New York State Route 372

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NYS Route 372 marker

NYS Route 372
Map of New York State Route 372
Map of Washington County in eastern New York with NY 372 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NYSDOT
Length: 8.93 mi[2] (14.37 km)
Existed: 1930[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: NY 29 in Greenwich
East end: NY 22 in Cambridge
Location
Counties: Washington
Highway system
NY 371 NY 373

New York State Route 372 (NY 372) is an east–west state highway in southern Washington County, New York, in the United States. It extends for just under 9 miles (14 km) from an intersection with NY 22 in the village of Cambridge to a junction with NY 29 in the village of Greenwich. The route is known as Main Street inside of both villages, the most populated and developed locations on the route. Outside of the two communities, NY 372 is a rural connector traversing mostly undeveloped areas. The road was taken over by the state of New York in stages during the 1910s and 1920s and designated as NY 372 as part of the 1930 renumbering of state highways in New York.

Route description[edit]

A NY 372 shield attached a post near a telephone pole in the middle of a village
NY 372 heading eastbound along the village of Greewnich

NY 372 begins at an intersection with NY 29 (Main Street) in the village of Greenwich. The route progresses to the southeast, following Main Street through the southern, lesser developed parts of the village before leaving the community after crossing over the Batten Kill. Across the river, the road's surroundings become less developed as it winds its way through the rural parts of eastern Washington County. NY 372 turns to the south at an intersection with Old Cambridge Road, which parallels the highway for a short distance.[3]

After this bend to the south, the highway traverses undeveloped areas until it reaches an intersection with County Route 74A (CR 74A). Development along the route increases slightly at the junction, where the route makes a curve to the east. It crosses from the town of Greenwich to the town of Cambridge shortly afterward. Just east of the town line, NY 372 meets CR 60 prior to resuming a southeastern progression toward the village of Cambridge. Past the turn, the homes give way to a short stretch of dense woodlands, which in turn are replaced with open fields not long afterward. The highway continues to wind its way southeastward across the fields, soon intersecting CR 62.[3]

The route eventually reaches the hamlet of Coila, where its surroundings become developed once again. Not far to the south is the village of Cambridge, where the road becomes Main Street for the second time. Just inside the village limits, NY 372 connects to CR 59 before turning to the east and entering the heart of the village. Here, the highway passes by several densely populated blocks containing rows of homes and many historic buildings. The route continues for several blocks to Park Street, where it terminates at an intersection with NY 22. CR 67 continues east from the junction, following NY 372's right-of-way out of Cambridge.[3]

History[edit]

A tall building with peaked roof and a smaller brick one next to it
Hubbard Hall in downtown Cambridge

Modern NY 372 was improved to state highway standards in three parts, separated by the two village lines that the highway crosses. The first section to be brought up to standards was the piece within the village of Cambridge, which was added to the state highway system on February 23, 1914, and inventoried as State Highway 1082 (SH 1082). The next segment to be upgraded and included in the system, the portion inside of the village of Greenwich, was added on September 14, 1918, as SH 1436. By 1920, the section connecting the two—designated as SH 1438—was only 4 percent reconstructed, even though the contract for improving the road was let just four days after the contract for SH 1436 was awarded.[4] It was fully completed by 1926.[5] In the 1930 renumbering of state highways in New York, the three unsigned state highways were designated as NY 372.[1] The route has not been altered since that time.[6]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Washington County.

Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Village of Greenwich 0.00 0.00 NY 29
Village of Cambridge 8.93 14.37 NY 22
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Standard Oil Company of New York (1930). Road Map of New York (Map). Cartography by General Drafting.
  2. ^ a b "2008 Traffic Volume Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. June 16, 2009. pp. 221–222. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Yahoo! Inc. "overview map of NY 372". Yahoo! Maps (Map). Cartography by Navteq. http://maps.yahoo.com/#mvt=h&lat=43.027655&lon=-73.37796&zoom=18&q1=43.090085%2C-73.499443&q2=43.027686%2C-73.376276. Retrieved June 20, 2009.
  4. ^ New York State Department of Highways (1920). Report of the State Commissioner of Highways. Albany, New York: J. B. Lyon Company. pp. 254, 270. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ I Love New York (2009). New York State Map (Map). Cartography by Map Works.

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