New York State Route 312
Map of Southeast with NY 312 highlighted in red
|Maintained by NYSDOT|
|Length:||4.42 mi (7.11 km)|
|Existed:||1930 – present|
|West end:||US 6 in Southeast|
|I-84 in Southeast|
|East end:||NY 22 in Southeast|
New York State Route 312 (NY 312) is a short but important state highway located entirely within the town of Southeast in Putnam County, New York, in the United States. It allows access, albeit indirectly, to the village of Brewster from Interstate 84 (I-84) via a less complicated exit than the nearby I-684 exit, and is often heavily used for this purpose at rush hour by local residents. The western terminus of the route is at U.S. Route 6 (US 6) roughly 2 miles (3.2 km) northwest of Brewster. The eastern terminus is at NY 22 in the hamlet of Sears Corners. NY 312 was originally assigned to what is now NY 164 as part of the 1930 renumbering of state highways in New York before being shifted south to its current location in 1937.
NY 312 begins at US 6 in Southeast, New York just northeast of Middle Branch Reservoir, one of the many reservoirs in Putnam County which supply New York City's large need for drinking water. The route heads northeast, before veering to the north after a 0.5 mile (0.8 km) to bypass a hill 680 feet (210 m) high. Past the hill, the route curves eastward then northeastward as it meets I-84 by way of an interchange and approaches the hamlet of Dykemans.
In Dykemans, NY 312 serves the Metro-North Railroad's Southeast station, located on the railroad's Harlem Line. Just north of the station, NY 312 turns almost due east as it crosses the Harlem Line at-grade and exits Dykemans. 0.5 miles (0.8 km) from the railroad crossing, the route intersects North Brewster Road (County Road 58 or CR 58) and Farm to Market Road (CR 62) in the hamlet of Brewster Hill. From here, it travels along the northern edge of Bog Brook Reservoir, another large reservoir which supplies drinking water to New York City. NY 312 proceeds east to the hamlet of Sears Corners, where it terminates at NY 22.
All of modern NY 312 was originally designated as part of NY 52 in the 1930 renumbering of state highways in New York. At the same time, the NY 312 designation was assigned to the entirety of what is now NY 164. The NY 312 designation was shifted 3 miles (5 km) southward to its current alignment in May 1937 after NY 52 was truncated to Carmel. No changes have been made to NY 312's alignment since that time.
|0.00||0.00||US 6 (Carmel Avenue) – Brewster RR Station|
|1.11||1.79||I-84 – Newburgh, Danbury, Southeast RR Station||Hamlet of Dykemans; exit 19 (I-84)|
|4.42||7.11||NY 22||Hamlet of Sears Corners|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Road Map of New York (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Standard Oil Company of New York. 1930.
- "2008 Traffic Data Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. June 16, 2009. p. 292. Retrieved December 9, 2009.
- Lake Carmel Quadrangle – New York – Putnam Co. (Map). 1:24,000. 7.5 Minute Series (Topographic). United States Geological Survey. 1981. Retrieved November 6, 2010.
- Google (April 8, 2008). "New York State Route 312" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 8, 2008.
- 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
- "Highway Route Numbers Changed" (PDF). Pawling-Patterson News-Chronicle. May 6, 1937. p. 1. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
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