Interstate 384 is a spur route from Interstate 384 east to U.S. 6 and U.S. 44 near Quarryville. This freeway is one of two completed sections of what was supposed to be Interstate 84 between Hartford and Providence. From the late 1960s to the early 1980s, Interstate 384 was signed as Interstate 84 during this time in anticipation of Interstate 84 being extended into Rhode Island. Due to environmental concerns, among other concerns, the project was killed and Interstate 84 was re-routed further north, leaving Interstate 384 as the designation of old Interstate 84. However, traffic concerns on "Suicide 6" east of Interstate 384 have resurrected the idea of building a freeway or expressway at least to Willimantic.
During the 1970s and 80s, Interstate 86 was signed along Interstate 84 between Interstate 384 and the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) at the same time Interstate 84 entailed all of Interstate 384 and the U.S. 6 Willimantic bypass. When plans for the freeway connections between Manchester and Rhode Island were abandoned, Interstate 84 returned to the Wilbur Cross Highway northeast to Massachusetts. Interstate 86 was decommissioned and Interstate 384 was commissioned in 1984.
End Westbound Interstate 384 approaching Junction Interstate 84 (photo taken at Exit 1, Silver Lane/Spencer Street). Photo taken 07/24/00.
Perspective from Interstate 84 East
Interstate 84 & U.S. 6 expand to six overall lanes with the advent of Connecticut 15 traffic on the approach to junction Interstate 384 (Exit 59). A diagrammatic overhead resides at the Simmons Road over crossing just east of Roberts Street (Exit 58). Interstate 384 east departs ahead for Manchester Town Center and Bolton. Photo taken 08/09/04.
The carpool lane of Interstate 84 eastbound segregates from the five-lane mainline ahead of the directional split with Interstate 384 (Exit 59). HOV-2 traffic gets their own off-ramp onto Interstate 384 from the left. Interstate 384 otherwise provides the most direct connection between the capital cities of Hartford and Providence, Rhode Island. The freeway ends at U.S. 6 & 44 in Bolton, with U.S. 6 continuing east from there to Willimantic and Danielson. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Eastbound at the Forbes Street over crossing one quarter mile west of the Interstate 84 & 384 split at the Manchester Town line. Photo taken 08/09/04.
The split of Interstate 84 & U.S. 6 and Interstate 384 eastbound at Exit 59. Interstate 384 serves the Manchester Town Center via interchanges with Spencer Street, Keeney Street, Connecticut 83 (Main Street), and Spring Street. A flyover ramp carries HOV-2 traffic onto Interstate 384 ahead as well. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Perspective from Interstate 84 West
A collector/distributor roadway system facilitates the movements between Interstate 84 (Wilbur Cross Highway) west and Interstates 291 (Exit 61) west and 384 (Exit 59) east. Interstate 384 constitutes an 8.20-mile spur from Interstate 84 east through Manchester to Bolton. Interstate 291 travels west to Interstate 91 north for Bradley International Airport and Springfield, Massachusetts. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Exit 59 serves not only the eastbound beginning of Interstate 384 but also Silver Lane west to East Hartford and Spencer Street east to Manchester. Exit 59 partitions into ramps for the surface street and Interstate 384 just south of Interstate 84. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Eastern Terminus - U.S. 6 and 44 - Bolton Notch, Connecticut
Perspective from Interstate 384 East
Interstate 384 eastbound draws to a close at U.S. 6 & 44 near the town of Bolton. The two US highways partition at the freeway end: U.S. 6 (Hopriver Road) travels 11 miles east to the Willamantic freeway, U.S. 44 continues east nine mile to Mansfield Depot and 35 miles to Putnam. Photo taken 07/25/00.
Perspective from U.S. 6 & 44 West
U.S. 6 & 44 merge together ahead of the split with Interstate 384 westbound near the Hartford County line. U.S. 6 & 44 venture into Manchester; Interstate 384 bypasses the town to the south en route to junction Interstates 84 & 291 at Burnside. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (07/01).