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Route 49 is a Connecticut state highway from Route 2 in Stonington to Route 14A in Sterling, in the southeast part of the state. It is a scenic route that runs 21.74 miles (34.99 km) through the Pachaug State Forest.

Connecticut Route 49 marker

Route 49
Map of eastern Connecticut with Route 49 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ConnDOT
Length21.74 mi[1] (34.99 km)
Existed1932 (as Route 95)
(renumbered 1958)–present
Major junctions
South end Route 2 in Stonington
  I-95 in North Stonington
North end Route 14A in Sterling
Location
CountiesNew London, Windham
Highway system
  • Routes in Connecticut
Route 47Route 52

Route descriptionEdit

 
CT 49 overlapping CT 138 and CT 165 in Voluntown.

Route 49 begins as North Street at an intersection with Route 2 in the northeastern corner of the town of Stonington. It proceeds north into the town of North Stonington as Pendleton Hill Road, intersecting with Interstate 95 and Route 184.[1][2] Route 49 continues north, soon intersecting Route 216.[3] As it enters the town of Voluntown, Route 49 then becomes Westerly Road, while still on a northward track.[3] Route 49 briefly overlaps with Route 165 and Route 138 within the town center.[1] North of the overlap, Route 49 continues as Ekonk Hill Road, crossing the Pachaug River and running through the Pachaug State Forest, before reaching its end at Route 14A in the Sterling Hill Historic District of the town of Sterling.[1]

Route 49 is designated as a scenic road from Route 184 (milepost 2.09) in North Stonington to milepost 12.95 (south of Route 165) in Voluntown and from the Voluntown boat launch (milepost 13.84) to the northern terminus in Sterling.[4]

HistoryEdit

In the 1920s, the road from the northeast corner of Stonington (at New England Route 17) heading north through North Stonington and Voluntown to the Sterling Hill section of Sterling was designated as State Highway 216. In the 1932 state highway renumbering, State Highway 216 was renumbered to Route 95.[5][6] In 1950, Route 95 was extended east along modern Route 14A up to the Rhode Island state line.[7] In 1958, Interstate 95 was formally designated in Connecticut, and Route 95 was in need of a new designation due to the numbering conflict. The new designation chosen was Route 49.[5] In 1963, as a result of the Route Reclassification Act, Route 14A was created and the north end of Route 49 was relocated to its current terminus.[5]

In early 2003, work on Route 49 and Route 14A Corridor Management Plan was started, funded by the FHWA and ConnDOT. The concerns are speed along Route 49, stone walls, and the surrounding scenery. Since state budget constraints preclude adding more police, one idea was to repaint the fog line so that the lanes are 11 feet (3.4 m) wide.[5] In October 2003, the state turned down a N. Stonington request to lower the speed limit from 45 mph (72 km/h) to 35 and 30 mph (48 km/h).[5]

Junction listEdit

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
New LondonStonington0.000.00  Route 2 – Pawcatuck, North Stonington
North Stonington1.252.01  I-95 – Groton, New London, ProvidenceSouthbound exit, northbound exit. Other connections to I-95 made via SR 617 to CT 2.
2.093.36  Route 184 – Clarks Falls, Old Mystic
4.136.65  Route 216 south – Clarks Falls, Ashaway, RI
Voluntown13.0521.00  Route 165 west – Preston City, NorwichWestern terminus of CT 165 overlap
13.1321.13  Route 138 west – Jewett CityWestern terminus of CT 138 overlap
13.5221.76   Route 165 / Route 138 east – Exeter, RI, Rockville, RIEastern terminus of CT 138 and CT 165 overlap.
WindhamSterling21.7434.99  Route 14A – Oneco, PlainfieldNorthern terminus of CT 49
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Connecticut Department of Transportation (2006). "Connecticut Route log" (PDF). Connecticut Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-07-26. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
  2. ^ Google (2008-01-20). "first overview map of Route 49" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
  3. ^ a b Google (2008-01-20). "second overview map of Route 49" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
  4. ^ Connecticut Scenic Roads
  5. ^ a b c d e Kurumi (2006). "Connecticut Route 49". Kurumi. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
  6. ^ Kurumi (2006). "Connecticut Route 95". Kurumi. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
  7. ^ Kurumi (2006). "Connecticut Route 211". Kurumi. Retrieved 2008-01-20.

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