Vermont Route 7A Article

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Vermont Route 7A marker

Vermont Route 7A
Korean Veterans Memorial Highway [1]
Map of Bennington County in southwestern Vermont with VT 7A highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by VTrans
Length27.820 mi [2] (44.772 km)
Major junctions
South end US 7 in Bennington
North end US 7 in Dorset
Location
Counties Bennington
Highway system
State highways in Vermont
US 7 VT 8

Vermont Route 7A (VT 7A) is a north–south state highway in Bennington County, Vermont, in the United States. It is an alternate route of U.S. Route 7 (US 7) between Bennington and Dorset. The route is signed as "Historic VT 7A" to distinguish it, the original routing of US 7, from the modern US 7 limited-access highway.

Route description

View north along VT 7A in Manchester Center

VT 7A begins at the southern end of the US 7 limited-access highway in Bennington. It heads northwest on Northside Drive for roughly six blocks, then turns north to follow the Ethan Allen Highway at the southern terminus of VT 67A. Upon passing under VT 279, VT 7A begins to parallel US 7. The two routes eventually reconnect by way of the Bennington North State Highway before US 7 veers off to the northeast. VT 7A, meanwhile, continues north into Shaftsbury.

Just inside Shaftsbury, VT 7A passes by the Robert Frost Stone House Museum. The route continues north to the village of South Shaftsbury, where it meets VT 67. North of the village, VT 7A curves slightly to the northeast as it enters Arlington. Here, the route travels past the Norman Rockwell Gallery and Exhibition and overlaps with VT 313. Outside of the village of Arlington, VT 7A takes on a more pronounced northeasterly routing into Manchester. The route passes near Hildene and serves the historic site by way of Hildene Road, then continues on to Manchester Center. Here, VT 7A intersects VT 11 and briefly overlaps VT 30 before exiting the village and entering the town of Dorset, where the route ends at another junction with US 7. Some drivers prefer 7A over the nearby 4 lane US 7 freeway during the winter because it is significantly lower in elevation (up to 500 feet lower than the freeway at points), so driving conditions are generally better during storms.

History

The route is called "Historic" in order to avert confusion with the two to four-lane limited-access highway routing of US 7, known locally as the "Super 7". Before the limited-access highway opened, VT 7A was the original routing of US 7. [3]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Bennington County. [2]

Location [2]mi [2]kmDestinationsNotes
Bennington0.0000.000 US 7
0.7681.236 VT 67A west – North BenningtonSouthern terminus of VT 67A
2.3563.792Bennington North State Highway (VT 9025)To US 7 – Manchester, Rutland, Bennington
Shaftsbury4.2196.790 VT 67 west – North Bennington, N. Hoosick NYEastern terminus of VT 67
Arlington12.40519.964 VT 313 east to US 7 – BenningtonSouthern end of concurrency with VT 313
13.83022.257 VT 313 west – New YorkNorthern end of concurrency with VT 313
Manchester22.99937.013 VT 11 east / VT 30 south to US 7Western terminus of VT 11; southern end of concurrency with VT 30
23.03737.074 VT 30 north (Bonnet Street) – Dorset, PoultneyNorthern end of concurrency with VT 30
Dorset27.82044.772 US 7 – East Dorset, Rutland, Arlington, Bennington
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

  1. ^ "Vermont Named State Highways and Bridges" Archived March 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. Vermont Department of Libraries. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Traffic Research Unit (May 2013). "2012 (Route Log) AADTs for State Highways" (PDF). Policy, Planning and Intermodal Development Division, Vermont Agency of Transportation. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "Why is Route 7A Historic?" Archived August 21, 2006, at the Wayback Machine., ThisisVermont.com; accessed August 23, 2006.

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