CT 42

Route 42 is mainly a two-lane country road, passing by towering Mount Sanford (880 feet). It's a four-lane divided highway for a stretch in Beacon Falls (an inherited portion of former Route 8).

CT 42 History

Route 42 was commissioned in 1963, assembled from SR 502, SR 505 and SR 738 in Beacon Falls and Bethany. Its original extent was from Route 8 in Beacon Falls to Route 10 in Cheshire.

SR 502 was Burton Road in Beacon Falls (no longer a state road) and Beacon Road in Bethany (now part of Route 42), designated in 1962. SR 505 was Cheshire Road in Bethany, added in 1962. SR 738 was Mountain Road in Cheshire, added on Aug. 1, 1962. All these roads, except for Burton Road, became Route 42 in 1963.

The Pines Bridge Road section west of Route 8 in Beacon Falls was added in 1962 as SR 503, then renumbered to SR 703 in 1964, to fit the geographical numbering system. In 1967, Route 42 was extended over SR 703 to Route 67 in Oxford.

A 1968 DOT notation refers to "assigned to relocated highway" in Beacon Falls, but I don't know precisely where that is. A bid was awarded in 1965 to lay 1300 feet of concrete for Route 42 in the same town.

Route 42 freeway: long-range proposal

In the 1960s, the South Central Connecticut Planning Region proposed a freeway in the Route 42 corridor, from Route 8 in Beacon Falls to the Wharton Brook Connector (SR 702) at I-91 exit 13, and beyond to a proposed Route 17 freeway. This seemed to fall squarely under "future needs" and apparently was not pursued with great vigor.

Addressing the mountain route

In January 1999, a bill was introduced in the General Assembly to prohibit trucks on Route 42 between Cheshire and Bethany (presumably routes 10 and 69). The road is quite narrow and sinuous through the region.

In 1999, a 90-degree curve at Back Rimmon Road in Beacon Falls (west of Route 8) was eliminated as Route 42 was realigned in the area: it now goes straight past the T-intersection and gradually curves to the north. A hump in Route 42 was also flattened to make the road safer.

CT 42 Quotes

"If someone wishes to travel faster than me and I am travelling on Connecticut Route 42 between Cheshire and Prospect then they can bloody well take it out in wishing... If they want to pass me on the left, then that is their privilege to do so, but they stand a good chance of getting killed in the process. Visibility is usually no more than 100 feet."

Charles W. Dimmick, post to alt.folklore.urban, 10-14-1999

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