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New York State Route 2 is a state highway in the Capital Districtmarker of New Yorkmarker, United Statesmarker. It extends from an interchange with Interstate 87 and NY 7 in the hamlet of Lathammarker within the town of Coloniemarker to the Massachusettsmarker state line, where it continues to Bostonmarker as Route 2. Cities along the highway include Troymarker and Watervlietmarker. Grafton Lakes State Parkmarker is off this highway in Graftonmarker.

At Petersburg Pass just west of the state line, Route 2 reaches in elevation, one of the highest points on New York's state highway system.

Route description

NY 2 begins at Interstate 87 exit 6 in the hamlet of Lathammarker as a continuation of NY 7, which leaves Troy–Schenectady Road at the interchange to join I-87. The route continues east on Troy–Schenectady Road to U.S. Route 9, which it intersects via the Latham Circlemarker. Instead of directly intersecting US 9, NY 2 meets a series of ramps leading to and from the road while US 9 itself crosses under the circle, allowing for a continuous flow of traffic on US 9. Past US 9, NY 2 continues east through the town of Coloniemarker to Watervlietmarker, where it becomes 19th Street and meets NY 32 a short distance from the Hudson River. NY 2 then passes over Interstate 787 before crossing the Hudson via the Congress Street Bridgemarker and entering Troymarker on the opposite bank. Here, the route splits into a one-way pair along Congress Street (westbound) and Ferry Street (eastbound) through the Central Troy Historic Districtmarker.
Four blocks into Troy, NY 2 intersects U.S. Route 4, also routed along a one-way pair through the city. At 3rd Street, NY 2 meets US 4 southbound; it then intersects US 4 northbound at 4th Street. After traversing two more blocks, NY 2 merges into a single carriageway at 8th Street. NY 2 continues east along the now two-way Congress Street, passing south of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutemarker before becoming Brunswick Road at an intersection with NY 66 in eastern Troy.

East of Troy, NY 2 meets NY 278 and NY 351 in Brunswickmarker before skirting the southern edge of Grafton Lakes State Parkmarker in Graftonmarker. The route then continues east from Grafton into the hamlet of Petersburgh in the the town of the same namemarker. As NY 2 enters from the west, down a steep incline, it curves leftward while Moses Road continues straight ahead. This surface street in Petersburgh ends at NY 22, while NY 2 continues over NY 22 on an overpass. North of the overpass, Main Street intersects NY 22 and connects to NY 2, which curves right. Westbound NY 2 traffic curves left for the overpass, with Main Street continuing straight ahead in the same manner that Moses Road does on the west side. Collectively, Main Street and Moses Road make up the long NY 914A, an unsigned reference route. Past NY 22, NY 2 briefly occupies Main Street before heading southeast to the Massachusettsmarker state line, where it becomes Route 2 upon entering the town of Williamstown, Massachusettsmarker.

History

Most of modern NY 2 east of 1st Street in Troymarker was originally designated by the New York State Legislature as Route 42, an unsigned legislative route, in 1911. East of Troy, however, Route 42 was routed on Pawling and Pinewoods Avenues. Route 42 was extended west across the Hudson River to Schenectadymarker in 1914 by way of what is now NY 2 and NY 7. When the first set of state highways in the modern state highway system were assigned in 1924, the portion of Route 42 west of 1st Street became part of NY 9. The rest of Route 42 remained unnumbered until the 1930 renumbering of state highways in New York, when it was designated as NY 96. Near Troy, NY 96 bypassed Pawling and Pinewoods Avenues to the north on Brunswick Road instead of following the path of Route 42. The alignments of NY 96 and NY 2, a highway extending from Owegomarker to Rochestermarker in the Finger Lakesmarker region of New Yorkmarker, were swapped in the early 1940s, placing NY 2 on the Troy–Massachusetts routing.

NY 2 was extended south to NY 5 in Albanymarker by 1942 by way of overlap with U.S. Route 4, then routed on 1st Street, and NY 32. In between the two routes, NY 2 was routed on modern NY 378 and crossed the Hudson River by way of the Troy–Menands Bridgemarker. NY 2 was rerouted slightly in the early 1950s to leave NY 32 at the junction of Wolfert Avenue and Broadway and follow Broadway into downtown Albany, where it ended at Madison Avenue (U.S. Route 9 and U.S. Route 20). The route was truncated to the northern end of the NY 32 overlap in the mid-1960s, then to 3rd Street (US 4) in Troy on January 1, 1970. The former routing of NY 2 between NY 32 and US 4 became an extension of NY 378.

Construction on a new limited-access highway through the town of Coloniemarker between Interstate 87 and Interstate 787 began in the early 1980s. At the time, the roadway was known as "NY 7 Alternate". However, when it opened in 1986, it became a realignment of NY 7 instead. NY 7's former surface routing from I-87 in Lathammarker to US 4 in Troy then became a westward extension of NY 2.

Future

Exit 6 on Interstate 87, currently a diamond interchange, is in the process of being converted into a single-point urban interchange. Construction began on the junction, which links NY 2 and NY 7 to I-87, in mid-2008 and is expected to be completed in late 2011. The total cost of the project is $39.8 million.

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