Connecticut Route 25

Route 25 is a 28.59-mile (46.01 km), primary state highway connecting the city of Bridgeport and the town of Brookfield in the U.S. state of Connecticut. Route 25 is a six-lane freeway from Bridgeport to northern Trumbull and a two-lane surface road the rest of the way to Brookfield.

Route 25 marker

Route 25
Map of Fairfield County in southeastern Connecticut with Route 25 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ConnDOT
Length28.59 mi (46.01 km)
Existed1932[1]–present
Major junctions
South end I-95 in Bridgeport
  Route 8 in Bridgeport
Route 15 / Merritt Parkway in Trumbull
I-84 in Newtown
North end US 202 in Brookfield
Location
CountiesFairfield
Highway system
  • Routes in Connecticut
Route 22Route 27

Route 25 was originally laid out as a toll road known as the Bridgeport and Newtown Turnpike in 1801. The Route 25 designation was assigned in 1932 to the turnpike alignment and additionally extended through New Milford all the way to Torrington. The route was cut back to its modern northern terminus in Brookfield in 1974, with U.S. Route 202 taking over the old alignment. The Bridgeport-Newtown corridor had been planned as an expressway since the 1950s. The modern Route 25 expressway was fully open by 1982.

Route descriptionEdit

Route 25 begins at an interchange with Interstate 95 in Bridgeport. For the first 3.8 miles (6.1 km) of the route, it is co-signed with the Route 8 freeway. After the split with Route 8, it continues as its own freeway through the town of Trumbull for another 6.1 miles (9.8 km), providing partial access to the Merritt Parkway (Route 15) along its path through the town. The freeway portion ends at the junction with Route 111 on the northern edge of town.

 
Signage for Route 25 southbound at exit 9 in Trumbull

Route 25 continues northward as a surface road following Main Street into Monroe, where it intersects with the northern end of Route 59 in the village of Stepney. Upon entering Newtown, the road becomes known as South Main Street. After intersecting the eastern end of Route 302, it overlaps for 2.7-mile (4.3 km) with U.S. Route 6 northwest from the town center. After turning north onto Hawleyville Road, it intersects I-84 at Exit 9. For the rest of its length, Route 25 is a secondary minor arterial road, crossing Route 133, and ending at U.S. Route 202 in Brookfield.[2]

HistoryEdit

Route 25 was originally laid out as a toll road known as the Bridgeport and Newtown Turnpike in 1801 and ran from Bridgeport via Newtown borough to Brookfield center. In 1848, the north and south ends were made free. In the south, tolls were no longer collected within the city limits of Bridgeport, and in the north, the road north of Newtown borough was made free. In 1886, Fairfield County dissolved all turnpike corporations in its jurisdiction, causing the Bridgeport and Newtown Turnpike to become a public road.

Route 25 was designated along the old turnpike route in the 1932 state highway renumbering.[1] When originally designated in 1932, Route 25 continued well beyond Brookfield, following Route 133 and Route 67 to New Milford (via Bridgewater), then turning northeast along modern Route 202 before terminating at Route 8 in Torrington. In April 1943, a portion of Routes 25 and 133 swapped alignments. Route 25 now connected to U.S. Route 7 in Brookfield and overlapped it to New Milford, bypassing Bridgewater.[3] In 1963, Route 25 was extended further eastward to Route 44 in Canton after the relocation of Route 4. In 1974, U.S. Route 202 was relocated and the portion of Route 25 from Brookfield to Canton was taken over by US 202. Route 25 was truncated to its present terminus in Brookfield at this time.[4]

Expressway relocationEdit

Before the last segment of the Route 25 Expressway opened in 1982, Route 25 originally followed Main Street through Bridgeport northward to the present-day expressway terminus. The old Route 25 through Bridgeport became an extension of Route 111 when the expressway opened.

The Route 25 expressway was originally planned to continue north to meet I-84 in Newtown, where a semi-directional interchange and freeway stub for the planned expressway connection was built. The planned 9-mile (14 km) extension was canceled in 1991, along with many other highway projects due to a fiscal crisis arising when Connecticut was especially hit hard by the Late 1980s recession. At that time Connecticut's economy was heavily reliant on the defense industry. The end of the Cold War combined with the recession resulted in a near-total collapse of Connecticut's industrial base, and a loss of billions of dollars in tax revenues generated by these industries.[4]

During the late 1990s, an alternative plan to widen the existing Route 25 to 4 lanes with a center turn lane in certain spots through Trumbull, Monroe, and Newtown was met with opposition, particularly in Newtown where there was strong opposition to any type of project that will change the existing profile of the Route 25 corridor, despite the high accident rate and congestion on the road. In the early 2000s the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) was forced to resort to a plan that will widen and improve intersections on Route 25 from the expressway terminus in Trumbull to the Monroe/Newtown town line, but opposition in Newtown has compelled ConnDOT to limit upgrades in that community to spot improvements at major intersections and routine maintenance and periodic rehabilitation or replacement of existing bridges and culverts without adding capacity to the road. To ease traffic congestion in Newtown, ConnDOT opened the Mile Hill Road Bypass (SR 860), cutting through the former Fairfield Hills Hospital property and connecting to I-84 and Route 34 at the freeway stub originally intended for Route 25 (now part of SSR 490). Under the belief an expressway will never be built along Route 25 or Route 34, ConnDOT plans to remove this freeway stub and the high-speed interchange, replacing it with a diamond interchange within the next 10 years. ConnDOT is also planning to build a rest area on land left over when the interchange conversion is complete.[4]

Current upgradesEdit

Between Route 111 in Trumbull and Route 59 in Stepney, the two-lane undivided arterial section of Route 25, carries dense traffic loads during the day. Most of the daily traffic backups are caused by vehicles waiting to make a left turn onto Tashua Road or Spring Hill Road in northern Trumbull. To alleviate traffic in this area, the following amends were initiated in 2007:

  • Add a right turn branch from CT-25 Southbound to CT-111 Southbound.
  • Upgrade the intersections at Tashua and Spring Hill Roads (more details to follow).[citation needed]
  • Replace signage and renumber exits from sequential to mileage-base numbering on the freeway portion between the Route 8 split and Route 111. CONNDOT anticipates letting this contract to bid in August 2014. (This project will not affect the exit numbers on the 25/8 concurrency, which will be renumbered under a separate contract to replace signage on Route 8.)[5]

Major intersectionsEdit

The entire route is in Fairfield County.

LocationmikmExitDestinationsNotes
Bridgeport0.00–
0.21
0.00–
0.34
  I-95 – New Haven, New York CitySouthern terminus of Routes 25 and 8; exit 27A on I-95 (Connecticut Turnpike)
0.400.641Prospect Street / Myrtle AvenueSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
0.801.292  Route 130 (Fairfield Avenue)Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Golden Hill Street / Main StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
1.442.323Main Street / Washington AvenueSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
2.213.564Lindley StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
2.804.515  US 1 (Boston Avenue / North Avenue)Access via Chopsey Hill Road
3.756.046    Route 8 north to Route 15 north / Merritt Parkway north – Shelton, WaterburyNorthern terminus of Route 25 concurrency; northbound exit and southbound entrance; exit number not signed
Trumbull4.036.496  Old Town Road to Route 127 (White Plains Road) – TrumbullSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
5.128.247    Route 15 south / Merritt Parkway south / Route 127 – Trumbull, New York CityNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; signed as exits 7A for Route 15 south / Merritt Parkway south and 7B for Route 127 White Plains Road Trumbull on Route 25 north; exit 49S on Route 15 north / Merritt Parkway north
5.138.268   Route 15 / Merritt Parkway – Hartford, New York CitySouthbound exit and northbound entrance; signed as exits 8A (south) and 8B (north) on Route 25 south; exit 49N on Route 15 north / Merritt Parkway north and exit 49 on Route 15 south / Merritt Parkway south
6.4810.439Daniels Farm Road – Trumbull
9.8715.88Northern terminus of freeway
  Route 111 – Trumbull, Monroe
Monroe12.8720.71  Route 59 south – EastonNorthern terminus of Route 59
Town of Newtown19.1030.74   Mile Hill Road (SR 860) to I-84 / Route 34
Borough of Newtown19.7931.85  Route 302 west – BethelEastern terminus of Route 302
20.1632.44   US 6 east to I-84 – Sandy Hook, WaterburySouthern terminus of US 6 concurrency
Town of Newtown22.8636.79  US 6 west – DanburyNorthern terminus of US 6 concurrency
23.2737.45  I-84 – Waterbury, DanburyExit 9 on (I-84)
Brookfield26.8943.28  Route 133 – Bridgewater
28.5946.01  US 202 – Danbury, New MilfordNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Road Conditions in Connecticut". The Hartford Daily Courant. May 27, 1932. p. 14. Retrieved December 24, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.  
  2. ^ State of Connecticut (2006). "Connecticut Route log" (PDF). State of Connecticut. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 5, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2008.
  3. ^ "Route Numbers on Three Highways Reassigned". The Hartford Courant. April 29, 1943. p. 13. Retrieved May 2, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  4. ^ a b c Scott Oglesby (2005). "Connecticut Route 25". Connecticut Roads. Kurumi. Retrieved March 16, 2008.
  5. ^ Advertising Schedule of Projects, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Accessed Jan 22, 2014 Archived September 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit

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