CT 75
  • Length 17.5 miles; 13.52 miles in Connecticut.
  • From Route 159 and Route 305 in Windsor
  • To MA 147 in Agawam, Mass.
I-91/CT 75 interchangeUpgraded interchange at I-91 includes a direct connector over Route 75 to Day Hill Road.

Most of the attention Route 75 gets is along its four-lane commercialized strip adjacent to Bradley International Airport. Drive further north, however, and hotels give way to fields and barns.

During World War II, the segment of Route 75 next to Bradley Field (for military use at the time) was closed to thru traffic for about 3 years.

A 4.3-mile segment of Route 75 in Suffield is a state scenic road. This designation extends from the Stony Bridge Brook to the Massachusetts state line.

CT 75 History

The original highway through Windsor, Poquonock and Suffield was created in the mid 1920s. State Highway 110 ran along parts of today's routes 159 and 75. Starting in Hartford, it followed Main Street north to Windsor Center; Poquonock Avenue into Windsor Locks and Suffield; and then Mapleton Avenue, northeast and then north across the state line.

When state roads were renumbered in 1932, SH 110 was split up among US 5A (today's Route 159), and Route 75, which included today's route from Windsor to Suffield, and the Mapleton Avenue route back to US 5A. Route 75 began and ended at US 5A, for a length of 13.35 miles. The portion later to become part of Route 75 – North Street in Suffield – was designated SR 901.

As Route 75 was an alternate to US 5A, the Florida-style designation "A5A" would have been strange but appopriate.

Extended into Massachusetts

In July 1950, Route 75 was relocated from Mapleton Avenue to North Street, and extended into Massachusetts. SR 901 was replaced; the Mapleton Avenue segment became SR 902. In 1951, SR 902 was turned over to the town.

New bridge at Poquonock eliminates a sharp turn

In Poquonock (part of Windsor), Route 75 crosses the Farmington River at an oblique angle to provide for a straight roadway. The earlier crossing, a girder bridge, crossed the river at a perpendicular angle slightly east, making the roadway curved on each side. The new bridge was completed in 1953, and the old one was demolished. Part of Tunxis Street is old Route 75 here, and remained in the state highway system as SR 448 until 1962.

Impacts from Bradley International Airport

Originally called Bradley Field, the Windsor Locks airport opened for military use in 1941. In June 1942, Route 75 was closed to thru traffic, from Halfway House Road to the Suffield town line, for the duration of World War II. In 1947, the airfield began serving civilian flights as Bradley International Airport.

Around 1961, the state proposed widening 2.24 miles Route 75 to four lanes, from the new Route 20 freeway to the Suffield town line. This area is a mix of industrial and airport-related businesses, and has substantial traffic. This widening was completed around 1982.

Scenic Road

In January 2001, a segment from Austin Street in Suffield to the Massachusetts border was submitted to the Connecticut Scenic Road Advisory Committee. In March 2001, the committee determined that Route 75 near Austin Street did not meet the criteria, but approved the segment north of Stony Bridge Brook.

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The reconstructed intersection with Route 159 and Route 305 in Windsor won an Award of Merit from the FHWA in 1990: "... [early involvement with local businesses], underground utilities, landscaping, and selective placement of street and pedestrian lighting complement the [Windsor village] green and retain the historical character of the community."

In 1970, a candidate for state representative pledged to advocate for a rotary at that intersection. At that time, this most likely would have been a Massachusetts-style rotary instead of a more modern roundabout. This was never built.

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