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Interstate 95 (Connecticut Turnpike)

Interstate 95 hugs the southern coast of Connecticut with Long Island Sound between New York and Rhode Island. The freeway follows the Connecticut (Governor John Davis Lodge) Turnpike from the New England Thruway at Port Chester, New York to Landers Village at junction Interstate 395. The turnpike is a toll-free facility.

The Connecticut Turnpike is a heavily traveled thoroughfare through such cities as Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport, and New Haven. The older design standard of the freeway features an interchange at almost every mile of the turnpike. The numerous entrance and exit ramps cause slowing on the Interstate 95 mainline due to the weaving traffic concerns. Service plazas remain in use along Interstate 95 from the turnpike days serving food, fuel, and tourist information.

The Connecticut Turnpike opened to traffic on January 2, 1958. The west end opening preceded completion of the New England Thruway by a year, leading motorists through Greenwich and Stamford in the interim. A 100-foot section of the Mianus River Bridge in Greenwich collapsed on June 28, 1983. The incident claimed the lives of three motorists and injured several others. Tolls along the Turnpike were dropped in 1986.1

Further east at Groton, the free-section of Interstate 95 opened to traffic after a ceremony held on December 15, 1964.1 This extended the route into Rhode Island.

Four guides cover Interstate 95 within the state of Connecticut:

Scenes Pertaining to Interstate 95
Junction Interstate 95 Connecticut shield posted on Delavan Avenue eastbound near the Exit 1 interchange at Byram. Delavan Avenue continues Mill Street east from Port Chester, New York to the Connecticut Turnpike at Byram Road, Ritch Avenue, and Byram Shore Road. Photo taken 03/15/00.
Rhode Island 216 (High Street) in Bethel becomes Connecticut 216 (Clarks Falls Road) at the state line and quickly intersects Interstate 95 at the Exit 93 diamond interchange. An otherwise rural junction, the two roads meet near Clarks Falls in the Town of North Stonington. A couple of businesses lie nearby; otherwise the area is home to forests and farmland. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Button copy guide signs reside at the Connecticut 216 (Clarks Falls Road) junction with Interstate 95 in North Stonington. The last interchange with Connecticut lies less than a mile west of Exit 1 (Rhode Island 3); Exit 92 (Connecticut 49) is a 2.5-mile drive to the west. Connecticut 216 intersects the east end of Connecticut 184 (Providence New London Turnpike) just north of the freeway. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Connecticut 216 (Clarks Falls Road) southbound at the northbound on-ramp to Interstate 95 for Providence. Connecticut 216 becomes Rhode Island 216 in 0.2 miles en route to Ashaway and Bradford, Rhode Island. The state highway ends 8.5 miles southeast of Interstate 95 at junction U.S. 1 near the Rhode Island coast. Photo taken 06/26/05.

Sources:

  1. "#ThrowbackThursday: Connecticut Turnpike (I-95) Through The Years." The Courant, January 2, 2014.

Page Updated February 5, 2007.