New York State Route 399

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New York State Route 399 marker

New York State Route 399
Former NY 399 highlighted in red
Route information
ExistedApril 1935[1]–early 1960s[2]
Major junctions
South end NY 29 in Johnstown
North end NY 29A in Johnstown
Location
CountiesFulton
Highway system
NY 398NY 400

New York State Route 399 (NY 399) was a state highway located within the town of Johnstown in Fulton County, New York, in the United States. It served as a connector between NY 29 in the hamlet of Cork and NY 29A in the hamlet of Meco. After being proposed in 1931, the route was assigned in April 1935. The designation was removed by the early 1960s, but a section remained a state highway until April 1, 1980, when it transferred between the state of New York and Fulton County.

Route description[edit]

NY 399 began at a junction with NY 29 northwest of the Cork Center Reserovir in the town of Johnstown. The route ran northeast through the dense woods along Sweet Road, climbing up the hills of Fulton County south of the Adirondack Park to a junction with North Bush Road, where it turned eastward along North Bush. Along North Bush, NY 399 passed a cemetery and local radio tower. Bending along a curve around the hill, the route reached a junction with McGregor Road, reaching the junction with Fulton Street Extension, where it turned northeast around another hill. After turning eastward, the route reached the hamlet of Meco, where it met a junction with NY 29A, which marked the eastern terminus of NY 399.[3]

History[edit]

CR 101 in Meco. CR 101 replaced the alignment through Meco in 1980

In January 1931, New York State Senator Henry Patrie and Assemblyman Eberly Hutchinson propose to construct a new state highway between the hamlets of Meco and Cork Center. The new state highway would be an improvement over a sand-ridden 4.5-mile (7.2 km) road between the two communities. This new state highway would also allow Gloversville easier access to the western end of Fulton County.[4] In February 1931, the city of Gloversville Chamber of Commerce and Better Business approved a resolution stating support for the new state highway.[5] Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the bill on April 6.[6]

NY 399 was assigned in April 1935 and initially extended from NY 29 in Cork to NY 29A (modern Peck Road) west of Meco despite being a dirt road for some of its length.[1] It was extended slightly c. 1940 after NY 29A was realigned to bypass Meco to the north.[7][8] The NY 399 designation remained unchanged up through the late 1950s[9] to the early 1960s, when it was removed.[2] Part of NY 399's former routing on Sweet Road was physically removed by 1970, severing the Cork–Meco through route.[3]

On two occasions, the former alignment of NY 399 still maintained by the state was proposed as part of a highway maintenance swap. The first time, in August 1964, with the proposed construction of County Route 156 (CR 156) between NY 29 and NY 67. At that time, the state proposed the transfer of the former NY 399 alignment, along with NY 309, NY 331, NY 334 and NY 10A to Fulton County in return for CR 103, CR 127, and a town road. The proposal was tabled by the county.[10] In January 1978, the state and the county agreed to a scaled-down swap that would allow the state to acquire CR 127 in return for former NY 399, Easterly Street Extension in Gloversville and West Perth Road.[11]

On April 1, 1980, ownership and maintenance of old NY 399 between North Bush Road (County Route 131 or CR 131) and Peck Road was transferred from the state to Fulton County. Following the swap, the highway became part of CR 101,[12] which had already been designated along NY 399's former alignment between Peck Road and NY 29A.[13] The remainder of NY 399's intact routing is now maintained by the town of Johnstown.[12]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route was in Johnstown, Fulton County.

mikmDestinationsNotes
0.00.0 NY 29Hamlet of Cork
NY 29AHamlet of Meco
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b "Many State Roads Being Re-Numbered". The Morning Herald. April 20, 1935. p. 16. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  2. ^ a b New York and Metropolitan New York (Map) (1961-62 ed.). Cartography by H.M. Gousha Company. Sunoco. 1961.
  3. ^ a b Peck Lake Quadrangle – New York – Fulton Co (Map). 1:24,000. 7.5 Minute Series (Topographic). United States Geological Survey. 1970. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
  4. ^ "Highway Asked by Legislators". The Morning Herald. January 14, 1931. p. 2. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  5. ^ "Cross County Road Favored". The Morning Herald. February 7, 1931. p. 14. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "Common Council to Assist in Movement to Keep Road from Johnstown Property". The Morning Herald. April 7, 1931. p. 13. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  7. ^ New York (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Standard Oil Company. 1939.
  8. ^ New York (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Esso. 1940.
  9. ^ New York (Map). Cartography by H.M. Gousha Company. Cities Service Company. 1959.
  10. ^ "Supervisors Approve Building Of New County Road; State Okay of Project to be Asked". The Leader-Herald. August 11, 1964. p. 12. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  11. ^ "County, State 'Swap' Roads During Session". The Leader-Herald. January 13, 1978. p. 11. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  12. ^ a b Peck Lake Digital Raster Quadrangle (Map). 1:24,000. New York State Department of Transportation. 1983. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
  13. ^ "39 Highways in Fulton County Are Closed to Heavy Vehicles". The Leader-Herald. March 30, 1962. p. 11. Retrieved January 26, 2017.