Connecticut Route 2

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"CT 2" redirects here. For the congressional district, see Connecticut's 2nd congressional district. For other uses, see CT2 (disambiguation).
For the Route 2 that existed in the 1920s, see U.S. Route 5 in Connecticut.

Route 2 marker

Route 2
Route information
Maintained by ConnDOT
Length: 58.03 mi (93.39 km)
Existed: 1932 – present
Major junctions
West end: Columbus Boulevard in Hartford
  I‑84 / US 6 in East Hartford
I‑395 in Norwich
I‑95 in N. Stonington
East end: US 1 in Stonington
Highway system
US 1A Route 2A

Route 2 is a state highway in Connecticut and is 58.03 miles (93.39 km) in length. It is a primary state route, with a limited-access highway section connecting Hartford to Norwich and an access highway section extending to Stonington.

Route description[edit]

Route 2 begins as a continuation of State Street (just east of Columbus Blvd) near Interstate 91 in downtown Hartford. It starts out heading east toward East Hartford. Route 2 then crosses the Connecticut River on the Founders Bridge and has a partial interchange with I-91 at the crossing. Immediately after crossing into East Hartford, there is a complex interchange with Interstate 84. Immediately after this interchange, Route 2 heads southeast in the direction of Glastonbury. There is a partial interchange with Route 15 about 0.75 miles (1.21 km) further. After East Hartford, Route 2 enters Glastonbury. At the East Hartford-Glastonbury town line, there is a full trumpet interchange with Route 3. About 1 mile (1.6 km) after this interchange, there is a partial interchange with Route 17. From Glastonbury, Route 2 passes into Marlborough. It continues into Colchester. In Colchester, Route 2 has a partial interchange with Route 11. After this interchange, Route 2 curves and heads east toward Norwich. Once Route 2 leaves Colchester, it passes through the towns of Lebanon and Bozrah. After Bozrah, Route 2 enters Norwich. Just after entering Norwich, Route 32 joins Route 2. Then, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) down Route 2, there is a partial cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 395. About 1.75 miles (2.82 km) further east from the I-395 interchange, the limited-access highway section of Route 2 ends at a four-way at-grade intersection with Town Street, Harland Road (Route 169), and Washington Street (Route 32/Route 2). Route 32 then separates in downtown Norwich after overlapping with Route 2 for 3.9 miles (6.3 km), following the west bank of the Thames River. Route 2 continues southeast from Norwich into Preston, and then into Ledyard. Just after entering Ledyard, Route 2 passes by the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation and then the Foxwoods Resort Casino. After passing through Ledyard, Route 2 continues into North Stonington. There is a roundabout with Route 184 and a partial interchange with Interstate 95 here. After leaving North Stonington, Route 2 heads into Stonington. Here, Route 2 is reduced to a minor arterial road. It has an interchange with Route 78 and terminates about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) later at the junction with US 1 just west of the Rhode Island state line.[1]

Route 2 westbound in Hartford, just before exits 2E, 2W and 3.

Several Connecticut limited-access highways terminate at Route 2. Route 3 ends at Route 2 near the East Hartford-Glastonbury town line, Route 17 ends at Route 2 in Glastonbury, and Route 11 ends at Route 2 in Colchester. Route 78 also ends at Route 2, in Stonington. It is unusual that Route 78 intersects Route 2 where it is not a limited-access highway.

Special designations[edit]

The entire length of Route 2 is also known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Highway.[1]

History[edit]

Two early toll roads, the Hartford and New London Turnpike and the Colchester and Norwich Turnpike, followed the alignment of current Route 2 in the 1800s. In 1922, The New England Interstate system incorporated the future Route 2 alignment as Route 17. Upon the discontinuation of the New England routes in the 1932 state highway renumbering, the eastern half of old New England Route 17 was renumbered to Route 2. The western half of old New England Route 17 eventually formed part of U.S. Route 44.[2][3]

Limited-access highway construction along the Route 2 alignment started in the 1950s and continued through the 1960s and early 1970s. The oldest limited-access highway segment, between exits 5A and 7, opened in 1952; the latest segment, between exits 20 and 22, opened in 1971. The state still maintains some segments of the older, access highway alignment, but does not sign these segments as state routes. The state remanded the remaining access highway segments to town jurisdiction.[3]

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Hartford Hartford 0.0 0.0 Columbus Boulevard Western terminus of Route 2; at-grade intersection; road continues as State Street
0.1 0.2 I‑91 south – Wethersfield Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
East Hartford 0.3 0.5 1 Pitkin Street, East River Drive Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; milepost at off-ramp
0.5 0.8 2 I‑84 / US 6 east – East Hartford, Vernon Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; milepost at off-ramp
0.9 1.4 2
N-E-W
2N: Governor St. – E. Hartford (SR 500)
2E: I‑84 / US 6 east – East Hartford, Vernon
2W: I‑84 / US 6 west to I‑91 north – West Hartford, Waterbury, Windsor Locks
Westbound exits and eastbound entrances; milepost at off-ramp
1.0 1.6 3 Pitkin Street Westbound exit only; milepost at off-ramp
1.5 2.4 4 East River Drive (SR 502) To US 5 to Route 15 south / I‑91 Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; milepost at Route 15 junction
2.0 3.2 5 Willow Street (SR 516) Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
2.8–
2.9
4.5–
4.7
5A High Street
Main Street
SR 517; signed for High Street eastbound and Main Street westbound
3.3 5.3 5B Sutton Avenue Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
3.7 6.0 5C Maple Street Partial diamond interchange, eastbound exit only
4.0 6.4 5D Route 3 south – Glastonbury, Wethersfield Trumpet interchange
Glastonbury 4.7 7.6 6 Griswold St. – Glastonbury Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; no access to this exit from Route 3 entrance ramp
5.1 8.2 7 Route 17 south – South Glastonbury, Portland
5.6 9.0 8 Route 94 (Hebron Ave.) – Glastonbury Center
7.1 11.4 9 Neipsic Rd. – Glastonbury Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
9.9 15.9 10
A-B
10A: Route 83 north – East Glastonbury, Manchester
10B: Route 160 west – South Glastonbury, Rocky Hill
Full cloverleaf interchange, signed as exits 10A (CT 83 North) and 10B (CT 160 East)
10.5 16.9 11 Thompson St., Wassuc Rd. – Glastonbury Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Marlborough 13.6 21.9 12 West Road, Business Route – Marlborough Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
15.4 24.8 13 Route 66 – Marlborough, Hebron, East Hampton Full diamond interchange
17.9 28.8 15 South Main Street – Marlborough Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
New London Colchester 20.4 32.8 16 Route 149 / Old Hartford Rd. – Westchester, Moodus
22.4 36.0 17 Business Route – Colchester Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
23.7 38.1 18 Route 16 – Colchester, Westchester
24.4 39.3 19 Route 11 south – Salem, East Lyme
25.0 40.2 20 Route 354 to Route 85 (Parum Rd.) – Colchester, Salem Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
27.5 44.3 21 Chestnut Hill Rd. – Colchester
Business Route – Colchester
SR 616; signed as Chest Hill Road eastbound and the Colchester Business Route westbound
Lebanon 30.9 49.7 22 Scott Hill Rd. – Gilman, Lebanon Full diamond interchange
Bozrah 33.3 53.6 23 Route 163 / Haughton Rd. – Bozrah, Montville, Fitchville
34.5 55.5 24 Fitchville Rd. – Fitchville Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; SR 608
Norwich 35.9 57.8 25
27
Route 32 north – Franklin, Willimantic
West Town Street – Yantic
Western end of Route 32 concurrency; SR 642; signed as exit 25 for Route 32 eastbound and exit 27 for West Town Street westbound
36.3 58.4 27 Otrobando Ave., W. Town St. – Yantic Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; eastbound exit 27 is the same interchange as exit 25; milepost at off-ramp
37.0 59.5 28
N-S
28N: I‑395 north – Plainfield
28S: I‑395 / Route 2A south – East Lyme, Mohegan
Cloverleaf interchange; signed as exits 28S (I-395/Route 2A south) and 28N (I-395 north)
37.7 60.7 29 New London Turnpike – Norwichtown Full diamond interchange
38.2 61.5 Route 169 north (Harland Rd.) – Taftville End of limited-access highway; four way at-grade intersection
39.6 63.7 Route 32 south / Route 82 – Mohegan, Salem East end of Route 32 concurrency
40.2 64.7 Route 12 – Ledyard, Taftville
40.5 65.2 Route 165 east – Preston
Preston 43.0 69.2 Route 2A west / Route 117 south – Ledyard, Happyland
45.7 73.5 Route 164 north – Preston
Ledyard 47.3 76.1 Entrance to Foxwoods Resort Casino
North Stonington 48.0 77.2 Route 214 west – Ledyard
51.1 82.2 Route 201 north – Glasgo North end of CT 201 concurrency
53.3 85.8 Route 201 south – Stonington South end of CT 201 concurrency
54.4 87.5 Route 184 – Old Mystic, Clarks Falls
55.3 89.0 I‑95 – Groton, New London, Providence, RI I-95 Exit 93
Stonington 56.0 90.1 Route 49 north – Clarks Falls
56.6 91.1 Route 78 – Stonington, Westerly, RI
58.03 93.39 US 1 – Stonington, Westerly, RI
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ a b Connecticut State Highway Log (2006)
  2. ^ F.J. Wood, The Turnpikes of New England, (Marshall Jones, 1919)
  3. ^ a b nycroads.com - CT Route 2

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