New York State Route 7

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New York State Route 7
Map of eastern New York with NY 7 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NYSDOT and the cities of Binghamton and Oneonta
Length180.30 mi[1] (290.16 km)
HistoryDesignated NY 9 in 1924;[2] renumbered to NY 7 in 1927[3]
Major junctions
West end PA 29 near Great Bend, PA
  US 11 in Binghamton
I-81 / Future I-86 / NY 17 in Binghamton
I-88 in Port Dickinson
NY 8 in Sidney
NY 28 in Oneonta
US 20 in Duanesburg
I-88 in Rotterdam
NY 5 in Schenectady
I-87 / US 9 / NY 9R in Latham
I-787 / NY 787 in Colonie
East end VT 9 near Bennington, VT
CountiesBroome, Chenango, Otsego, Schoharie, Schenectady, Albany, Rensselaer
Highway system
NY 146BNY 146CNY 147

New York State Route 7 (NY 7) is a 180-mile (290 km) state highway in New York in the United States. The highway runs from Pennsylvania Route 29 (PA 29) at the Pennsylvania state line south of Binghamton to Vermont Route 9 (VT 9) the Vermont state line east of Hoosick. Most of the road runs along the Susquehanna Valley, closely paralleling Interstate 88 (I-88) throughout that road's length. Portions of the highway route near the cities of Binghamton, Schenectady, and Troy date back to the early 19th century.

Route description[edit]

Binghamton area[edit]

NY 7 begins at the Pennsylvania state line south of Corbettsville, where the road connects to Pennsylvania Route 29 (PA 29). Like PA 29 to the south, NY 7 follows Snake Creek north to Corbettsville, where it meets NY 7A on the banks of the Susquehanna River. From Corbettsville northward, NY 7 becomes the riverside highway, following the river (as well as U.S. Route 11 or US 11 and I-81 on the opposite bank) through Conklin to eastern Binghamton, where it indirectly connects to US 11 via a bridge over the Susquehanna.

The exit for NY 7 from I-81 and NY 17 in Binghamton.

The route continues west into downtown along Conklin Avenue, then heads north on Tompkins Avenue to traverse the Susquehanna River. On the opposite bank, NY 7 intersects US 11 and becomes Brandywine Avenue. After three blocks, NY 7 merges with NY 363, a limited-access highway. While NY 363 terminates at the merge, NY 7 follows the right-of-way of NY 363 northward, connecting to the concurrent routes of I-81 and NY 17 by way of an interchange before leaving the city limits.

Immediately north of Binghamton in Port Dickinson, NY 7 merges with I-88 across the Chenango River from the western terminus of I-88 at I-81. I-88 and NY 7 continue to the northeast along the Chenango River through Chenango Bridge (where the routes meet NY 12A) and Port Crane (where I-88 and NY 7 meet NY 369 and leave the path of the Chenango River) before separating in Sanitaria Springs. NY 7 is signed north-south from the PA line to I-88 near Binghamton, while the remainder of the route is signed east-west.

Binghamton to Schenectady[edit]

NY 7 overlaps NY 30A in the town of Schoharie

From Sanitaria Springs eastward, I-88 and NY 7 follow parallel routings through Colesville to Harpursville, where NY 7 overlaps NY 79 for a short distance and intersects NY 235 outside of the community. East of NY 235, NY 7 rejoins the Susquehanna River, following the river (as well as I-88 on the opposite bank) through several riverside villages (including Bainbridge and Unadilla) to Oneonta. West of the city, NY 7 meets NY 23 and joins the route into the heart of Oneonta. Near the eastern edge of the city, NY 23 breaks from NY 7 while NY 7 continues onward in the shadow of I-88 and the Susquehanna River. To the northeast in Colliersville, the Susquehanna separates from NY 7 and is joined by NY 28 while NY 7 continues along the path of Schenevus Creek.

Both I-88 and NY 7 head northeast along the creek through numerous communities to Richmondville, where NY 7 meets NY 10 at an interchange with I-88 near Cobleskill Creek. NY 10 turns east onto NY 7, forming an overlap along the creek to Cobleskill before separating from NY 7 in the center of the village at an intersection with NY 145. NY 145 then overlaps NY 7 east out of the village before separating midway between Cobleskill and Schoharie near Howe Caverns. North of Schoharie, NY 7 briefly overlaps NY 30A across Schoharie Creek before intersecting NY 30 west of the Schoharie-Schenectady County line.

Capital District[edit]

In Duanesburg, southwest of Schenectady, NY 7 intersects US 20 and meets I-88 once more at exit 24. Both routes continue northeast along Normans Kill into western Schenectady, where I-88 meets NY 7 one final time by way of another interchange before terminating at an interchange with the New York State Thruway (I-90). NY 7, however, passes over the Thruway with no connection and heads east into Rotterdam as Duanesburg Road. In the center of the community, NY 7 turns east onto Curry Road, remaining on the roadway to an interchange with I-890 adjacent to the Schenectady Albany county line. NY 7 merges with I-890 northward for two exits (creating a wrong-way concurrency) before exiting onto the Crosstown Arterial.

View east along NY 7 at NY 22, just before crossing the Hoosic River in Hoosick, Rensselaer County

At the end of the arterial in eastern Schenectady, NY 7 becomes the at-grade Troy–Schenectady Road as it heads along the south bank of the Mohawk River into Albany County. Shortly after entering the county and the Town of Colonie, NY 7 leaves the river and progresses southeast toward the hamlet of Latham. Soon after passing the Albany International Airport and prior to entering the center of Latham, NY 7 meets I-87 (the Adirondack Northway) at exit 6. Here, NY 7 joins the Adirondack Northway northward while Troy–Schenectady Road continues east as NY 2. At exit 7, NY 7 separates from the Adirondack Northway and continues east on a five-lane, limited-access freeway known locally as "Alternate Route 7". The route connects to US 9 and I-787 / NY 787 by way of interchanges prior to crossing over the Hudson River and into Troy over the Collar City Bridge. The route remains a limited-access highway to 8th Street, where it becomes the at-grade Hoosick Street.

NY 7 continues east through Troy, intersecting NY 40 before exiting the city. Past Troy, the land surrounding NY 7 is largely rural as it heads through Pittstown to Hoosick, where it meets and is briefly concurrent to NY 22. Farther east, NY 7 intersects the western end of the Bennington Bypass, a limited-access highway leading to Bennington, Vermont, before crossing into Vermont and becoming Vermont Route 9.

One of the canceled Interstate 92 proposals would have traced NY 7 from Albany to the Vermont border where it would continue through Bennington VT, Brattleboro VT, Concord NH, Manchester NH, and terminate at the ocean. It would have intersected I-91 (in Brattleboro VT), I-95 (in Hampton NH) and US 1 (also in Hampton NH), and overlapped I-89, (East Terminus of NH 9 to I-93 interchange, I-93 (I-89 interchange to NH 101 interchange), New Hampshire route 101 (I-93 interchange to terminus), and completely replaced Vermont route 9, and New Hampshire route 9.


Origins and assignment[edit]

The history of parts of NY 7 date back to shortly after the settlement of Hoosick in 1688. Hoosick was a part of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck and a public manor road was laid from Rensselaer to the site later of Troy at a ferry crossing, and then to the northeast as far as Hoosick. The section of NY 7 from Troy to Hoosick is that old manor road.[4] The 19th century toll road known as the Troy and Schenectady Turnpike (now the Troy–Schenectady Road) chartered in 1802, connecting the cities of Troy and Schenectady.[5] Another turnpike road, the Troy Turnpike, was established in 1831 and went east from Troy to Bennington, Vermont.[6] The road between Binghamton (at the location known as Chenango Point) through the village of Unadilla to the town of Otego was also an old turnpike road (Unadilla Turnpike) that was chartered in 1806.[7]

The state took over maintenance of certain trunk line highways at the beginning of the 20th century. Most of modern NY 7 was first defined in the 1909 Highway Law (amended in 1911)[8] as State Route 7, which was designated from the Pennsylvania state line at Binghamton town to Harpursville, then along the Susquehanna Valley through Oneonta to the town of Schoharie. From there, the legislative route 7 went east via Berne and New Scotland to Albany. The portion of modern NY 7 continuing northeast to Schenectady was part of State Route 7A. The road between Troy and Schenectady was defined as part of State Route 42, while that between Troy and Hoosick was part of State Route 22.

In 1924, when state highways were first publicly signed, most of what is now NY 7 between Binghamton and the Vermont state line was designated as NY 9,[2] continuing the numbering of New England Route 9 in Vermont. Within Albany, NY 9 followed the modern routing of NY 2 through Latham to Troy, where the connection to the modern alignment of NY 7 was made via current US 4.[9] In 1927, NY 9 was redesignated as NY 7 to avoid conflict with US 9.[3] The route north of Binghamton remained unchanged in the 1930 renumbering;[10] however, south of Binghamton, NY 7 was extended to the Pennsylvania state line, where it became PA 29.[11][12]


Over the years, NY 7 has been realigned to follow different routings in and around the cities it serves. Prior to 1930, NY 7 began at Court Street in Binghamton and followed Chenango Street north into Fenton, where it turned east and continued through Port Crane to the Colesville hamlet of Sanitaria Springs.[13][14] In the 1930 renumbering, NY 7 was extended south to Pennsylvania by way of Court Street, Tompkins Street, and Conklin Avenue.[12][15] NY 7 was realigned slightly by 1947 to follow Robinson Street and Brandywine Avenue between Chenango and Tompkins streets.[15] The Brandywine Highway, a four-lane arterial through Binghamton and Port Dickinson, opened to traffic c. 1961 as a realignment of NY 7.[16][17] The portion of NY 7 between Port Dickinson and Sanitaria Springs was relocated onto a new limited-access highway between 1968 and 1973.[18][19] The segment of Chenango Street between the Binghamton city line and current NY 7 in Port Dickinson (a distance of 1.07 miles or 1.72 kilometres) is now NY 990H, an unsigned reference route.[1][20]The former routing of NY 7 between Port Crane and Sanitaria Springs is now NY 7B.[20]

In Schenectady, it was originally routed along Broadway, State Street, Nott Terrace, and Union Street.[3] It was shifted at some point between 1938 and 1947 to avoid downtown along Curry Road, Altamont Avenue and Brandywine Avenue.[15][21] Meanwhile, the portion of Curry Road between Altamont Avenue and NY 146 was designated as NY 146C in the mid-1930s.[22][23] NY 7 was rerouted c. 1962 to follow Curry Road east from Altamont Avenue to the new I-890, where NY 7 turned north and followed I-890 to modern exit 7. Here, the route split from I-890 and continued to the junction of Union Street and Rosendale Road east of the city by way of a new arterial. The NY 146C designation was removed from Curry Road as part of the change.[17][24] NY 7's former routing along Altamont Avenue from Curry Road to the Schenectady city line (a length of 0.96 miles or 1.54 kilometres) is now the unsigned NY 911H.[1][20] Prior to the creation of the modern reference route system, Altamont Avenue was designated as NY 951. Reference markers along the route still bear this number.[25]

In 1981, the Collar City Bridge was built, connecting Green Island with Troy in the Capital District.[26] By 1985, construction had begun on the NY 7 freeway, then planned as NY 7 Alternate, between I-87 and I-787 west of Green Island.[27] In 1986, NY 7 "Alternate" opened, becoming part of a realigned NY 7.[26] The old surface alignment was designated as an extension of NY 2.[28]

Suffixed routes[edit]

NY 7 currently has two spurs, both located in the Southern Tier. A third formerly existed in the Capital District near Schenectady.

Major intersections[edit]

BroomeConklin0.000.00 PA 29 south – MontroseContinuation into Pennsylvania
1.262.03 NY 7A south – HallsteadNorthern terminus of NY 7A; hamlet of Corbettsville
2.814.52 To I-81 / US 11 – KirkwoodAccess via unsigned CR 20
Binghamton11.1817.99 US 11
11.5718.62 NY 363 southNorthern terminus of NY 363; southbound exit and northbound entrance
11.9719.26 I-81 / NY 17 – Syracuse, Elmira, Scranton, PA, New York CityInterchange; exit 4 on I-81/NY 17
Port DickinsonHillcrest Service Roads – Port DickinsonInterchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance
Fenton14.1022.691 I-88 westWestern terminus of concurrency with I-88
15.8125.442 NY 12A west (Chenango Bridge)Eastern terminus of NY 12A
18.0629.063 NY 369 – Port Crane
Colesville21.2334.174 I-88 eastEastern terminus of concurrency with I-88; hamlet of Sanitaria Springs
21.5334.65 NY 7B westEastern terminus of NY 7B
28.4945.85 NY 79 westWestern terminus of concurrency with NY 79
29.7347.85 NY 79 east to I-88Eastern terminus of concurency with NY 79; hamlet of Harpursville
30.8849.70 NY 235 northSouthern terminus of NY 235; hamlet of Nineveh
ChenangoVillage of Afton37.1859.84 NY 41 – Coventryville, Deposit
Village of Bainbridge42.9169.06 NY 206 (Main Street) to I-88
OtsegoUnadilla47.2175.98 NY 8 to I-88
Village of Unadilla52.1083.85 To I-88 – Binghamton, AlbanyExit 10 on I-88; access via NY 991H
53.3985.92 NY 357 east – Franklin, OneontaWestern terminus of NY 357
West End67.53108.68 NY 205 to I-88 – Morris, Binghamton
68.61110.42 NY 23 westWestern terminus of concurrency with NY 23
Oneonta70.88114.07 NY 23 east to I-88 / NY 28Eastern terminus of concurrency with NY 23
Colliersville75.89122.13 To NY 28 – Milford, CooperstownGrade-separated interchange via NY 992G
Worcester91.76147.67 To I-88 – Oneonta, Albany, BinghamtonExit 19 on I-88; access via Hollenbeck Road (NY 992J)
SchoharieRichmondville103.07165.88 NY 10 south / I-88 – Oneonta, Binghamton, AlbanyWestern terminus of concurrency with NY 10;
exit 20 on I-88
Village of Cobleskill107.54173.07 NY 10 north / NY 145 north – SharonEastern terminus of concurrency with NY 10 overlap;
western terminus of concurrency with NY 145
Town of Cobleskill110.94178.54 NY 145 south to I-88 – Middleburgh, Binghamton, AlbanyEastern terminus of concurrency with NY 145
Schoharie115.76186.30 NY 30A north – SloansvilleWestern terminus of concurrency with NY 30A
116.89188.12 NY 30A south to I-88 – Schoharie, Binghamton, AlbanyEastern terminus of concurrency with NY 30A
118.90191.35 NY 30 – Amsterdam, Schoharie
SchenectadyDuanesburg123.75199.16 NY 395 north – DelansonSouthern terminus of NY 395
Community of Duanesburg127.07204.50 US 20 – Esperance, Albany
Princetown128.06206.09 To I-88 / New York Thruway – Binghamton, AlbanyExit 24 on I-88
Town of Rotterdam132.94213.95 I-88 to I-90 / New York Thruway – BinghamtonExit 25 on I-88; access via Becker Road
133.96215.59 NY 337 northSouthern terminus of NY 337
Community of Rotterdam135.41217.92 NY 159 westEastern terminus of NY 159
135.95218.79 NY 158Northern terminus of NY 158
138.21222.43 NY 146 to New York ThruwayTraffic circle
AlbanyGuilderland138.96223.639 I-890 west / Curry RoadWestern terminus of concurrency with I-890
SchenectadySchenectady139.83225.038High Bridge Road
140.47226.067 I-890 west – SchenectadyEastern terminus of concurrency with I-890
141.33227.45 NY 5 – Downtown SchenectadyInterchange
Niskayuna142.76229.75CR 158 east (Rosendale Road) / Union StreetFormer western terminus of NY 7C
AlbanyColonieCR 158 west (Rosendale Road) / Vly Road – Erie Canal Loch 7Former eastern terminus of NY 7C; hamlet of Verdoy
150.01241.426 I-87 south / NY 2 east – Albany, Watervliet, New York CitySouthern terminus of concurrency with I-87;
western terminus of NY 2; hamlet of Latham
150.28241.857 I-87 north – Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, MontrealNorthern terminus of concurrency with I-87; hamlet of Latham
150.72242.56 US 9 / NY 9R – Latham, CohoesInterchange; hamlet of Latham
154.34248.39 I-787 south / NY 787 north – Albany, Watervliet, CohoesInterchange; exit 9 on I-787; northern terminus
of I-787; southern terminus of NY 787
Hudson RiverCollar City Bridge
RensselaerTroyDowntown TroyEastbound exit and westbound entrance
154.82249.16Hoosick StreetEastern terminus of freeway section
154.95249.37 NY 40 northSouthern terminus of NY 40
Brunswick158.58255.21 NY 142 northSouthern terminus of NY 142
159.61256.87 NY 278 south to NY 2 – Grafton Lakes State ParkNorthern terminus of NY 278
Hoosick175.84282.99 NY 22 south – PetersburghWestern terminus of concurrency with NY 22
176.19283.55 NY 22 north – Hoosick FallsEastern terminus of concurrency with NY 22
179.43288.76 To VT 279 eastAccess via NY 915G
180.30290.16 VT 9 eastContinuation into Vermont
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


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