• Length 10.88 miles; 2.78 miles in Connecticut
  • From Route 49 in Stonington
  • To US 1 near Shelter Harbor, R. I.

The border-hopping Route 216 spends most of its time in Rhode Island.

CT 216 History

In 1931, State Highway 216 followed today's Route 49 and Route 14A from Stonington to the Rhode Island state line at Sterling. This is very close geographically to the modern Route 216, and I wondered if the number was retained because Rhode Island carried over its Route 216 from before 1932. The sources I have don't confirm this, though.

The modern Route 216 was commissioned between 1932 and 1934. Its original route (3.66 miles in Connecticut) was longer than today's:

In 1960, the state Committee to Reclassify All Public Roads recommended a shorter route, using Clarks Falls Road all the way from Route 49. In 1962, the state changed Route 216 to reflect that.

CT 216 Sources