Wilbur Cross Highway

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Not to be confused with the Wilbur Cross Parkway.
Wilbur Cross Highway
Map of northern Connecticut with Wilbur Cross Highway highlighted in red
Route information
Length: 85.10 mi (136.96 km)
Existed: 1940 – present
Component
highways:
US 5 / Route 15 from Wethersfield to E. Hartford
I‑84 from E. Hartford to Union
Major junctions
South end: Route 314 in Wethersfield
 
North end: I‑84 / US 6 in East Hartford, Connecticut
Location
Counties: Hartford, Tolland, Windham
Highway system
  • Routes in Connecticut

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.

Exit list[edit]

This is the list of exits for the Wilbur Cross Highway section of Route 15. Exit numbers and mileposts are those of Route 15. See the article on Interstate 84 for exits along the I-84 alignment.

The entire route is in Hartford County.

Location mi km Exit Destinations Notes
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

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