List of unused highways in Connecticut

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An unused highway may reference a highway or highway ramp that was partially or fully constructed but was unused[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] or later closed.[10][11][12] An unused ramp can be referred to as a stub ramp,[13] stub street,[2][14][15] stub-out,[2] or simply stub.[16][17] The following is a list:


Rocky Hill[edit]

  • Interstate 291 had only approximately 3.1 miles (5.0 km) constructed based on the original 1959 plan, which is now signed Route 9. The signed portion of I-291 was not in the original plan but was added in December 1968. The original plan was to only have a western loop around Hartford, from Interstate 91 in Rocky Hill to I-91 in Windsor and be complete in 1972. The southwestern portion was met with strong opposition that cited that the study was not well researched. Before the section was cancelled in March 1979, a short stub was constructed from I-91 westward towards Route 3, including a flyover from northbound I-91, seen here. The ramp was dismantled in 1999 when I-91 was widened[18] from 3 to 4 lanes, leaving two strips of unused pavement. [19]

East Farmington Heights[edit]

  • Related to the Rocky Hill entry, the junction of Interstate 84 and Route 9 is a four-level stack interchange, only half of which is used. The interchange was originally built for Interstate 291. The northern half was cancelled in the early 1970s due to opposition regarding drinking water reservoirs near the proposed path.[18] The interchange stood wholly unused for over 20 years, until Route 9 was extended in 1992 to use the south-facing part of the interchange. Route 9 ends at I-84, so the north-facing and through ramps remain unused.[19] Viewable at [20]. This shows the interchange before it was opened.


West Hartford[edit]


New Haven[edit]

  • Route 34 has a mile-long expressway segment,[24] known as the Richard C. Lee highway, after the New Haven mayor who had been instrumental in the project (formerly the Oak Street Connector,[25] where it comes off the interchange with Interstate 91 and Interstate 95. The highway ends abruptly, after only 3 exits, becoming North Frontage Road. The rest of Route 34 continues along surface streets through the city. Opened in May 1960,[25] the plan was to have Route 34 continue as an expressway under the Air Rights Garage (which was specifically built to accommodate the highway)[24] and along the right of way (created by relocating homes and businesses in the area when the highway was in construction from 1955 to 1960[25]), complete with frontage roads, to Derby.[24] Plans also existed to extend the highway to New York state[24][25] or a shorter route to Route 15/Merritt Parkway[25] existed even through the 1990s, but the project was shelved completely when the Pfizer building was built on the right of way directly past the Garage.[26] [27] The original plan of Route 34 will never go through, but the city still desires a similar connection. The city is now in the process of demolishing the existing Route 34 Connector west of its bridge over the New Haven Railyard and replacing it with a landscaped boulevard with at-grade intersections.[28]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c "Kentucky Model Access Management Ordinance." Kentucky Transportation Cabinet October 2004. 15 January 2007 [2].
  3. ^ "Barrie (City) v. 1606533 Ontario Inc.", 2005 CanLII 24746 (ON S.C.). 15 January 2007 [3].
  4. ^ Iowa House. 1998. House File 686., 77th, H.R. 0686. [4] [5].
  5. ^ "PETITIONED PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT." New York City. 15 January 2007 [6].
  6. ^ House. 1993. LAND TITLE AMENDMENT ACT, 1993. 35th Parliament, 2nd sess., H.R. 78. [7].
  7. ^ Munroe, Tapan. "TRENDS ANALYSIS for PARKS & RECREATION: 2000 AND BEYOND." California Park & Recreation Society January 1999. 15 January 2007 [8]
  8. ^ "Chapter 5: Detailed Comparison of Alternatives – Seattle." SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Project, Washington Department of Transportation, 2 May. 2005. 15 January 2007 [9] [10].
  9. ^ Anderson, Steve. "CT 11 Expressway." New York City Roads. 15 January 2007 [11].
  10. ^ "Leasing of Closed Highways Regulation", Alta. Reg. 36/1986. 15 January 2007 [12].
  11. ^ "R. v. Sanders", 2004 NBPC 12 (CanLII). 15 January 2007 [13].
  12. ^ "HIGHWAY CLOSINGS", R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 599. 15 January 2007 [14].
  13. ^ Washington State Department of Transportation Public Transportation and Rail Division Monthly News, October 2006, page 4 PDF (286 KiB), accessed December 28, 2006
  14. ^ Sommer, Dick. "Ten Ways to Manage Roadway Access in Your Community." Ohio Department of Transportation, 2005. 15 January 2007 [15].
  15. ^ Bauserman, Christian E. "DELAWARE COUNTY ENGINEER’S DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION & SURVEYING STANDARDS." 18 May 1998. 15 January 2007 [16].
  16. ^ Geiger, Gene. "Ohio DOT Constructs I-670 over a Water Treatment Sludge Lagoon in Columbus." Ohio LTAP Quarterly. Ohio Department of Transportation. 15:3 (1999) [17].
  17. ^ "CITY OF UNION, KENTUCKY." City of Union, Kentucky 23 June 2006. 15 January 2007 [18].
  18. ^ a b Oglesby, Scott. "Connecticut Interstate 291". 
  19. ^ Anderson, Steve. "Interstate 291 - Connecticut". 
  20. ^ "Connecticut Roads: SR 504". Kurumi. 
  21. ^ "Connecticut Roads: Woods River Expressway". Kurumi. 
  22. ^ "Connecticut Roads: SR 501". Kurumi. 
  23. ^ Anderson, Steve. "CT 11 Expressway". 
  24. ^ a b c d Anderson, Steve. "CT 34 Expressway". Eastern Roads. 
  25. ^ a b c d e "Connecticut Roads: Connecticut Route 34". Kurumi. 
  26. ^ Troise, Damian. "Pfizer unveils clinical research unit in city". New Haven Register.