New York State Route 54A

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NYS Route 54A marker

NYS Route 54A
Map of New York State Route 54A
Map of Finger Lakes region in central New York with NY 54A highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of NY 54
Maintained by NYSDOT and the village of Hammondsport
Length: 22.46 mi[2] (36.15 km)
Existed: 1930[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: NY 54 in Urbana
North end: NY 14A / NY 54 in Penn Yan
Location
Counties: Steuben, Yates
Highway system
NY 54 NY 55

New York State Route 54A (NY 54A) is a state highway in the western part of New York in the United States. It runs in a northeast to southwest direction through part of the Finger Lakes district of New York. The southern terminus of NY 54A is at NY 54 south of Hammondsport. The northern terminus is in Penn Yan, where it rejoins NY 54. Unlike NY 54, which runs along the east side of Keuka Lake, NY 54A has a more circuitous route around the western side of the lake.

Route description[edit]

NY 54A begins at an intersection with NY 54 in the town of Urbana. NY 54A proceeds northward through Urbana as Main Street Extension, crossing Keuka Inlet into the village of Hammondsport. After the inlet, NY 54A changes names to Main Street, crosses over the Bath and Hammondsport Railroad alignment and enters downtown Hammondsport. The route remains a two-lane residential highway, intersecting with County Route 88 (CR 88; Lake Street) before turning eastward on Putleney Street. Bending to the northwest through the northern end of the village, NY 54A leaves along the side of Keuka Lake. Now known as West Lake Road, NY 54A is now paralleling CR 76 (Hammondsport-South Pulteney Road) through Urbana. Continuing lakeside, NY 54A passes a long stretch of lakeside residences. Continuing northeast, NY 54A enters the lakeside hamlet of Glen Grove, consisting of a few lakeside homes.[3]

Intersection of NY 14A and NY 54A in Penn Yan

After leaving Glen Grove, NY 54A bends northward out of the hamlet through Urbana until entering the town of Putleney. Turning northeastward once again, the route enters the hamlet of Gibson Landing at an intersection with Gallagher Road. Gibson Landing consists of a few lakeside homes before leaving to the north. Passing Lakeside Park, a local park, the route turns northward into the hamlet of Lakeside Park. In Lakeside Park, NY 54A intersects with the eastern terminus of CR 78. NY 54A continues northward through Pulteney. Several miles to the north, NY 54A crosses the county line into Yates County and the town of Jerusalem. NY 54A turns to the northwest slightly away from the lake, crossing into the hamlet of Branchport. In Branchport, the route intersects with CR 32 (Italy Hill Road) and CR 29 (North Main Street). At this intersection, NY 54A turns eastward along CR 32's former right-of-way, while, CR 29 continued northward.[3]

Crossing the northern end of one branch of Keuka Lake, NY 54A heads eastward as a two-lane highway, passing to the north of Keuka Lake State Park. Continuing NY 54A bends northeastward into the hamlet of Pluff Point, which consists of a few farms. Continuing through Jerusalem, NY 54A passes Elephant Park and into the hamlet of Keuka Park. In Keuka Park, NY 54A intersects with CR 25 (Central Avenue) and comes within a mile of the other branch of Keuka Lake. After paralleling and intersecting with CR 21, NY 54A enters the village of Penn Yan. Through Penn Yan, NY 54A passes Lakeview Cemetery, becoming known as Elm Street through downtown. NY 54A crosses NY 14A (Liberty Street) as a two-lane village street before intersecting NY 54 once again at Main Street. This intersection serves as NY 54A's northern terminus.[3]

History[edit]

The roadway along the western shores of Keuka Lake from Hammondsport to Penn Yan was originally designated as part of NY 38 in the mid-1920s.[4][5] In the 1930 renumbering of state highways in New York, the portion of NY 38 from Bath to Penn Yan became part of the new NY 54.[6] At the same time, an alternate route of NY 54 between Hammondsport and Penn Yan along the eastern shoreline of Keuka Lake was designated as NY 54A.[1] The alignments of NY 54 and NY 54A between Hammondsport and Penn Yan were flipped in the early 1940s, placing NY 54A on its current alignment.[7][8]

After deteriorating for many years, the 5-mile (8 km) portion of NY 54A between Penn Yan and Branchport underwent a $5.2 million rehabilitation during the summer of 2010. This work was done after several years of loud complaints from area residents. In October, local and state officials gathered at the scenic overlook near Esperanza Drive for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the project.[9]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Steuben Urbana 0.00 0.00 NY 54
Yates Penn Yan 22.46 36.15 NY 14A (Liberty Street) / NY 54 (Brown Street)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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
  2. ^ a b "2008 Traffic Volume Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. June 16, 2009. p. 118. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Microsoft. "overview map of NY 54A". Bing Maps (Map). Cartography by Nokia. http://binged.it/HZKnSd. Retrieved April 20, 2012.
  4. ^ "New York's Main Highways Designated by Numbers". The New York Times. December 21, 1924. p. XX9. 
  5. ^ Rand McNally and Company (1926). Rand McNally Auto Road Atlas (western New York) (Map). http://www.broermapsonline.org/members/NorthAmerica/UnitedStates/Midatlantic/NewYork/unitedstates1926ra_008.html. Retrieved May 24, 2009.
  6. ^ Dickinson, Leon A. (January 12, 1930). "New Signs for State Highways". The New York Times. p. 136. 
  7. ^ Esso (1940). New York (Map). Cartography by General Drafting.
  8. ^ Esso (1942). New York with Pictorial Guide (Map). Cartography by General Drafting.
  9. ^ "Route 54A celebration". The Chronicle-Express (Penn Yan, New York). October 26, 2010. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 

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