In its 1962 report Regional Highways: Status Report, the Tri-State Transportation Commission recommended a 44-mile-long, four-lane CT 32 Expressway from I-95 (EXIT 84) in New London north to I-84 (EXIT 70) in Willington. The expressway was scheduled for completion after 1975.
The CT 32 Expressway would have consisted of the following sections:
From I-95 in New London north to the I-395 connector in Quaker Hill, the existing four-lane divided CT 32 arterial would have been upgraded to an expressway. The I-395 connector was to have been part of the new expressway.
For approximately nine miles along I-395 (Connecticut Turnpike), from EXIT 78 (existing CT 32) in Quaker Hill north to EXIT 81 (CT 2 Expressway) in Norwich, CT 32 was to have been dually signed with I-395.
For approximately two miles along the CT 2 Expressway, from EXIT 28 (I-395 / Connecticut Turnpike) north to EXIT 25 (existing CT 32) in Yantic, CT 32 was to have been dually signed with CT 2.
From the CT 2 Expressway in Yantic north to I-84 in Willington, the CT 32 Expressway was to have been constructed along a new right-of-way. It was to have connected with the US 6 Expressway at Willimantic.
The Interregional Planning Commission also recommended construction of the CT 32 Expressway. Although the commission stated that the highway was not needed immediately, it suggested that the state highway department add the route to its long-range plans. However, in its 1967 and 1968 plans, the state adopted only the five-mile section of the CT 32 Expressway between New London and Quaker Hill as a "future needs" proposal for completion after 1975. By the 1970's, the CT 32 Expressway proposal had been abandoned.