Connecticut Route 68

Route 68 is an east–west state highway in the U.S. state of Connecticut connecting the towns of Durham and Naugatuck.

Route 68 marker

Route 68
Map of central Connecticut with Route 68 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ConnDOT
Length22.09 mi[2] (35.55 km)
Existed1932[1] (extended 1967)–present
Major junctions
West end Route 63 in Naugatuck
 
East end Route 17 in Durham
Location
CountiesNew Haven, Middlesex
Highway system
  • Routes in Connecticut
Route 67Route 69

Route descriptionEdit

Route 68 begins at Route 63 in Naugatuck. After crossing the Naugatuck River, it overpasses the Route 8 expressway, with access via Union Street (SR 723) and North Main Street (SR 710). Route 68 then leaves the Naugatuck River Valley and ascends to Prospect, where it intersects Route 69 in the center of town. It then descends once again into Cheshire, where it joins Route 70 for a 3.1 mile concurrency. In the center of Cheshire, the concurrency becomes a 0.15 mile triplex with Route 10. After the Route 70 concurrency ends, Route 68 becomes a 4 lane road as it enters Wallingford. The road narrows to 2 lanes as it passes through Yalesville where it intersects Route 150. After passing under the Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15) without an interchange, it meets US 5 at a grade separated interchange. Route 68 becomes a 4-lane undivided, partially access controlled road for the next 2.3 miles to its junction with I-91 at Exit 15. After overpassing I-91 and passing a couple of business parks, Route 68 becomes a 2 lane road once again. It then enters Durham, where it passes the southern end of Route 157 before ending at Route 17 in the center of town. [2]

HistoryEdit

The road connecting Naugatuck and Cheshire was designated in 1922 as State Highway 325. In the 1932 state highway renumbering,[1] former Highway 325 was renumbered to Route 68. The route was later extended east to Middlefield in 1966 along former SR 607 (Wallingford to Middlefield) and SR 730 (Cheshire to Wallingford) via an overlap with Route 70. In 1973 and 1974, parts of Route 68 were rerouted in Wallingford.[3]

Junction listEdit

CountyLocationmi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
New HavenNaugatuck0.000.00  Route 63 – New Haven, Middlebury
0.610.98  SSR 723 to Route 8 – Waterbury, BridgeportExit 28 on (Route 8)
Prospect4.286.89  Route 69 – Waterbury, New Haven
Cheshire7.6712.34  Route 70 west – WaterburyWestern terminus of CT 70 overlap
9.36–
9.51
15.06–
15.30
  Route 10 – Southington, Hamden, New HavenBrief CT 10/CT 68/CT 70 triplex.
10.7617.32  Route 70 east – MeridenEastern terminus of CT 70 overlap
Wallingford14.0022.53  Route 150 – Meriden, Wallingford Center
14.6123.51  US 5 – Meriden, New HavenGrade-separated
16.8327.09  I-91 – New Haven, HartfordExit 15 on (I-91)
MiddlesexDurham19.5131.40  Route 157 north – Middlefield
22.0935.55  Route 17 – Middletown, New Haven
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. ^ a b c Connecticut State Highway Log Archived 2015-09-05 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Connecticut Routes, Route 68

External linksEdit

Route map:

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