New York State Route 94


New York State Route 94

NYS Route 94 marker

NYS Route 94
94th Infantry Division Memorial Highway

Map of the Lower Hudson Valley with NY 94 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NYSDOT
Length: 32.52 mi[4] (52.34 km)
Existed: late 1940s[1][2] (1930 as NY 45[3]) – present
Major junctions
West end: Route 94 at Warwick
  US 6 / NY 17 in Chester
East end: US 9W in New Windsor
Location
Counties: Orange
Highway system

Numbered highways in New York
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NY 93 I-95

New York State Route 94 (NY 94) is a state highway entirely within Orange County in southern New York. The western terminus is at the New York-New Jersey state line, where it continues as NJ 94 for another 46 miles (74 km) to Columbia, New Jersey. Its eastern terminus is located at U.S. Route 9W in New Windsor. From Warwick to Florida, NY 94 is concurrent with NY 17A. The entirety of NY 94 is known as the 94th Infantry Division Memorial Highway.

NY 94 was originally designated as NY 45 in 1930. It was renumbered to NY 94 in the late 1940s. The portion of the route between Warwick and Florida was part of NY 55 during the late 1920s.

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Route description

Sign limiting truck use along 94.

From the state line, NY 94 continues in the same direction into the picturesque village of Warwick, picking up 17A shortly after its entry. The concurrency forms the busy main street, centerpiece of the village's historic district.

At the northern boundary, the highway begins to climb through largely undeveloped woods and fields. The crest of this ascent offers, in addition to the local scenery, stunning views on clear days to the northwest, of the Shawangunk Ridge and Catskill Mountains. These continue as it descends into Florida, where, again, the joined roads are the main street.

17A continues to the north near the village's northern corner, where 94 forks in the more northeasterly heading it will retain for the rest of its route, passing some open fields and hilly vistas until it reaches its interchange with NY 17 (the future Interstate 86) and US 6 at Chester. Here the main street section is less lengthy as many of the local businesses have moved to the roads adjacent to 17, and after a residential section the highway is once again a rural two-lane, with views of nearby Sugar Loaf and Goosepond Mountain State Park from the south over the open fields.

Rural countryside east of Washingtonville.

Several miles later, 94 crosses Moodna Creek, which runs parallel to the road for much of the next several miles, and reaches its next settlement, Washingtonville. Here it passes both the Washingtonville High School and Washingtonville Middle School, then intersects NY 208. Once again the main street gives way to a residential neighborhood and then countryside.

This next section passes just north of the hamlet of Salisbury Mills. Houses are more frequent here and farmland a little less so, although the southern side of the road continues to offer impressive vistas, this time of Schunemunk Mountain and the Moodna Viaduct. The railway's active use by Metro North, and its impact on local development is attested to by the train station off the highway just before it crosses under the New York State Thruway (Interstate 87). 0.5 miles (0.8 km) to the east lies the busy five-way junction known as Vails Gate, with gas stations, supermarkets and many other businesses. 94 crosses NY 32 as NY 300 runs off to the northwest.

From hereon in the road is surrounded by developed areas of the Town of New Windsor, finally reaching its eastern end at a junction with U.S. 9W in the small historical center of New Windsor.

Sign at east end of 94 in New Windsor honoring the 94th Infantry.

History

The segment of modern NY 94 between Warwick and Florida was originally designated as part of NY 55 in the late 1920s.[5][6] In the 1930 renumbering of state highways in New York, NY 55 was renumbered to NY 17A west of Greenwood Lake.[7] The Warwick–Florida portion of the route also became part of NY 45, a new route extending from the New Jersey state line to Vails Gate via Warwick, Florida, and Washingtonville. At Vails Gate (NY 32), the road changed designations to NY 307 and continued northeast to Newburgh.[3] NY 307 became part of an extended NY 45 by the following year.[8] In the early 1940s, NY 94 was assigned to Chestnut Ridge Road and Main Street in Rockland County.[9][10] The NY 45 and NY 94 designations were swapped in the late 1940s, placing both routes on their modern alignments.[1][2]

Both NY 94 and most of New Jersey's Route 94 have been dedicated in honor of the 94th Infantry Division from World War II. In New York, the road is known as the "94th Infantry Division Memorial Highway"; in New Jersey, it is named the "W.W. II 94th Infantry Division Highway".[11][12]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Orange County.

Location Mile[4] Destinations Notes
Town of Warwick 0.00 Route 94 Continuation into New Jersey
Village of Warwick 3.71 NY 17A west Southern terminus of NY 17A / NY 94 overlap
Florida 10.21 NY 17A east Northern terminus of NY 17A / NY 94 overlap
Town of Chester 14.40 US 6 / NY 17 Exit 126 (US 6 / NY 17)
Village of Chester 14.57 NY 17M
Washingtonville 22.85 NY 208
Town of New Windsor 29.10 NY 32 / NY 300 Hamlet of Vails Gate; southern terminus of NY 300
32.52 US 9W Hamlet of New Windsor
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

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  1. ^ a b State of New York Department of Public Works. Official Highway Map of New York State (Map). Cartography by General Drafting (1947–48 ed.). 
  2. ^ a b Esso (1949). New York (Map). Cartography by General Drafting (1950 ed.). 
  3. ^ a b Standard Oil Company of New York (1930). Road Map of New York (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. 
  4. ^ a b "2008 Traffic Volume Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. June 16, 2009. pp. 150–151. https://www.nysdot.gov/divisions/engineering/technical-services/hds-respository/NYSDOT%20TVR%202008%20by%20Route.pdf. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ Automobile Blue Book. 1 (1927 ed.). Chicago: Automobile Blue Book, Inc. 1927. 
  6. ^ Automobile Blue Book. 3. Chicago: Automobile Blue Book, Inc. 1929. http://www.broermapsonline.org/members/NorthAmerica/UnitedStates/Midatlantic/NewYork/NewYorkCity/bluebook1929_009.html. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  7. ^ Dickinson, Leon A. (January 12, 1930). "New Signs for State Highways". The New York Times: p. 136. 
  8. ^ Kendall Refining Company (1931). New York (Map). Cartography by H.M. Gousha Company. 
  9. ^ Gulf Oil Company (1940). New York Info-Map (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally and Company. 
  10. ^ Esso (1942). New York with Pictorial Guide (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. 
  11. ^ "Route 94 straight line diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. May 2009. http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/refdata/sldiag/00000094__-.pdf. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  12. ^ New York State Legislature. "New York State Highway Law § 343-b". http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/LAWSSEAF.cgi?QUERYTYPE=LAWS+&QUERYDATA=$$HAY343-B$$@TXHAY0343-B+&LIST=LAW+&TARGET=VIEW. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 

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