Road in Camillus, and CR 63 between Thompson Road and Genesee Street. Within Syracuse, NY 173 is maintained by the city. The remainder of the route in both Onondaga and Madison counties is maintained by the New York State Department of Transportation.[4]

NY 173 westbound in Jamesville

East of SyracuseEdit

East of Syracuse, the route passes through a narrow 1 mile (1.6 km) portion of the town of Onondaga and the hamlet of Southwood before entering the adjacent town of DeWitt. It continues east, serving Clark Reservation State Park as it heads toward the community of Jamesville, located at the northern end of the Jamesville Reservoir on Butternut Creek. Here, NY 173 intersects NY 91 in the center of the hamlet. Past Jamesville, the homes that had lined the highway give way to open areas to the south and large quarries to the north. The route passes north of the Onondaga County Correctional Facility just east of Jamesville.[3]

NY 173 continues on into the town of Manlius, where the homes gradually return as the highway enters the village of Manlius. Inside the village limits, the route becomes surrounded by homes once again as it crosses over Limestone Creek and enters the village's business district. Here, it intersects and briefly overlaps NY 92 for roughly 250 yards (230 m) between Fayette and Washington Streets. At Washington Street, NY 92 turns to the southeast towards Cazenovia while NY 173 continues northeastward out of the village. Now back in the surrounding town of Manlius, NY 173 passes south of Fayetteville–Manlius High School before entering another rural area near a point known as Eagle Village. The route continues northeast from there into Madison County.[3]

NY 173 eastbound approaching NY 5 in Chittenango

Upon crossing the county line, NY 173 initially turns slightly eastward to follow a less pronounced northeasterly alignment. However, as the route approaches the Chittenango Creek valley, it gradually turns northward. At Brinkerhoff Hill, NY 173 enters the Chittenango village limits and descends into the valley, where it ends at an intersection with NY 5 in the village center at the base of the valley.[3]


The portion of modern NY 173 between NY 175 in Onondaga and NY 5 in Chittenango was originally part of the original Seneca Turnpike. The Seneca Turnpike was originally the longest road in the state of New York when it was built in the 1800s.[5][6] NY 173 was assigned as part of the 1930 renumbering of state highways in New York to the entirety of its modern alignment.[2] Although NY 173 itself has not changed since that time, other routes have been overlaid on parts of NY 173 over the years. The segment of NY 173 between NY 175 in Onondaga and the east end of the NY 92 overlap in Manlius became part of NY 20N, a northerly alternate route of US 20 between Skaneateles and Cazenovia, c. 1938.[7][8] In the early 1950s, the portion of NY 173 concurrent with NY 92 in Manlius also became part of NY 20SY, a second, even more northern alternate route of US 20 between Marcellus and Cazenovia.[9][10] The NY 20N and NY 20SY designations were removed in 1961.[11]

Major intersectionsEdit

OnondagaVan Buren0.000.00  NY 31Western terminus, Hamlet of Ionia
Town of Camillus8.0112.89  NY 5Access to westbound NY 5 only
8.5113.70  NY 297 northNeighborhood of Fairmount; southern terminus of NY 297
Onondaga13.2821.37  NY 175 westWestern end of NY 173 and NY 175 overlap, Hamlet of Onondaga Hill
13.3421.47  NY 175 eastEastern end of NY 173 and NY 175 overlap, Hamlet of Onondaga Hill
Syracuse14.7023.66  NY 80
15.2424.53  US 11
DeWitt19.2430.96  NY 91 southHamlet of Jamesville; northern terminus of NY 91
Village of Manlius24.1038.79  NY 92 westWestern end of NY 92 and NY 173 overlap
24.2639.04  NY 92 eastEastern end of NY 92 and NY 173 overlap
MadisonChittenango30.5949.23  NY 5Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "2008 Traffic Data Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. June 16, 2009. p. 258. Retrieved December 8, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Automobile Legal Association (ALA) Automobile Green Book, 1930–31 and 1931–32 editions, (Scarborough Motor Guide Co., Boston, 1930 and 1931). The 1930–31 edition shows New York state routes prior to the 1930 renumbering
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Google (December 12, 2007). "overview map of NY 173" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 12, 2007.
  4. ^ "Onondaga County Inventory Listing" (CSV). New York State Department of Transportation. October 1, 2009. Retrieved December 9, 2009.
  5. ^ Rivette, Barbara S. (2005). "Genesee Road". In Eisenstadt, Peter R.; Moss, Laura-Eve (eds.). The encyclopedia of New York State. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. p. 631. ISBN 978-0-8156-0808-0. OCLC 57506556.
  6. ^ Baer, Christopher T. (2005). "Turnpikes". In Eisenstadt, Peter R.; Moss, Laura-Eve (eds.). The encyclopedia of New York State. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-0808-0. OCLC 57506556.
  7. ^ New York (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Standard Oil Company. 1937.
  8. ^ Thibodeau, William A. (1938). The ALA Green Book (1938–39 ed.). Automobile Legal Association.
  9. ^ New York (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally and Company. Socony-Vacuum Oil Company. 1950.
  10. ^ New York (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally and Company. Sunoco. 1952.
  11. ^ "State Offers Highway Changes". The Eagle-Bulletin and DeWitt Times. April 6, 1961. p. 1. Retrieved August 8, 2016.

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