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Merritt Parkway

Milford Parkway

Wilbur Cross Parkway


"Can I drive my truck on the parkway?"

This is one of the most frequently asked questions at The guide below should help you determine if you can use your pickup, van, or other truck on Connecticut's parkways.

The following vehicles are prohibited from using Connecticut parkways:

  • Commercial motor vehicles
  • Trailers
  • All towed vehicles (except as provided in Section 14-298-240)
  • Buses (however, school vans are permitted)
  • Hearses when part of a procession or cortege
  • Vehicles bearing other than passenger, camper, taxicab, vanpool or hearse registrations and those vehicles bearing combination registrations which have a gross weight in excess of 7,500 pounds
  • Vehicles whose dimensions (fully loaded) exceed 24 feet in length; 70 feet, 6 inches in width; and 8 feet in height

Vehicles with combination plates are permitted on Connecticut parkways, provided they meet weight, height, and other restrictions. They are not permitted to travel onto New York State parkways.

Permits for entry upon and use of the parkways by vehicles normally excluded may be issued by the commission when, in its opinion, the interests of public necessity are served. Such permits shall be in writing and shall specify the period of validity of such permit, the parkway or portion thereof and the identity of the vehicle concerned. A copy of the permit shall be carried in the vehicle at all times.

Permits may be requested by writing to the following address (electronic communications including e-mail are not accepted):

Executive Director
Office of the State Traffic Administration
2800 Berlin Turnpike
PO Drawer 317546
Newington, CT 06131-7546

For a more complete list of parkway travel restrictions, please refer to the Connecticut General Assembly website.

Route shields by Ralph Herman and Barry L. Camp. Photos by Steve Anderson, Doug Kerr, and David Golub.