Milford Parkway (Connecticut)

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Milford Parkway
Daniel S. Wasson Connector
Route information
Length: 2.88 mi (4.63 km)
Existed: 1942 (extended in 1993) – present
Major junctions
South end: US 1 in Milford, CT
  I‑95 in Milford, CT
North end: Route 15 (Merrit Parkway / Wilbur Cross Parkway) in Milford, CT
Highway system

The Milford Parkway, officially the Daniel S. Wasson Connector, is a 2.88-mile-long (4.63 km) parkway between U.S. Route 1 and the Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15) in the city of Milford, Connecticut. The highway has one intermediate exit to Interstate 95. The highway is officially designated by the Connecticut Department of Transportation as State Road 796 (SR 796) but is not signed as such. Signs on the Milford Connector read "TO I-95/US-1" heading southbound and "TO CT-15" heading northbound. Because it is designated as a scenic road, commercial vehicles are prohibited from using the road.

History[edit]

At its completion on Sept. 2, 1940, the Merritt Parkway ended at the present-day Sikorsky Bridge crossing over the Housatonic River, and the Wilbur Cross Parkway was planned to continue northeasterly. A connection to US 1 was needed, and the Milford Parkway was constructed. It opened on Sept. 2, 1942. The long loop ramp to CT-15 southbound including the interchange with Wheelers Farms Road was completed in 1993.

The Milford Parkway was renamed on June 23, 2003[1] to honor Daniel S. Wasson, the first police officer to die in the line of duty in the city of Milford. He was killed on April 12, 1987 when he was shot by a motorist he had pulled over.

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Milford, New Haven County.

Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
0.16 0.26 1A-B US 1 – Milford, Stratford
0.52 0.84 2A-B I‑95 – Bridgeport, New Haven Southbound exit and northbound entrance
1.78 2.86 3A Route 15 north (Wilbur Cross Parkway) – Hamden Northbound exit and southbound entrance
2.32 3.73 4 Wheelers Farms Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
2.88 4.63 3B Route 15 / Merritt Pkwy. south – Trumbull
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

For the last 1.1 miles (1.8 km), the Route 796 designation follows the long exit ramp for southbound Route 15. The road ends at the southbound merge with Route 15.

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ http://www.housegop.state.ct.us/Old/Collins/pressrel/Collins/2003/press117k.htm