In 1935, the Merritt Highway Commission, the authority assigned for the design and construction of the Merritt Parkway, proposed a north-south spur through Stratford from the Merritt Parkway to US 1 (Boston Post Road). The original alignment, which was proposed along CT 108 (Nichols Avenue), was designed in conjunction with the Merritt Parkway to relieve automobile traffic along the US 1 corridor.

Soon after plans for the Wilbur Cross Parkway were announced in 1939, the Merritt Parkway spur was later moved east across the Housatonic River to Milford. The proposed north-south, 2.9-mile-long Milford Parkway was designed to connect US 1 (and later I-95) with the Merritt and Wilbur Cross parkways, providing express service to coastal communities.

The Milford Parkway, which carries the unposted designation CT 796, opened to traffic in 1942. Trumpet interchanges are found at the northern (CT 15) and southern (US 1) termini. A partial interchange with the Connecticut Turnpike allows full access to I-95, but offers I-95 access only to the northbound Milford Parkway.

According to the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT), the Milford Parkway carries approximately 45,000 vehicles per day (AADT).

SOURCES: "Merritt Road Ready," The New York Times (9/01/1940); The Merritt Parkway by Bruce Radde, Yale University Press (1993); Jay Hogan; Scott Oglesby; Alexander Svirsky.

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