Connecticut Route 15

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Route 15 marker

Route 15
Route information
Maintained by ConnDOT
Length: 83.53 mi[citation needed] (134.43 km)
Existed: 1932 (relocated 1948) – present
Restrictions: No commercial vehicles, trailers, towed vehicles, buses, or hearses on Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways[1]
Major junctions
South end: NY 120A / Hutchinson River Parkway in Rye Brook
  US 7 in Norwalk
Route 8 in Trumbull
I‑91 / I‑691 in Meriden
Route 9 in Berlin
Route 2 in E. Hartford
North end: I‑84 / US 6 in East Hartford
Location
Counties: Fairfield, New Haven, Hartford
Highway system
Route 14 Route 16

Route 15 is a state highway in the U.S. state of Connecticut that runs 83.53 miles (134.43 km) from a connection with New York's Hutchinson River Parkway in Greenwich, Connecticut to its northern terminus intersecting with Interstate 84 in East Hartford, Connecticut. Route 15 consists of four distinct sections: the Merritt Parkway, the Wilbur Cross Parkway, the Berlin Turnpike, and part of the Wilbur Cross Highway. The unified designation was applied to these separate highways in 1948 to provide a continuous through route from New York to Massachusetts.

Route description[edit]

From the New York border eastward to the Housatonic River, Route 15 is a landscaped limited-access parkway known formally as the Merritt Parkway (37.27 miles). It crosses the Housatonic River on the Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Bridge. East of the Housatonic, Route 15 remains a limited-access parkway and becomes the Wilbur Cross Parkway (29.46 miles), running in a northeasterly direction from Milford to Meriden. In Meriden, Route 15 becomes a four-lane divided highway with stoplights and at-grade intersections that runs northward to Wethersfield and is known as the Berlin Turnpike (11.21 miles). From Wethersfield until its terminus in East Hartford, Route 15 runs along the Wilbur Cross Highway (5.59 miles). It crosses the Connecticut River on the Charter Oak Bridge between Hartford and East Hartford and terminates at an interchange with I-84 in East Hartford.[2]

There are vehicle restrictions on the Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways (e.g., no trucks).[1]

History[edit]

The Route 15 designation was created as part of the 1932 state highway renumbering and originally ran from New Haven through Middletown, East Hartford and Stafford Springs to the Massachusetts state line in Union. The original route used the pre-expressway alignment of modern Route 17 to Glastonbury, Main Street to East Hartford center, U.S. Route 5 to the junction with Route 30, then modern Route 30 to Stafford, then modern Route 190 to Union, and modern Route 171 to the Massachusetts state line.[3]

In 1943, a newly constructed two-lane highway (now the Wilbur Cross Highway) between Tolland and Union was opened to traffic. Route 15 was relocated on this new highway and the former Route 15 between Route 74 and Route 190 (then part of Route 20) was redesignated as Route 30. By 1948, the rest of the old two-lane Wilbur Cross Highway to East Hartford had also opened, connecting to the Charter Oak Bridge and the Hartford Bypass. In 1948, the State Highway Department decided to relocate Route 15 to a series of roadways, namely the Merritt Parkway, Wilbur Cross Parkway, Berlin Turnpike, Hartford Bypass, Charter Oak Bridge, and the new Wilbur Cross Highway, creating a modern, high-speed throughway from the New York state line to the Massachusetts state line. The Route 15 designation was applied to the previously unnumbered parkways from Greenwich to Meriden, then overlaid with U.S. Route 5 through East Hartford, then designated on the southern half of the Wilbur Cross Highway to Tolland, connecting with the portion previously designated as Route 15 five years before. The former Route 15 between South Windsor and Tolland was reassigned as an extension of Route 30, and the former Route 15 between New Haven and Glastonbury became redesignated as Route 17.[3][4]

In 1948, a portion of the Wilbur Cross Parkway between Route 34 and Whitney Avenue had still been under construction. Route 15 was temporarily routed along Route 34, Sherman Avenue (former Routes 5 and 10), Henry Street/Munson Street/Hillside Place/Edwards Street (former Route 5), and Whitney Avenue (former Route 10A). By 1949, the Wilbur Cross Parkway was completed and the temporary Route 15 designation was removed from the surface streets. Further improvements in the Wilbur Cross Highway took place over the next several years and the road became a four-lane divided highway by 1954. In 1958, most of the Wilbur Cross Highway was designated as I-86 and further upgrades to the road were implemented. Route 15 and I-86 overlapped from the current 15/84 junction in East Hartford to the Massachusetts state line. In 1984, the overlap was removed, truncating Route 15 to its current northern end, while at the same time I-86 was redesignated as I-84.[4]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Fairfield Greenwich 0.00 0.00 Hutchinson River Parkway south – New York City New York state line, exit numbering roughly continues south
0.09 0.14 27 NY 120A (King Street) – Armonk
3.59 5.78 28 Round Hill Road – Greenwich To Greenwich business district
4.70 7.56 29 Lake Avenue – Greenwich
5.60 9.01 31 North Street – Greenwich To Greenwich business district
Stamford 8.90 14.32 33 Den Road – Stamford
9.50 15.29 34 Route 104 (Long Ridge Rd.) – Stamford, Long Ridge To downtown Stamford and University of Connecticut (Stamford campus)
10.70 17.22 35 Route 137 (High Ridge Rd.) – Stamford, High Ridge
New Canaan 13.20 21.24 36 Route 106 (Old Stamford Rd.) – New Canaan, Springdale
14.10 22.69 37 Route 124 – New Canaan, Darien
Norwalk 15.90 25.59 38 Route 123 (New Canaan Ave.) – New Canaan, Norwalk access to Norwalk Community College
17.30 27.84 39 US 7 to I‑95 – Norwalk, Danbury Split into exits 39A (south) and 39B (north); Northbound exits and southbound entrances; interchange redesign in proposal stage[5]
17.60 28.32 40 Main Avenue – Norwalk Unsigned SR 719
Westport 20.60 33.15 41 Route 33 – Westport, Wilton
21.60 34.76 42 Route 57 – Westport, Weston
Fairfield 27.00 43.45 44 Route 58 – Fairfield, Redding To Fairfield business district and Fairfield University
28.50 45.87 46 Route 59 – Fairfield, Easton General Electric Headquarters
Trumbull 29.20 46.99 47 Park Avenue – Trumbull access to the University of Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University
30.60 49.25 48 Route 111 (Main St.) – Long Hill, Monroe Single-point urban interchange
32.20 51.82 49 Route 25 – Bridgeport, Danbury Split into exits 49N (north) and 49S (south) northbound
32.80 52.79 50 Route 127 – Trumbull Southbound exit and northbound entrance
33.70 54.23 51 Route 108 (Nichols Ave.) – Trumbull, Stratford Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
34.10 54.88 52 Route 8 – Bridgeport, Waterbury Split into exits 52N (north) and 52S (south); no northbound access to Route 8 southbound; use Exit 51
Stratford 36.90 59.38 53 Route 110 – Stratford, Shelton
Housatonic River 37.50 60.35 Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Bridge
North end of Merritt Parkway, south end of Wilbur Cross Parkway
New Haven Milford 37.8 60.8 54 To I‑95 / US 1 – Milford, New London Milford Parkway
38.4 61.8 55A Wheelers Farms Road Signed as exit 55 southbound
38.50 61.96 55B Wolf Harbor Road Northbound exit only
Orange 41.50 66.79 56 Route 121 – Orange
42.80 68.88 57 Route 34 east – New Haven
43.20 69.52 58 Route 34 west – Derby
New Haven 46.70 75.16 59 Route 63 / Route 69 – Woodbridge, New Haven
47.10 75.80 Heroes Tunnel
Hamden 50.20 80.79 60 Route 10 – Hamden, New Haven
51.60 83.04 61 Whitney Avenue – Hamden, New Haven
51.00 82.08 61A Dixwell Avenue – Hamden Northbound exit only
52.50 84.49 62 Route 40 – Hamden, North Haven Proposed interchange
North Haven 53.30 85.78 63 Route 22 – North Haven
Wallingford 58.40 93.99 64 S. Turnpike Rd., Quinnipiac St. – Wallingford
58.70 94.47 65 Route 150 – Yalesville
61.10 98.33 66 US 5 – Wallingford, Meriden
Meriden 63.10 101.55 ConnDOT Maintenance Facility Via Miller Avenue; Northbound exit and entrance
64.10 103.16 67S I‑91 south – New Haven, New York City Southbound exit and northbound entrance
64.30 103.48 67 E. Main St.  – Downtown Meriden Joint exit with I-91
64.70 104.12 68
N-E
I‑91 north / Route 66 east – Hartford, Middletown Northbound exit and southbound entrance, split into exits 68N (I-91) and 68E (Route 66)
65.20 104.93 68W I‑691 west – Meriden, Waterbury No southbound exit
66.70 107.34 US 5 south (North Broad Street) to Route 66 – Meriden Southern terminus of concurrency with US 5; Limited access ends
North end of Wilbur Cross Parkway, south end of Berlin Turnpike
Hartford Berlin 71.58 115.20 Route 9 / Route 372 – East Berlin, Middletown, New Britain Full interchange
71.95 115.79 Worthington Ridge Road (SR 572)
72.76 117.10 Route 160 east – Rocky Hill
Newington 74.26 119.51 Route 173 north – West Hartford
74.88 120.51 Route 176 west – Newington
76.27 122.74 Route 287 west – Newington Western end of CT 287 overlap
76.34 122.86 Route 287 east – Wethersfield Eastern end of CT 287 overlap
Wethersfield 76.97 123.87 Route 175 – Newington, New Britain, Wethersfield
77.9 125.4 Route 314 (Berlin Turnpike) to Maple Avenue Route 15 leaves the Berlin Turnpike, south end of the Wilbur Cross Highway
79.8 128.4 85 Route 99 south – Wethersfield, Rocky Hill
Hartford 80.4 129.4 86 I‑91 south – New Haven, New York City South end of I-91 overlap
81.3 130.8 89 I‑91 north to I‑84 west – Hartford, Springfield North end of I-91 overlap
Connecticut River 82.5 132.8 Charter Oak Bridge
East Hartford 83.0 133.6 90 US 5 north (Main Street) / East River Drive
Route 2 – Norwich, Hartford
US 5 leaves northbound and joins southbound.
Access to Route 2 is from northbound only.
84.5 136.0 91 Silver Lane Northbound exit only
Unsigned SR 502
85.1 137.0 I‑84 / US 6 east – Boston Northbound exit and southbound entrance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles: Registering a Pick-up Truck with Passenger Plates
  2. ^ Connecticut State Highway Log (2006)
  3. ^ a b kurumi.com - Route 15
  4. ^ a b Larry Larned, "Route 15: The Road to Hartford", (Arcadia Publishing, 2002)
  5. ^ Koch, Robert (February 25, 2009). "DOT offers revised Route 7/Merritt interchange plan". The Hour (Norwalk). Retrieved July 29, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing