New York State Route 203

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NYS Route 203 marker

NYS Route 203
Map of New York State Route 203
Map of eastern New York with NY 203 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NYSDOT
Length: 22.95 mi[2] (36.93 km)
Existed: 1930[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: NY 22 in Austerlitz
North end: US 20 in Nassau
Location
Counties: Columbia, Rensselaer
Highway system
US 202 NY 204

New York State Route 203 (NY 203) is a state highway in the Capital District of New York in the United States. It begins at an intersection with NY 22 in the Columbia County hamlet of Austerlitz and ends at a junction with U.S. Route 20 (US 20) in the Rensselaer County village of Nassau. NY 203 was assigned as part of the 1930 renumbering of state highways in New York. Prior to that time, the section of NY 203 east of Valatie was part of NY 22.

Route description[edit]

NY 203 begins at an intersection with NY 22 in the town of Austerlitz. NY 203 proceeds northwest and downtown into the hamlet of Spencertown. Spencertown consists of several homes situated around the intersection of NY 203 and Fire Hill Road. The two-lane route winds its way west through the town of Austerlitz, passing through woods and residences for several miles. At the intersection with Jugway Road, NY 203 bends northwest, entering a large hamlet at the intersection with County Route 7 (CR 7; South Street). Residences surround NY 203 as it heads northeast, before starting to space north of Goodrich Lane. The route winds its way to the northwest, becoming more rural as it enters an intersection with CR 9 in the hamlet of Moorhouse Corner.[3]

NY 203 south at the junction with NY 66 in the village of Chatham

Still in the town of Austerlitz, NY 203 bends northwest from CR 9 and enters a partial cloverleaf interchange with the Taconic State Parkway before intersecting with CR 61 (Hogel Hill Road) nearby. After CR 61, NY 203 makes a dart to the southwest into the town of Ghent, running around a hillside before turning northwest into the village of Chatham. In Chatham, NY 203 gains the moniker of Coleman Street, intersecting with NY 66 (Hudson Avenue), where it changes names to Church Street. Proceeding west through Chatham, the route becomes a two-lane commercial and residential strip before leaving the village for Ghent once again.[3]

Out of Chatham, NY 203 drops the Church Street moniker, winding its way northwest along a freight line into the town of Chatham. In the town of Chatham, NY 203 bends northwest then west as it becomes more rural. A short distance later, NY 203 intersects with CR 21B in the town of Kinderhook. At CR 21B, NY 203 winds northward through Kinderhook as a two-lane rural roadway, bending northwest at a junction with Merwin Road. NY 203 proceeds west, passing north of Winding Brook Country Club and soon into the village of Valatie. In Valatie, NY 203 gains the moniker of Chatham Street, proceeding north as a two-lane residential street.[3]

After crossing a creek in the middle of the village, NY 203 enters downtown Valatie, intersecting with Main Street, which proceeds westward to connect with US 9. NY 203 however proceeds eastward along Main, crossing an intersection that leads to CR 28A (Upper Main Street). NY 203 proceeds north on Mechanic Street, a two-lane commercial street in the northeastern corner of the village. At Church Street, the route bends northeast, leaving downtown Valatie and soon back into the town of Kinderhook. In Kinderhook, NY 203 becomes a two-lane residential street, passing southeast of the hamlet of Valatie Corner and into a junction with CR 28 (Main Street / Newton Hill Road).[3]

NY 203 at the junction with US 20 in Nassau

After CR 28, NY 203 bends northeast, crossing over the freight line and running along the eastern side of Niverville. After Niverville, NY 203 crosses back into the town of Chatham, passing along the eastern shore of Kinderhook Lake as a two-lane residential street. The route bends away from the lake, soon bending northeast into a junction with CR 17. At CR 17, NY 203 bends northward into the hamlet of North Chatham. In North Chatham, NY 203 is a two-lane residential strip, intersecting with CR 32 at the north end of the hamlet. At CR 32, NY 203 darts northeast, intersecting with another segment of CR 32 before turning north and crossing the county line into Rensselaer County.[3]

After crossing the county line, NY 203 crosses under the Berkshire Spur of the New York State Thruway (I-90) in the town of Nassau. After the Thruway, NY 203 remains a dense wooded road, winding its way northward along the Valatie Kill. The route passes a large cemetery and several residences as it bends northeast, entering the village of Nassau. In Nassau, NY 203 has the moniker of Chatham Street, becoming a two-lane residential strip before intersecting with US 20 (Albany Avenue / Church Street) in downtown. This junction serves as the northern terminus of NY 203.[3]

History[edit]

In 1908, the New York State Legislature created Route 1, an unsigned legislative route extending from New York City to Albany along the eastern fringe of New York. Route 1 mostly followed what is now NY 22 from New York City to Austerlitz, where it turned west and continued to Valatie on modern NY 203. The route left NY 203 at Main Street and continued to Albany on current US 9.[4][5] When the first set of posted routes in New York were assigned in 1924, most of legislative Route 1 south of NY 23 in Hillsdale became NY 22.[6][7] The remainder of old Route 1 between Hillsdale and Valatie became part of an extended NY 22 in the late 1920s.[7][8]

NY 22 was realigned as part of the 1930 renumbering of state highways in New York to continue north from Austerlitz to the Canadian border near Mooers by way of the eastern edge of the state. Most of NY 22's former routing between Valatie and Austerlitz became part of NY 203,[1] a new route extending from Austerlitz to Nassau via Valatie.[9] The short segment of former NY 22 along Main Street in Valatie from Kinderhook Street (US 9) to Chatham Street (NY 203) did not receive a designation and is now NY 980B, an unsigned reference route.[10]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Columbia Austerlitz 0.00 0.00 NY 22
Town of Chatham 6.72 10.81 Taconic State Parkway Grade-separated interchange
Village of Chatham 8.20 13.20 NY 66 (Hudson Avenue)
Valatie To US 9 via Main Street (NY 980B)
Rensselaer Village of Nassau 22.95 36.93 US 20 (Church Street)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dickinson, Leon A. (January 12, 1930). "New Signs for State Highways". The New York Times. p. 136. 
  2. ^ a b "2008 Traffic Volume Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. June 16, 2009. p. 185. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Microsoft. "overview map of NY 203". Bing Maps (Map). Cartography by Nokia. http://binged.it/NfxINd. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  4. ^ State of New York Department of Highways (1909). The Highway Law. Albany, NY: J. B. Lyon Company. p. 53. Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ New York State Department of Highways (1920). Report of the State Commissioner of Highways. Albany, NY: J. B. Lyon Company. pp. 495–496. Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ "New York's Main Highways Designated by Numbers". The New York Times. December 21, 1924. p. XX9. 
  7. ^ a b State of New York Department of Public Works (1926). Official Map Showing State Highways and other important roads (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally and Company.
  8. ^ Standard Oil Company of New York (1929). New York in Soconyland (Map). Cartography by General Drafting.
  9. ^ Standard Oil Company of New York (1930). Road Map of New York (Map). Cartography by General Drafting.
  10. ^ New York State Department of Transportation (January 2012). Official Description of Highway Touring Routes, Bicycling Touring Routes, Scenic Byways, & Commemorative/Memorial Designations in New York State (PDF). Retrieved February 16, 2012. 

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