Connecticut: Highways to Nowhere
For each of the links listed below you will be taken to a separate web page with information, external links, and aerial photos. Having a Connecticut highway road map handy is also useful, as you see where in the state these roads are. Many of them are in your own back yard, and you may even travel them daily!
So how come there's a four-lane highway to Norwich and it just ENDS...?
CT 2 Expressway, From Hartford to Colchester to Norwich to North Stonington
Why is there a four-lane ridge over the Thames River near Mohegan, obviously
built long before the casino was thought of?
CT 2A Expressway, Expressway Extension from Route 2/I-395 to Preston
Why is there this super nice bridge across the CT River to Glastonbury, where
it just ENDS at Route 2?
CT 3 Expressway (I-491 and I-86) proposed beltway around Hartford
There's another short section of highway off I-84 going towards Farmington.
What's with that?
CT 4 Expressway, From I-84 (at EXIT 39) with the proposed CT 10 Expressway in Farmington
US 6 Expressway to Providence. See Interstate 384.
CT 6A Expressway. See Interstate 691.
Why does the 4-lane divided Super 7 just END at a light in Norwalk near the
DMV? Does it have anything to do with the part that passes by the Danbury
Airport that also just ends?
CT 7 Expressway, (aka "Super 7" and I-284), from Norwalk through the Berkshires to Burlington VT
Why does Winsted have this really nice 4-lane divided highway going to it,
where it also just ends there to a side road?
CT 8 Expressway , from Bridgeport to the Mass Turnpike
What's this I hear that Route 9 in Connecticut was never completed as
CT 9 Expressway, from Granby CT across a bridge to Greenport, Long Island
Why are there several spurs from major highways going to Route 10 along its
length? (40 connector off I-91, exit 29 off I-84, Rt 72 in Plainville, exit 39
off I-84just to name a few)
CT 10 Expressway, from New Haven to the Massachusetts border
Why do Willow Street and Blatchley Avenue rate such large
entrance and exit ramps from I-91 in New Haven?
CT 10A Expressway, from I-91 to Whitney Avenue, then on to the CT 10 Expressway
What's the deal with Route 11? It REALLY ends literally in the middle of
nowhere (and there's obvious evidence of a continuing road cut system southwards
CT 11 Expressway, from Colchester to Waterford/New London
How did the Berlin Turnpike (Route 15) rate such a large spur off I-91 and a
large bridge as the Charter Oak Bridge?
CT 15 Expressway, ("I-484" Charter Oak Bypass), between Berlin Turnpike and I-84
I noticed that Route 17 south from Glastonbury also has a four-lane spur off
Route 2, and a matching one off Route 9. How come?
CT 17 Expressway, from Glastonbury to Middletown
Bradley is a large airport, but the Connector is never really busy. Is there
another reason for that four-lane highway?
CT 20 Expressway (CT 140), from Granby, past Bradley Airport, to Vernon
Boy, there must be some important folks living in Stepney to rate a four-lane
highway to their doorstep. Or is there another reason for the Route 25 highway?
CT 25 Expressway, from Bridgeport to I-84 in Newtown
Why are there sections of Route 32 4-lane in the middle of nowhere?
CT 32 Expressway, From exit 84 in New London to I-84 in Willington
Seems rather odd that four-lane Route 34 ends under a parking garage in
downtown New Haven. Did that building get dropped there by a UFO or something?
CT 34 Expressway, from New Haven to Derby, then on to "Super 7" in Ridgefield and NY Route 35
Here's another strange one: the "40 Connector" off I-91 to Route 10
in Mt. Carmel. Gotta be a good explanation for that one...
CT 40 Expressway, from CT 10 Expressway to I-95 in Branford
CT 44 Expressway. See US Highway 44.
CT 52 Expressway. Became I-395.
CT 58 Expressway, Exit 8 off I-84 to downtown Bethel (never built)
CT 66 Expressway. See Interstate 691.
Why on Earth is there a four-lane divided highway spur off I-84 going through
CT 72 Expressway, from Plainville west to the CT 8 Expressway Thomaston
How come there's a rather large
exit from CT 8 north of I-84 which ends less than a mile later at a stop light...?
CT 73 Expressway, from Route 8 in Waterbury northwest to Watertown.
I know that Hammonassett State Park is popular, but does it need a four-lane
CT 79 Expressway, Hammonassett State Park to CT 9 Expressway
CT 83 Expressway, from East Glastonbury through Manchester and Somers CT terminating in Longmeadow MA. Intended to continue to Springfield MA (never built)
CT Route 137, Pound Ridge-Stamford Parkway (never built)
CT 189 Expressway, "the Woods River Boulevard," extension of CT 9 Expressway northward to the CT 20 Expressway (never built)
There is a rather large bridge over the CT River, connecting Suffield to
Enfield. I'm sure those guys like each other, but why build that bridge in the
middle of nowhere?
CT 190 Expressway (Thompsonville Bridge), from I-91 in Enfield west to CT 75 in Suffield, continuing to the CT 20 Expressway
Why does Sherwood Island State Park rate a four-lane highway entrance?
US Highway 44, the "Northwest Expressway," from West Hartford to North Canaan (never built)
Interstate 86. See Interstate 384
A bridge over Long Island Sound at New Haven? Or, "why does I-91 end so
abruptly in New Haven?"
Interstate 91, the Shoreham New Haven Bridge over Long Island Sound
Interstate 284, "The Prospect Street Bypass" (never built)
Why does a city as large as Hartford not have a bypass highway? Or,
"What's with all those highway spurs all over the city of Hartford?"
Interstate 291, Beltway around Hartford
Hartford Loop - Hartford's Proposed Freeway Network, Scott Oglesby
Why does Hartford have a four-lane diving right into the heart of the city
Interstate 484, "The Whitehead Highway"
Why does "Interstate" 384 just go out to Bolton Notch and just stop
Interstate 384, from Manchester to Providence via Willimantic
See Also: Route 6 Coalition at http://members.aol.com/rtesix/
Interstate 491. See CT 3 Expressway
Another Long Island Bridge, this time at Groton?
Interstate 495 and 395 spur, The Eastern Long Island Sound Bridge (never built)
Interstate 691, The 6A Expressway, from I-84 in Southington to the proposed US 6 Expressway in the Columbia-Willimantic area (current Route 66)
Ever wonder why Interstate 287 south in New York just ENDS at Interstate 95?
It wasn't supposed to!
NY State I-287, the Oyster Bay-Rye Bridge
New Haven Loop - See CT 10 and CT 40 Expressways
General CT highway info (Deep-links to Steve Anderson's NYCRoads.com):
Interstate 95, "The Connecticut Turnpike", aka "Governor John Davis Lodge Turnpike", aka New England Thruway, aka "The Greenwich-Killingly Expressway" (new residents may not even know it used to have tolls along its length...)
Interstate 84 The "East-West" or "Yankee" Expressway
Interstate 91 "The North-South Expressway"
Interstate 395 -"The CT 52 Expressway"
Interesting Highway Information Links
Scott Oglesby's "Connecticut Roads" web site: http://www.kurumi.com/roads/ct/
http://www.nycroads.com - with info on CT roads as well.
Michael G. Koerner's Highway Feature of the Week http://www.crosswinds.net/~mgk920/hfotw/hfotw.html
Douglas Kerr's "Connecticut Roadtrips" http://www.gribblenation.com/roadtrips/connecticut/
T466's "The Connecticut Turnpike" http://hometown.aol.com/conntnpke/index.html