CT 254
  • Length 8.41 miles
  • From SR 848 (Waterbury Rd) in Thomaston
  • To Route 118 in Litchfield

As of Jan. 25, 2002, a 3.98-mile segment of Route 254 in Litchfield is designated a state scenic road. The designation runs from Camp Hill Road to Route 118.

Route 254 is one of several highways in the "class of 1962" (give or take a year) that were numbered after their former unsigned routes; in this case, SR 854 became Route 254.

CT 254 History

The road from Litchfield to Thomaston has been improved several times over the years. In 1955, the unsigned number SR 854 was assigned to the road.

Construction and relocation

In October 1957, four miles of new highway along SR 854 spanning the town line opened to traffic, replacing a "narrow, twisting road" in the area. I haven't been able to locate traces of this old road. After this construction, SR 854 included the following streets and roads:

In January 1963, the state announced plans to relocate SR 854 to the southwest, to bypass the planned Northfield dam. Part of the old route would be retained as an access road. The dam and the relocated highway opened in 1966. Litchfield Street, from Walnut Hill Road northward, is part of the old route; another segment north of the dam is visible from the air.

In 1966, the state announced plans to relocate Route 254 south of Walnut Hill Road, on new alignment. Construction was delayed several times, but the new road opened on July 1, 1970. The Northfield Road name (and Route 254 designation) was extended along the new road. Litchfield and Grand Streets are the old alignment.

Number and designation changes

In 1955, SR 854 was defined along the Litchfield - Thomaston Road.

In 1963, SR 854 became signed Route 254. Its southern end was Grand Street at Main Street (Route 8 at the time) in Thomaston.

On Sept. 9, 1967, the Route 8 freeway opened in Thomaston, triggering some route changes. Route 254 was extended along former Route 8 (South Main Street and Waterbury Road) to its present terminus at SR 848 and Reynolds Bridge.

When the new Route 254 opened in 1970, the old alignment (Litchfield and Grand Streets), about 0.75 miles, became SR 822; this road was turned over to the town in 1972.

There's also a line item for an unspecified road called SR 854A that was cancelled in 1962.

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