Connecticut Route 63

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Route 63 marker

Route 63
Map of western Connecticut with Route 63 highlighted in red
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
 
North end: US 7 in Canaan
Location
Counties: New Haven, Litchfield
Highway system
  • Routes in Connecticut
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 follows a mostly northwest-southeast path its entire route, and is mostly a 2 lane road with some 4 lane sections. It begins at the corner of Whalley Avenue and Fitch Street in New Haven where Route 10 turns onto Fitch Street. Heading northwest on Whalley Avenue, it almost immediately passes the eastern end of Route 243 and the northern end of Route 122. About 0.6 miles later, it leaves Whalley Avenue for Amity Road at the southern end of Route 69. It then passes under the Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15), offering southbound access only. After crossing into Woodbridge, the road becomes less suburban in nature. In Woodbridge, it intersects the eastern end of Route 114, and the southern/eastern end of Route 67. It then crosses into Bethany, where it has a brief (0.1 mile) concurrency with Route 42. It then enters Naugatuck, where the road takes on a more suburban character. It then meets the Route 8 expressway at Exit 26 before crossing the Naugatuck River into the downtown area. It then passes by the western end of Route 68 before becoming more rural again. After clipping the southwest corner of Waterbury, it enters Middlebury. After meeting the northern end of Route 188, it intersects I-84 at Exit 17, with access to/from the west. Access to/from I-84 east is provided by Route 64 at the next intersection. Route 63 then enters Litchfield County and the town of Watertown. Here it is a major retail strip in the southern part of town. It meets the northern end of Route 73 before crossing US 6 in the center of town. It then becomes a minor arterial road north of town, and passes by the eastern end of Route 132 before entering Morris. In Morris, it has junctions with Route 109 and the northern end of Route 61. It then enters Litchfield, where it meets US 202 at the Litchfield Green. Leaving Litchfield, Route 63 becomes a minor rural road as it passes into Goshen. It meets Route 4 at a traffic circle in the center of town. North of there, it passes into Cornwall, where it meets the north end of Route 43, then into the town of Canaan. It has one junction with the southern end of Route 126, which leads to Falls Village. Route 63 ends approximately 1.5 miles later at US 7. [2]

A 3.4-mile (5.5 km) section of the road in Litchfield is a designated state scenic road.[3]

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 on September 11, 1951 when Route 63 took over part of Route 43 from Cornwall to Canaan where it ends today.[4] Between 1954 and 1976, Route 63 extended south to US 1 via an overlap with Route 10.

Junction list[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
New Haven New Haven 0.00 0.00 Route 10 (Fitch Street / Whalley Avenue) – West Haven, Hamden
0.12 0.19 Route 243 west – Ansonia
0.71 1.14 Route 122 south – Allingtown
1.29 2.08 Route 69 north – Bethany, Prospect, Waterbury
1.51 2.43 Route 15 south – N.Y. City Exit 59 (Route 15 / Wilbur Cross Parkway); southbound entrance only
Woodbridge 2.85 4.59 Route 114 west – Orange
4.69 7.55 Route 67 west – Seymour
Bethany 10.04 16.16 Route 42 west – Beacon Falls Western terminus of Route 42 overlap
10.14 16.32 Route 42 east – Cheshire Eastern terminus of Route 42 overlap
Naugatuck 14.40 23.17 Route 8 – Bridgeport, Waterbury Exit 26 (Route 8)
15.80 25.43 Route 68 east – Prospect, Cheshire, Wallingford, Durham
Middlebury 18.07 29.08 Route 188 west – Middlebury Center, Southford
18.97–
19.39
30.53–
31.21
I-84 west – Danbury
Route 64 to I-84 east – Waterbury, Woodbury
Exit 17 (I-84); I-84 east via Route 64 east
Litchfield Watertown 22.93 36.90 Route 73 south – Oakville, 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, New Milford
32.18 51.79 Route 61 south – Bethlehem, Woodbury
Litchfield 34.91 56.18 Route 118 east – Harwinton
34.95 56.25 US 202 east – Torrington Eastern terminus of US 202 overlap
34.99 56.31 US 202 west – New Milford Western terminus 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 north – Falls Village
52.57 84.60 US 7 – Canaan, Sharon
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Connecticut State Highway Log Archived 2015-07-26 at WebCite
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-07-26. Retrieved 2008-01-20. 
  3. ^ "Scenic Roads As of March 10, 2003" (PDF). Connecticut Department of Transportation. p. 2. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Route Changed". Bridgeport Telegram. September 11, 1951. Retrieved November 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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