New York State Route 437

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New York State Route 437 marker

New York State Route 437
White Bridge Road
Map of New York State Route 437
Map of Cayuga County in central New York with NY 437 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NYSDOT
Length0.30 mi[2] (0.48 km)
ExistedJanuary 1, 1970[1]–present
Major junctions
West end NY 38 in Fleming
East end NY 38A in Owasco
Location
CountiesCayuga
Highway system
NY 436NY 438

New York State Route 437 (NY 437) is a state highway located south of Auburn in Cayuga County, New York, in the United States. At 0.30 miles (0.48 km) in length, it is the shortest signed state route in New York. It is a brief connector route between NY 38 and NY 38A known locally as White Bridge Road. The highway allows motorists, especially those wanting quick access to the opposite side of nearby Owasco Lake, to avoid having to cross the Owasco Outlet further downstream, in the city. NY 437 was assigned in 1970; however, the designation had appeared on maps of the area as early as two decades before.

Route description[edit]

Looking towards the western terminus of NY 437 from the eastern terminus

NY 437 begins adjacent to St. Joseph Cemetery at a traffic circle with NY 38 in the town of Fleming, located south of the city of Auburn. It heads east as White Bridge Road, running along the north end of Owasco Lake. Roughly midway along its routing, NY 437 crosses the Owasco Outlet and passes into both Owasco and Emerson Park, a public park owned and maintained by Cayuga County. The route ends 200 yards (180 m) later at a T-intersection with NY 38A in an area of Owasco known as Melrose Park. NY 437 serves an undeveloped, forested area west of the outlet and a mostly residential area east of the waterway.[3] The highway is just 0.30 miles (480 m) from end to end, making it the shortest signed state highway in New York.[2]

The route is one of a handful of state-maintained highways in New York to culminate in a traffic circle or roundabout at one end of the route. NY 635, in neighboring Onondaga County, ends at NY 298 and exit 35 of the New York State Thruway via Carrier Circle, a large traffic circle in Syracuse.[4] NY 140 west of Albany ends at a roundabout with NY 85 at its western end.[5] Interstate 587 outside Kingston also ends at a roundabout with NY 28 and exit 19 of the Thruway.[6] NY 27 also ends in an apparent traffic circle at its eastern terminus on Montauk Point; however, it is merely a closed loop created by the highway running back into itself (the same feature is present on U.S. Route 9 just short of the Canadian border).[7][8]

History[edit]

What is now NY 437 was originally improved to state highway standards in stages during the early 20th century. The portion from the modern traffic circle with NY 38 to the Owasco Lake outlet was rebuilt in 1908 as part of State Highway 384 (SH 384), while the section between the outlet and current NY 38A was reconstructed from 1912 to 1913 as part of SH 752. Both numbers are internal, legislative designations and are thus unsigned.[9][10] NY 437 was marked on contemporary maps of the area as a designation for the short east–west state highway as early as 1947;[11] however, the designation was not officially assigned by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) until January 1, 1970.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Cayuga County.

Locationmi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
Fleming0.000.00 NY 38Western terminus, traffic circle
Owasco0.300.48 NY 38ACensus-designated place of Melrose Park, eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b State of New York Department of Transportation (January 1, 1970). Official Description of Touring Routes in New York State (PDF). Retrieved February 17, 2011. NY 437 is a new number assigned to connect Routes NY 38 and 38A south of Auburn.
  2. ^ a b c "2008 Traffic Data Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. June 16, 2009. p. 315. Retrieved January 10, 2010.
  3. ^ Google (September 8, 2007). "overview map of NY 437" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 8, 2007.
  4. ^ Google (February 17, 2011). "Carrier Circle" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  5. ^ Google (February 17, 2011). "Elsmere, New York" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  6. ^ Google (February 17, 2011). "Kingston, New York" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  7. ^ Google (February 17, 2011). "Montauk Point, New York" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  8. ^ Google (February 17, 2011). "Champlain, New York" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  9. ^ New York State Department of Highways (1920). Report of the State Commissioner of Highways. Albany, New York: J. B. Lyon Company. pp. 222, 238. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  10. ^ Official Map Showing State Highways and other important roads (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally and Company. State of New York Department of Public Works. 1926.
  11. ^ New York Road Map and Pictorial Sight-Seeing Guide (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally and Company. Sinclair Oil Corporation. 1947.

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