New York State Route 80 is a
west-east New York State Route
located within Onondaga, Madison, Chenango, Otsego, Herkimer, and Montgomery Counties in New York.
western terminus is located at a junction with NY 175 in the city of
Syracuse in Onondaga County, from which it actually runs in
a north-south direction for . The eastern terminus
is located at a junction with NY
5 in the village of
Nelliston in Montgomery County.
The route is signed
north-south within Montgomery County.
Most of NY
80 between Sherburne and Cooperstown follows the routing of the Second Great Western Turnpike,
an 1800s toll road.
NY 80 follows an east-west alignment for most of its routing, two
sections, located on its western and easternmost ends, are either
signed as north-south (as is the case in Montgomery
County) or physically oriented from north to south (such
as in central Onondaga County).
Central Onondaga County
begins at an intersection with NY 175 in southern Syracuse.
The route, named Valley Drive, proceeds
south through a largely residential area of Syracuse, following the
path of Onondaga Creek
area. to the south of NY 175 (and west of the interchange between
and Interstate 481
), NY 80 intersects NY 173
(the old path of the
) near the southern
city limits. Past NY 173, NY 80 parallels U.S. Route 11
, I-81, and Onondaga Creek
as all four head south out of Syracuse. At the city line, NY 80
becomes South Onondaga Road.
Nedrow, south of
Syracuse, NY 80 briefly enters the Onondaga
Nation Territory, cutting across the northwestern corner of the
reservation before turning to follow the western edge of the
NY 11A's southern terminus at NY 80 in Tully
NY 80 leaves to the southwest shortly after to
serve South Onondaga and intersect U.S. Route 20
at Lords Corners.
20, NY 80 continues south to Otisco (coming
within of Otisco
Lake), then curves southeast to the Tully hamlet of Vesper before turning fully to the east
as it enters the village of Tully.
Tully to Sherburne
Just west of Tully, NY 80 intersects NY 11A
, US 11, and NY 281
on opposite sides of an
overpass carrying I-81 over NY 80. Here, all three routes, plus
County Route 134 to the southwest, act as frontage roads for I-81
exit 14. US 11 joins NY 80 east of the interchange, following the
route into Tully. US 11 heads south at the village center; NY
80, however, continues eastward, overlapping NY 91 near Fabius and NY 13 in
County. Past NY 13, NY 80 continues southeast to
Georgetown, where it meets NY 26. The two routes
conjoin and head south into Chenango County before separating shortly after crossing the county
NY 80 at I-81, US 11 and NY 281 in
Within Chenango County, NY 80 largely follows an east-west routing
with a slight curve to the southeast. The only incorporated
area that NY 80 passes through within the county is Smyrna, a small village situated roughly two-thirds of the
way between NY 26 and the Otsego County line.
East of Smyrna, NY 80 continues
northeast, then curves to the southeast as it approaches the Otsego
County line, delimited by the Chenango
Former Second Great Western Turnpike
After crossing over the Chenango River and into Sherburne, NY 80
intersects NY 12
to follow the old path of the Second Great Western Turnpike
across Central New York
continues east to Columbus, where NY 80 separates from the old routing of the
turnpike and heads southeast to intersect NY 8 north of New
NY 80 turns south onto NY 8, overlapping
the route to New Berlin, where the routes split at the village
center. Outside of New Berlin, NY 80 heads northeast
to Burlington, rejoining the routing of the Second Great Western
Turnpike just west of an intersection with NY 51 in West
NY 80 turns north onto NY 51, creating a
brief, long concurrency between the two routes. NY 51 and NY 80 split
soon after, with NY 51 continuing onward toward Utica.
heads due east from NY 51 to Otsego, where it meets NY 205.
NY 205 joins NY 80
eastward into a small valley surrounding Oaks
, where the two routes meet NY 28
. While NY 205 terminates here,
NY 80 joins NY 28, following the route east across the creek and
through the hamlet of Fly Creek.
east of Fly Creek, NY 28 and NY 80 ascend in elevation for a short
distance prior to descending into a valley home to both the
southern tip of Otsego
Lake and the historic village of Cooperstown at its tip. Shortly after entering Cooperstown, the
two routes split as NY 28 turns south at Chestnut Street, following
the roadway out of the village toward Oneonta. NY 80, however, turns north onto Chestnut
and continues into the heart of the village, where it intersects
Main Street, a street lined with shops catering to tourists who
visit the nearby National Baseball Hall of
Old shields in Cooperstown for NY 28 and NY 80
At this intersection, the Second Great
Western Turnpike turned east; however, NY 80 continues north on
Chestnut for another block before turning onto Lake Street and
following the street out of the village.
Cooperstown to Nelliston
Outside of Cooperstown, NY 80 heads north along the western edge of
Otsego Lake, passing by both the Fenimore Art Museum
and the Farmers' Museum
just north of Cooperstown.
northern tip of the lake in Springfield, NY 80 intersects US 20 (the former Cherry Valley Turnpike) for the
second time. The route continues northward, although the
progression becomes more northeasterly as it crosses into the rural
southeastern corner of Herkimer County. NY 80's stay within the county is brief,
featuring no points of interest other than an intersection with
NY 168 located at the
midpoint between where NY 80 traverses the Otsego and Montgomery
Upon entering Montgomery County, NY 80 becomes signed as a
north-south route even though the track of the route is as
east-west as it has been since turning northward in Cooperstown.
heads east to Fort Plain, a village located on the Mohawk River (here serving as the path of the
Erie Canal), and becomes Main
At Kellogg Street, NY 80 is joined by NY 163
for two blocks to an
intersection with NY 5S
(Canal Street) in the heart of the village. Here, NY 163 ends
while NY 5S and NY 80 come together on Main Street for a short
overlap to Hancock Street, where NY 5S turns southeast and
continues toward Canajoharie.
NY 80, however, continues through and out
of the village to the northeast on Main, Willett, and River
Streets. Once on River, NY 80 passes under the
New York State Thruway
(Interstate 90) and crosses
the Mohawk River before terminating at NY 5 on the opposite bank in
routing of most of modern NY 80 between Sherburne and Cooperstown was originally part of the Second Great Western Turnpike,
an early toll road established in
1801. The road began at the eastern bank of the
Chenango River in Sherburne and
proceeded east through Cooperstown to Cherry
Valley, where it connected to the First Great Western Turnpike
and, later, the Third Great
Western Turnpike. While what is now NY 80 dips south to serve
Berlin, the turnpike bypassed the settlement to the north,
favoring a direct alignment between Columbus and Edmeston.
state highways in New
York were first signed in 1924, none of the former
turnpike was incorporated into the system; however, a road between
Cooperstown and Springfield along the western edge of Otsego Lake was designated as part of NY 28. By 1926, a small
segment of the ex-Second Great Western Turnpike between Edmeston
Burlington was signed as part of NY 44.
The NY 80 designation was created in the late 1920s and originally
assigned to a previously unnumbered roadway between U.S. Route 20 in Springfield and
NY 10A in Indian
Lake via Nelliston and Speculator.
North of Nelliston, NY 80 followed what is
now NY 10
and NY 30
. From Arietta to Speculator, NY 80 overlapped NY 54 (now NY 8). In the 1930 renumbering, NY 80 was
truncated to its current eastern terminus in Nelliston; however, it
was also extended southward and westward to NY 173 in Syracuse, replacing NY 28 from Springfield to Cooperstown
and NY 44 from New Berlin to West Burlington.
to Columbus, and from West Burlington to Cooperstown, NY 80
utilized the former, previously unnumbered roadway of the Second
Great Western Turnpike. The remainder of the roadway between
Syracuse and Sherburne, and from Columbus to New Berlin, was also
NY 80 was extended northward to its present terminus at NY 175
in the early 1990s.