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Route 2 is a state highway in Connecticut and is 58.03 miles (93.39 km) in length. It is a primary state route, with a limited-access highway section connecting Hartford to Norwich and a full-access highway section extending to Stonington. The entire limited-access section of Route 2 is also known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Highway.[1]

Connecticut Route 2 marker

Route 2
Route information
Maintained by ConnDOT
Length58.03 mi (93.39 km)
Existed1932–present
Major junctions
West endColumbus Boulevard in Hartford
  I-84 / US 6 in East Hartford
Route 3 in East Hartford
Route 17 in Glastonbury
Route 11 in Colchester
I-395 / Route 2A / Conn. Turnpike in Norwich
I-95 in North Stonington
Route 78 in Stonington
East end US 1 in Stonington
Location
CountiesHartford, New London
Highway system
  • Routes in Connecticut
US 1ARoute 2A

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Route descriptionEdit

Route 2 begins as a continuation of State Street (just east of Columbus Blvd) near Interstate 91 in downtown Hartford. It starts out heading east toward East Hartford. Route 2 then crosses the Connecticut River on the Founders Bridge and has a partial interchange with I-91 at the crossing. Immediately after crossing into East Hartford, there is a complex interchange with Interstate 84. Immediately after this interchange, Route 2 heads southeast in the direction of Glastonbury. There is a partial interchange with Route 15 about 0.75 miles (1.21 km) further. After East Hartford, Route 2 enters Glastonbury. At the East Hartford-Glastonbury town line, there is a full trumpet interchange with Route 3. About 1 mile (1.6 km) after this interchange, there is a partial interchange with Route 17. From Glastonbury, Route 2 passes into Marlborough. It continues into Colchester. In Colchester, Route 2 has a partial interchange with Route 11. After this interchange, Route 2 curves and heads east toward Norwich. Once Route 2 leaves Colchester, it passes through the towns of Lebanon and Bozrah. After Bozrah, Route 2 enters Norwich. Just after entering Norwich, Route 32 joins Route 2. Then, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) down Route 2, there is a partial cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 395. About 1.75 miles (2.82 km) further east from the I-395 interchange, the limited-access highway section of Route 2 ends at a four-way at-grade intersection with Town Street, Harland Road (Route 169), and Washington Street (Route 32/Route 2). Route 32 then separates in downtown Norwich after overlapping with Route 2 for 3.9 miles (6.3 km), following the west bank of the Thames River. Route 2 continues southeast from Norwich into Preston, and then into Ledyard. Just after entering Ledyard, Route 2 passes by the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation and then the Foxwoods Resort Casino. After passing through Ledyard, Route 2 continues into North Stonington. There is a roundabout with Route 184 and a partial interchange with Interstate 95 here. After leaving North Stonington, Route 2 heads into Stonington. Here, Route 2 is reduced to a minor arterial road. It has an interchange with Route 78 and terminates about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) later at the junction with US 1 just west of the Rhode Island state line.[1]

 
Route 2 westbound in Hartford, just before exits 2E, 2W and 3.

Several Connecticut limited-access highways terminate at Route 2. Route 3 ends at Route 2 near the East Hartford-Glastonbury town line, Route 17 ends at Route 2 in Glastonbury, and Route 11 ends at Route 2 in Colchester. Route 78 also ends at Route 2, in Stonington. It is unusual that Route 78 intersects Route 2 where it is not a limited-access highway.

HistoryEdit

Two early toll roads, the Hartford and New London Turnpike and the Colchester and Norwich Turnpike, followed the alignment of current Route 2 in the 1800s. In 1922, The New England Interstate system incorporated the future Route 2 alignment as Route 17. Upon the discontinuation of the New England routes in the 1932 state highway renumbering, the eastern half of old New England Route 17 was renumbered to Route 2. The western half of old New England Route 17 eventually formed part of U.S. Route 44.[2][3]

Limited-access highway construction along the Route 2 alignment started in the 1950s and continued through the 1960s and early 1970s. The oldest limited-access highway segment, between exits 5A and 7, opened in 1952; the latest segment, between exits 20 and 22, opened in 1971. The state still maintains some segments of the older, access highway alignment, but does not sign these segments as state routes. The state remanded the remaining access highway segments to town jurisdiction.[3]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmikmExitDestinationsNotes
HartfordHartford0.000.00Columbus Boulevard – Convention Center, Science CenterAt-grade intersection; continues west as State Street
0.030.048  I-91 south – New HavenEastbound exit and westbound entrance; exit 30 on I-91
Connecticut River0.03–
0.88
0.048–
1.42
Founders Bridge
East Hartford0.881.422E  I-84 east (US 6 east) / Governor Street (SR 500) – Boston, East HartfordSigned as exit 2 eastbound; exits 54-55 on I-84; westbound entrance includes access to exit 3
2W   I-84 west (US 6 west) to I-91 northWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; exit 55 on I-84
0.46–
0.98
0.74–
1.58
3Pitkin Street / East River DriveNo eastbound entrance; East River Drive not signed westbound
1.352.174    US 5 / Route 15 to I-91 south / East River Drive (SR 502)No eastbound exit; exit 90 on US 5 / Route 15 / Wilbur Cross Highway
1.802.905Riverside Drive / Willow StreetEastbound exit and westbound entrance
2.80–
3.04
4.51–
4.89
5AHigh Street (eastbound) / Main Street (westbound)SR 517
3.275.265BSutton AvenueEastbound exit and westbound entrance
3.675.915CMaple StreetEastbound exit only
4.417.105D  Route 3 south – Glastonbury, WethersfieldNorth end of Route 3
Glastonbury4.707.566Griswold Street – GlastonburyEastbound exit and westbound entrance; no access from exit 5D entrance ramp
5.078.167  Route 17 south – Portland, South GlastonburyEastbound exit and westbound entrance; north end of Route 17
5.31–
6.01
8.55–
9.67
8  Route 94 east (Hebron Avenue) – Glastonbury CenterWest end of Route 94
7.1211.469Neipsic Road – GlastonburyEastbound exit and westbound entrance
9.9416.0010  Route 83 north – East Glastonbury, ManchesterSouth end of Route 83
11.5618.6011Thompson Street / Wassuc Road – GlastonburyWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
Marlborough13.4221.6012West Road / Business Route – MarlboroughEastbound exit and westbound entrance
15.4424.8513  Route 66 – Willimantic, Marlborough
17.6628.4215South Main Street – MarlboroughWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
New LondonColchester20.3832.8016  Route 149 south / Westchester Road – Westchester, MoodusNorth end of Route 149
22.3736.0017Business Route – ColchesterEastbound exit and westbound entrance
23.7038.1418  Route 16 – Colchester, Westchester, Middletown
24.3539.1919  Route 11 south – New LondonEastbound exit and westbound entrance; north end of Route 11
25.0540.3120    Route 354 to Route 85 (Parum Road) / Route 11 south – Salem, New LondonWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
26.03–
26.47
41.89–
42.60
21Chestnut Hill Road (eastbound) / Business Route (westbound) – ColchesterSR 616
Lebanon30.9149.7422Scott Hill Road – Gilman, Lebanon
Bozrah33.3253.6223  Route 163 south / Haughton Road – Bozrah, MontvilleNorth end of Route 163
34.5455.5924Fitchville Road (SR 608) – FitchvilleWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
Norwich35.62–
36.33
57.32–
58.47
25  Route 32 north – Franklin, WillimanticWest end of Route 32 west concurrency; access via SR 642; westbound exit and entrance
27  To Route 32 north – Yantic, WillimanticWest end of Route 32 east concurrency
Browning RoadEastbound entrance only
37.0059.5528S   I-395 south / Route 2A south – New HavenNorth end of Route 2A; exits 13A-B on I-395
28N  I-395 north – ProvidenceEastbound exit and entrance
37.7160.6929New London Turnpike – Norwichtown
38.1561.40  Route 169 north (Harland Road) – TaftvilleAt-grade intersection; east end of freeway section
39.5263.60   Route 32 south / Route 82 west – New London, SalemEast end of Route 32 concurrency
39.8864.18  Route 12 south (Laurel Hill Avenue) – GrotonWest end of Route 12 concurrency
40.1964.68  Route 12 north (North Main Street)East end of Route 12 concurrency
40.5265.21  Route 165 east – PrestonWest end of Route 165
Preston42.9569.12    Route 2A west / Route 117 south to I-95 – Ledyard, Poquetanuck
45.7073.55  Route 164 north – Preston CitySouth end of Route 164
Ledyard47.2776.07Foxwoods Boulevard / Fox Tower Drive / Lake of Isles DriveInterchange
48.2077.57  Route 214 west / Foxwoods Boulevard – Ledyard CenterInterchange; east end of Route 214
North Stonington50.3381.00  Route 201 north – Ashwillet, GlasgoWest end of Route 201 concurrency
51.1182.25  Route 201 south – StoningtonEast end of Route 201 concurrency
54.2987.37  Route 184 – Old Mystic, Groton, Providence
55.2488.90  I-95 south – New LondonExit 92 on I-95; access from I-95 north and to I-95 south
Stonington56.0190.14  Route 49 north – Sterling, VoluntownSouth end of Route 49
56.6791.20  Route 78 – Westerly, Rhode Island BeachesPartial interchange; west end of Route 78
58.0393.39  US 1 – Mystic, Stonington, Westerly, RI
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b Connecticut State Highway Log (2006) Archived 2015-07-26 at WebCite
  2. ^ F.J. Wood, The Turnpikes of New England, (Marshall Jones, 1919)
  3. ^ a b nycroads.com - CT Route 2

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