New York State Route 204

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New York State Route 204 marker

New York State Route 204
Map of Rochester with NY 204 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NYSDOT
Length3.25 mi[3] (5.23 km)
Existedc. 1965[1][2]–present
Major junctions
West end I-490 in Gates
East end I-390 in Gates
Highway system
NY 203NY 205

New York State Route 204 (NY 204) is an east–west state highway located just southwest of Rochester in Monroe County, New York, in the United States. The western terminus of the route is at exit 6 on Interstate 490 (I-490) in Gates. Its eastern terminus is at I-390 exit 18. The western portion of NY 204 is a limited-access highway known as the Airport Expressway that indirectly connects I-490 to the Greater Rochester International Airport. The remaining part of the connection is made by an at-grade portion of NY 204 on Chili (NY 33A) and Brooks Avenues. NY 204 was assigned c. 1965 from I-490 to the Rochester city line in Gates, however the section between I-390 and the city line was removed by January 2017.

Route description[edit]

NY 204 begins at I-490 exit 6 in Gates. The route heads southeast along the Airport Expressway, a four-lane limited-access highway through the town of Gates. No exits exist along the expressway; in fact, it only comes in contact with one highway (Pixley Road, which it passes over). After 1 mile (1.6 km), the highway ends at NY 33A (Chili Avenue). NY 204 turns east here, joining NY 33A northeast for 0.9 miles (1.4 km) to the heavily commercial hamlet of Tressmar. The routes split near Westgate Plaza, where NY 204 veers eastward onto Brooks Avenue.[4]

Old shield on NY 204 eastbound near the Wegmans offices

The route heads through a small residential neighborhood on the outskirts of Tressmar, which then gives way to more commercial and industrial surroundings. Along this stretch, NY 204 passes the headquarters of Wegmans Food Markets. Past the Wegmans offices, the road dips sharply in elevation to pass under the Rochester and Southern Railroad. NY 204 gradually returns to its prior elevation east of the railroad and connects to Airport Way, the primary access road to the Greater Rochester International Airport, by way of an interchange. The highway runs along the northern edge of the airport grounds toward the Erie Canal, where it meets I-390 at exit 18 on the southern bank of the waterway, the eastern end of NY 204.[4]


The portion of Brooks Avenue from Howard Road in Gates to Genesee Park Boulevard in Rochester was originally designated as part of NY 47 between 1935 and 1938.[5][6] When NY 47 was rerouted to follow Beahan Road and Scottsville Road between Howard Road and Elmwood Avenue c. 1962, the former alignment of NY 47 on Brooks Avenue and Genesee Park Boulevard was redesignated NY 33B.[7][8] The NY 33B designation was removed and reapplied to a new highway in the Buffalo area c. 1965.[1][9] The portion of NY 33B west of the Rochester city line was redesignated as NY 204.[1][2]

To the west of Brooks Avenue, construction began in the mid-1960s on the Airport Expressway, a limited-access highway between I-490 and NY 33A (Chili Avenue) near the Gates–Chili town line.[10] The highway was opened to traffic and designated as an extension of NY 204 by 1968. In between the end of the expressway and Brooks Avenue, NY 204 overlapped with NY 33A. As planned, the Airport Expressway would be extended eastward along the Brooks Avenue corridor to meet the Rochester Outer Loop (NY 47) just north of the then-Rochester–Monroe County Airport.[11] On January 1, 1970, the NY 204 designation was officially extended eastward along the proposed highway;[12] however, in the field, NY 204 remained routed on Chili and Brooks Avenues.[13]

The proposed extension of the Airport Expressway remained on maps as late as 1979;[14] however, by 1981, the routing was demapped[15] as the planned extension was cancelled after opposition from area residents.[16] The intersection between the Airport Expressway and NY 33A was a stub half-interchange[17] until 2001, and rebuilt as a traditional T-shaped intersection.[16]

The extension of NY 204 in Gates east of I-390 was removed from the state highway system by 2017.[18]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Gates, Monroe County.

0.000.00 I-490Western terminus; exit 6 (I-490)
1.041.67 NY 33A westWestern terminus of NY 33A / NY 204 overlap
1.893.04 NY 33A eastEastern terminus of NY 33A / NY 204 overlap
3.255.23 I-390Eastern terminus; exit 18 (I-390)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c New York and Metropolitan New York (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally and Company. Sinclair Oil Corporation. 1964.
  2. ^ a b New York (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally and Company. Mobil. 1965.
  3. ^ a b "2008 Traffic Volume Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. June 16, 2009. p. 185. Retrieved February 1, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Google (June 1, 2009). "overview map of NY 204" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 1, 2009.
  5. ^ Road Map & Historical Guide – New York (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally and Company. Sun Oil Company. 1935.
  6. ^ Thibodeau, William A. (1938). The ALA Green Book (1938–39 ed.). Automobile Legal Association.
  7. ^ New York and Metropolitan New York (Map) (1961–62 ed.). Cartography by H.M. Gousha Company. Sunoco. 1961.
  8. ^ New York and Metropolitan New York (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally and Company. Sinclair Oil Corporation. 1962.
  9. ^ Buffalo NE Quadrangle – New York – Erie Co (Map). 1:24,000. 7.5 Minute Series (Topographic). United States Geological Survey. 1965. Retrieved June 1, 2009.
  10. ^ National Bridge Inventory, a database compiled by the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, available at Accessed June 1, 2009.
  11. ^ New York (Map) (1969–70 ed.). Cartography by General Drafting. Esso. 1968.
  12. ^ State of New York Department of Transportation (January 1, 1970). Official Description of Touring Routes in New York State (PDF). Retrieved June 1, 2009.
  13. ^ New York (Map) (1973 ed.). Cartography by H.M. Gousha Company. Shell Oil Company. 1973.
  14. ^ New York (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Exxon. 1979.
  15. ^ I Love New York Tourism Map (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally and Company. State of New York. 1981.
  16. ^ a b Sinsabaugh, Mark. "New York State Route 204". New York Routes. Retrieved June 1, 2009.
  17. ^ Rochester West Digital Raster Quadrangle (Map). 1:24,000. New York State Department of Transportation. 1997. Retrieved June 1, 2009.
  18. ^ New York State Department of Transportation (January 2017). Official Description of Highway Touring Routes, Bicycling Touring Routes, Scenic Byways, & Commemorative/Memorial Designations in New York State (PDF). Retrieved January 15, 2017.

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