Connecticut Route 32 Article

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Connecticut Route 32 marker

Route 32
Map of eastern Connecticut with Route 32 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ConnDOT
Length54.88 mi (88.32 km)
Existed1922 (realigned 1932)–present
Major junctions
South endCrystal Avenue (near I-95 / US 1) in New London
 
North end Route 32 in Monson, MA
Location
Counties New London, Windham, Tolland
Highway system
  • Routes in Connecticut
Route 31 Route 33
CT 32 at CT 82 and CT 2 in Norwich.

Route 32 is a 54.88-mile (88.32 km) primary north–south state highway in the U.S. state of Connecticut, beginning in New London and continuing via Willimantic to the Massachusetts state line, where it continues as Route 32 in that state.

Route description

Route 32 begins near Interstate 95 (about 0.5-mile (0.80 km) south of the road crossing as a continuation of Water Street). It is a freeway near the interchange with I-95 then becomes a limited access highway with at-grade intersections up to the Montville Connector (designated as State Road 693) — a freeway spur connecting Route 32 to I-395. It then becomes a mostly 2-lane surface road with the exception of the overlap with Route 2 in Norwich.

It goes through the following towns: New London, Waterford, Montville, Norwich, Franklin, Lebanon (0.11 miles (0.18 km) only), Windham, Mansfield, Willington, Tolland (0.10 miles (0.16 km) only), Ellington, and Stafford. From New London to Norwich, Route 32 follows along the west bank of the Thames River.

History

Route 32 between Norwich and New London was laid out in 1670 and remained little more than an Indian trail for more than a century[ citation needed]. The number dates from when the route was part of New England Interstate Route 32 from 1922-1932. In 1932, Connecticut stopped using the New England route system, but Route 32 kept its number as a state highway. The north and south ends were also realigned in 1932. In the south, the original New England Route 32 ran along present day Route 12 from Groton to Norwich. The modern alignment from New London to Norwich used to be part of New England Route 12. (Route 12 and Route 32 have basically swapped places south of Norwich). In the north, the original New England Route 32 used present day Route 19 from Stafford to the Massachusetts state line. The modern alignment in Stafford was known as State Highway 334 in the 1920s before being reassigned to Route 32.

Junction list

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
New London New London0.000.00SSR 437/Crystal Ave
0.14–
0.94
0.23–
1.51
I-95 / US 1 – Groton, Providence, New HavenTo I-95 exit 84
Waterford4.046.50 I-395 north / Conn. Turnpike north – Norwich(via SR 693)
Montville5.588.98 Route 163 north – Oakdale
8.9314.37 Route 2A – Norwich, PoquetanuckCT 2A Exit 5
Norwich12.1519.55 Route 82 west – Montville
12.3319.84 Route 2 east – HallvilleEastern terminus of CT 2 overlap
13.7022.05 Route 169 north – Taftville
14.8523.90 I-395 / Conn. Turnpike – East Lyme, PlainfieldI-395/Conn. Tpk. exits 13 A-B
16.2126.09 Route 2 west – ColchesterWestern terminus of CT 2 overlap
Franklin17.0527.44 Route 87 north – Lebanon
22.1635.66 Route 207 – Baltic, Lebanon
Windham Windham25.4640.97 Route 203 north – Windham
28.5045.87 South St. (SR 661)
29.0046.67 Route 289 south – Lebanon
29.2347.04 Parkiconsimple.gif Air Line State Park TrailLebanon, Colchester
29.2747.11 Route 66 west – ColumbiaWestern terminus of CT 66 overlap
30.0248.31 Route 66 east – North WindhamEastern terminus of CT 66 overlap
30.8949.71 US 6 – Columbia, North Windham
Tolland Mansfield32.2951.97 Route 31 north – Coventry
35.6257.32 Route 275 – Coventry, Storrs
37.5060.35 US 44 – Ashford, Bolton
39.7964.04 Route 195 – Tolland, Storrs
Willington43.1669.46 Route 74 – Tolland, Willington
44.6471.84 I-84 – Tolland, UnionI-84 exit 70
Stafford48.8578.62 Route 190 east – UnionEastern terminus of CT 190 overlap
49.0878.99 Route 140 west – Ellington
49.8880.27 Route 190 west – SomersWestern terminus of CT 190 overlap
50.7881.72 Route 319 – Stafford, West Stafford
54.8888.32 Route 32 north – Monson, Palmer Massachusetts state line.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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