New_York_State_Route_9L

New York State Route 9L

New York State Route 9L is a state highway in Warren County, New York. The road is 18.58 miles (29.91 kilometres) long and is a suffixed highway of U.S. Route 9 (US 9). The road goes through three major municipalities in Warren County: the city of Glens Falls, the town of Queensbury and the town of Lake George. The road starts at US 9 and New York State Route 32 in Glens Falls and ends at US 9 and New York State Route 9N in Lake George. 9N is a scenic route for people traveling to Lake George, as the road provides many views of the lake.

Route 9L was assigned in the 1930s along the route of an old military road produced during the revolution. The route was given its designation because it is a spur route off of US 9, which is present at both its termini. The road was designated later as the Central Adirondack Trail by the United States Department of Transportation.

Route description

The highway starts at an intersection with US 9 and NY 32 in downtown Glens Falls. The road begins by intersecting with local roads in the city. East of the city limits in the town of Queensbury, Route 9L intersects Dix Avenue, a connector leading to NY 254. Route 9L turns to the northeast and intersects Route 254 itself east of its junction with Dix. Route 9L continues northward through Queensbury, passing Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport and running parallel to the Washington County line on its way toward and eventually across the Blue Line into Adirondack Park. NY 9L intersects NY 149, an east–west arterial connecting Interstate 87 to Vermont, just north of the park limits. The route continues into Brayton, a hamlet situated in northeast Queensbury. At a junction northeast of Glens Falls and north of Brayton, NY 9L meets Pilot Knob Road, a local roadway serving several communities located on the shores of Lake George and along the base of Pilot Knob.

Route 9L turns to the southeast, roughly paralleling the southern shore of Lake George. A mile west of Brayton, NY 9L intersects with Cleverdale Road, a road serving a small peninsula and the hamlet of Cleverdale. Just afterwards, it passes an open area called Joshua's Rock, with a cluster of buildings. This is Owl's Nest, the home of early realist novelist Edward Eggleston, a designated National Historic Landmark.

After passing the community of Rockhurst, the route intersects Assembly Point Road, another local road serving a minor peninsula and Assembly Point on its tip. Past this point, Route 9L tightly parallels the southern shore of Lake George southwest to the Town of Lake George, situated at the southwestern extent of the lake. The route comes to an end at a junction with US 9 and NY 9N south of the village of Lake George.

History

Route 9L followed the length of the Old Military Road, a road that was the first to link to what is now the town of Queensbury. The road was first built in 1755, as the Colonial Army headed north from Albany. The Military Road had helped build up the local Queensbury. In 1832, transportation was well-improved, with the Feeder Canal opening in Queensbury. Sixteen years later, in 1848, a plank road was built over the old Military Road.

Route 9L was assigned to its current alignment in the 1930s. When scenic byways were designated in New York, Route 9L was designated as part of the Central Adirondack Trail.

Route 9L had its bridge replaced starting in 2007 over the Halfway Creek in Queensbury, New York. The bridge, which was built in 1923, about a decade before 9L's commissioning, was just from the intersection with Haviland Road (Warren County Route 17). Construction on a new, larger bridge cost $1.3 mllion and is expected to be completed in October 2008.

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