Connecticut Route 2A

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Route 2A marker

Route 2A
Map of New London County in southeastern Connecticut with Route 2A highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ConnDOT
Length: 9.91 mi (15.95 km)
Existed: 1967 – present
Major junctions
West end: I‑395 / Route 2 / Route 32 in Norwich
East end: Route 2 in Preston
Location
Counties: New London
Highway system
Route 2 Route 3

Route 2A is a state highway in the U.S. state of Connecticut. It is a 9.9-mile (15.9 km) mostly expressway alternate route of Route 2 that bypasses the downtown area of the city of Norwich and serves as the main access road to the Mohegan Sun casino.

Route description[edit]

Route 2A begins at the junction of I-395 and Route 2/Route 32 in Norwich. Route 2A travels along I-395 for 3.7 miles (6.0 km) before separating as its own 2-lane freeway. This independent freeway portion of Route 2A runs for about 3.4 miles (5.5 km) through the towns of Montville and Preston. Route 2A crosses the Thames River on the Mohegan-Pequot Bridge. After the river crossing, Route 2A becomes a surface road for another 2.9 miles (4.7 km) ending at Route 2 in Preston.

History[edit]

When the highway and bridge opened in December 1967, motorists were charged a 15-cent toll. The toll plaza located at the west end of the Mohegan-Pequot Bridge was removed in 1980.[1]

Future[edit]

The Connecticut Department of Transportation announced in May 2013 that exit numbers on I-395 and Route 2A will be renumbered from the existing sequential-based system to mileage-based numbering starting in 2014. The old exit numbers will be posted alongside the new exit numbers through 2017 to help motorists adjust to the new exit numbering system during the transition period.

Exit list[edit]

Proposed new exit numbers are listed in parentheses. The entire route is in New London County.

Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Norwich 0.24 0.39 81 (13†) Route 2 / Route 32 – Norwich, Hartford
I‑395 north
Western terminus of Route 2A; Route 2A uses I-395 exit numbers
80 (11†) Route 82 – Downtown Norwich, Salem
Montville 4.37 7.03 79A (9†) I‑395 south – New Haven End of I-395 concurrency
5.29 8.51 1 (5) Route 32 – Norwich, Uncasville
6.39 10.28 2 (6) Mohegan Sun Boulevard Mohegan Sun
Thames River Mohegan-Pequot Bridge
Preston 7.05 11.35 Route 12 south (Military Highway) – Ledyard, Gales Ferry, Groton Begin overlap with CT 12
7.35 11.83 3 (7) Route 12 north (Military Highway) End overlap with CT 12
9.11 14.66 4 (9) Route 117 south (Col. Ledyard Highway) – Ledyard, Old Mystic
9.91 15.95 5(10) Route 2 / Route 117 south – Norwich, North Stonington, Westerly RI Eastern terminus of Route 2A; northern terminus of Route 117
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

† These future exit numbers will correspond to I-395's mileage.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

Media related to Connecticut Route 2A at Wikimedia Commons