Route 136 marker
Route 136
Map of Fairfield County in southwestern Connecticut with Route 136 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CTDOT
Length20.46 mi[1] (32.93 km)
Existed1932–present
Major junctions
West end US 1 in Darien
Major intersections I-95 / Route 33 in Westport
East end Route 59 in Easton
Location
CountryUnited States
StateConnecticut
CountiesFairfield
Highway system
  • Connecticut State Highway System
Route 135 Route 137

Route 136 is a state highway in southwestern Connecticut, running from Darien to Easton. The route was initially established in 1932 to serve the beach communities between Darien and Southport. Its eastern end was relocated in 1963 to head northeast from Westport to Easton instead.

Route description

The Stanley Stroffolino Memorial Bridge is a bascule bridge that takes Route 136 over the Norwalk River.  This view is facing southeast taken from a lot adjacent to Water Street in South Norwalk.
The Stanley Stroffolino Memorial Bridge is a bascule bridge that takes Route 136 over the Norwalk River. This view is facing southeast taken from a lot adjacent to Water Street in South Norwalk.

Route 136 begins at an intersection with US 1 in Darien and heads east, intersecting I-95 before crossing into Norwalk. In Norwalk, it continues south, east, and northeast through the Rowayton section of the city before a 1.11 miles (2 km) section maintained by the city between the intersection of Wilson and Meadow Streets and the intersection of Water and Washington Street, after which it continues east across the Norwalk River, through a triangular one-way couplet and into Westport. In Westport, Route 136 turns northeast along the Saugatuck River, intersecting I-95 again before crossing the Saugatuck (via the Saugatuck River Bridge), briefly overlapping Route 57, passing beneath Route 15 without a junction, and continuing northeast across the northwest corner of Fairfield into Easton. In Easton, it continues northeast before ending at an intersection with Route 59.[1]

History

Modern Route 136 in Westport and Easton was the southern portion of an early 19th-century public turnpike known as the Branch Turnpike, which was incorporated in 1831.[2] The road ran from Wesport center, through Easton center and the Upper Stepney section of Monroe, to the Housatonic River at Bennett's Bridge in Newtown, and collected tolls until 1851. Between Easton center and Upper Stepney, the old turnpike is now part of Route 59.

In the early 1920s, Connecticut assigned numbers to its state roads. A coastal road in the Gold Coast region of the state running parallel to U.S. Route 1, from Darien to Southport, was designated as State Highway 335. The former Branch Turnpike, however, remained unnumbered. Route 136 was formed as part of the 1932 state highway renumbering as a renumbering of old Highway 335. In 1963, Route 136 was relocated to its current route, including the portion along the old Branch Turnpike, as a result of the 1961 Route Reclassification Act.[3] Maintenance of the coastal portion of old Route 136 in Westport and Fairfield was returned to the towns. Additionally, a 1.1-mile (1.8 km) section in the South Norwalk section of Norwalk is still maintained by the city and is one of only two such maintenance gaps in a state highway in Connecticut (the other gap is at Route 83).[4]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Fairfield County.

Locationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
Darien0.000.00 US 1 (Post Road)Serves Darien station
0.290.47 I-95 south – New York CityExit 12 on I-95 north (Connecticut Turnpike)
Westport8.2813.33 I-95 north / Route 33 north (to I-95 south) – New Haven, WestportExit 17 on I-95 (Connecticut Turnpike); southern terminus of Route 33
10.4916.88 US 1 – Fairfield, Norwalk, Sherwood IslandBoston Post Road
11.7818.96 Route 57 south (Main Street)Southern terminus of Route 57 concurrency
12.0519.39

Route 57 north to Route 15 / Merritt Parkway
Northern terminus of Route 57 concurrency
Easton17.2527.76 Route 58 – Bridgeport, Redding Ridge
20.4632.93 Route 59 (Sport Hill Road)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

  1. ^ a b c "Connecticut State Highway Log" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
  2. ^ https://archives.lib.uconn.edu/islandora/object/30002%3A21948004#page/402/mode/2up
  3. ^ "New Route Number". The Hartford Courant. January 11, 1963. p. 14. Retrieved April 14, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ Connecticut Routes, Route 136

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