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New York State Route 205

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New York State Route 205 marker

New York State Route 205
Map of Otsego County and vicinity with NY 205 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NYSDOT
Length: 23.24 mi[2] (37.40 km)
Existed: 1930[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: I-88 in Oneonta
  NY 23 in Oneonta
North end: NY 28 / NY 80 in Otsego
Counties: Otsego
Highway system
NY 204 NY 206

New York State Route 205 (NY 205) is a north–south state highway in central Otsego County, New York, in the United States. It extends for 23.24 miles (37.40 km) from Interstate 88 (I-88) exit 13 near the city of Oneonta to a junction with NY 28 in the town of Otsego. The latter junction also marks the east end of a 2.1-mile (3.4 km) overlap between NY 205 and NY 80, from where NY 80 heads southeast to follow NY 28 to Cooperstown. NY 205 is a two-lane highway for its entire length and passes through the towns of Laurens and Hartwick.

NY 205 originally began at NY 23 northwest of Oneonta when it was assigned as part of the 1930 renumbering of state highways in New York. The route originally followed local, substandard roads surrounding Otego Creek; however, it was gradually moved onto its modern alignment over the course of the 1930s. It was officially extended southward from West Oneonta to connect to I-88 in 1970; however, it was not extended southward in reality until the mid-1970s. The extension created a short overlap with NY 23 west of the city.

Route description[edit]

An old NY 205 reassurance marker just south of CR 11A in Laurens

NY 205 begins at exit 13 off I-88 just north of the Susquehanna River in the town of Oneonta. The two-lane route heads northwestward from the exit, crossing the Interstate Highway and passing north of an office park built up alongside the freeway. Another overpass brings NY 205 over the Delaware and Hudson Railway and leads to an intersection with NY 7 (Oneida Street), the main east–west surface road through the city of Oneonta. Past NY 7, the route turns northward, serving the National Soccer Hall of Fame and another office park prior to crossing County Route 8 (CR 8, named Country Club Road). NY 205 continues on, passing through a residential area adjacent to Oneonta County Club and intersecting with NY 23 (Chestnut Street) at the club's eastern edge. NY 23 turns north at the junction, overlapping with NY 205 for about 1 mile (1.6 km) to the outskirts of the town.[3]

While NY 23 forks to the northwest to serve West Oneonta, NY 205 continues to run northward along the east side of Otego Creek through a rural section of Otsego County. It soon enters the town of Laurens, where it connects to CR 11A (Water Street) east of the village of Laurens. The short east–west county road is the only connection between NY 205 and the village, which is located on CR 11, a parallel route to NY 205 on the western bank of Otego Creek. NY 205 and CR 11 continue northeastward, following loosely parallel alignments to the hamlet of Mount Vision in the northern part of the town. In Mount Vision, NY 205 ducks northwest at an intersection with CR 46 and meets CR 11B (Mill Street), another connector between CR 11 and NY 205, near the Mount Vision Cemetery.[3]

After leaving Mount Vision, the two roads parallel each other into the town of Hartwick, where both intersect with another highway crossing Otego Creek, CR 11D. The roads enter the hamlet of Jones Crossing, intersecting with another crossroad, the locally maintained Jones Crossing Road. In the rural backdrop north of Jones Crossing, NY 205 intersects with CR 45's western terminus. The parallel alignments of NY 205 and CR 11 end a short distance to the north in the hamlet of Hartwick as CR 11 enters the community on the east–west Main Street and intersects NY 205 in the hamlet's center. CR 11 leaves NY 205 for good outside of Hartwick, continuing on a generally easterly track toward Cooperstown, while NY 205 passes Hartwick Town Park and crosses over Otego Creek as it heads northward into the town of Otsego.[3]

In Otsego, NY 205 continues to run through mostly undeveloped areas to a junction with NY 80. NY 205 turns eastward here to follow NY 80 while NY 205's former northward right-of-way continues as a town highway named Raymond Fish Road. The two state routes initially head southeastward for roughly 1 mile (1.6 km); however, they soon curve to the northeast as they descend into a valley surrounding Oaks Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna River. At the base of the valley, NY 80 and NY 205 meet NY 28, the primary north–south road through the area. NY 205 terminates here while NY 80 heads southeastward along NY 28, following the route through the hamlet of Oaksville toward Cooperstown.[3]


West end of NY 80 / NY 205 overlap

NY 205 was assigned as part of the 1930 renumbering of state highways in New York to a series of substandard highways connecting the hamlets of West Oneonta and Oaksville. The route began at NY 23 northwest of Oneonta and followed what is now CR 11 and CR 11B north through the village of Laurens and along the west side of Otego Creek to Mount Vision, from where it continued to NY 80 over a highway along the east bank of the creek that ultimately became the basis for NY 205's modern routing.[1] At this point, NY 205 turned eastward, overlapping with NY 80 to connect to NY 28 at a junction just outside Oaksville and 5 miles (8.0 km) northwest of Cooperstown.[4] South of Hartwick, NY 205 ran adjacent to the Southern New York Railway, a scenic passenger and freight railroad that was once the corridor's main transportation artery.[5]

Work to replace or improve the existing roads began c. 1930 with the construction of a new highway between West Oneonta and modern CR 11A near Laurens that ran along the east side of Otego Creek.[1][6] The new road was completed by 1932 as a realignment of NY 205, as was an extension of the highway north to Mount Vision. As part of the change, NY 205 was altered between Mount Vision and Hartwick to use a series of highways along the west bank of the creek, specifically Angel Road, current CR 11, and Weeks Road.[7] In late 1932, the section of NY 205 north of Hartwick was closed to traffic as part of a project to completely reconstruct the road. It was completed and reopened c. 1934.[8][9] The eastern creekside highway between Mount Vision and Hartwick was upgraded c. 1938; as a result, NY 205 was rerouted once again to follow the improved road.[10][11]

The reconstruction of NY 205 transformed the road into the main north–south connection between West Oneonta and Oaksville. At the same time, the parallel Southern New York Railway had become unprofitable as the highways running alongside the track had become more appealing to shippers and travelers than the railroad itself. In 1940, the railroad abandoned the section of its line between West Oneonta and Jordanville, Herkimer County. The track ran alongside state routes for most of its length, and the presence of NY 205 and NY 167 was noted as a contributing factor to the line's demise in the railroad's abandonment petition to the Interstate Commerce Commission.[5]

On January 1, 1970, NY 205 was officially extended southward to meet I-88 at what is now exit 13.[12] In reality, however, NY 205 continued to begin at NY 23 for most of the early 1970s as all of I-88 had yet to be built.[13] The extension finally materialized c. 1974 following the completion of I-88 in the vicinity of Oneonta. The newly extended NY 205 connected to the freeway by way of a 0.7-mile (1.1 km) overlap with NY 23 and a new 1.4-mile (2.3 km) highway linking NY 23 to an interchange with I-88 at the Oneonta city line.[14][15]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Otsego County.

Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Town of Oneonta 0.00 0.00 I-88 Exit 13 (I-88)
0.23 0.37 NY 7
1.38 2.22 NY 23 east Southern terminus of NY 23 / NY 205 overlap
2.08 3.35 NY 23 west Northern terminus of NY 23 / NY 205 overlap
Otsego 21.32 34.31 NY 80 west Western terminus of NY 80 / NY 205 overlap
23.24 37.40 NY 28 east / NY 80 Eastern terminus of NY 80 / NY 205 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Road Map of New York (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Standard Oil Company of New York. 1930. 
  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 Microsoft; Nokia (April 9, 2012). "overview map of NY 205" (Map). Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ Hartwick Quadrangle – New York – Otsego Co. (Map). 1:24,000. 7.5 Minute Series (Topographic). United States Geological Survey. 1943. 
  5. ^ a b "Picturesque Rural Railway Line Ready to Surrender to Competitor" (PDF). Evening Recorder. Amsterdam, NY. September 14, 1940. p. 5. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ New York in Soconyland (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Standard Oil Company of New York. 1929. 
  7. ^ Texaco Road Map – New York (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally and Company. Texas Oil Company. 1932. 
  8. ^ "Top Dressing Being Laid on Hartwick Road" (PDF). The Glimmerglass. Cooperstown, NY. August 14, 1933. p. 2. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ Texaco Road Map – New York (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally and Company. Texas Oil Company. 1934. 
  10. ^ Shell Road Map – New York (Map). Cartography by H.M. Gousha Company. Shell Oil Company. 1937. 
  11. ^ New York Road Map for 1938 (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Esso. 1938. 
  12. ^ State of New York Department of Transportation (January 1, 1970). Official Description of Touring Routes in New York State (PDF). Retrieved May 24, 2009. 
  13. ^ New York and New Jersey Tourgide Map (Map) (1972 ed.). Cartography by Rand McNally and Company. Gulf Oil Company. 1972. 
  14. ^ New York (Map) (1973 ed.). Cartography by H.M. Gousha Company. Shell Oil Company. 1973. 
  15. ^ New York and New Jersey Tourgide Map (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally and Company. Gulf Oil Company. 1974. 

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