U.S. Highway 7
Totaling 176.3 miles through western Vermont, U.S. 7 joins Bennington with Rutland, Burlington, St. Albans and Swanton. The US highway winds northward with two overall lanes into Townal, Vermont from Williamstown, Massachusetts through to Downtown Bennington. The route upgrades to a mostly super-two expressway leading north along the Green Mountains to Glastenbury, Sunderland, Manchester and East Dorset.
Returning to at-grade, U.S. 7 runs north through a valley to Danby and Wallingford with two lanes, and with four lanes to Clarendon and the south side of Rutland. U.S. 4 ties into U.S. 7 from the east end of its freeway leading west to Fair Haven for a 2.2 mile overlap into Rutland. U.S. 4 branches east to Sherburne and White River Junction while U.S. 7 meanders northward through a hodge podge of farm land to Pittsford, Brandon and Middlebury.
Vermont 22A ties into U.S. 7 on the north side of Vergennes, adding traffic originating from the Crown Point Bridge into Upstate New York. The route increases in traffic as it leads north to Shelburne and the south suburbs of greater Burlington as a commercial arterial. Once in Burlington, U.S. 7 navigates through the city street grid, merging with U.S. 2 north from Main Street to Downtown Winooski.
U.S. 2 and 7 overlap for 9.56 miles from Burlington north to Colchester parallel to Interstate 89. U.S. 2 turns west to the Lake Champlain Islands ahead of the Milton town line, which U.S. 7 crosses en route to Georgia, St. Albans, Swanton and Highgate. The north end ties into I-89 opposite the port of entry to Canada.
The National Interregional Highway Committee report Interregional Highways recommended a 33,900 mile interregional system in 1944. Vermont designated U.S. 7 as its first choice for an interregional highway, but Massachusetts denied the connection, selecting the route of U.S. 5 instead. The Highway Board approved the present system of Interstate Highways in 1946.1
- "Outline History of Vermont State Highways." Vermont Department of Highways, National Highway Week, September 19-25, 1965.
Page Updated March 4, 2002.