Welcome to Empire State Roads, a website
dedicated to the highways of the State of New York. Here you will find a
mix of hard data and descriptive narrative, exhibiting various aspects of
the Empire State's roads and highways.
Join an effort to preserve the historic NY 17 corridor as part of the New York State Scenic
Byways Program. This section describes the route and the reasons for
the preservation initiative, and provides information on how members of the
public may get involved with the project.
Each of the State's 62 counties, except the five boroughs
of New York City, has its own highway system. Each is a little different,
either in its numbering system, the extent of its coverage, or in other
aspects. And each will one day (hopefully) have its own listing on this
site. Here you will find the ever-growing list of county highway pages completed
Most reference routes are state highways like any other,
except that they are not marked as touring routes for use by the motoring
public. The New York State Department
of Transportation (NYSDOT) also assigns reference route numbers to facilities
maintained by other state-level agencies (such as the New York State Thruway
Authority). A brief treatment is given of the numbering system and characteristics
of these roads, which are listed here for the first time on the Internet.
This section deals with the reference marker system of New
York State. It describes the meaning and placement of the markers on various
types of roads. Regulations concerning reference markers were revised a
few years ago, and were outlined in the Reference Marker Manual published
by NYSDOT for use by
Region officers and crew. Please note that this information comprises the
current official standard for the system. However, existing markers follow
a variety of older practices, and it will be some time before a majority
of the State's roads conform to all of the new guidelines.
Our most popular section features weekly installments of
aerial photographs, accompanied by descriptive commentary, depicting complex
or unusual highway interchanges around the State. The photographs used are
available to the public for browsing and download through the Orthophotoimagery
Program at New York State GIS. Several of the terms and interchange types
encountered in this section are discussed in Kurumi's Field
Guide to Interchanges.
Each of these four narratives describes the scenery and
general character found along the length of one of New York's many numbered
touring routes. Interesting
features along the way, road related and otherwise, are pointed out, and
numerous illustrative photographs are included.
For many, the most alluring thing about roads is simply
that they go places, and these photo galleries capture some of those places.
You will find photos not only of roads and related features such as signs,
bridges and interchanges, but also of the many beautiful and interesting
sights and experiences to which the roads lead.
Included in this section is a collection of orthophoto image
mosaics, the newest offering from Empire State Roads. These extraordinary
color-enhanced aerial views, compiled from New
York State GIS orthophotoimagery, provide a fascinating look at the
Empire State from above. Also included are a few conventional maps, each
showing a different aspect of New York State's political structure (counties,
towns, villages etc.). These have been created exclusively for this website
and may be reproduced and used elsewhere only with the express
permission of Empire State
Empire State Roads Quiz
(Courtesy of www.kurumi.com)
After reading the three Road Facts sections, you'll be ready to play "Who
Wants To Be A Millionaire?" the Empire State Roads way. Almost all of
the answers can be found within these pages; they encompass a number of
vital (?) facts that every hardcore New York State road scholar will want
to brush up on. This version of the game was created by Scott "Kurumi" Oglesby,
whose challenge to the road scholars' community to submit quizzes has been
answered by several of its dedicated members--be sure to try the others
NYS Highway and Map Links
A selection of highway sites related to the roads of New York State are
linked here. Also included are access to online maps of the state and links
to map companies whose products are recommended by the webmaster.