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: Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways

Most of the signage along the Merritt has been replaced with a funky new style - see the Exit 48 and Exit 27 signs in the SB section of this page for an example of the new signage. Because of this, finding old signs is a real treasure. The shield on top of this page is extremely old, possibly original to the highway; the state outline has not been used for quite some time, and though a few BGS's with it remain (scroll down to find a couple), none have CONN written on top. This one was posted in a construction zone just west of the Milford Parkway, so someone had it lying around, but it's gone again.

A few of the unique bridges built in the 1930's for the Merritt Parkway. The designer was under an edict not to duplicate any bridge design.

These are on Lake Avenue south of CT 15. Those incredibly olde-style shields are actually from March of 1991, but the directionals are obviously much older, begging the question of whether the existing signage was just replaced rather than redesigned. Note the creative use of the left arrow for a jog right, and the ancient LWS that would now be an LGS.

Courtesy Doug Kerr. I guess if they got the turn lane sign so blazing wrong, may as well mung the wording in an otherwise geometrically precise shield.

SB and NB signs at Exit 40 (Main St., former US 7).
← Courtesy Doug Kerr.

More unique bridges, Lake Ave. at Exit 29 and White Oak Shade Rd. in Norwalk.

A view of the US 7 interchange from the west/south, showing beautiful symmetry.

Button-copy near US 7. The blue sign shows why CT has been replacing signs along CT 15 - the button copy doesn't always hold up well.

Courtesy Doug Kerr, this sign has since been replaced.

This is it for the Merritt, past the Madison Ave. bridge in Trumbull to the only non-button copy and non-new style signs on the entire Parkway.

Now we're on the Wilbur Cross Parkway, having crossed the Housatonic River on the Sikorsky Bridge (recently rejiggered). Wheelers Farms Road is also accessible from the Milford Parkway, which meets the Merritt and Wilbur Cross at a tri-point just north of I-95, due to the Milford having a huge trumpet loop on the northern ("western", or SB) side of the highway.

The NB entrance to the West Rock Tunnel, underneath West Rock Park.

Apparently a step behind in accepting those of other sexualities, CT offers help. Or not.

There are a lot of Main Streets in Connecticut. Here at Exit 68, where CT 15 meets I-91, is the co-beginning of I-691 and CT 66, as well as the major connection for traffic heading toward Boston and Hartford from points south and west. CT 15 traffic uses I-91 for a few exits to avoid the signallized and not-lightly-trafficked Berlin Turnpike (CT 15/US 5), and then jumps back on 15 to find I-84 later on. Exit numbering, interestingly, follows Berlin Turnpike intersections, though there are no actual numbers posted there. Visit the link at bottom for that part of CT 15.

More proof that CT is a little behind the times, this CT 22 (Bishop St.) bridge is just your ordinary ornamental Parkway bridge. Nothing phallic here at all. No.

SB, you can look down into the tunnel instead of up. You can also click on the video to drive through it and (briefly) enjoy the Jersey-grown sound of Matt Koziol.

Abandoned rest area. There wasn't much there, so few people mourn its closure.

Okay, see, CT doesn't do the circle thing. And with the black backgrounds? Very NJDOT. So, the contractor, admitting his error without losing face, peels back a corner of the circle - "My shields aren't wrong, see? They're square at heart!" Well, it's as good an explanation as any for these asymmetrical aberrations.

End of Wilbur Cross Parkway and beginning of Merritt Parkway.

These are on the east side of the Housatonic River, whereas 99% of the Merritt is on the west side, which is probably why they'd been forgotten for so long (but they're gone now). Most likely dates from the first time CT replaced signs along the Parkway.

On the Exit 52 ramp to CT 8; Exit 52 signs on the Merritt are all the new style.

An example of new signage.

The first SPUI on my site, this is facing SB at Exit 48. It was reconstructed to allow greater volumes of turning traffic while looking original, and in my opinion CT did a great job on this. The idea of a SPUI is that all four left-turn movements occur at the middle of the bridge, allowing there to be just one signal assembly; the bridge is considerably wider than it would otherwise have to be in order to accommodate the ramps being above the highway.

Courtesy Doug Kerr, this shows former onramp signage from CT 111/Main Street.

Probably just took this one for the MOTEL HI-HO, but it shows how short some of the ramps are.

See, neither direction of the Merritt has replaced signs in the US 7 area.

Some of the last signs in CT; SOUTH 120A is Exit 30S from the NB Hutch in NY and there is no 30N or 27N in that direction. Technically, 27S is on the NY side of the border (120A runs right along the border here, and follows it closely for awhile), but CT doesn't recognize this route, hence the NY shield on a completely CT-done sign. The directions were tacked on, and Port Chester, N.Y. was greened out on the Exit 27 advances, because 27A is a new exit. Originally, 27's offramp allowed left turns onto NY 120A SB, but the onramp from 120A SB to the Hutchinson River Parkway SB (was CT 15 until the overpass), which comes off a side road, was converted to have an offramp as well.
Northward onto CT 15/US 5, Berlin Tpk. and Wilbur Cross Hwy.
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Continue into New York on Hutchinson River Parkway
Exit 27 to NY 120A
Exit 38 to CT 123
Exit 39 or Exits 40A-B to US 7
Exit 49 to CT 25
Exit 52 to CT 8
Exit 52 to CT 108
Exit 54, Milford Parkway
to US 1 or I-95
Exits 57-58 to CT 34
Exit 68N to I-91
Exit 68W to I-691
Exit 68E to CT 66
The Merritt Pkwy. on Steve Anderson's
The Wilbur Cross Pkwy. on Steve Anderson's
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