More Details Emerge for I-395 Exit Re-Numbering

Exit 79A is expected to become Exit 9 under the new exit re-numbering system.
Exit 79A is expected to become Exit 9 under the new exit re-numbering system.
Additional details have emerged regarding a plan to renumber exits on I-395 to match mile markers. The plan comes as the result of a $9 million sign replacement project that would install new signs, delineators, and mile markers along the interstate which runs through Eastern Connecticut. Connecticut Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Nursick said that “mileage based exit numbering is done such that the exit numbers match the mile marker which is the closest in proximity to the cross route” and that interchanges on both sides of the highway will have the same exit number.
The highway will no longer have exit numbers with north, south, east, or west designations (N, S, E, W) and will instead have designations of A, B, C, etc, Nursick explained.
These designations apply to more than one exit within the same mile, like exits 81 E/W and 84 N/S on I-395.
Specifically, the renumbering is expected to match the Pennsylvania numbering system which designates A for east and south interchanges and B for west and north interchanges.
With the new information, it can be projected what the new exit renumbering will look like versus the current numbering.
It’s interesting to note that the consecutive exit numbering system on I-395 dates back to when it was part of the Connecticut Turnpike, which originally was I-95 exit 2 to exit 76 and I-395 exit 77 to exit 90, including the Route 695 expressway which connects I-395 directly to Route 6 at the Connecticut/Rhode Island border.
The renumbering would take the state’s highest exit number away from Thompson, exit 100, in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner right before the Masachusetts state border.  
Construction will begin in April 2014 and be completed by October 2015.
The I-395 Projected New Exit Numbers
East Lyme:
I-395 North Begins at Exit 76 off I-95 North
Old Exit 77 - Route 85 - New Exit 2
Old Exit 78 (southbound) - Montville Connector to Route 32 - New Exit 5
Old Exit 79 - Route 163 - New Exit 6
Old Exit 79A - Route 2A - New Exit 9
Old Exit 80 - Route 82 - New Exit 11
Old Exit 81 (southbound) - Route 2 East, Route 32 South - New Exit 13*
Old Exits 81 E/W (northbound) - Route 2 East/Route 32 South & Route 2 West/Route 32 North - New Exits 13 A/B*
  • Expected to become exit 13 even though it is somewhat closer to mile marker 14. Wikipedia says “Suffixes are required when the same mile of highway contains multiple exists...suffixed exits in a distance-based system can be approximated by using the number without a suffix.” 
Old Exit 82 - West Town Street - New Exit 14
Old Exit 83 - Route 97 - New Exit 18
Old Exit 83A (northbound) - Route 169 - New Exit 19
Old Exit 84 (northbound) - Route 12 - New Exit 21
Old Exits 84 N/S (southbound) - Route 12 North & Route 12 South - New Exits 21 B/A
Old Exit 85 - Routes 138/164 - New Exit 22
Old Exit 86 - Route 201 - New Exit 24
Old Exit 87 - Lathrop Road - New Exit 28
Old Exit 88 - Route 14A -  New Exit 30
Old Exit 89 - Route 14 - New Exit 32
Old Exit 90 (northbound) - “To Route 6 East” - New Exit 36
Old Exit 91 (northbound) - Route 6 West - New Exit 38
Old Exits 91 W/E (southbound) - Route 6 West & Route 6 East - New Exits 38 B/A
Old Exit 92 - Westcott Rd. - New Exit 39
Old Exit 93 - Route 101 - New Exit 41
Old Exit 94 - Lake Rd. - New Exit 43
Old Exit 95 - Kennedy Dr. - New Exit 45
Old Exit 96 - Heritage Rd. - New Exit 46
Old Exit 97 - Route 44 - New Exit 47
Old Exit 98 (northbound) - Route 12 - New Exit 49
Old Exit 99 - Route 200 -  New Exit 50
Old Exit 100 - Wilsonville Rd. - New Exit 53
Massachusetts State Line

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Paige Smith May 24, 2013 at 08:54 AM
Thursday, a bridge collapsed on I-5 in Washington state, 55 miles north of Seattle. Does the state of Connecticut need this to happen here (again) to realize $9 million would be better spent on infrastructure (for example, roads and bridges) than renumbering exit signs on I-395?
56Whaler May 24, 2013 at 11:56 AM
This project is absolutely wasteful! Ms. Smith's comment regarding a better use of the $9M is sensible. But, in these times of economic stress, why spend the $9M at all...unless there are critical highway safety issues that have already been identified and are not adequately funded. Frivolous Government spending at all level on such projects as this has reached epidemic levels.
Daniella Ruiz May 24, 2013 at 12:15 PM
the 'projections' will be confusion for the various folks who stream thru these interchanges, looking for old familiar signs, but finding anything but. Maybe the state needs to farm out another few million $$ for a media blitz, tv, cable, internet, radio, thousands of paper flyers and ads on the backs of busses, sides of taxi's and other to 'educate' the drivers as they text and blab their way along this road. oh heck, it's only MONEY! right? (oh heck again, i just gave them another idea how to spend the taxpayer's 'donations', silly old me!) The real safety issue here is 'JOB SECURITY" for all those state workers hanging about, looking like they are doing NOTHING to earn their MAGNIFICENT pensions. just keep them busy, since our money is no object! and dare we even attempt to object to these cosmetic coverups, the tax and spend politico's will punish us again by dreaming up another tax on something, anything, (you know, so we all feel like we're part of the 'big picture')
Daniella Ruiz May 24, 2013 at 12:25 PM
A=east/south? B=west/north? D=(the hiway to 'hail') ? etc=(the other hiway to 'hail")? E= (the hiway that nobody know's about?) ABCD=NSEW or is it ABCetc=NSEW? (how did that E get in there?) dammit, i'm already confused! I'm going to avoid Pennsylvania's from now on, they seem somewhat 'off' when it comes to common sense.
JCK7997 September 30, 2013 at 09:36 PM
This is right up there with the Hartford "bus way" or the wasteful idea of putting tolls on Rte. 11!!! Anyone who actually travels it know its just as easy to go around to rte. 2. Why don't we get a say in any of these decisions....put it to a vote..I rather spend a smaller amount of money to let the citizen have a say on how to spend their hard earned money, not the fat cats that already have too much and are used to spending it frivolously!!
Pete Laframboise October 01, 2013 at 04:20 AM
whyy. such a stupid thing to do. fix the roads and bridges. Not rename signs and piss off motorists
Marty Renkert October 01, 2013 at 09:55 AM
Waste of time and money..What about all of the media and advertising businesses do pertaining to directions to their businesses.. What a waste of 9 mil....Sure they could do something that would actually make a difference with it..
Kathy Scovish October 01, 2013 at 10:39 AM
STUPID STUPID STUPID, not to mention confusing and a HUGE waste of money. Use the money to FIX the roads not rename the exits.
Chris Dagger October 01, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Here's a better idea... since the mile markers already exist, there is no need for signs - let's get rid of all the existing signs completely and melt them down to make a huge statue of Governor Malloy and stick it in Hartford somewhere for the pigeons to crap on.


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