Connecticut Route 35

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Route 35 marker

Route 35
Route information
Maintained by ConnDOT
Length: 5.66 mi[1] (9.11 km)
Existed: 1932 – present
Major junctions
South end: NY 35 in Lewisboro, NY
North end: US 7 in Ridgefield
Highway system
Route 34 Route 37

Route 35 is a state highway in Connecticut, located entirely within the town of Ridgefield. Route 35 starts at the New York state line, where the road continues as New York State Route 35, and ends at U.S. Route 7. The road is often used as an alternative to the congested Route 7. Originally part of New England Route 3 in the 1920s, Route 35 was designated in 1932.

Route description[edit]

NY 35 approaching the CT state line, where CT 35 begins in the town of Ridgefield

Route 35 begins at the New York state line (where it continues west as NY 35) and heads east along South Salem Road and West Lane until Route 33 in downtown Ridgefield, about 1.8 miles (2.9 km) east of the state line. It then turns north along Main Street, taking over Route 33. After downtown Ridgefield, Route 35 turns right on Danbury Road while Route 116 begins straight ahead. Route 35 then proceeds in a northeast direction until it meets U.S. Route 7 about 2.7 miles (4.3 km) later. Danbury Road continues as US 7.[2]

History[edit]

Modern Danbury Road in Ridgefield and Sugar Hollow Road in Danbury was first laid out as a turnpike in 1801 by the Danbury and Ridgefield Turnpike Corporation. The turnpike connected Ridgefield center and downtown Danbury. Tolls continued to be collected on the road until 1860 when the charter of the corporation was repealed.

Route 35 was originally part of New England Route 3 (designated in 1922), which was part of the main route connecting New York City and Hartford via Bedford and Danbury. Most of Route 3 became co-signed as U.S. Route 6 east of Danbury in 1927. A small portion south of Danbury was also assigned as part of U.S. Route 7 about a year later. In the 1932 state highway renumbering, the New England road numbering system was abandoned and the remaining section of old Route 3 west of US 7 was then designated as Route 35. Originally, Route 35 used West Lane from the state line to Main Street. This was realigned by 1934 to use South Salem Road (the modern alignment) instead. The original 35 became Route 35A. In 1963, this was renumbered as unsigned State Road 835.[3] Around 1942, New York designated the continuation across the state line as New York State Route 35, creating a unified route from Peekskill to Ridgefield.

Junction list[edit]

The entire route is in Ridgefield, Fairfield County.

Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
0.00 0.00 NY 35 New York state line
1.80 2.90 Route 33 south – Wilton
2.01 3.23 Route 102 east – Branchville
2.96 4.76 Route 116 north – Titicus
5.66 9.11 US 7 – Wilton, Danbury
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

External links[edit]

Media related to Connecticut Route 35 at Wikimedia Commons