• Length 19.1 miles; 9.46 miles in Connecticut
  • From US 44 in Pomfret
  • To US 6 in North Scituate, Rhode Island

Route 101 is one of the primary east-west routes toward Providence, and used to be one of the longest highways in Connecticut.

CT 101 History

In a way, Route 101 survived the Great Renumbering of 1932, where few others did.

In the 1920s, State Highway 101 had the following route in Connecticut:

At the time, present-day Route 101 between Route 169 and Route 12 was called SH 137; between Route 12 and Rhode Island, SH 139.

On Jan. 1, 1932, the "Great Renumbering" took place, and Route 101 was extended nearly all the way across Connecticut, totaling more than 90 miles. Its new route was:

At this time, present-day Route 101 was called state route 202.

In 1935, US 44 and US 202 were commissioned. US 44 took over all of existing Route 101 in the state. Nearby state route 202, its number displaced by US 202, became the new Route 101.

Route 101 might have been intended for a highway in New Fairfield; a 1934 report to the highway commissioner mentions an investigation of Route 101 in that town. However, the 101 numbering was never removed from its Eastern Connecticut roots.

CT 101 Sources