• Length 106.5 miles; 17.73 miles in Connecticut.
  • From Route 97 in Sprague
  • To MA 28 in Milton, Mass.

Through Route 138 is two lanes in Connecticut, passing through mill towns and countryside, it gets more interesting in Rhode Island: there, sections of RI 138 expressway were once intended to become part of Interstate 895 south and east of Providence.

The meandering Route 138 leads to Newport, R.I., then heads north toward Boston and almost makes it.

CT 138 History

In the 1920s, State Highway 138 went from Unionville to Canton via today's Route 4, Route 179, Maple Ave and Dowd Ave (both now SR 565) to US 44.

At the same time, modern-day Route 138 was called SH 321.

In 1932, Route 138 was commissioned between (what are now) Route 169 and Route 49. Route 138 already existed between Boston and Newport in 1928, so Connecticut used the number as a courtesy.

Some time in the 1950s, Route 138 was apparently reconstructed in the vicinity of Edmond Road in the Pachaug section of Griswold; some houses were taken. In 2003, there was discussion among officials whether the town should retain the road or abandon it (I believe this is the same section of old 138); the going sentiment was to turn it over to a private property owner who holds acreage on both sides.

In 1963, Route 138 was extended west to Route 97.

CT 138 Kurumi Suggests

Extend numbering west along Route 207 and Route 16 to Route 66 in East Hampton.

CT 138 Quotes

"Yes, I was quite shocked to find, when I settled in New England proper after my upbringing in the Western Reserve of Connecticut, any number of state highways hereabouts that keep the same number as they cross state borders. Another tri-state example is 138, which traces an extraordinary hook-shaped trajectory from Nowheresville^WBaltic CT across Rhode Island (via three bridges) and then up through Massachusetts to mute inglorious Milton."

Lee Rudolph, posting to alt.folklore.urban, June 4, 2000

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