NY 13A at its northern terminus with NY 96 in Ithaca. According to David Greenberger, "NY 13A terminated at its junction with NY 79, NY 89, and NY 96. Now NY 13A's northern terminus is at only NY 79 (although directly across a bike trail from NY 96 and under half a mile from NY 89).
As for the generic yield sign -- SB traffic on NY 89/96 had right-of-way. (NY 89 vs. NY 96 was controlled by a traffic signal just out of view to the right. In fact, the signal is still in use, but what was NY 89 is now a dead-end side street.) Traffic here heading straight onto NY 79 or left onto NY 13A had to yield to oncoming NY 89/96 traffic. Traffic to NB NY 89 was free-flow (including an always-on green arrow at the aforementioned signal); traffic to NB NY 96 was free-flow as long as the light was green. General etiquette -- I don't think it was officially marked (by necessity, there was much unofficial etiquette associated with the Octopus) -- was to use the left lane for NY 13A and NY 79 (and Elm Street, which is an immediate right turn off of NY 13A) and to use the right lane for NY 89 and NY 96.
Now, with NY 89 and NY 96 eliminated here, this is a simple T-intersection, with free-flow for NY 79 in either direction. The westbound left lane is a left-turn lane for NY 13A."
The area around the northern terminus, the famous Ithaca Octopus, was rebuilt over the past few years in order to help traffic flow through the City of Ithaca, so this is the view before reconstruction. According to David Greenberger, "This is the beginning of NY 13A, but the overhead sign no longer exists and the bridge has been thoroughly rebuilt (and NY 89 and NY 96 are on new bridges). Of much historical interest, though.". Photo taken by David Greenberger on August 12, 1996.
NY 13A at its northern terminus with NY 79 in Ithaca, after reconstruction of the infamous Ithaca Octopus. Photo taken by David Greenberger on October 7, 2001.
View of the current format of the NY 13A northern terminus as seen on NY 79 westbound. Photo taken by David Greenberger on October 7, 2001.
Closer view of the NY 13A and NY 79 shields at NY 13A's northern terminus. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr on January 25, 2002.
First Reassurance shield on South NY 13A. Shield is an older style than any others on 13A. There was no END 13A shield to be found at NY 13A's Northern Terminus. Photo taken by Bryan Farr on July 20, 2002.
The southern terminus of NY 13A is at NY 13/34/96 near Ithaca. Here is the view from NY 13/34/96 northbound. Photo taken by David Greenberger on October 5, 2001.
END NY 13A shield at NY 13A's southern terminus. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr on January 25, 2002.
NY 13A shield at NY 13A's southern terminus as seen from NY 13/34/96 northbound. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr on April 28, 2002.
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