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Encyclopedia > Merritt Parkway
Merritt Parkway in autumn.
Merritt Parkway in autumn.

The Merritt Parkway is a limited-access highway in Fairfield County, Connecticut, designated as a National Scenic Byway. Signed as Route 15, it runs from the New York state line in Greenwich, where it serves as the continuation of the Hutchinson River Parkway, to the Housatonic River in Stratford, where the Wilbur Cross Parkway begins. However, it is the nearly universal habit of local residents when giving directions to describe the entire length of Route 15 as the "Merritt," which often confuses visitors and new residents since most printed maps label the segments of Route 15 by their official names. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2440x1594, 2201 KB) Summary Fall colors on the Merritt Parkway. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2440x1594, 2201 KB) Summary Fall colors on the Merritt Parkway. ... Fairfield County is located in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Connecticut. ... A National Scenic Byway is a road recognized by the United States Department of Transportation for its archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and/or scenic qualities. ... Route 15 (CT-15) is a highway in Connecticut that runs 83. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ... Greenwich is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. ... The Hutchinson River Parkway, colloquially called The Hutch by many Westchester and Bronx residents, is a parkway that runs through Westchester County, New York and the Bronx in New York City. ... The Housatonic River is a river, approximately 144 mi (230 km) long, in western Massachusetts and central Connecticut in the United States. ... Stratford is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, located on Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Housatonic River. ... The Wilbur Cross Parkway is a limited access highway in Connecticut, comprising the portion of Route 15 between Milford and Meriden. ...


The Merritt Parkway is one of the oldest parkways in the United States and is acknowledged for the beauty of the forest that it passes through, as well as the architectural design of its overpasses. At the time of its construction, each bridge was decorated in a unique fashion so no two bridges on the parkway looked alike. Some of these bridges were constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). National Parkway is a designation for a protected area in the United States. ... WPA Graphic The Works Progress Administration (later Works Projects Administration, abbreviated WPA), was created in May 1935 by Presidential order (Congress funded it annually but did not set it up). ...

A bridge on the parkway.
A bridge on the parkway.

Recent reconstruction on several of the parkway's bridges did not maintain this tradition, and as a result the highway is now spanned by several ordinary modern bridges constructed using undecorated concrete on steel I-beams. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2940x1977, 4440 KB) Summary A bridge on w:Merritt Parkway. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2940x1977, 4440 KB) Summary A bridge on w:Merritt Parkway. ... Pouring a concrete floor for a commercial building, (slab-on-grade) Installing rebar in a floor slab during a concrete pour For other uses, see Concrete (disambiguation). ... The old steel cable of a colliery winding tower Steel is a metal alloy whose major component is iron, with carbon being the primary alloying material. ... A statically determinate beam, bending under an evenly distributed load. ...


The parkway has two lanes in each direction. Due to its age, it was originally constructed without the merge-lanes, long on-ramps, and long off-ramps that are found on modern limited-access highways. Some entrances have perilously short and/or sharp ramps; some entrances even have stop signs, with no merge lane whatsoever; this leads to some very exciting entrances onto the highway. Most have since been modernized, with the interchange of Rt. 111 in Trumbull featuring Connecticut's first single point urban interchange (SPUI). The speed limit on the parkway ranges from 45 to 55 mph (70 to 90 km/h). Trumbull is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Area  Ranked 48th  - Total 5,549 sq. ... Schematic of a freeway-under SPUI in a country where traffic drives on the right. ...


The highway was named after U.S. Congressman Schuyler Merritt. The section from Greenwich to Norwalk opened on June 29, 1938 and the section from Norwalk to the Housatonic River opened in 1940. Schuyler Merritt (December 16, 1853 - [[April 1, 1953]], 1953) was a United States Representative from Connecticut. ... Motto: The Right Place, The Right Time Location Location in Fairfield County, Connecticut Coordinates , Government Counties Fairfield County Mayor Geographical characteristics Area     City 36. ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ...

Tollbooth 1955
Tollbooth 1955

Tolls were collected on the parkway at one toll plaza in Greenwich from June 21, 1939 until June 27, 1988. However, two additional tolls were also located on the Wilbur Cross Parkway, in Milford and Wallingford. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (638x662, 53 KB) Summary Description: Merritt Parkway Tollbooth, 1955 Source: Library of Congress Historic American Engineering Record http://memory. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (638x662, 53 KB) Summary Description: Merritt Parkway Tollbooth, 1955 Source: Library of Congress Historic American Engineering Record http://memory. ... Greenwich (pronounced grenn-itch , or by the locals) is a town, now part of the south eastern urban sprawl of London, on the south bank of the River Thames in the London Borough of Greenwich. ... June 21 is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 193 days remaining. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... June 27 is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 187 days remaining. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Wilbur Cross Parkway is a limited access highway in Connecticut, comprising the portion of Route 15 between Milford and Meriden. ... Milford town hall. ... Wallingford is a town located in New Haven County, Connecticut. ...


In April 2001, an almost-complete reissuance of the parkway's signs was carried out, creating a uniform white-on-green and triangular border. 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...

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Miscellany

Tree canopy over the Merritt, and grassy median
Tree canopy over the Merritt, and grassy median
  • When the parkway was first opened, families flocked to it to picnic in the grassy area in between the eastbound and westbound lanes.
  • Vestiges of old picnic areas can still be seen along the highway.
  • The highway still contains several service areas (gas station and convenience store).
  • One of Denise Levertov's poems is about the parkway.
  • Vehicles over 2.5 meters (8 feet) in height, weighing more than 3,650 kg (8,000 lb), or containing more than four wheels are not allowed on the parkway.[1].
  • Bruce Radde's book "The Merritt Parkway"(ISBN 0300068778) was published in 1993 by Yale University Press. It details the construction of the parkway and includes many pictures dating from the road's early days.

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2928x1978, 5219 KB) Summary http://www. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2928x1978, 5219 KB) Summary http://www. ... Friends and family gather for a picnic in a public park in Columbus, Ohio, c. ... Denise Levertov (October 24, 1923 - December 20, 1997) was a British born American poet. ... Yale University Press is a book publisher founded in 1908. ...

Exit list

Number Mile Town Route and Destination Notes
Merritt Parkway ends at New York state line - Road continues as the Hutchinson River Parkway
27N 0.0 Greenwich New York State Route 120A (north)
King Street
Armonk
unsigned northbound
Greenwich service station Connecticut Information Center
28 3.5 Greenwich Round Hill Road
29 4.7 Greenwich Lake Avenue
31 5.6 Greenwich North Street To Greenwich business district
33 8.9 Stamford Den Road
34 9.5 Stamford Route 104
Long Ridge Road
To downtown Stamford
35 10.7 Stamford Route 137
High Ridge Road
36 13.2 New Canaan Route 106
Old Stamford Road
37 14.1 New Canaan Route 124
New Canaan
Darien
New Canaan service station
38 15.9 Norwalk Route 123
New Canaan Avenue
39 17.3 Norwalk U.S. Route 7
Norwalk
Danbury
northbound exit only
split into 39A and 39B
40 17.6 Norwalk Main Street
To US 7
split into 40A and 40B
41 20.6 Westport Route 33
Westport
Wilton
42 21.6 Westport Route 57
Westport
Weston
44 27.0 Fairfield Route 58
Fairfield
Redding
To Fairfield business district
Fairfield service station
46 28.5 Fairfield Route 59
Fairfield
Easton
47 29.2 Trumbull Park Avenue
48 30.6 Trumbull Route 111
Main Street
49 32.2 Trumbull Route 25
Bridgeport
Danbury
split into 49N and 49S
Exit 49S is northbound only
50 32.8 Trumbull Route 127
Trumbull
southbound exit only
51 33.7 Trumbull Route 108
Nichols Avenue
northbound exit only
52 34.1 Trumbull Route 8
Bridgeport
Waterbury
also signed southbound as Route 108
53 36.9 Stratford Route 110
Stratford
Shelton
Merritt Parkway ends at Sikorsky Memorial Bridge - Road continues as the Wilbur Cross Parkway

The Hutchinson River Parkway, colloquially called The Hutch by many Westchester and Bronx residents, is a parkway that runs through Westchester County, New York and the Bronx in New York City. ... Greenwich is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. ... Junction Location NY-120 Harrison (ST) HRP / CT-15 Rye Brook / Greenwich, CT NY-120 North Castle (NT) Legend New York State Routes Current - Deleted New York State Route 120A (NY-120A) is a state highway in southern Westchester County, New York. ... Armonk is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the town of North Castle in Westchester County, New York. ... Nickname: The City that Works Location Location in Connecticut Coordinates , Government Counties Fairfield County Mayor Dannel Malloy (Dem) Geographical characteristics Area     City 52. ... New Canaan is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States, 8 miles (13 km) northeast of Stamford, on the Five Mile River. ... Darien is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. ... Motto: The Right Place, The Right Time Location Location in Fairfield County, Connecticut Coordinates , Government Counties Fairfield County Mayor Geographical characteristics Area     City 36. ... Original-style Vermont US 7 shield with embossed features United States Highway 7 is a north-south United States highway that runs for 309 miles (497 km) from northern Vermont to Norwalk, Connecticut. ... Nickname: The Hat City Location Location in Fairfield County, Connecticut Coordinates , Government Counties Fairfield County Mayor Mark Boughton (R) Geographical characteristics Area     City 44. ... The Seal of the Town of Wesport, Connecticut Westport is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. ... Route 33 is a 14. ... Wilton is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, in the United States. ... Route Route 57 is a secondary state highway serving as the Main Street of and connecting the towns of Westport and Weston. ... Weston is a town located in Fairfield County, Connecticut. ... Fairfield is a town located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States, about five miles southwest of Bridgeport on the Gold Coast of Connecticut. ... Route 58 is a state highway connecting the towns of Fairfield and Bethel. ... Redding is a town located in Fairfield County, Connecticut. ... Easton is a town located in Fairfield County, Connecticut. ... Trumbull is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. ... Route 25 is a 28. ... Nickname: The Park City Official website: www. ... Nickname: The Hat City Location Location in Fairfield County, Connecticut Coordinates , Government Counties Fairfield County Mayor Mark Boughton (R) Geographical characteristics Area     City 44. ... Route 8 is a 67. ... Waterbury is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, 33 miles (53 km) southwest of Hartford on the Naugatuck River. ... Stratford is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, located on Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Housatonic River. ... Shelton is a city located in Fairfield County, Connecticut. ... The Wilbur Cross Parkway is a limited access highway in Connecticut, comprising the portion of Route 15 between Milford and Meriden. ...

References

  • "The Merritt Parkway", ISBN 0300068778
  • "Traveling the Merritt Parkway", ISBN 0752409468

External links

  • Photos of the parkway at byways.org
  • Connecticut Dept of Transportation rules about what vehicles are allowed on the parkway

  Results from FactBites:
 
The Merritt Parkway (3039 words)
The Merritt Parkway, a 37-mile stretch of Route 15 in Fairfield County, is known as the Queen of Parkways with good reason: it's the most scenic highway in Connecticut, and recognized as one of the most scenic of its kind in the nation.
In November 1938, the Parkway was extended to Route 57; and in November 1939, to Huntington Turnpike (near Route 108).
The Parkway was built in the northern half of a 300-foot right of way, whose primary purpose was to control access to the road; not until 1939 did the state have the legal right to restrict access to a highway, so it created a buffer zone of purchased land.
Merritt Parkway - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (587 words)
The Merritt Parkway is a limited-access highway in Fairfield County, Connecticut, designated as a National Scenic Byway.
The Merritt Parkway is one of the oldest parkways in the United States and is acknowledged for the beauty of the forest that it passes through, as well as the architectural design of its overpasses.
When the parkway was first opened, families flocked to it to picnic in the grassy area in between the eastbound and westbound lanes.
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