U.S. Route 7 in Vermont

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 7 in Vermont. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 7.

U.S. Route 7 marker

U.S. Route 7
Ethan Allen Highway
Route information
Maintained by VTrans
Length: 176.29 mi[2] (283.71 km)
Existed: 1926[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 7 at the Massachusetts state line in Pownal
  VT 9 in Bennington
US 4 in Rutland
I‑189 at South Burlington/Burlington city line
US 2 in Burlington and Colchester
North end: I‑89 near Highgate
Highway system

State highways in Vermont


U.S. Route 7 (US 7) is a north–south highway extending from southern Connecticut to the northernmost part of Vermont. In Vermont, the route extends for 176 miles (283 km) along the western side of the state as a mostly two-lane rural road with a few short expressway sections. It is known as the Ethan Allen Highway for much of its path through the state. US 7 ends at an interchange with Interstate 89 (I-89) in the town of Highgate, just south of the Canadian border. I-89 continues to the border crossing.

Route description[edit]

Original-style Vermont US 7 shield with embossed features

US 7 crosses the Massachusetts–Vermont state line at Pownal, from where the road heads north to Bennington as a rural two-lane highway. Just north of downtown Bennington, the highway transitions into a limited-access highway. For 3 miles (4.8 km), US 7 is a true expressway with divided carriageways and multiple lanes. The road subsequently narrows down to an undivided two-lane freeway; however, many stretches have passing lanes. This continues to a point just north of Manchester, where US 7 reverts to a surface road.

Most of US 7 between Manchester and the Canadian border is an undivided, uncontrolled road varying in width from two to four lanes. Two divided highway sections also exist: a 10-mile (16 km) section south of Rutland, and a stretch with numerous traffic signals between Shelburne and South Burlington known as Shelburne Road. There is overhead signage at the junction with I-189 in South Burlington that directs northbound trucks onto I-189. While US 7 heads directly into Burlington, I-189 bypasses the city to the south and east and leads directly to I-89, which runs close to US 7 north of Winooski.

Near downtown Burlington, US 7 intersects with US 2; the latter route joins US 7 for more than 9 miles (14 km) to Colchester. From here, US 7 and I-89 run through northern Vermont to Highgate, where US 7 ends at the northernmost exit on I-89.


US 7 was assigned in 1926.[1]


US Route 7 freeway near VT Route 279 interchange in Bennington

A freeway is being built to the north and east of Bennington. Once complete, US 7 will utilize this new bypass while the existing two-lane road into town will become part of Vermont Route 7A (VT 7A).[3]

Suffixed routes[edit]

US 7 has two suffixed routes, both of which are old alignments of US 7.

  • VT 7A (27.820 miles or 44.772 kilometres) is an alternate route of US 7 between Bennington and Dorset.[2] The route is signed as "Historic VT 7A" to distinguish it, the original routing of US 7, from the modern US 7 limited-access highway.
  • VT 7B (6.786 miles or 10.921 kilometres) is an alternate route of US 7 through the towns of Wallingford and Clarendon.[2] VT 7B was the original alignment of US 7 prior to the construction of the current US 7 divided highway through the area.[citation needed] The route intersects US 7 five times (including the termini) and overlaps it for 0.8 miles (1.29 km) in Clarendon.[2]

US 7 Alternate[edit]

U.S. Route 7 Alternate
Location: Burlington
The original "Alternate US 7" assembly along the short route.

U.S. Route 7 Alternate (ALT US 7) is an alternate route of US 7 in Burlington. The southbound-only US 7 Alternate begins at the intersection of Hyde Street and Riverside Avenue (US 2 and US 7) and runs for a distance of 2.107 miles (3.391 km)[2] in the following manner: west on Riverside Avenue, south on North and South Winooski avenues, south on St. Paul Street, and south on Shelburne Street to its end at US 7 at the rotary-style intersection with South Willard Street (US 7), Locust Street and Ledge Road. Mainline US 7 travels over Hyde Street and North and South Willard streets until the aforementioned intersection.

As of July 2013, there are now two "Alternate US 7" assemblies along the route. The original one is located on Saint Paul Street in Burlington, just south of the intersection with South Winooski Avenue and Howard Street, with the newest one on South Winooski Avenue, at the intersection with Pearl Street.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Exit Destinations Notes
Bennington Pownal 0.000 0.000 US 7 south – Williamstown, Pittsfield Massachusetts state line
1.863 2.998 VT 346 – Pownal, North Pownal Eastern terminus of VT 346
Bennington 10.957 17.634 VT 9 (Main St.)
12.140 19.537 VT 7A north (Northside Dr.) to VT 67A Southern terminus of VT 7A
South end of freeway section
13.153 21.168 1 VT 279 to VT 9 – Brattleboro, Troy NY Vermont Welcome Center in middle of interchange, brief overlap with VT 279 on outer ramps
14.393 23.163 2 VT 7A - Shaftsbury
Sunderland 24.224 38.985 3 VT 313 to VT 7A - Arlington, Sunderland (north), Shaftsbury (south) Eastern terminus of VT 313
Manchester 34.501 55.524 4 VT 11 / VT 30 to VT 7A - Manchester Center, Manchester
North end of freeway section
Dorset 38.897 62.599 VT 7A south – Manchester Center Northern terminus of VT 7A
Rutland Wallingford 56.165 90.389 VT 140 – Tinmouth, East Wallingford
57.054 91.820 VT 7B north Southern terminus of VT 7B
Clarendon 58.581 94.277 VT 7B south Southern terminus of US 7 / VT 7B overlap
59.297 95.429 VT 7B north Northern terminus of US 7 / VT 7B overlap
61.169 98.442 VT 103 south – Airport, Ludlow Northern terminus of VT 103
62.591 100.730 VT 7B – North Clarendon
63.393 102.021 VT 7B Northern terminus of VT 7B
Town of Rutland 63.844 102.747 US 4 west – Fair Haven Southern terminus of US 4 / US 7 overlap
City of Rutland 65.944 106.127
US 4 Bus.
Eastern terminus of BR US 4
66.081 106.347 US 4 east Northern terminus of US 4 / US 7 overlap
Pittsford 73.057 117.574 VT 3 south – Proctor Northern terminus of VT 3
Brandon 81.656 131.413 VT 73 east (Park St.) Eastern terminus of US 7 / VT 73 overlap
82.072 132.082 VT 73 west (Champlain St.) Western terminus of US 7 / VT 73 overlap
Addison Salisbury 91.315 146.957 VT 53 south – Lake Dunmore, Forestdale Northern terminus of VT 53
Middlebury 94.157 151.531 VT 116 north to VT 125 east – East Middlebury, Snow Bowl Ski Area, Bristol Southern terminus of VT 116
94.431 151.972 VT 125 east – East Middlebury, Airport, Ripton Southern terminus of US 7 / VT 125 overlap
98.285 158.174 VT 30 south / VT 125 west – Cornwall, Bridport Northern terminus of VT 30; northern terminus of US 7 / VT 125 overlap
New Haven 106.034 170.645 VT 17 east – New Haven, Bristol Western terminus of US 7 / VT 17 overlap
106.148 170.829 VT 17 west – Waltham, Bridge to N.Y. State Eastern terminus of US 7 / VT 17 overlap
Ferrisburgh 111.511 179.460 VT 22A south – Vergennes Northern terminus of VT 22A
Chittenden Charlotte 120.723 194.285 VT F-5 west – Charlotte, Ferry to N.Y. State Eastern terminus of VT F-5
South Burlington –Burlington line 130.429 209.905 I‑189 to I‑89 – Montpelier, St. Albans Western terminus of I-189
Burlington 131.627 211.833
US 7 Alt. (Shelburne Street)
Southern terminus of ALT US 7
132.550 213.319 US 2 east Southern terminus of US 2 / US 7 overlap
133.490 214.831
US 7 Alt. (Riverside Avenue)
Northern terminus of ALT US 7
Winooski 134.783 216.912 VT 15 east to I‑89 south – Essex Junction Western terminus of VT 15
Colchester 135.763 218.489 I‑89 – Burlington, St. Albans, Champlain Islands Exit 16 (I-89)
137.579 221.412 VT 127 south Northern terminus of VT 127
139.220 224.053 VT 2A south – Essex Junction Northern terminus of VT 2A
142.110 228.704 US 2 west to I‑89 – Lake Champlain Islands, New York State Northern terminus of US 2 / US 7 overlap
Franklin Georgia 151.485 243.791 VT 104A east – Fairfax Northern terminus of VT 104A
151.648 244.054 I‑89 – St. Albans, Montreal, Burlington Exit 18 (I-89)
City of St. Albans 160.332 258.029 VT 36 east (Fairfield St.) Southern terminus of US 7 / VT 36 overlap
160.360 258.074 VT 36 west (Lake St.) – St. Albans Bay Northern terminus of US 7 / VT 36 overlap
160.911 258.961 VT 38 (Lower Newton St.) Eastern terminus of VT 38
161.322 259.623 VT 105 east – Sheldon Junction, Enosburg Falls Western terminus of VT 105
Town of St. Albans 162.473 261.475 VT 207 north to I‑89 – Burlington, Highgate Center, Swanton, Montreal Que. Southern terminus of VT 207
Village of Swanton 168.910 271.834 VT 78 east to I‑89 – Highgate Center, East Highgate Southern terminus of US 7 / VT 78 overlap
168.992 271.966 VT 78 west to VT 36 – Alburg, New York State Northern terminus of US 7 / VT 78 overlap
Highgate 176.287 283.706 I‑89 Exit 22 (I-89)
     Concurrency terminus     Closed     Unopened


  1. ^ a b United States Department of Agriculture (November 11, 1926). United States System of Highways (Map).
  2. ^ a b c d e f "2006 (Route Log) AADTs - State Highways" (PDF). Vermont Agency of Transportation. June 2007. pp. 19–24. Retrieved 2008-02-21. [dead link]
  3. ^ [1] US Route 7, Vermont Roads. Retrieved 2013-06-19.

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