County Route 106 (Orange County, New York)

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County Route 106  marker

County Route 106
Lake Kanawauke Road
Map of County Route 106 (Orange County, New York)
Map of Orange County in southeastern New York with CR 106 highlighted in red
Route information
Length: 5.23 mi[2] (8.42 km)
Existed: April 1, 1980[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: NY 17 / NY 17A in Southfields
  Seven Lakes Drive in Harriman State Park
East end: CR 106 at the Rockland County line in Haverstraw
Highway system
CR 105 CR 107

County Route 106 (CR 106) in the county of Orange County, New York is a continuation of two routes, New York State Route 17A (NY 17A) at its western terminus and Rockland CR 106 at the eastern terminus. Route 106 begins at an intersection with NY 17A and its parent route, NY 17 in Southfields. The route heads eastward through Harriman State Park, crossing Seven Lakes Drive before entering nearby Rockland County, New York. There it becomes Rockland County Route 106 and heads all the way to Stony Point.

Route 106 was originally a part of NY 210. When Route 210 was assigned in the 1930 New York State Route renumbering, it stretched from the New Jersey border in Greenwood Lake, over the current alignments of NY 17A, Orange CR 106 and Rockland CR 106, all the way to Stony Point. During a maintenance swap in 1980, Route 210 was truncated all the way back to NY 17A north of Greenwood Lake, and the route was replaced by both County Route 106s.

Much of Route 106 is mountainous, with peaks reaching as high as 1,200 feet (370 m). The road is also very scenic, passing many hiking trails in Harriman State Park as well as several lakes. Route 106 is only one of two routes in Orange County to retain their Rockland County designation when crossing the border. The other is County Route 72 northeast of Sloatsburg.

Route description[edit]

CR 106 underpass near the western terminus.

Route 106 begins at an interchange with NY 17 (the Orange Turnpike) and NY 17A (the Warwick Turnpike) in the hamlet of Southfields. Route 106 heads eastward, crossing over the Ramapo River and passing below the New York State Thruway before entering the mountainous regions of Harriman State Park. The highway heads into Harriman as Lake Kanawauke Road, passing to the south of Green Pond Mountain, a peak in Harriman that also contains part of the Appalachian Trail.[3]

Much of the route heads in different directions, with constant curves. Route 106 heads south of Lake Stahahe, a large lake in Harriman, curving around the base of a mountain. After leaving the lake and mountain behind, Route 106 makes several drastic turns, one to the north and one to the south. After another curve, this time to the east, Route 106 passes to the north of Tom Jones Mountain, the highest peak along the highway. Soon after, the road parallels the shore of Little Long Pond.[3]

Route 106 crosses Lake Kanawauke after leaving the shore of Little Long Pond. Soon afterwards, the highway intersects with Seven Lakes Drive at a roundabout. Just after the roundabout, Route 106 crosses the county border into Rockland County.[3]

Orange 106 shield near county line

History[edit]

Historic turnpikes[edit]

The highway that would later become part of CR 106 originated in 1824. That is when the road was chartered as the New Turnpike, which stretched from what is now Southfields (formerly known as Monroe) to a fork in the road, which part later became NY 210. When the park opened in 1910, Route 106 was known as Southfields Road. In 1913, it became part of Seven Lakes Drive, with another designation coming three years later as County Highway 416. During the period of 1919 and 1920, the road was reconstructed, with a bridge being built three years later. A new route was assigned that year making up the old Warwick Turnpike as NY 17A.[4]

NY 210[edit]

Signs depicting the closed Route 106 for the culvert failure in April 2008 (at Seven Lakes Drive)

Route 210 was assigned over the current CR 106 alignment in the 1930 New York State Route renumbering.[5] The route then stretched from County Route 511 south of Greenwood Lake, all the way up to NY 17A, where the two routes became concurrent. At the interchange for NY 17, Route 17A ended, with 210 continuing eastward into Harriman. Route 210 headed eastward, into Rockland County, ending in Stony Point. During the maintenance swaps between the state of New York and various counties in 1980, Route 210 was truncated to the part between CR 511 to the Route 17 interchange.[1] The route was replaced by County Route 106 in both Rockland and Orange counties.

2008 culvert failure[edit]

Route 106 near Little Long Pond was closed in March 2008 due to the failure of a culvert between Little Long Pond and Lake Kanawauke. Route 106 was closed off in the area, with the rest of the road open for hikers. However, the road was not going to be connected again until summer of 2008. People are also allowed to walk in the area.[6] Although the projected date of the summer of 2008 passed, the Palisades Interstate Park Commission and Orange County Department of Highways did not open the highway. On April 3, 2009, over one year since the closing of the highway, the Commission, Department of Highways (in conjunction with the New York State Department of Transportation) reported that the construction to fix the safety concerns near Little Long Pond would cost $300,000 (2009 USD). The construction report said the probable finish date for the project is December 1, 2009.[7] The construction was, in fact, completed in December 2009 which also included the reconstruction of a second culvert connecting the northern and southern portions of Lake Kanawauke, located approximately 1/2 mile east of the failed culvert.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Orange County.

Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Southfields 0.00 0.00 NY 17 / NY 17A Eastern terminus of NY 17A
Harriman State Park 5.20 8.37 Seven Lakes Drive Roundabout
5.23 8.42 CR 106 (Kanawauke Road) Continuation into Rockland County
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b New York State Legislature. "New York State Highway Law § 341". Retrieved April 11, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Yahoo Maps. Overview map of Orange CR 106 (Map). http://maps.yahoo.com/#mvt=m&lat=41.229255&lon=-74.181277&zoom=18&q1=41.228606%2C-74.184377&q2=41.233863%2C-74.108728. Retrieved April 24, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Google Maps. Overview map of Orange CR 106 (Map). http://maps.google.com/maps?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4ADBF_enUS232US232&q=from:+RT-17A+%4041.228660,+-74.184450+to:+Unknown+road+%4041.233900,+-74.111620+to:CR-106+E/Lake+Kanawauke+Rd+%4041.233900,+-74.110510&um=1&sa=N&tab=wl. Retrieved April 11, 2008.
  4. ^ Myles, William J. (1999). Harriman Trails, A Guide and History. New York, NY: The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. 
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. "Trail Closures". Retrieved April 13, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Orange County reaches agreement with Palisades Interstate Park Commission on CR 106". Mid-Hudson News (Middletown, NY). April 3, 2009. Retrieved April 5, 2009. 

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