New York Roads - US 11 - S. of Brewerton

south of Brewerton
Wait! That's not NY 11! That's US 11!

US 11 parallels I-81 for as long as I-81 is in NY; once I-81 goes into Canada, 11 follows the northern border of NY up to US 2. 2 ends at 11, which crosses the border a few hundred feet later, east of US 9; it is a misconception that 2 and 11 end at each other.

US 11 NB and SB, respectively, at NY 363 in Binghamton, which gets signed from almost nowhere (even on its own mainline). A short block ahead, NY 7 and US 11 begin their duplex, while a little to the north, NY 363 NB melts into NY 7 NB.

Obviously the truck route is designed to detour around this particular railroad crossing and its old signs. These are heading north out of Binghamton.

US 11 has prime viewing of I-81/NY 17 interchange reconstruction from the west shore of the Chenango River. The first photo is the new I-86 EB mainline, replacing NY 17. That's the bridge on the right of the second photo (merging with I-81 SB coming from the left) that is in the way of completing the new I-81 SB bridge that's stubbed in the last two photos.

The existing NY 17 WB mainline cuts off the future I-81 NB bridge, which is why the new 17/86 bridges were being built first.

Northbound past an old truss with a duplex on top. NY 206 is signed like it's on the bridge, but doesn't begin till the other side.

The Main St. bridge to Killawog. Wogs everywhere are furious that anyone even considers taking it.

NB at the old Tarbell Building, on the corner of NY 221 in Marathon. It once held dry goods (or at least an advertisement therefor) among other sundry uses. I feel my grammar slipping into the 19th century just by perusing this daguerrotype.

Scenery on the ride up from Cortland to Syracuse. In one spot, you can see Bare Mountain to the north, Tully Valley to the west, and Dutch Hill to the south.

SB at US 20 in Lafayette in the 1990s, courtesy Averill Hecht.

Waaaay old NY Thruway shield on NY 173 EB at US 11 near Syracuse, courtesy Doug Kerr. It may date from the advent of the Thruway.

Architecture of Syracuse. Part 1: the Sumner Hunt Building at the corner of Salina St. (US 11) and Kennedy St. (NY 175). (See, in cities, you have to use the street names.) The chimneys give away the construction year and the initial of the constructor. Mr. Hunt was apparently gifted at building, while his son, also Sumner, probably not coincidentally became an architect. Part 2: what's now a Huntington Family Center but is too octagonal for such a mundane use, Burt St. at Oakwood Ave. a long block off of 11. Part 3: The former St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, built in 1855 at Willow St. Part 4 and last: The 1874 rectory across from it.

I'd rather see the old signals remain blank and take away the signs than vice versa. At least there's still one bagged head left. This should tell you how far Syracuse has fallen - you could practically walk in the middle of the street at what was once too busy for a stop sign.

Old shields on side streets. The first is on Castle St. WB at US 11, and the second is on Lodi St. WB leaving US 11. The same contractor (or could it have been the state?) inexplicably enlarged the 9, and propagated the error throughout the entire truck detour decades ago. This being Syracuse, new signage hasn't come to the area after all that time.

NB from Grant Blvd. with another of those peculiar trailblazers. The last photo is courtesy Doug Kerr and the sign is gone now.

NB across the Oneida River into Oswego County (and Brewerton), with a look east at I-81 and west at a railroad truss. There's also an Oneida County, but that's to the east of Oneida Lake. On the other hand, Oswego is in fact in Oswego County.

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Into Pennsylvania on US 11
Onto I-81
Onto NY 363
To NY 434
To NY 7
To NY 17
Up onto I-86
Onto NY 26
Onto NY 206
Onto NY 79
Onto NY 13
Onto US 20
To NY 298
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