New York State Route 320

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NYS Route 320 marker

NYS Route 320
Map of the Norwich area with NY 320 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NYSDOT
Length: 3.55 mi[2] (5.71 km)
Existed: 1930[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: NY 12 in Norwich
East end: CR 29 in North Norwich
Location
Counties: Chenango
Highway system
NY 319 NY 321

New York State Route 320 (NY 320) is an east–west state highway located within Chenango County in the central part of New York in the United States. It extends for 3.55 miles (5.71 km) from an intersection with NY 12 north of the city of Norwich to a junction with Tiffany Road in the town of North Norwich. The road shifts from state to county maintenance at the latter junction, and NY 320's right-of-way continues northeast from Tiffany Road as County Route 29 (CR 29). NY 320 was assigned as part of the 1930 renumbering of state highways in New York.

Route description[edit]

The northern terminus of NY 320 at CR 29 in North Norwich

NY 320 begins a half-mile (0.8 km) north of the Norwich city limits at an intersection with NY 12 in the town of Norwich. The highway heads to the northeast as a two-lane road, serving a commercial area along the southern edge of Lt. Warren Eaton Airport. It crosses over the Chenango River and a grade crossing with the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad prior to intersecting CR 32 (East River Road). Past the junction, the commercial establishments give way to homes as the route continues to head away from the Norwich area. Near the eastern edge of a valley surrounding the Chenango River, NY 320 briefly turns eastward, running along the Norwich–North Norwich town line and crossing over Thompson Creek, a tributary of the Chenango River.[3]

After a quarter-mile (0.4 km), NY 320 curves back to the northeast and fully enters North Norwich. The route loosely parallels Thompson Creek as it runs uphill from the Chenango River valley, passing gradually fewer homes as it ascends in elevation. Eventually, the residences are replaced by farms as the road reaches a rural intersection with Tiffany Road.[3] At this point, ownership and maintenance of NY 320's right-of-way shifts from the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to Chenango County. The change in jurisdiction marks the eastern terminus of NY 320,[2] and the state road's right-of-way continues east to a junction with NY 8 and NY 80 in the village of New Berlin as CR 29.[3]

History[edit]

On October 22, 1907, the state of New York awarded a contract to reconstruct what is now NY 320 to state highway standards. The road cost $35,518 to rebuild (equivalent to $932,282 in 2015), and it was added to the state highway system on October 15, 1908, as unsigned State Highway 597 (SH 597).[4][5] In the 1930 renumbering of state highways in New York, hundreds of state-maintained highways were assigned a posted route number for the first time.[6] One of these was SH 597, which was designated NY 320. The route's alignment has not been substantially altered since that time.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Chenango County.

Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Town of Norwich 0.00 0.00 NY 12
North Norwich 3.55 5.71 Tiffany Road
3.55 5.71 CR 29 Continuation beyond Tiffany Road
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 c "2008 Traffic Volume Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. June 16, 2009. p. 213. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Microsoft. "overview map of NY 320". Bing Maps (Map). Cartography by Nokia. http://binged.it/YRtrA0. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  4. ^ State of New York Commission of Highways (1922). Tables Giving Detailed Information and Present Status of All State, County and Federal Aid Highways. Albany, NY: J. B. Lyon Company. p. 34. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  6. ^ Dickinson, Leon A. (January 12, 1930). "New Signs for State Highways". The New York Times. p. 136. 

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