New York State Route 7
New York State Route 7 (NY 7) is a 180.30-mile-long (290.16 km) state highway in New York in the United States. The highway runs from Pennsylvania Route 29 (PA 29) at the Pennsylvania state line south of Binghamton to Vermont Route 9 (VT 9) the Vermont state line east of Hoosick. Most of the road runs along the Susquehanna Valley, closely paralleling Interstate 88 (I-88) throughout that road's length. Portions of the highway route near the cities of Binghamton, Schenectady, and Troy date back to the early 19th century.
Map of eastern New York with NY 7 highlighted in red
|Maintained by NYSDOT and the cities of Binghamton and Oneonta|
|Length||180.30 mi (290.16 km)|
|History||Designated NY 9 in 1924; renumbered to NY 7 in 1927|
|West end||PA 29 near Great Bend, PA|
| US 11 in Binghamton|
I-81 / I-86 / NY 17 in Binghamton
I-88 in Port Dickinson
NY 8 in Sidney
NY 28 in Oneonta
US 20 in Duanesburg
I-88 in Rotterdam
NY 5 in Schenectady
I-87 / US 9 / NY 9R in Latham
I-787 / NY 787 in Colonie
|East end||VT 9 near Bennington, VT|
|Counties||Broome, Chenango, Otsego, Schoharie, Schenectady, Albany, Rensselaer|
NY 7 begins at the Pennsylvania state line south of Corbettsville, where the road connects to Pennsylvania Route 29 (PA 29). Like PA 29 to the south, NY 7 follows Snake Creek north to Corbettsville, where it meets NY 7A on the banks of the Susquehanna River. From Corbettsville northward, NY 7 becomes the riverside highway, following the river (as well as U.S. Route 11 or US 11 and I-81 on the opposite bank) through Conklin to eastern Binghamton, where it indirectly connects to US 11 via a bridge over the Susquehanna.
The route continues west into downtown along Conklin Avenue, then heads north on Tompkins Avenue to traverse the Susquehanna River. On the opposite bank, NY 7 intersects US 11 and becomes Brandywine Avenue. After three blocks, NY 7 merges with NY 363, a limited-access highway. While NY 363 terminates at the merge, NY 7 follows the right-of-way of NY 363 northward, connecting to the concurrent routes of I-81 and NY 17 by way of an interchange before leaving the city limits.
Immediately north of Binghamton in Port Dickinson, NY 7 merges with I-88 across the Chenango River from the western terminus of I-88 at I-81. I-88 and NY 7 continue to the northeast along the Chenango River through Chenango Bridge (where the routes meet NY 12A) and Port Crane (where I-88 and NY 7 meet NY 369 and leave the path of the Chenango River) before separating in Sanitaria Springs. NY 7 is signed north-south from the PA line to I-88 near Binghamton, while the remainder of the route is signed east-west.
Binghamton to SchenectadyEdit
From Sanitaria Springs eastward, I-88 and NY 7 follow parallel routings through Colesville to Harpursville, where NY 7 overlaps NY 79 for a short distance and intersects NY 235 outside of the community. East of NY 235, NY 7 rejoins the Susquehanna River, following the river (as well as I-88 on the opposite bank) through several riverside villages (including Bainbridge and Unadilla) to Oneonta. West of the city, NY 7 meets NY 23 and joins the route into the heart of Oneonta. Near the eastern edge of the city, NY 23 breaks from NY 7 while NY 7 continues onward in the shadow of I-88 and the Susquehanna River. To the northeast in Colliersville, the Susquehanna separates from NY 7 and is joined by NY 28 while NY 7 continues along the path of Schenevus Creek.
Both I-88 and NY 7 head northeast along the creek through numerous communities to Richmondville, where NY 7 meets NY 10 at an interchange with I-88 near Cobleskill Creek. NY 10 turns east onto NY 7, forming an overlap along the creek to Cobleskill before separating from NY 7 in the center of the village at an intersection with NY 145. NY 145 then overlaps NY 7 east out of the village before separating midway between Cobleskill and Schoharie near Howe Caverns. North of Schoharie, NY 7 briefly overlaps NY 30A across Schoharie Creek before intersecting NY 30 west of the Schoharie-Schenectady County line.
In Duanesburg, southwest of Schenectady, NY 7 intersects US 20 and meets I-88 once more at exit 24. Both routes continue northeast along Normans Kill into western Schenectady, where I-88 meets NY 7 one final time by way of another interchange before terminating at an interchange with the New York State Thruway (I-90). NY 7, however, passes over the Thruway with no connection and heads east into Rotterdam as Duanesburg Road. In the center of the community, NY 7 turns east onto Curry Road, remaining on the roadway to an interchange with I-890 adjacent to the Schenectady Albany county line. NY 7 merges with I-890 northward for two exits (creating a wrong-way concurrency) before exiting onto the Crosstown Arterial.
At the end of the arterial in eastern Schenectady, NY 7 becomes the at-grade Troy–Schenectady Road as it heads along the south bank of the Mohawk River into Albany County. Shortly after entering the county and the Town of Colonie, NY 7 leaves the river and progresses southeast toward the hamlet of Latham. Soon after passing the Albany International Airport and prior to entering the center of Latham, NY 7 meets I-87 (the Adirondack Northway) at exit 6. Here, NY 7 joins the Adirondack Northway northward while Troy–Schenectady Road continues east as NY 2. At exit 7, NY 7 separates from the Adirondack Northway and continues east on a five-lane, limited-access freeway known locally as "Alternate Route 7". The route connects to US 9 and I-787 / NY 787 by way of interchanges prior to crossing over the Hudson River and into Troy over the Collar City Bridge. The route remains a limited-access highway to 8th Street, where it becomes the at-grade Hoosick Street.
NY 7 continues east through Troy, intersecting NY 40 before exiting the city. Past Troy, the land surrounding NY 7 is largely rural as it heads through Pittstown to Hoosick, where it meets and is briefly concurrent to NY 22. Farther east, NY 7 intersects the western end of the Bennington Bypass, a limited-access highway leading to Bennington, Vermont, before crossing into Vermont and becoming Vermont Route 9.
One of the canceled Interstate 92 proposals would have traced NY 7 from Albany to the Vermont border where it would continue through Bennington VT, Brattleboro VT, Concord NH, Manchester NH, and terminate at the ocean. It would have intersected I-91 (in Brattleboro VT), I-95 (in Hampton NH) and US 1 (also in Hampton NH), and overlapped I-89, (East Terminus of NH 9 to I-93 interchange, I-93 (I-89 interchange to NH 101 interchange), New Hampshire route 101 (I-93 interchange to terminus), and completely replaced Vermont route 9, and New Hampshire route 9.
Origins and assignmentEdit
The history of parts of NY 7 date back to shortly after the settlement of Hoosick in 1688. Hoosick was a part of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck and a public manor road was laid from Rensselaer to the site later of Troy at a ferry crossing, and then to the northeast as far as Hoosick. The section of NY 7 from Troy to Hoosick is that old manor road. The 19th century toll road known as the Troy and Schenectady Turnpike (now the Troy–Schenectady Road) chartered in 1802, connecting the cities of Troy and Schenectady. Another turnpike road, the Troy Turnpike, was established in 1831 and went east from Troy to Bennington, Vermont. The road between Binghamton (at the location known as Chenango Point) through the village of Unadilla to the town of Otego was also an old turnpike road (Unadilla Turnpike) that was chartered in 1806.
The state took over maintenance of certain trunk line highways at the beginning of the 20th century. Most of modern NY 7 was first defined in the 1909 Highway Law (amended in 1911) as State Route 7, which was designated from the Pennsylvania state line at Binghamton town to Harpursville, then along the Susquehanna Valley through Oneonta to the town of Schoharie. From there, the legislative route 7 went east via Berne and New Scotland to Albany. The portion of modern NY 7 continuing northeast to Schenectady was part of State Route 7A. The road between Troy and Schenectady was defined as part of State Route 42, while that between Troy and Hoosick was part of State Route 22.
In 1924, when state highways were first publicly signed, most of what is now NY 7 between Binghamton and the Vermont state line was designated as NY 9, continuing the numbering of New England Route 9 in Vermont. Within Albany, NY 9 followed the modern routing of NY 2 through Latham to Troy, where the connection to the modern alignment of NY 7 was made via current US 4. In 1927, NY 9 was redesignated as NY 7 to avoid conflict with US 9. The route north of Binghamton remained unchanged in the 1930 renumbering; however, south of Binghamton, NY 7 was extended to the Pennsylvania state line, where it became PA 29.
Over the years, NY 7 has been realigned to follow different routings in and around the cities it serves. Prior to 1930, NY 7 began at Court Street in Binghamton and followed Chenango Street north into Fenton, where it turned east and continued through Port Crane to the Colesville hamlet of Sanitaria Springs. In the 1930 renumbering, NY 7 was extended south to Pennsylvania by way of Court Street, Tompkins Street, and Conklin Avenue. NY 7 was realigned slightly by 1947 to follow Robinson Street and Brandywine Avenue between Chenango and Tompkins streets. The Brandywine Highway, a four-lane arterial through Binghamton and Port Dickinson, opened to traffic c. 1961 as a realignment of NY 7. The portion of NY 7 between Port Dickinson and Sanitaria Springs was relocated onto a new limited-access highway between 1968 and 1973. The segment of Chenango Street between the Binghamton city line and current NY 7 in Port Dickinson (a distance of 1.07 miles or 1.72 kilometres) is now NY 990H, an unsigned reference route. The former pre I-88 routing of NY 7 between Port Crane and Sanitaria Springs is now NY 7B. Prior to becoming NY 7B in the 1990s, it was designated NY 990K, an unsigned reference route.
In Schenectady, it was originally routed along Broadway, State Street, Nott Terrace, and Union Street. It was shifted at some point between 1938 and 1947 to avoid downtown along Curry Road, Altamont Avenue and Brandywine Avenue. Meanwhile, the portion of Curry Road between Altamont Avenue and NY 146 was designated as NY 146C in the mid-1930s. NY 7 was rerouted c. 1962 to follow Curry Road east from Altamont Avenue to the new I-890, where NY 7 turned north and followed I-890 to modern exit 7. Here, the route split from I-890 and continued to the junction of Union Street and Rosendale Road east of the city by way of a new arterial. The NY 146C designation was removed from Curry Road as part of the change. NY 7's former routing along Altamont Avenue from Curry Road to the Schenectady city line (a length of 0.96 miles or 1.54 kilometres) is now the unsigned NY 911H. Prior to the creation of the modern reference route system, Altamont Avenue was designated as NY 951. Reference markers along the route still bear this number.
In 1981, the Collar City Bridge was built, connecting Green Island with Troy in the Capital District. By 1985, construction had begun on the NY 7 freeway, then planned as NY 7 Alternate, between I-87 and I-787 west of Green Island. In 1986, NY 7 "Alternate" opened, becoming part of a realigned NY 7. The old surface alignment was designated as an extension of NY 2.
NY 28 originally overlapped NY 7 from the intersection of Main and Chestnut streets in Oneonta to Colliersville, where it turned north onto D.K. Lifgren Drive to rejoin NY 28's modern alignment. NY 28 was rerouted to follow its current alignment between Main Street south of Oneonta and D.K. Lifgren Drive near Colliersville in the early 1980s following the completion of what is now NY 28 from I-88 exit 17 to D.K. Lifgren Drive. The portion of Main Street between NY 28 and NY 7 (0.67 miles or 1.08 kilometres long) is now designated as NY 992D while D.K. Lifgren Drive (0.50 miles or 0.80 kilometres in length) is now NY 992G.
|Broome||Conklin||0.00||0.00||PA 29 south – Montrose||Continuation into Pennsylvania|
|Corbettsville||1.26||2.03||NY 7A south – Hallstead||Northern terminus of NY 7A|
|Conklin||2.81||4.52||To I-81 / US 11 – Kirkwood||Access via unsigned CR 20|
|11.57||18.62||–||NY 363 south||Northern terminus of NY 363; southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|11.97||19.26||–||I-81 / Future I-86 / NY 17 – Syracuse, Elmira, Scranton, PA, New York City||Interchange; exit 4 on I-81/NY 17|
|Port Dickinson||13.54||21.79||–||Hillcrest Service Roads – Port Dickinson||Interchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Fenton||14.10||22.69||1||I-88 west||Western terminus of concurrency with I-88|
|15.81||25.44||2||NY 12A west (Chenango Bridge)||Eastern terminus of NY 12A|
|18.06||29.06||3||NY 369 – Port Crane|
|Colesville||21.23||34.17||4||I-88 east||Eastern terminus of concurrency with I-88; hamlet of Sanitaria Springs|
|21.53||34.65||NY 7B west||Eastern terminus of NY 7B|
|28.49||45.85||NY 79 west – North Fenton||Western terminus of concurrency with NY 79|
|Harpursville||29.73||47.85||NY 79 east to I-88 – Harpursville, Binghamton||Eastern terminus of concurency with NY 79|
|Nineveh||30.88||49.70||NY 235 north – Coventry||Southern terminus of NY 235|
|Chenango||Village of Afton||37.18||59.84||NY 41 – Coventryville, Deposit|
|Village of Bainbridge||42.91||69.06||NY 206 (Main Street) to I-88|
|Otsego||Unadilla||47.21||75.98||NY 8 to I-88 – Sidney, Binghamton, Sidney Airport, Mount Upton|
|Village of Unadilla||52.10||83.85||To I-88 – Binghamton, Albany||Exit 10 on I-88; access via NY 991H|
|53.39||85.92||NY 357 east – Franklin, Oneonta||Western terminus of NY 357|
|West End||67.53||108.68||NY 205 to I-88 – Morris, Binghamton|
|68.61||110.42||NY 23 west (Chestnut Street) – Gilbert Lake State Park||Western terminus of concurrency with NY 23|
|City of Oneonta||70.51||113.47||To I-88 west||Access via Main Street (unsigned NY 992D); former routing of NY 28|
|70.88||114.07||NY 23 east (James F Lettis Highway) to I-88 / NY 28||Eastern terminus of concurrency with NY 23|
|Colliersville||75.89||122.13||To NY 28 / I-88 – Milford, Cooperstown||Access via unsigned NY 992G (D.K. Lifgren Drive); southern terminus of NY 992G|
|Worcester||91.76||147.67||To I-88 – Oneonta, Albany, Binghamton||Exit 19 on I-88; access via Hollenbeck Road (NY 992J)|
|Schoharie||Richmondville||103.07||165.88||NY 10 south / I-88 – Oneonta, Binghamton, Albany||Western terminus of concurrency with NY 10; exit 20 on I-88|
|Village of Cobleskill||107.54||173.07||NY 10 north / NY 145 north – Sharon||Eastern terminus of concurrency with NY 10 overlap; western terminus of concurrency with NY 145|
|Town of Cobleskill||110.94||178.54||NY 145 south to I-88 – Middleburgh, Binghamton, Albany||Eastern terminus of concurrency with NY 145|
|Schoharie||115.76||186.30||NY 30A north – Sloansville||Western terminus of concurrency with NY 30A|
|116.89||188.12||NY 30A south to I-88 – Schoharie, Binghamton, Albany||Eastern terminus of concurrency with NY 30A|
|118.90||191.35||NY 30 – Amsterdam, Schoharie, Esperance|
|Schenectady||Duanesburg||123.75||199.16||NY 395 north – Delanson||Southern terminus of NY 395|
|Community of Duanesburg||127.07||204.50||US 20 – Esperance, Albany|
|Princetown||128.06||206.09||To I-88 / New York Thruway – Binghamton, Albany||Exit 24 on I-88|
|Town of Rotterdam||132.94||213.95||I-88 to I-90 / New York Thruway – Binghamton||Exit 25 on I-88; access via Becker Road|
|133.96||215.59||NY 337 north (Burdeck Street)||Southern terminus of NY 337|
|Community of Rotterdam||135.41||217.92||NY 159 west (Princetown Road)||Eastern terminus of NY 159|
|135.95||218.79||NY 158 south (Guilderland Avenue)||Northern terminus of NY 158|
|Guilderland–Rotterdam line||138.21||222.43||NY 146 to New York Thruway||Traffic circle|
|138.96||223.63||9||I-890 west / Curry Road||Western terminus of concurrency with I-890|
|Schenectady||Schenectady||139.83||225.03||8||High Bridge Road|
|140.47||226.06||7||I-890 west – Schenectady||Eastern terminus of concurrency with I-890|
|141.33||227.45||–||NY 5 – Downtown Schenectady||Interchange|
|Niskayuna||142.76||229.75||CR 158 east (Rosendale Road) / Union Street||Former western terminus of NY 7C|
|Albany||Verdoy||146.36||235.54||CR 158 west (Rosendale Road) / Vly Road – Erie Canal Loch 7||Former eastern terminus of NY 7C|
|Latham||147.06||236.67||CR 151 west (Albany Shaker Road) to NY 155 (Albany International Airport)||Western terminus of CR 151|
|150.01||241.42||Western terminus of freeway section|
|6||I-87 south / NY 2 east – Albany, Watervliet, New York City||Southern terminus of concurrency with I-87; western terminus of NY 2|
|150.28||241.85||7||I-87 north – Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, Montreal||Northern terminus of concurrency with I-87|
|150.72||242.56||–||US 9 / NY 9R – Latham, Cohoes|
|Colonie||154.34||248.39||–||I-787 south / NY 787 north – Albany, Watervliet, Cohoes||Exit 9 on I-787; termini of I-787 and NY 787|
|Hudson River||Collar City Bridge|
|Rensselaer||Troy||154.75||249.05||–||Downtown Troy||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|154.82||249.16||–||Hoosick Street||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|Eastern terminus of freeway section|
|154.95||249.37||NY 40 north (10th Street)||Southern terminus of NY 40|
|Brunswick||158.58||255.21||NY 142 north (Grange Road)||Southern terminus of NY 142|
|159.61||256.87||NY 278 south (Brick Church Road) to NY 2 – Grafton Lakes State Park||Northern terminus of NY 278|
|Hoosick||175.84||282.99||NY 22 south – Petersburgh||Western terminus of concurrency with NY 22|
|176.19||283.55||NY 22 north – Hoosick Falls||Eastern terminus of concurrency with NY 22|
|179.43||288.76||To VT 279 east – Brattleboro VT, Rutland VT, Bennington College||Access via NY 915G|
|180.30||290.16||VT 9 east||Continuation into Vermont|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
|Length||1.77 mi (2.85 km)|
New York State Route 7A (NY 7A) (1.77 miles or 2.85 kilometres) is a spur in the Broome County town of Conklin that connects NY 7 to the Pennsylvania state line. While NY 7 follows a creek valley to the Pennsylvania border, NY 7A continues NY 7's course along the Susquehanna River valley, paralleling US 11 and I-81. When NY 7A was assigned as part of the 1930 renumbering of state highways in New York, it connected to PA 602; it now connects to SR 1033, an unsigned quadrant route.
- Major intersections
The entire route is in Broome County.
|Conklin||0.00||0.00||SR 1033 south||Continuation into Great Bend Township, Pennsylvania|
|Corbettsville||1.77||2.85||NY 7 – Binghamton, Montrose PA||Northern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
|Length||3.74 mi (6.02 km)|
The current New York State Route 7B (NY 7B) designation is a 3.74-mile (6.02 km) spur in the Broome County towns of Fenton and Colesville. It follows the former, pre-expressway routing of NY 7 between NY 369 in the hamlet of Port Crane and NY 7 in the hamlet of Sanitaria Springs. Prior to becoming NY 7B in the 1990s, it was designated NY 990K, an unsigned reference route.
- Major intersections
The entire route is in Broome County.
|Port Crane||0.00||0.00||NY 369 north||Southern terminus of NY 369|
|Sanitaria Springs||3.74||6.02||NY 7 to I-88 – Albany, Binghamton||To exit 4 on I-88 / NY 7|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
NY 7B (1930-1970)Edit
The original NY 7B was an alternate route of NY 7 from Unadilla to Oneonta that was assigned as part of the 1930 renumbering. It overlapped NY 28 from North Franklin to Oneonta. On January 1, 1970, the North Franklin–Oneonta potion was removed and the Unadilla–North Franklin portion of NY 7B was renumbered to NY 357.
|Existed||c. 1961–late 1960s|
NY 7C was a loop off of NY 7 east of Schenectady in the Capital District. The majority of the route was located in Schenectady County; however, the easternmost 40 yards (37 m) of the route was located in Albany County. It began at NY 7 in Niskayuna and proceeded east along Rosendale Road into Colonie, where it ended at NY 7. The route was assigned c. 1961 and removed in the late 1960s. Ownership and maintenance of NY 7C's former routing in Schenectady County was transferred from the state of New York to the county on April 1, 1980, as part of a highway maintenance swap between the two levels of government. This portion of the route is now designated as County Route 158.
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