I just drove it myself - agree completely. Very scenic, and designed to an appropriate speed. It ends very well, tying into an extended four-lane divided arterial at the north end that lasts for several miles (up to 7/202 split I think?). There will be video forthcoming sometime in the first half of this year....
I finally drove the new US 7 Brookfield Bypass yesterday, and I must say that a fine job was done with the bypass, including the use of rock as a sound wall.
The Danbury News-Times has a "news from 25 years ago" section. One of the headlines was about a new legislative push for the US-7 Expressway extension in 1985. See below in bold:"From The News-Times files
25 years ago
The legislative push for an improved Route 7 from Brookfield to New Milford breathes fresh life into a project that has lain dormant since the late 1970s. State Department of Transportation officials say immediate improvements to the existing road are necessary, but the long-term solution is still an expressway from the end of Super 7 south of the Four Corners intersection in Brookfield to north of the traffic circle (US202, CT-67 Split) in New Milford.
State Sen. James McLaughlin, R-Woodbury, who is the Senate chairman of the Joint Finance Committee, said he is pushing to get a Super 7 built by 1991. His efforts are supported by Sen. Adela Eads, R-Kent; Rep. Oskar Rogg, R-New Milford; and Rep. M. Jodi Rell, R-Brookfield.
A variety of ideas for Super 7 have been tossed around for nearly two decades, but legislators believe the most feasible is a limited access, two-lane road running several hundred yards to the west of the existing Route 7.
Exit and entrance ramps would be built off the new expressway to connect with the existing Route 7 at the Four Corners (CT-25) intersection in Brookfield and the Lanesville and Sullivan Road intersection in New Milford."
Of course we know, the highway wasn't built by 1991 but 2009. Today the highway didn't go to US-202 & CT-67 and is 4-lanes instead of a Super-2. Also, there is no interchange with CT-25 (Four Corners) or Lanesville or Sullivan Road in New Milford. Interesting to read what was talked about and what became reality.
Also an article about the new US-7 & I-84 Interchange at Exit 3 in cooperation with the widening of I-84 from 4 to 6 lanes in 1985 and the new Danbury Fair Mall. See below in bold:"Construction of a new Route 7-Interstate 84 interchange in Danbury will take another step forward this month, when the state begins seeking bids for the $33 million project. On the present schedule, the interchange will be completed about the time the new Danbury Fair mall opens in October 1986."
This was completed on time. I-84 was widened from 4 to 6 lanes by 1988 and the new US-7 Interchange was complete by the time the mall opened in 1986. Now the expressway is being extended south of here...well sorta.
The DOT is building a twin bridge and full diamond interchange over Wooster Heights Road to compliment the US-7 4-laning that goes down to Ridgefield and CT-35. So technically the expressway portion is being extended through the Wooster Heights Road interchange.