New York State Route 311 is a state highway located entirely within
Putnam County, New York, United States. The highway begins at New York
State Route 52 in Lake Carmel, and intersects Interstate 84 shortly
thereafter. It crosses NY 164 and NY 292 as it heads into the
northwestern part of the county, finally curving east to reach its
northern terminus at NY 22 just south of the Dutchess County line. The
route passes several historical sites. Part of modern-day Route 311 was
originally the Philipstown Turnpike, a road built in 1815 to overcome a
lack of transportation when the Hudson River froze during the winter
months. The turnpike was a large business center for the county, though
it was abandoned due to insufficient tolls to maintain it. Another
section was constructed in the early 1900s, from the Patterson Baptist
Church near the modern-day intersection of Route 311 and Route 164 to
the Village of Patterson, by a group of Italian immigrants. In the 1930
renumbering, the segment of NY 39 east of West Patterson was renumbered
to New York State Route 311. In the late 1930s, NY 52 was realigned to
its current alignment between Stormville and Lake Carmel. The former
routing of NY 52 from West Patterson to Lake Carmel later became part
of an extended NY 311.
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