New York State Route 354
is a state highway
in New York
. NY 354 is one of several highways radiating eastward from its western terminus in downtown Buffalo, New York
. The east terminus of NY 354 is in the Village of Attica
, where it ends at New York State Route 98
and New York State Route 238
as West Main Street. This highway runs through the center of Erie County
to the northern county line of Wyoming County
NY 354 is known as Clinton Street for the vast majority of its run. However, while Clinton St continues to NY 5 in a straight line, NY 354 diverges for half of a mile, first north on Pine Street and then following William Street to its western terminus at NY 5. NY 354/Clinton Street also changes to West Main Street upon entering the Village of Attica, 0.7 miles before its eastern terminus.
Starting in Downtown Buffalo
, NY 354
begins at the intersection of NY 5
(Ellicott Street) as William Street, heading due east. The intersection also meets NY 130
(Broadway Street), heading northeast. After a half mile on William Street, NY 354 turns south onto Pine Street for 200 feet, then turns east again, now residing on Clinton Street where it will remain until just before its eastern terminus. Clinton Street continues east through the east side of Buffalo, heading slightly southeast between Filmore Ave and US 62
(Bailey Avenue). An interchange with the Niagara Thruway
) occurs just east of Bailey Avenue.
Near the city limits, Clinton St continues underneath the main line New York State Thruway (I-90) and connects with NY 240 (Harlem Road). Clinton again heads southeast for a little ways before meeting with NY 277 (Union Road), and continuing due east again. Passing through West Seneca Clinton becomes very suburban. Just before Elma Clinton becomes busier, meeting US 20/NY 78 (Transit Road). East of here, Clinton begins to transition from suburban to rural. It continues in a primarily eastward direction through Elma and Marilla. Through here it intersects with many roads (Bowen Road, Two Rod and Four Rod Roads, Cayuga Creek Road, and Exchange Street) that connect it either to US 20 to the north, or US 20A to the south, or both. The terrain here begins to turn from primarily flat to small rolling hills. It is now near completely rural.
Clinton Street again turns towards the southeast as it enters Wyoming County in the town of Bennington
and the hamlet of Cowlesville. Near Folsomdale, Clinton turns back east, and continues into Bennington Center, where it meets NY 77
(Allegany Road) at a partial cloverleaf interchange
. (This was originally designed to eliminate stopping traffic and to eliminate left-hand turns onto 77. The No-Left signs were removed during a construction project in the early 1990's and never put back up.)
After leaving Bennington Center, Clinton street turns again, this time tracking northeast as it nears its end. Upon entering the Village of Attica it becomes West Main Street. NY 354 finally splits off from West Main, heading east to meet with NY 98. The "Attica Bennington Highway" is usually just referred to as Clinton Street.
NY 354 originally followed West Main Street in the village of Attica all the way to downtown at NY 98. Due to a sharp turn and steep downgrade because of the railroad tracks at its end however, the "Attica-Bennington Highway" was built and 354 moved to this routing. Some maps still show West Main Street to be 354's main routing, however.