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The highway system of the U.S. state of New York is a network of roads owned and maintained by several jurisdictions: the state of New York through the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and its counties, towns, villages, and cities. The most prominent of these roads are part of one of four numbered route systems in New York, each assigned at a different level of government.

Interstate Highways and U.S. Routes are assigned at the national level. Interstate Highways are numbered in a grid—even-numbered routes are east–west routes (but the lowest numbers are along Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico), and odd-numbered routes are north–south routes (with the lowest numbers along the Pacific Ocean). U.S. Routes are also numbered in a grid—even numbered for east–west routes (with the lowest numbers along Canada) and odd numbered for north–south routes (with the lowest numbers along the Atlantic Ocean). For this reason, mainline (two-digit) Interstate Highways in New York all have numbers above 78 and mainline U.S. Routes (with the exception of US 44 and US 62) all have numbers below 20. Three-digit Interstate and U.S. Highways, also known as "child routes," are branches off their main one- or two-digit "parents". The majority of Interstate and U.S. Highways are maintained by NYSDOT.

New York State Routes are assigned by NYSDOT. Most routes are completely owned and maintained by the state; however, parts of some routes are maintained by local governments, such as a county or a city. Other routes, such as New York State Route 148 in Niagara County, are completely locally owned and maintained. The shield used for state routes is a simplified version of the Seal of New York. Roads that are maintained by the state but not assigned a state route designation carry a reference route designation, which is usually posted only on small, green reference markers alongside the highway.

Two-digit routes are typically long-distance highways while three-digit routes are typically connectors between two highways of greater importance. The first two-digit routes were assigned in 1924 while the first three-digit routes were assigned as part of the 1930 state highway renumbering. At that time, three-digit routes were generally assigned in "clusters", with the Rochester area playing home to Routes 250 through 261, the North Country having Routes 177 through 195, and so on. This system was used only in the renumbering and no longer exists on a large scale due to the removal and reassignment of designations in the years since.

County routes in New York are assigned individually by each county. The numbering and signing practices vary from county to county, as does the size of each county's system. Numerical designations typically do not carry over from one county to the next; exceptions include County Route 106 in Orange and Rockland Counties, both formerly part of New York State Route 210, and County Route 60 in Chemung and Tioga Counties, both formerly part of New York State Route 17.

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New York State Route 382 (NY 382) was a state highway in the town of Red House in Cattaraugus County, New York, in the United States. The highway was 0.8 miles (1.3 km) long and served as a connector between NY 17 and the Red House entrance of Allegany State Park, where it connected to Allegany State Park Route 2 (ASP Route 2). NY 382 was assigned in the early 1930s and removed in the early 1970s after the highway's connection to the park was dismantled as part of the Southern Tier Expressway's construction. The NY 382 designation is currently reserved by the New York State Department of Transportation as a replacement for NY 88 in Ontario and Wayne counties.

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NY 144 is a road connecting US 9W in the hamlet of Hannacroix in the town of New Baltimore to NY 32 in the town of Bethlehem. Above: NY 144 northbound approaching the Greene County–Albany County line in the town of New Baltimore.
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NY 144 is a road connecting US 9W in the hamlet of Hannacroix in the town of New Baltimore to NY 32 in the town of Bethlehem. Above: NY 144 northbound approaching the Greene CountyAlbany County line in the town of New Baltimore.

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  • 1980: 19 counties take part in separate highway maintenance swaps with the state of New York, resulting in the creation and elimination of many routes across the state. Among those removed is NY 368; among those created is NY 337.


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  1. ^ Upadhye, Neeti (December 1, 2014). "Inner Loop closure set for Tuesday". Gannett. Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ Brelje, Beth (July 14, 2014). "Historic Pond Eddy Bridge, built in 1904, up for sale in Pennsylvania". Pocono Record. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ [Staff writer] (June 27, 2014). "Corning area now has 2 interstates; U.S. 15 designated I-99 to Pa. border". Star-Gazette (Sherman M. Bodner). Retrieved June 28, 2014.