Interstate 384 Connecticut

Routing

Interstate 384 is suburban freeway branching east from I-84 at the East Hartford/Manchester city line. Bypassing the Manchester city center to the south, I-384 extends into rural areas of Bolton, where it connects with U.S. 6 and 44 ahead of their separation to Willimantic and Putnam respectively.

History

Interstate 384 was approved by AASHTO on May 23, 1984 as a redesignation for I-84 between I-86 in East Hartford and U.S. 6/44 in Bolton Notch. I-86 was established in 1971 along what is now I-84 from East Hartford to Sturbridge, Massachusetts. I-84 was relocated then onto both the U.S. 6 freeway around Manchester and U.S. 6 along the Willimantic bypass further east. These two disconnected highways were part of the Interstate 84 proposal to join Hartford with Providence.1

Environmental concerns with constructing a freeway over Scituate Reservoir in Rhode Island led to the cancellation of I-84 in 1982. Connecticut subsequently dropped I-84 from plans by 1984.2

With the exception of the link between Silver Lane and I-84, the Manchester bypass was completed in 1971. The interchange with I-84 and adjacent Interstate 291 was built during a reconstruction project. The initial ramp opened with Interstate 384 in October 1986.1

Western Terminus - Interstate 84, I-291 and U.S. 6 - East Hartford, Connecticut
Perspective from Interstate 384 west
Interstate 384 curves north through the diamond interchange (Exit 1) with Silver Lane / Spencer Street to and concludes at I-84. Photo taken 07/24/00.
Perspective from Interstate 84 east
Interstate 84 & U.S. 6 expand to six overall lanes with the advent of traffic from Connecticut 15. The freeway advances east 1.25 miles to split with Interstate 384 at Exit 59. Photo taken 08/09/04.
"button" title="The I-84 HOV-2 lane diverges from the eastbound mainline of I-84 ahead of the fully-Y interchange (Exit 59) with Interstate 384. The carpool lane proceeds east to a left exit for I-384. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Eastbound at the Forbes Street over crossing, one quarter mile ahead of the I-84/384 partition at the Manchester Town line. Interstate 384 provides the first leg of the most direct route 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.
Exit 59 departs from I-84/U.S. 6 east for Interstate 384. Interstate 384 connects with the Manchester Town Center via interchanges with Spencer Street, Keeney Street, Route 83 (Main Street) and Spring Street. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Perspective from Interstate 84 west
A collector distributor roadway (Exit 62) separates from Interstate 84 (Wilbur Cross Highway) westbound ahead of Buckland Street. Exit 61 follows for I-291 west to Windsor and I-91 north to Bradley International Airport and Springfield, Massachusetts. Exit 59 joins the c/d roadway from Buckland Street ahead of Interstate 384 east. Photo taken 08/09/04.
The distributor roadway from Exit 59 travels along side I-84 west below U.S. 6/44 (Middle Turnpike) to Interstate 384 east at Spencer Street and Silver Lane on the East Hartford/Manchester town line. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Eastern Terminus - U.S. 6 and 44 - Bolton, Connecticut
Perspective from Interstate 384 east
Interstate 384 merges with U.S. 6/44 eastbound at a wye interchange. U.S. 6/44 proceed east through Bolton Notch to split at a second wye interchange. U.S. 6 (Hopriver Road) shifts southward 10.8 miles to the Willamantic bypass freeway., U.S. 44 continues east 7.4 miles to Mansfield Depot and 31.4 miles to the Quinebaug River in 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 continue into Manchester while I-384 bypasses the town center to the south en route to East Hartford. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (07/01).

Sources:

  1. Connecticut I-384. Connecticut Roads (Scott Oglesby).
  2. From Hartford to Providence. Connecticut Roads (Scott Oglesby).

Page updated February 15, 2019.