2017 Construction

Pre-construction Photos

Purpose of the Merritt Parkway
The primary purpose of the Merritt Parkway was to relieve traffic congestion in southwestern Connecticut, especially on U.S. Route 1, the Boston Post Road, which had become intolerably congested with motor vehicles following their post World War I proliferation. One of the oldest roads in the country, the Post Road was one of the most important traffic arteries between Boston and New York; it was also the most heavily traveled highway in Connecticut, carrying both commercial and passenger traffic.   READ MORE