Connecticut Route 63

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Route 63 marker

Route 63
Route information
Maintained by ConnDOT
Length: 52.57 mi[1] (84.60 km)
Existed: 1932 – present
Major junctions
South end: Route 10 in New Haven
  Route 8 in Naugatuck
I‑84 in Middlebury
North end: US 7 in Canaan
Highway system
Route 61 Route 64

Route 63 is a secondary state highway in the U.S. state of Connecticut, from New Haven up to Canaan, running for 52.57 miles (84.60 km). It connects the Greater New Haven area to Northwestern Connecticut via the western suburbs of Waterbury.

Route description[edit]

Route 63 is mostly a 2-lane surface road with occasional 4-lane sections. There is also a partially controlled access (non-freeway) section in Middlebury. Route 63 is a principal arterial road between New Haven and Watertown. From Watertown to Litchfield, Route 63 is a minor arterial road, and from Litchfield to Canaan, it is a small, rural collector road. One of the most congested points in the Waterbury area is the intersection with Route 64 in Middlebury.[citation needed]

Special designations[edit]

A 3.4-mile (5.5 km) section of the road in Litchfield is a designated state scenic road.

History[edit]

Route 63 was designated in 1932 and originally connected Morris to Woodbridge using the alignment of the Straits Turnpike, an early 19th-century toll road connecting New Haven to Litchfield. Route 63 is still locally called the Straits Tunrpike in Middlebury and Watertown. In the mid-1940s, Route 61 between Morris and Cornwall was reassigned to an extended Route 63. Another extension happened in the 1952 when Route 63 took over part of Route 43 from Cornwall to Canaan where it ends today. Between 1954 and 1976, Route 63 extended south to US 1 via an overlap with Route 10.

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
New Haven New Haven 0.00 0.00 Route 10 – New Haven, Hamden
0.13 0.21 Route 243 west – Ansonia
0.71 1.14 Route 122 south – Allingtown
1.29 2.08 Route 69 north – Bethany
1.51 2.43 Route 15 – Orange, Hamden
Woodbridge 2.85 4.59 Route 114 west – Orange
4.69 7.55 Route 67 west – Seymour
Bethany 10.04 16.16 Route 42 east – Cheshire Eastern end of CT 42 overlap
10.14 16.32 Route 42 west – Oxford Western end of CT 42 overlap
Naugatuck 14.40 23.17 Route 8 – Bridgeport, Waterbury
15.80 25.43 Route 68 east – Prospect
Middlebury 18.07 29.08 Route 188 west – Southford
18.96 30.51 I‑84 west – Danbury I-84 Exit 17 eastbound, partial interchange
19.39 31.21 Route 64 – Waterbury, Woodbury
Litchfield Watertown 22.93 36.90 Route 73 south – Waterbury
24.20 38.95 US 6 – Woodbury, Thomaston
27.35 44.02 Route 132 south – Bethlehem
Morris 30.81 49.58 Route 109 – Thomaston, Lakeside
32.18 51.79 Route 61 south – Bethlehem
Litchfield 34.91 56.18 Route 118 east – Harwinton
34.95 56.25 US 202 east – Torrington Eastern end of US 202 overlap
34.99 56.31 US 202 west – New Preston Western end of US 202 overlap
Goshen 41.18 66.27 Route 4 – Cornwall, Torrington Rotary
Cornwall 47.62 76.64 Route 43 south – Cornwall
Canaan 51.21 82.41 Route 126 west – Falls Village
52.57 84.60 US 7 – Canaan, Lime Rock
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing