Interstate 84 in Connecticut
|Maintained by ConnDOT|
|Length:||97.90 mi (157.55 km)|
|Existed:||1969 – present|
|West end:||I-84 near Brewster, NY|
| US 7 / US 202 in Danbury
Route 8 in Waterbury
I-691 near Cheshire
Route 9 near W. Hartford
I-91 in Hartford
Route 2 / Route 15 near E. Hartford
I-384 / I-291 near Manchester
|East end:||I-84 near Sturbridge, MA|
The interstate's first exit is at the state line, where it enters the city of Danbury. Here it is designated the Yankee Expressway. Two miles to the east, where US 7 comes in from the south near Danbury Fair Mall to join I-84, it turns to the north. At the next exit, routes 6 and 202 join the highway.
The four-way concurrency ends after 3 miles (4.8 km), when 7 and 202 split off north towards New Milford. Route 6 leaves the interstate at the next exit, and I-84 continues east across the countryside. At Exit 11 it turns to the northeast and descends to cross the Housatonic River on the Rochambeau Bridge, into New Haven County, then climbs into higher ground to the city of Waterbury, which it passes on an elevated viaduct with the eastbound and westbound lanes on different levels. Here the CT 8 expressway intersects.
The eastern heading continues past Waterbury to Milldale, where Interstate 691 splits off to the east. This section has many left-hand exits and entrances and sharp curves, which were built for a planned network of freeways. I-84 heads northeast towards New Britain and Hartford, the state capital and the largest community along its eastern length. After intersecting Interstate 91, the road crosses the Connecticut River on the Bulkeley Bridge, oldest on the Interstate system, then becomes the Wilbur Cross Highway and continues towards the northeast.
I-84 climbs steadily from the Connecticut River Valley and reaches the highest Interstate elevation in Connecticut near exit 73 in Union at 1,008 feet (307 m). The last exit in Connecticut is Exit 74, for Route 171 before crossing the Massachusetts border.
Road to Providence
The original route of Interstate 84 would have used present-day Interstate 384 to Bolton, Connecticut, then along a never-built section of freeway that would have connected to the US 6 bypass around Willimantic, Connecticut. Another never-built freeway section would have connected it to Interstate 395 and extended I-84 onto State Road 695 in Connecticut, the easternmost portion of the Connecticut Turnpike in Killingly, Connecticut. From there, it would have roughly followed US 6 through western Rhode Island to connect to the present-day US 6 freeway in Johnston. From there, a freeway from Olneyville Square to the Interstate 95–Interstate 195 interchange was briefly considered, but abandoned in favor of what later became the Route 6-10 Connector.
Sections of I-84 in Connecticut were reconstructed and widened in the 1980s. The former I-86 portion from East Hartford to the Massachusetts state line was completely rebuilt from a narrow 4-lane freeway to a much wider profile ranging from 6 lanes at the Massachusetts state line, expanding to 8 lanes in Vernon, to 12 lanes with HOV lanes in East Hartford. Another section through Danbury was widened from 4 lanes to 6 lanes in 1985 and 1986. Widening of the highway through Danbury was funded by Union Carbide as part of building its world headquarters in Danbury.
Though the route was basically set in stone in Connecticut, many issues remained in Rhode Island, the biggest of which were major environmental concerns about how the freeway would affect the Scituate Reservoir, which is the main drinking water supply for Providence.
In the 1992 long-range transportation plan released by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, a freeway has been added along the original route of Interstate 84 that will connect to the CT 695 freeway on the Rhode Island–Connecticut border.
The section of I-84 between East Hartford, Connecticut (at the present-day junction with Interstate 384) and Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Interstate 90) was for a time signed as Interstate 86 (unrelated to present-day Interstate 86 in New York and Pennsylvania). Signs stating "I-84 Ends, I-86 to Boston" (eastbound) and "I-86 Ends, I-84 to Hartford" (westbound) were posted where the change took place. Exit numbering on I-86 was that of the road's predecessor, Route 15, in a sequence beginning on New York's Hutchinson River Parkway. Exits were renumbered to correspond with the rest of I-84 in Connecticut when the road was redesignated in 1984. The present I-384 as well as the present US 6 bypass near Willimantic, both of which were a part of what was then I-84's planned easterly continuation, were also numbered I-84 prior to 1984 even though they lacked any direct connection to the rest of I-84 at that time. (One had to use Silver Lane in East Hartford to travel between the two stretches of the highway.) These two sections were re-numbered I-384 and Rte 6 when what was then I-86 was re-numbered I-84.
Widening projects in Waterbury
A widening project along the congested stretch of I-84 through Waterbury and Cheshire, Connecticut has been beset by cost overruns, delays, and construction defects involving storm drains, as state and federal officials have launched criminal investigations stemming from this project. This episode has waned local enthusiasm for a proposed $2 billion reconstruction of the Mixmaster interchange in downtown Waterbury. Cost estimates for the Mixmaster replacement have increased to $3 billion. CT Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has begun a lawsuit against the contractor and an engineering firm in response to threats from the U.S. DOT to withhold funds from the project. On May 18, 2007, the Waterbury Republican-American reported this area had defective light poles, while Governor M. Jodi Rell released an audit report of the construction disaster. A number of DOT personnel were either fired or reprimanded following the scandal. Meanwhile[when?] the FBI and a federal grand jury are investigating the now-defunct construction company and the same DOT officials, which may eventually lead to criminal charges in the case.
Auxiliary routes in Connecticut
|Interstate 684||Greenwich||Bypass route||This route has no exits in Greenwich but in New York.|
||Danbury||0.00||0.00||I-84 west – Newburgh||Continuation into New York|
|0.29||0.47||1||Saw Mill Rd. – Ridgebury|
|1.23||1.98||2||Old Ridgebury Rd. – Ridgebury, Mill Plain||Access to the Connecticut Welcome Center eastbound|
|4.54||7.31||3||US 7 south – Norwalk||South end of US 7 overlap|
|4.73||7.61||4||US 6 / US 202 west (Lake Ave.)||West end of US 6/US 202 overlap|
|5.98||9.62||5||Route 39 / Route 53 to Route 37 – Downtown Danbury, Bethel, New Fairfield||Signed as Route 39 / Route 53 westbound|
|6.48||10.43||6||Route 37 – New Fairfield, Danbury||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|7.16||11.52||7||US 7 north / US 202 east – Brookfield, New Milford||Northeast end of US 7/US 202 overlap|
|7.91||12.73||8||US 6 east (Newtown Rd., SR 911) – Bethel||East end of US 6 overlap|
|Newtown||10.79||17.36||9||Route 25 – Hawleyville, Brookfield, Newtown|
|14.10||22.69||10||US 6 west – Newtown, Sandy Hook||West end of US 6 overlap|
|15.23||24.51||11||Route 34 east – Derby, New Haven||Connection to Route 34 is SSR 490
To Route 25 – Bridgeport
||Southbury||18.64||30.00||13||River Rd. – Southbury||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|19.83||31.91||14||Route 172 / Georges Hill Rd. – South Britain, Southbury|
|21.58||34.73||15||US 6 east / Route 67 – Southbury, Oxford, Woodbury||East end of US 6 overlap|
|24.26||39.04||16||Route 188 – Middlebury, Southford|
|Middlebury||28.89||46.49||17||Route 63 – Watertown, Naugatuck||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|Waterbury||29.35||47.23||17||Route 64 west – Middlebury, Woodbury||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|30.45||49.00||18||Chase Parkway (SR 845) – Waterbury||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|30.72||49.44||18||W. Main St., Highland Ave. – Waterbury||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|31.08||50.02||19||Route 8 south – Naugatuck, Bridgeport|
|31.08||50.02||20||Route 8 north – Thomaston, Torrington|
|31.20||50.21||21||Meadow St., Bank St.||The Mixmaster|
|31.58||50.82||22||Baldwin St. – Downtown Waterbury (EB)
Union St. – Downtown Waterbury (WB)
|33.74||54.30||23||Route 69 (Hamilton Ave.) – Wolcott, Prospect|
|34.36||55.30||24||Harpers Ferry Rd.||No entrance ramps; signed as exit 25 eastbound|
|35.18||56.62||25||Reidville Rd., E. Main St., Scott Rd.||Eastbound exit is via exit 25 (Harpers Ferry Road)|
|36.11||58.11||25A||Austin Rd. – Waterbury, Prospect|
|Cheshire||37.30||60.03||26||Route 70 – Cheshire|
|39.49||63.55||27||I-691 east – Cheshire, Meriden|
||Southington||39.86||64.15||28||Route 322 – Marion, Milldale, Wolcott|
|41.05||66.06||29||Route 10 – Milldale||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance, connection is SR 597|
|41.61||66.96||30||W. Main St., Marion Ave. – Downtown Southington, Plantsville|
|43.36||69.78||31||Route 229 – Bristol, Southington, Plantsville|
|45.18||72.71||32||Route 10 – Southington, Plainville|
|Plainville||48.24||77.63||33||Route 72 west – Bristol||West end of Route 72 overlap|
|50.34||81.01||34||Route 372 / Crooked St. – Plainville||No westbound exit, eastbound exit only|
|New Britain||50.34||81.01||35||Route 72 east – New Britain||East end of Route 72 overlap|
|51.03||82.12||36||Slater Rd. – New Britain|
|Farmington||52.01||83.70||37||Fienemann Rd. – New Britain, Farmington|
|54.03||86.95||38||US 6 west – Bristol||West end of US 6 overlap|
|54.40||87.55||39||Route 4 – West Hartford, Farmington||Connection is SR 508|
|55.46||89.25||39A||Route 9 south – Newington, New Britain|
|West Hartford||56.31||90.62||40|| Route 71 – West Hartford, New Britain (EB)
Ridgewood Rd. – West Hartford (WB)
|57.15||91.97||41||Route 173 (S. Main St.) – West Hartford, Newington|
|59.13||95.16||42||Trout Brook Dr. – Elmwood||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|59.13||95.16||43||Park Rd. – West Hartford Center||Connection is SR 501|
|60.06||96.66||44||Caya Ave., Kane St., Prospect Ave. – West Hartford|
|Hartford||60.56||97.46||45||Flatbush Avenue||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; connection is SR 504|
|61.38||98.78||46||Sisson Ave., West Blvd.||Connection is SR 503|
|61.75||99.38||47||Sigourney Street||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|62.31||100.28||48A||Asylum Avenue||Signed as exit 48 westbound|
|62.31||100.28||48B||Capitol Avenue||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|62.69||100.89||49||Chapel St., High St., Ann Ucello St.||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|62.88||101.20||50||US 44 west (Main St.) – Downtown Hartford||West end of US 44 overlap|
|63.13||101.60||51||I-91 north – Windsor Locks||Access to the Bradley International Airport|
|63.21||101.73||52||I-91 south – Wethersfield||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|Connecticut River||63.30||101.87||Bulkeley Bridge|
|East Hartford||63.50||102.19||53||US 44 east (Connecticut Blvd.) – East Hartford||East end of US 44 overlap; no westbound exit; also connects with East River Drive|
|63.94||102.90||54||Route 2 west – Downtown Hartford||HOV exit; Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|63.94||102.90||55||Route 2 east – Glastonbury|
|63.95||102.92||56||Governor St. – Downtown East Hartford||Connection is SR 500|
|63.98||102.97||I-84 east (Restricted Lanes)||Western terminus of I-84 Restricted Lanes|
|64.88||104.41||57||Route 15 south – Wethersfield, Newington||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance.|
|65.41||105.27||58||Roberts St. (SR 518), Silver Ln. (SR 502) – E. Hartford||HOV exit to Silver Lane westbound|
|66.63||107.23||59||I-384 east – Bolton, Willimantic||HOV exit to I-384 eastbound|
|Manchester||67.28||108.28||60||US 6 east / US 44 – Manchester, East Hartford||East end of US 6 overlap; westbound exit combined with exit 62|
|67.78||109.08||61||I-291 west – South Windsor, Windsor|
|68.96||110.98||62||Buckland St. – South Windsor, Manchester||HOV exit|
|70.65||113.70||63||Route 30 / Route 83 – Manchester, South Windsor|
||Vernon||72.03||115.92||64||Route 30 / Route 83 – Vernon, Rockville, Talcottville||HOV exit; Eastbound exit 65 leaves I-84 on the same ramp as exit 64|
|73.04||117.55||65||Route 30 – Vernon Center||Eastbound exit is combined with exit 64|
|73.07||117.59||I-84 west (Restricted Lanes)||Eastern terminus of I-84 Restricted Lanes|
|74.23||119.46||66||Tunnel Rd. – Vernon, Bolton|
|76.03||122.36||67||Route 31 – Rockville, Coventry|
|Tolland||79.56||128.04||68||Route 195 – Tolland, Mansfield, Storrs||access to the University of Connecticut|
|83.38||134.19||69||Route 74 – Willington, Tolland, Rockville|
|Willington||85.14||137.02||70||Route 32 – Stafford Springs, Willington, Mansfield|
|87.10||140.17||71||Route 320 south (Ruby Rd.) – Willington|
|91.20||146.77||72||Route 89 – Stafford Springs, Westford, Ashford|
||Union||92.41||148.72||73||Route 190 – Union, Stafford Springs|
|96.62||155.49||74||Route 171 / Holland Rd. – Union, Holland, MA|
|97.90||157.55||I-84 east – Boston||Continuation into Massachusetts|
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