Wilbur Cross Highway
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|Wilbur Cross Highway|
Map of northern Connecticut with Wilbur Cross Highway highlighted in red
|Length:||85.10 mi (136.96 km)|
|Existed:||1940 – present|
| US 5 / Route 15 from Wethersfield to E. Hartford
I‑84 from E. Hartford to Union
|South end:||Route 314 in Wethersfield|
|North end:||I‑84 / US 6 in East Hartford, Connecticut|
|Counties:||Hartford, Tolland, Windham|
The Wilbur Cross Highway is the designation for the portion of old Route 15 from Wethersfield in Connecticut, through Hartford and Manchester, to the Massachusetts Turnpike in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The highway was built in the 1940s before the Interstate Highway era. When I-84 from Hartford to Sturbridge (then known as I-86) was commissioned in 1970, it was routed along and co-signed with the Wilbur Cross Highway from East Hartford to the state line. In 1980, the planned extension of I-84 to Providence was cancelled and I-84 was then routed along the Wilbur Cross Highway instead. At the same time, Route 15 was truncated to end at I-84. The Wilbur Cross Highway was originally built as a continuation of the Merritt Parkway and Wilbur Cross Parkway, but with the opening of Interstate 91, the planned segment between Meriden and Hartford was never built, and Connecticut Route 15 was instead routed along the Berlin Turnpike.
The entire route is in Hartford County.
|Freeway ends – US 5 / Route 15 continues along the Berlin Turnpike|
|Wethersfield||77.9||125.4|| Route 314 (Berlin Turnpike)
To Maple Avenue
|79.8||128.4||85||Route 99 – Wethersfield, Rocky Hill|
|Hartford||80.4||129.4||86||I‑91 south – New Haven, N.Y. City||South end of I-91 overlap|
|81.3||130.8||89||I‑91 north – Springfield||North end of I-91 overlap|
|Connecticut River||82.5||132.8||Charter Oak Bridge|
|East Hartford||83.0||133.6||90|| US 5 north (Main St.) / E. River Dr.
Route 2 – Norwich, Hartford
|US 5 leaves northbound and joins southbound.
Access to Route 2 is from northbound only.
|84.5||136.0||91||Silver Lane||Northbound exit only.
Unsigned SR 502.
|85.1||137.0||I‑84 / US 6 east – Vernon, Manchester||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Route 15 merges into eastbound I‑84 / US 6, Wilbur Cross Highway continues as I‑84 / US 6 (Exits 57-74 in Connecticut and Exits 1-3 in Massachusetts)|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi