Merrick Road

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Merrick Road
Merrick Boulevard2.jpg
Merrick Boulevard in South Jamaica, Queens
Maintained by NYCDOT, Nassau County, and NYSDOT
Location Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties New York
Coordinates 40°40′26.9″N 73°43′39.8″W / 40.674139°N 73.727722°W / 40.674139; -73.727722
West end NY 25 in Jamaica
East end at the Amityville & Copiague town border where it becomes Montauk Highway

Merrick Road, named Merrick Boulevard inside New York City, is an east–west urban arterial in Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties New York in the United States. It runs east from the Queens neighborhood of Jamaica through Merrick past the county line of Nassau and Suffolk counties, through Amityville Suffolk where it becomes Montauk Highway at the Amityville & Copiague town border in Suffolk. The easternmost portion of Merrick Road is signed as part of New York State Route 27A (NY 27A). At one time, the entire length of Merrick Road was signed as NY 27A; the entire portion within Nassau County is currently designated as the unsigned County Route 27 (CR 27).[1] It is an old road, forming part of one of the original paths across southern Long Island, once known as Montauk Highway the whole way.

Route description[edit]

Merrick Boulevard begins at NY 25 (Hillside Avenue) as a two-lane, one-way street heading eastbound (compass south at this point), continued north of Hillside Avenue as 166th Street. 168th Street provides for traffic running westbound/northbound. Just south of Liberty Avenue, the two directions join together to form a four-lane, divided Merrick Boulevard.[2]

Merrick Boulevard at Linden Boulevard

Merrick Boulevard gradually turns southeast and east, passing through Springfield Gardens, Laurelton and crossing the Belt Parkway before leaving Queens into Nassau County, where it becomes Merrick Road. Merrick Road here is one of the old roads along the southern side of Long Island; it has been replaced by Sunrise Highway (NY 27) for most through traffic.[2]

At Rockville Centre, bridges take it over NY 27, with four directional ramps forming a partial interchange. Further east, it serves as the southern end for state roads such as NY 107, NY 110, and the Seaford–Oyster Bay Expressway ( NY 135 ).[2]

NY 27A begins as a split from NY 27 in East Massapequa, where NY 27 leaves the original Sunrise Gold Circle, which is now Old Sunrise Highway (unsigned NY 900D) east of the split. NY 27A quickly turns south off Old Sunrise Highway onto Carman Mill Road, which ends at Merrick Road. Merrick Road from that point east continues through Massapequa over the Nassau/Suffolk border into Amityville, Suffolk County, where it becomes Montauk Highway at the Amityville/Copiague town border and is part of NY 27A.[2] Amityville is the only town in Suffolk County where the road is called Merrick Rd., it is called Montauk Highway in every other Suffolk County town.

Both the Meadowbrook State Parkway and the Wantagh State Parkway have interchanges with Merrick Road. A truck needing to make a delivery to the barrier beaches along Ocean Parkway may enter either parkway southbound at this road and at no point further north.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Queens Jamaica 0.00 0.00 NY 25 (Hillside Avenue)
Jamaica Avenue
Laurelton Belt Parkway – Whitestone Bridge, Verrazano Bridge Exit 24B (Belt Parkway)
Nassau Rockville Centre NY 27 (Sunrise Highway) Same-direction movements only (Merrick Road east to NY 27 east, Merrick Road west to NY 27 west)
Freeport Meadowbrook Parkway Meadowbrook Parkway Exit M9E-W
Wantagh Wantagh Parkway Wantagh Parkway Exit W6E-W
Seaford NY 135 north – Syosset Southern terminus of NY 135, NY 135 Exit 1E-W
Massapequa NY 107 north Southern terminus of NY 107
East Massapequa 16.3 26.2 NY 27A (Merrick Rd)
Suffolk Amityville NY 110 Southern terminus of NY 110
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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