New York State Route 96A

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New York State Route 96A marker

New York State Route 96A
Map of Finger Lakes region in central New York with NY 96A highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of NY 96
Maintained by NYSDOT
Length: 26.94 mi[3] (43.36 km)
Existed: early 1940s[1][2] – present
Major junctions
South end: NY 96 in Interlaken
North end: US 20 / NY 5 in Waterloo
Counties: Seneca
Highway system
NY 96 NY 96B

New York State Route 96A (NY 96A) is a state highway in Seneca County, New York, in the United States. It is a north–south road between Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake, two of the Finger Lakes. NY 96A is two lanes wide for most of its length, with the exception of the 3-mile (5 km) long four-lane divided highway section at the northern end. The southern terminus of NY 96A is at an intersection with NY 96 in the village of Interlaken. Its northern terminus is at a junction with the conjoined routes of U.S. Route 20 (US 20) and NY 5 in the town of Waterloo just east of the city of Geneva. The junction with NY 5 and US 20 was once a trumpet interchange; however, it was converted into an at-grade intersection in the late 1980s.

Route description[edit]

NY 96A heading westward along West Avenue in Interlaken

NY 96A begins at an intersection with NY 96 (Main Street) in the village of Interlaken. The route proceeds westward along West Avenue as a two-lane residential street before leaving the village for the town of Covert, where it becomes rural. NY 96A continues westward through Covert, before crossing into the town of Lodi, where it intersects with County Route 129 (CR 129) and CR 146 (Townsendville Road). Continuing west from CR 129/CR 146, the route gains the name East Seneca Avenue as it enters the village of Lodi. In the village of Lodi, NY 96A continues as a two-lane resident street, before intersecting with NY 414 (South Main Street). At this intersection, NY 96A and NY 414 turn northward on North Main Street, forming a concurrency. After leaving the village, both roads lose the North Main Street moniker, leaving for the town of Lodi.[4]

NY 96A and NY 414 continue northward as a two-lane rural roadway through Lodi, entering the town of Ovid near West Wyckoff Road. In Ovid, the two routes continue along the rural highway, entering the village of Ovid, passing Union Cemetery, and intersecting with CR 132 (Gilbert Road). At that intersection, NY 96A and NY 414 gain the Main Street monikers, crossing the village as a two-lane residential street, intersecting with CR 139. At the north end of the village, NY 96A and NY 414 intersect with NY 96 (North Town Line Road). At this intersection, NY 96A turns west along North Street, while NY 414 and NY 96 form a concurrency northward into the town of Romulus. Continuing west, NY 96A enters the town of Romulus, intersecting with the terminus of CR 139 as a two-lane rural roadway. After crossing over a former railroad right-of-way, NY 96A enters the hamlet of Gilbert, intersecting with CR 132 once again, where the route makes a gradual bend to the north near CR 132A.[4]

NY 96A and NY 414 crossing north through Lodi

Continuing north through Romulus, the route soon bends to the northwest near Blaine Road, passing the southern edge of the Seneca Army Depot and the northern border of Sampson State Park. Passing the park entrance, NY 96A turns northward, leaving the state park, intersecting with CR 147 and entering the town of Varick, where the right-of-way for the railroad crosses once again. The route continues along the western edge of the army depot to the northernmost part of Varick, where the depot grounds end just south of NY 96A's bridge over Reeder Creek. Not far to the north, NY 96A intersects Yale Station Road (CR 126) at the Varick–Fayette town line. In Fayette, the highway passes a small number of commercial buildings around its junction with the western terminus of NY 336 before running along a stretch of homes. After 1.5 miles (2.4 km), the residences give way to farms once again.[4]

NY 96A enters the hamlet of Rose Hill, where it bends to the northwest, intersecting with the western terminus of CR 120 (Yellow Tavern Road). Continuing northwest, NY 96A intersects with CR 125 (East Lake Road) and becomes a divided four-lane highway. The route bends to the north, intersecting with CR 119 (Boodys Hill Road) near the shore of Seneca Lake. After another bend to the northwest, NY 96A and CR 119 meet once again, which NY 96A crosses the Seneca River after. Now in the town of Waterloo, NY 96A remains a divided highway, entering an at-grade intersection with US 20 and NY 5 (Waterloo–Geneva Road) in Seneca Lake State Park. This intersection serves as NY 96A's northern terminus, while the right-of-way continues north as a connector to CR 110 (Border City Road).[4]


NY 96A approaching its northern terminus at NY 5 and US 20 in Waterloo

The north–south roadway between the villages of Lodi and Ovid was originally designated as part of Route 45, an unsigned legislative route assigned by the New York State Legislature in 1911.[5] In 1912, the route was modified to continue east from Lodi to Interlaken.[6] Both routings of Route 45 became part of NY 15 when the first set of posted routes in New York were assigned in 1924.[7][8] NY 15 was realigned in the late 1920s to follow a direct alignment between Interlaken and Ovid, bypassing Lodi to the northeast. The former routing of NY 15 between Lodi and Ovid became part of an extended NY 78, which continued northwest to Geneva by way of modern NY 96A.[9][10]

In the 1930 renumbering of state highways in New York, the former routing of NY 15 between Interlaken and Lodi and the portion of NY 78 north of Lodi were combined to create NY 15A, an alternate route of NY 15 between Interlaken and East Geneva. At the time, NY 15A ended at Border City Road, then designated as US 20 and NY 5.[11][12] US 20 and NY 5 were shifted slightly southward in the vicinity of Border City by the following year to follow a new lakeside highway. NY 15A was then truncated to its junction with the new road.[13] When US 15 was extended into New York c. 1939, NY 15 was renumbered to NY 2 to eliminate numerical duplication. NY 15A was renumbered accordingly to NY 2A.[14][15] This designation was short-lived, however, as NY 2 and NY 2A were renumbered again to NY 96 and NY 96A, respectively, in the early 1940s.[1][2]

US 20 and NY 5 were realigned again onto a new divided highway in the 1960s.[16][17] NY 96A was extended north to meet the new roadway by way of a trumpet interchange.[18] The interchange was downgraded into an at-grade intersection in the late 1980s.[citation needed]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Seneca County.

Location mi[3] km Destinations Notes
Interlaken 0.00 0.00 NY 96 (Main Street)
Village of Lodi 5.01 8.06 NY 414 south (South Main Street) Southern terminus of NY 96A / NY 414 overlap
Village of Ovid 9.68 15.58 NY 96 / NY 414 north (North Town Line Road) Northern terminus of NY 96A / NY 414 overlap
Fayette 21.10 33.96 NY 336 Western terminus of NY 336
Town of Waterloo 26.94 43.36 US 20 / NY 5 (Waterloo–Geneva Road)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b New York (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Esso. 1940. 
  2. ^ a b New York with Pictorial Guide (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Esso. 1942. 
  3. ^ a b "2008 Traffic Volume Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. June 16, 2009. p. 154. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d Microsoft; Nokia (April 24, 2012). "overview map of NY 96A" (Map). Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ State of New York Commission of Highways (1911). The Highway Law. Albany, NY: J. B. Lyon Company. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  6. ^ State of New York Commission of Highways (1919). The Highway Law. Albany, NY: J. B. Lyon Company. p. 88. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  7. ^ "New York's Main Highways Designated by Numbers". The New York Times. December 21, 1924. p. XX9. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Road Map of New York in Soconyland (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Standard Oil Company of New York. 1927. 
  10. ^ New York in Soconyland (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Standard Oil Company of New York. 1929. 
  11. ^ Dickinson, Leon A. (January 12, 1930). "New Signs for State Highways". The New York Times. p. 136. 
  12. ^ Road Map of New York (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Standard Oil Company of New York. 1930. 
  13. ^ New York (Map). Cartography by H.M. Gousha Company. Kendall Refining Company. 1931. 
  14. ^ New York Road Map for 1938 (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Esso. 1938. 
  15. ^ New York (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Standard Oil Company. 1939. 
  16. ^ New York with Sight-Seeing Guide (Map) (1962 ed.). Cartography by General Drafting. Esso. 1962. 
  17. ^ New York (Map) (1969–70 ed.). Cartography by General Drafting. Esso. 1968. 
  18. ^ Geneva North Quadrangle – New York (Map). 1:24,000. 7.5 Minute Series (Topographic). United States Geological Survey. 1978. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 

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