New York State Route 211
) is a state highway
located entirely within Orange County, New York
, in the United States
. The western terminus is at the intersection with US 209
located in Cuddebackville
, and the eastern terminus is located at Montgomery
at NY 17K
, where it becomes the main thoroughfare.
, it briefly becomes a divided highway with a maximum of five lanes in each direction (a total of ten lanes). It was also through Middletown that the famed "Miracle Mile" was born, which was the beginning of the shopping center frenzy that saw many businesses move from downtown areas of Middletown to the Route 211 Shopping Corridor.
Only in Middletown does the first sign along NY 211 with a directional banner appear, when headed eastward. At that point, the road is running more to the northwest.
Route 211 has three distinct segments, reflected on the reference markers along the highway: west of Middletown, the city of Middletown, and east of Middletown. All run through distinctly different terrain.
West of Middletown
The first 10 miles (16 km) are characterized by rugged and scenic countryside. They begin at the junction with 209. NY 211 at first heads straight east-southeast, crossing the limited downtown section of Cuddebackville
and then the Basher Kill
and its swampy
lowlands. On the way up it makes its first crossing of the tracks