Interstate 84 in Connecticut

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Interstate 84 marker
Interstate 84
I-84 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CTDOT
Length97.90 mi[1] (157.55 km)
Major junctions
West end I-84 at the New York state line in Danbury
East end I-84 at the Massachusetts state line in Union
CountiesFairfield, New Haven, Hartford, Tolland, Windham
Highway system
  • Routes in Connecticut
Route 83 Route 85

Interstate 84 (I-84) is an east–west Interstate highway across the state of Connecticut through Danbury, Waterbury, Hartford and Union.

Route description[edit]

I-84 (looking eastbound) just before becoming an elevated viaduct to cross downtown Waterbury

I-84 enters Danbury from the town of Southeast, New York, and is designated the Yankee Expressway for the next 62 miles (100 km). About 3.5 miles (5.6 km) to the east, US 7 joins from the south at exit 3 near Danbury Fair Mall as I-84 turns north. At the next exit, US 6 and 202 join to form a four-way concurrency for the next three miles (4.8 km) to exit 7, when US 7 and US 202 split off north towards New Milford. US 6 leaves the Interstate at the following exit, as I-84 climbs away from Danbury into the more rural towns of Bethel, and Brookfield.

US 6 rejoins I-84 at exit 10, and at exit 11, it turns to the northeast and descends to cross the Housatonic River on the Rochambeau Bridge, into New Haven County. After US 6 leaves once again at exit 15 in Southbury, I-84 proceeds through hilly terrain into Middlebury, becoming more of an urban freeway as it enters the city of Waterbury, where it intersects the Route 8 expressway and crosses the Naugatuck River on an elevated dual-decked viaduct known locally as The Mixmaster. After passing through Cheshire, I-84 intersects the western end of I-691 at the Cheshire–Southington town line, which is also the New Haven–Hartford county line.

I-84 turns more northerly for a stretch to exit 31 (Route 229), which provides access to Lake Compounce Amusement Park and ESPN World Headquarters. The freeway heads more northeasterly to Plainville, where it has a brief 0.5-mile (0.80 km) concurrency with Route 72 to the New Britain city line. From the Route 72 junction through Farmington, West Hartford, and into Hartford, I-84 has many left-hand exits and entrances and sharp curves, which were built for a planned network of freeways. In Farmington, US 6 joins I-84 once again at exit 38, and both meet the northern end of the Route 9 expressway at a half-used multi-level stack interchange that was originally planned to be part of the mostly-cancelled I-291 Hartford Beltway. I-84 and US 6 pass through West Hartford into Hartford (the largest city along the length of the eastern I-84) where they intersect I-91, just before US 44 briefly joins to cross the Connecticut River into East Hartford on the Bulkeley Bridge, which is the oldest bridge on the Interstate system.

After the bridge, US 44 leaves, the name of the highway changes to the Lieutenant Brian L. Aselton Memorial Highway, and I-84 meets the Route 2 expressway, which provides access to the southeastern suburbs of Hartford. As I-84 passes the northern end of the Route 15 expressway, it inherits the Wilbur Cross Highway name for the rest of its length. From 1968 until 1984, the I-84 designation ended here, and the highway became I-86 for the rest of its length, as I-84 was once planned to be built east toward Providence, Rhode Island. I-84 intersects one of the remnants of the abandoned project, I-384, as part of a three-mile (4.8 km) series of complex interchanges in Manchester including the end of the US 6 concurrency at exit 60, and a connection to the only built as originally planned portion of I-291 at exit 61.

Beyond Manchester, I-84 climbs steadily from the Connecticut River Valley and passes through the Tolland County towns of Vernon, Tolland, and Willington. After briefly entering the Windham County town of Ashford, it reenters Tolland County in the town of Union. After exit 74 (Route 171), I-84 crosses the Massachusetts state line. All lanes eventually enter into Sturbridge, but the westbound lanes pass briefly through the town of Holland before entering Sturbridge. Eight miles (13 km) later, I-84 reaches its eastern terminus at the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90).


1970s route[edit]

Interstate 82 marker

Interstate 82

LocationEast HartfordProvidence
HistoryRe-designated as I-84 in 1968

Interstate 84 marker

Interstate 84

LocationEast HartfordProvidence
HistoryCancelled; completed sections re-designated as I-384 and US 6 in 1984

A highway connecting Hartford and Providence was first brought up in 1944 as an upgrade to US 6 from Manchester to the Rhode Island state line.[2][3] The plan eventually adapted to a submission to the 1956 Interstate Highway Plan, but was declined. It was re-submitted in the 1968 plan, and was granted along with 1,500 other miles of Interstate.[4]

The highway was firstly designated as Interstate 82, but was changed shortly after to its well-known designation, Interstate 84.[4] In 1970 through 1973 the first segments of the highway started construction, the segment now designated as I-384, and the Willimantic Bypass.[2] When these isolated segments were completed, they were designated for the future Interstate, starkly different from today's signs. The signs remained on the Willimantic Bypass up to a decade after the cancellation of the project.[5]

The planned I-84 was going to also incorporate a cloverleaf intersection with I-295 in Johnston, Rhode Island, and use the under-construction Dennis J. Roberts Expressway and built Huntington Expressway to Providence before the project was shelved.[6] Briefly, there was an idea to use the southern/unused portion of the highway for Interstate 184, but was disapproved by the FHA.[7]

An environmental study by RIDOT was done in 1972, it was found the highway would cause heavy impact to Scituate Reservoir, the drinking supply for Providence.[8] [9]After multiple other studies, Rhode Island ended up cancelling their segment of the highway in 1982, which ended up causing Connecticut to cut the segment to I-395 in Plainfield.[10] Without Rhode Island, the highway was fully canceled in 1983, and the mileage was returned for other projects.[11][12]

After the highway was canceled, the only inland route to Providence from Hartford was either US 44 or US 6. Many projects have since happened to improve the roads, mainly in Connecticut.[13][14] One major one was improving the "Suicide 6" area of US 6 between Bolton and Columbia.[15][16] Since the cancellation, other plans to have a freeway link between the two built segments have been proposed, including one in 2001, but was short lived, only lasting to 2003 before becoming dormant.[2][17]

Though the route was basically set in stone in Connecticut, many issues remained in Rhode Island, the biggest of which were major environmental concerns about how the freeway would affect the Scituate Reservoir, which is the main drinking water supply for Providence.

In the 1992 long-range transportation plan released by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, a freeway has been added along the original route of Interstate 84 that will connect to the CT 695 freeway on the Rhode IslandConnecticut border.[18]

I-86 relation[edit]

Interstate 86 marker

Interstate 86

LocationEast Hartford–Union (MA state line)
Length31.27 mi (50.32 km)
HistoryRe-designated as I-84 in August 1984[19]

The section of I-84 between East Hartford, Connecticut (at the present-day junction with Interstate 384) and Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Interstate 90) was for a time signed as Interstate 86 (unrelated to present-day Interstate 86 in New York and Pennsylvania). Signs stating "I-84 Ends, I-86 to Boston" (eastbound) and "I-86 Ends, I-84 to Hartford" (westbound) were posted where the change took place. Exit numbering on I-86 was that of the road's predecessor, Route 15, in a sequence beginning on New York's Hutchinson River Parkway. Exits were renumbered to correspond with the rest of I-84 in Connecticut when the road was redesignated in 1984. The present I-384 as well as the present US 6 bypass near Willimantic, both of which were a part of what was then I-84's planned easterly continuation, were also numbered I-84 prior to 1984 even though they lacked any direct connection to the rest of I-84 at that time. (One had to use Silver Lane in East Hartford to travel between the two stretches of the highway.) These two sections were re-numbered. The western segment became I-384, and the eastern one became part of US 6 when what was then I-86 was re-numbered I-84.[20]


Danbury Rest Area and Information Center on I-84 eastbound

Sections of I-84 in Connecticut were reconstructed and widened from the mid 1970s into the mid 1980s. Another section through Danbury was widened from 4 lanes to 6 lanes in 1985 and 1986. Widening of the highway through Danbury was funded by Union Carbide as part of building its world headquarters in Danbury.[21] From roughly 1976 to 1988 the former I-86 portion from East Hartford to the Massachusetts state line was completely rebuilt from a narrow 4-lane parkway to a much wider profile ranging from 6 lanes at the Massachusetts state line, expanding to 8 lanes in Vernon, to 12 lanes with HOV lanes in East Hartford. The original route, then known as Route 15, featured pit latrines at its pull offs or rest areas. As of 2014 planning is underway for the I-84 Hartford Project to replace and possibly redesign a two-mile stretch of mostly elevated highway in Hartford. On April 22, 2015, construction began on widening the highway from Exit 23 to Exit 25A in Waterbury from 4 lanes to 6 lanes.

A widening project along the congested stretch of I-84 through Waterbury and Cheshire, Connecticut has been beset by cost overruns, delays, and construction defects involving storm drains,[22] as state and federal officials have launched criminal investigations stemming from this project. This episode has waned local enthusiasm for a proposed $2 billion reconstruction of the Mixmaster interchange in downtown Waterbury.[23] Cost estimates for the Mixmaster replacement have increased to $3 billion.[24] CT Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has begun a lawsuit against the contractor and an engineering firm in response to threats from the U.S. DOT to withhold funds from the project.[25] On May 18, 2007, the Waterbury Republican-American reported this area had defective light poles,[26] while Governor M. Jodi Rell released an audit report of the construction disaster.[27] A number of DOT personnel were either fired or reprimanded following the scandal. Meanwhile[when?] the FBI and a federal grand jury are investigating the now-defunct construction company and the same DOT officials, which may eventually lead to criminal charges in the case.


The I-84 Hartford Project[28] is a ConnDOT project to address structural deficiencies within the I-84 corridor approximately between Flatbush Avenue (exit 45) and the I-91 interchange in Hartford, including a 3,200-foot (980 m) elevated section known as the Aetna Viaduct. Since it became apparent in the 1980s that this section of I-84 in Hartford was deteriorating, ConnDOT has considered how best to repair or reconstruct the corridor. Since that time, many inspections have been carried out and frequent repairs made to keep the highway safe and functioning.[29]

In 2010, the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG), the City of Hartford, and ConnDOT collaborated on a study of the corridor to begin the process of exploring reconstruction options. That study looked at several concepts, including the rebuilding of the viaduct "in-kind", as well as several reconstruction alternatives that would alter the configuration of the highway. The alternatives developed for that study were conceptual in nature—they did not look in depth at traffic, engineering feasibility, or environmental impact. However, the strong stakeholder input as part of that effort was helpful in leading to CTDOT's decision to initiate The I-84 Hartford Project, to build on the good work of that earlier study. The I-84 Hartford Project will be a full and comprehensive evaluation leading to a workable solution. The I-84 Hartford Project will examine the feasibility and assess the impact of a range of concepts. Following full examination of the impacts and benefits of feasible alternatives, and, in collaboration with stakeholders and the public, ConnDOT will make a final decision on how to reconstruct this section of the I-84 corridor.[30][31]

Exit list[edit]

FairfieldDanbury0.000.00 I-84 west – NewburghContinuation into New York; to I-684
1Saw Mill RoadEastbound exit and westbound entrance extend into New York
2 US 6 / US 202 (Mill Plain Road) / Old Ridgebury RoadSigned as exits 2A (Old Ridgebury) and 2B (US 6/US 202) westbound
Rest Area/Welcome CenterShared ramp with exit 2; eastbound exit and entrance
3 US 7 south – NorwalkWestern terminus of US 7 concurrency; also serves Danbury Airport
3.766.054 US 6 / US 202 west (Lake Avenue)Western terminus of US 6/US 202 concurrency
5.278.485 Route 39 / Route 53 – Downtown Danbury, BethelRoute 37 only appears on eastbound signage
5.849.406 Route 37 – New FairfieldWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
7 US 7 north / US 202 east – Brookfield, New MilfordEastern terminus of US 7/US 202 concurrency
DanburyBethel line8.17–
8 US 6 east (Newtown Road) – BethelEastern terminus of US 6 concurrency; no westbound signage for US 6
BrookfieldNewtown line11.4418.419 Route 25 – BrookfieldSigned for Hawleyville
Newtown15.1224.3310 US 6 west – Newtown, Sandy HookWestern terminus of US 6 concurrency;
11 Route 34 east / Route 25 south – Derby, New Haven, BridgeportAccess via SSR 490
Housatonic River18.4829.74Rochambeau Bridge
New HavenSouthbury18.7430.1613River RoadEastbound exit and westbound entrance
20.2132.5214 Route 172 – South Britain
22.0035.4115 US 6 east / Route 67 – SouthburyEastern terminus of US 6 concurrency
24.8039.9116 Route 188 – Southford, MiddleburyNo westbound signage for Middlebury
MiddleburyWaterbury line29.8147.9717 Route 63 – Watertown, NaugatuckEastbound exit and westbound entrance
30.4849.05 Route 64 / Route 63 – Middlebury, WatertownWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
Waterbury31.3550.4518Chase ParkwayEastbound exit and westbound entrance
31.6550.94West Main Street/Highland AvenueWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
32.0251.5319 Route 8 south – BridgeportMixmaster Interchange; exits 31 and 33 on Route 8
20 Route 8 north – Torrington
21Meadow Street/Bank Street
22Baldwin Street/Union Street – Downtown WaterburySigned eastbound for Baldwin Street, westbound for Union Street
23 Route 69 (Hamilton Avenue) – Wolcott, ProspectEastbound access via separate exits, on collector-distributor road
34.3655.3025Harpers Ferry Road/Reidville DriveEastbound exit and westbound entrance
35.6257.32East Main Street/Scott RoadWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
36.7359.1125AAustin RoadServes University of Bridgeport
Cheshire38.1261.3526 Route 70 – Cheshire, ProspectNo eastbound signage for Prospect
27 I-691 east – MeridenWestern terminus of I-691, exits 0A-B westbound (old 1-2)
HartfordSouthington40.6865.4728 Route 322 – Marion, Milldale, Wolcott
41.8967.4229 Route 10 – MilldaleWestbound left exit and eastbound entrance; via SR 597
42.5268.4330West Main Street/Marion AvenueSigned eastbound for Downtown Southington/ Plainsville
44.3471.3631 Route 229 (West Street) – BristolLake Compounce Amusement Park and ESPN World Headquarters
46.2374.4032 Route 10 (Queen Street)Signed westbound for Downtown Southington
Plainville48.9878.8333 Route 72 west – BristolEastbound exit and westbound entrance; exit 4 on Route 72
49.4179.5234 Route 372 / Crooked Street (SR 536) – PlainvilleWestbound exit is via exit 33
49.4879.6333 Route 72 west – BristolWestern terminus of Route 72 concurrency; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
New Britain50.00–
Route 72 east to Route 9 – New Britain, Middletown
Eastern terminus of Route 72 concurrency
36Slater RoadLeft exit eastbound.
Farmington53.2485.6837Fienemann RoadEastbound exit signed for US 6 west
54.0486.9738 US 6 west – BristolWestern terminus of US 6 concurrency; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
54.3587.4739 Route 4 – FarmingtonAccess via SR 508
39A Route 9 south – NewingtonNorthern terminus of Route 9
West Hartford56.2790.5640 Route 71 (New Britain Avenue) – Corbins Corner
57.2392.1041South Main Street - Elmwood
58.0593.4242Trout Brook Drive - ElmwoodWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
43Park Road – West Hartford CenterAccess via SR 501
59.1795.2244Prospect Avenue/Oakwood Avenue Access via Caya Avenue eastbound, Kane Street westbound
Hartford59.9396.4545Flatbush AvenueWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; via SR 504
46Sisson Avenue/West BoulevardAccess via SR 503; part of once planned Route 9 (later Route 189) expressway
61.0498.2347Sigourney StreetWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
48BAsylum StreetSigned as exit 48 westbound
48ACapitol AvenueEastbound exit and westbound entrance
61.9999.7649Chapel Street/High Street/Ann Uccello StreetEastbound exit and westbound entrance,Ann Uccello Street signed only
62.0499.8450Main StreetEastbound exit and westbound entrance
51 I-91 north – Springfield, Bradley International AirportExits 32B (west) and 30 (east) on I-91 southbound
62.51100.6052 I-91 south – New HavenWestbound access is via exit 50
US 44 west (Main Street) to I-91 south – Downtown Hartford, New Haven
Western terminus of US 44 concurrency; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Connecticut River62.58–
Bulkeley Bridge
East Hartford62.95101.3153 US 44 east (Connecticut Boulevard) / East River Drive – East HartfordEastern terminus of US 44 concurrency; no westbound exit
63.37101.9854 Route 2 west – Downtown HartfordWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; western terminus of westbound HOV lanes
55 Route 2 east – Norwich, New London
56Governor Street – Downtown East HartfordAccess via SR 500
US 5 (Main Street)Westbound entrance only
Restricted Lanes – Buses and 2 person car poolsWestern terminus of eastbound HOV lanes
Route 15 south to I-91 south – Charter Oak Bridge, New York City
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Silver LaneHOV access only; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
58Roberts Street (SR 518)/Silver Lane (SR 502)/Burnside Avenue
59 I-384 east – ProvidenceWestern terminus of I-384; Silver Lane/Spencer Street (I-384 exit 1) not signed eastbound
I-384 east – ProvidenceHOV access only; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Manchester68.05109.5260 US 6 east / US 44 (Middle Turnpike West) / Burnside Avenue – Manchester, East HartfordEastern terminus of US 6 concurrency; westbound exit shares a ramp with exit 62
I-291 west to I-91 – Windsor
Eastern terminus of I-291, exits 6B-C eastbound.
69.84112.4062Buckland StreetWestbound access via Pleasant Valley Road
Buckland StreetHOV access only; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
71.60115.2363 Route 30 / Route 83 – South Windsor, Manchester
TollandVernon73.00117.4864 Route 30 / Route 83 south – Vernon Business District, Rockville, TalcottvilleEastbound exit shares a ramp with exit 65
Route 30 / Route 83 – Vernon Center, RockvilleHOV access only; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
73.27117.92Eastern terminus of HOV lanes
65 Route 30 north – Vernon Center
74.80120.3866Tunnel Road – Vernon, Bolton
77.28124.3767 Route 31 – Rockville, Coventry
Tolland81.06130.4568 Route 195 – Tolland, Mansfield, StorrsServes University of Connecticut
Route 74 to US 44 – Willington, Putnam
Westbound signage indicates Putnam, eastbound signage indicates Willington
Willington85.58137.7370 Route 32 – Stafford Springs, Willington, Mansfield, Willimantic
87.79141.2871 Route 320 south (Ruby Road)
county line
AshfordUnion line92.05148.1472 Route 89 – Westford, Ashford
TollandUnion93.41150.3373 Route 190 – Union, Stafford Springs
97.38156.7274 Route 171 / Holland Road – Union, Holland, Mass
97.90157.55 I-84 east – BostonContinuation into Massachusetts; to Mass Pike
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary routes[edit]

Interstate City Type Notes
I-284.svg Interstate 284 East Hartford Bypass route Unfinished and decommissioned. Partially exists as a freeway stub from I-84 to Governor Street. I-284 was originally planned to continue northward along the east bank of the Connecticut River to I-291.
I-384.svg Interstate 384 Manchester Spur
I-484.svg Interstate 484 Hartford Bypass route Unfinished and decommissioned. Partially exists as the Conlin–Whitehead Highway
I-684.svg Interstate 684 Greenwich Bypass route This route extends for 1.4 miles (2.25 km) in Connecticut, with all interchanges in New York; originally designated as I-87


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