U.S. Route 7 in Vermont
|Ethan Allen Highway|
|Maintained by VTrans|
|Length:||176.29 mi (283.71 km)|
|Existed:||1926 – present|
|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|
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.
|This section requires expansion. (January 2009)|
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.
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).
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. 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. VT 7B was the original alignment of US 7 prior to the construction of the current US 7 divided highway through the area. The route intersects US 7 five times (including the termini) and overlaps it for 0.8 miles (1.29 km) in Clarendon.
US 7 Alternate
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) 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.
|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|
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|
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|
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