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New York State Route 65

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New York State Route 65 marker

New York State Route 65
Map of the Rochester area with NY 65 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NYSDOT and Monroe County
Length: 18.51 mi[2] (29.79 km)
Existed: 1930[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 20 / NY 5 in West Bloomfield
  NY 252 in Pittsford
North end: NY 96 in Brighton
Counties: Ontario, Livingston, Monroe
Highway system
NY 64 NY 66

New York State Route 65 (NY 65) is a north–south state highway located in the western portion of New York in the United States. It extends for 18.51 miles (29.79 km) from an intersection with U.S. Route 20 (US 20) and NY 5 in the Ontario County town of West Bloomfield to a junction with NY 96 in the Monroe County town of Brighton. In between, the route serves the village of Honeoye Falls and passes through the extreme northeastern corner of Livingston County. NY 65 intersects NY 251 in Mendon, NY 252 in Pittsford, and the regionally important NY 31 in Brighton. The southern half of NY 65 passes through mostly rural areas, while its northern section traverses densely populated portions of Monroe County.

NY 65 originally began at what is now US 20A in Honeoye when it was assigned as part of the 1930 renumbering of state highways in New York; however, it was truncated to its current southern terminus in the late 1930s. No changes have been made to NY 65's alignment since that time; however, ownership and maintenance of the 1.95-mile (3.14 km) portion of the route north of NY 31 was transferred to Monroe County at some point prior to 1990. This section of NY 65 is co-designated as the unsigned County Route 271 (CR 271).

Route description[edit]

NY 65 begins at an intersection with US 20 and NY 5 in the West Bloomfield hamlet of the same name. It heads to the northwest as Ontario Street, passing through gradually less developed areas as it approaches the OntarioMonroe county line. Just south of the line, however, the route enters the hamlet of North Bloomfield, a southeastern extension of Honeoye Falls located on the Livingston–Ontario county line. NY 65 passes into Livingston County in the town of Lima upon crossing over Honeoye Creek in the center of the community; however, it remains in the county for just 0.25 miles (0.40 km) before following Honeoye Creek into Monroe County and the village of Honeoye Falls in the town of Mendon situated on the county's southern edge.[3]

NY 65 and a shield in residential Honeoye Falls
NY 65 heading northbound in the village of Honeoye Falls

The Ontario Street name follows NY 65 northwestward through the southern half of the village, where it crosses back over Honeoye Creek before passing through the village's residential center and entering its business district. Here, NY 65 turns west onto East Street and crosses Honeoye Creek again to reach an intersection with Main and Monroe Streets.[3] Monroe Street, once designated NY 363,[4] is maintained by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) as NY 940J, an unsigned reference route.[5] NY 65 turns north here, following North Main Street out of the village. Outside of Honeoye Falls, the route becomes Clover Street, a name it retains for the rest of its routing.[3]

The highway heads onward through the town of Mendon, leaving the densely populated village and its lightly populated outskirts for the rolling, open areas that dominate much of southern Monroe County. Three miles (5 km) to the north of Honeoye Falls, NY 65 intersects NY 251 by way of a roundabout northeast of the hamlet of Rochester Junction. The community, located on NY 251,[3] marks the point where the Lehigh Valley Railroad spur that went to the railroad's station in downtown Rochester returned to the main line.[6] The route continues onward, passing alongside the western edge of Mendon Ponds Park as it enters the town of Pittsford. At the northern edge of the park, NY 65 curves to the northeast and passes over the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90).[3]

North of the Thruway, NY 65 intersects the eastern terminus of NY 253 and Calkins Road[3] (unsigned NY 943C[5] and a former extension of NY 253[7]) at junctions roughly 1 mile (1.6 km) apart. From this point northward, the route heads through much more developed areas, beginning with a series of housing tracts situated in the 1.5 miles (2.4 km) between Calkins and Jefferson Roads, the latter carrying NY 252. It continues on past NY 252, taking on a more northerly routing as it crosses over the CSX Transportation-owned West Shore Subdivision railroad line and the Erie Canal and passes through densely populated portions of Pittsford and Brighton.[3]

Just inside the Brighton town line, NY 65 intersects NY 31 (Monroe Avenue) in a linear commercial district centered on NY 31.[3] At this point, maintenance of NY 65 shifts from NYSDOT to Monroe County, which maintains the route as the unsigned CR 271.[8][9] The route heads due northward for just under 1 mile (1.6 km), paralleling I-590 and passing The Harley School before veering to the northeast ahead of an intersection with Elmwood Avenue. Both NY 65 and CR 271 end 1 mile (1.6 km) later at a junction with East Avenue (NY 96).[3]


The current eastern terminus of NY 253 at NY 65 in Pittsford. This was once the southern terminus of NY 253's overlap with NY 65.

All of what is now NY 65, including the portion of the route north of modern NY 31, was state-maintained by 1926.[10] In the 1930 renumbering of state highways in New York, NY 65 was assigned to an alignment extending from NY 254 (now US 20A) in Honeoye northward to NY 15 (now NY 96) in Brighton. The route followed the northernmost portion of what is now CR 37 from Honeoye to US 20 in West Bloomfield, from where it continued to Brighton on its current alignment.[1] The section of NY 65 south of US 20, which was not state-owned in 1926,[10] was removed from the route c. 1938.[11][12] Farther north, ownership and maintenance of the portion of the route north of NY 31 was transferred to Monroe County by 1990.[13]

NY 65 originally had an overlap with NY 253 in the town of Pittsford. From the 1930 renumbering[14] to the 1980s, NY 253 turned north onto NY 65 at its present eastern terminus and followed NY 65 north to Calkins Road, where NY 253 turned east and continued to the northeast toward Pittsford, East Rochester and Penfield.[7] In the latter half of the 1980s, NY 253 was truncated to its present eastern terminus at NY 65 and the section of NY 253 from NY 96 north to NY 441 in East Rochester and Penfield was designated NY 153.[7][13]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Ontario West Bloomfield 0.00 0.00 US 20 / NY 5
Monroe Honeoye Falls 4.64 7.47 Monroe Street (NY 940J) Former eastern terminus of NY 363
Mendon 7.55 12.15 NY 251 Roundabout; hamlet of Rochester Junction
Town of Pittsford 12.72 20.47 NY 253 Eastern terminus of NY 253
13.57 21.84 Calkins Road (NY 943C) Formerly part of NY 253
14.91 24.00 NY 252
Brighton 16.56 26.65 NY 31
18.51 29.79 NY 96
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[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 "2008 Traffic Volume Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. June 16, 2009. pp. 125–126. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Microsoft; Nokia (July 13, 2015). "overview map of NY 65" (Map). Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ New York with Special Maps of Putnam–Rockland–Westchester Counties and Finger Lakes Region (Map) (1958 ed.). Cartography by General Drafting. Esso. 1958. 
  5. ^ a b New York State Department of Transportation (January 2017). Official Description of Highway Touring Routes, Bicycling Touring Routes, Scenic Byways, & Commemorative/Memorial Designations in New York State (PDF). Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ Honeoye Falls Quadrangle – New York (Map). 1:24,000. 7.5 Minute Series (Topographic). United States Geological Survey. 1976. Retrieved November 17, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c Mobil Travel Map – Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Rochester (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally and Company. Mobil. 1985. 
  8. ^ Pittsford Digital Raster Quadrangle (Map). 1:24,000. New York State Department of Transportation. 1997. Retrieved April 21, 2009. 
  9. ^ Rochester East Digital Raster Quadrangle (Map). 1:24,000. New York State Department of Transportation. 1997. Retrieved April 21, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b 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. ^ Thibodeau, William A. (1938). The ALA Green Book (1938–39 ed.). Automobile Legal Association. 
  12. ^ New York Road Map for 1938 (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Esso. 1938. 
  13. ^ a b Upstate New York City Street Maps (Map) (1st ed.). 1" = 1/2 mile. Cartography by DeLorme Mapping. DeLorme Mapping. 1990. p. 5. ISBN 0-89933-300-1. 
  14. ^ Road Map of New York (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Standard Oil Company of New York. 1930. 

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