Dozens of highways in Connecticut have been relocated: to smooth out a curve, to find a better path around a lake or over a river, or even to become a freeway. In most cases, the older alignment, still used by homes or businesses, eventually becomes a town-maintained road. In some cases, however, the old alignment is abandoned and closed off to traffic.
Traces of these "ghost roads" still remain, even as pavement, and some are accessible to hikers and cyclists. It can be fun to walk along a concrete path in the woods and realize that, decades ago, this was a signed, numbered highway.
On this page, I list former alignments that are no longer open to traffic. For a road to belong here, it must:
- be no longer open to traffic
- have once been a signed route
- take you far enough to be out of sight of the new alignment
Some of these ghost roads pass through private property and are not legally accessible. You seem like a nice person, dear reader, and I don't want you to get arrested or shot. So please inquire locally about whether you can hike in these areas.
And: yeah, this page would really benefit from some pictures. But I won't be traveling to the area for awhile. I've provided links to aerial and street view images where they exist.