Connecticut Route 161

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Route 161

Map of New London County in southeastern Connecticut with Route 161 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CTDOT
Length8.03 mi[1] (12.92 km)
Major junctions
South end Route 156 in East Lyme
Major intersections I-95 / Conn. Turnpike in East Lyme
North end Route 85 in Montville
CountryUnited States
CountiesNew London
Highway system
  • Connecticut State Highway System
Route 160 Route 162

Route 161 is a state highway in southeastern Connecticut, running from the shoreline village of Niantic in East Lyme to the village of Chesterfield in Montville.

Route description

Route 161 begins as Pennsylvania Avenue at an intersection with Route 156 in the village of Niantic in East Lyme. It proceeds north for 1.1 miles (1.8 km), curving left then turning right onto Flanders Road. Route 161 continues north for another 1.8 miles (2.9 km) until it reaches the interchange with I-95 (at exit 74). After crossing under I-95, it continues for another 0.4 miles (0.64 km) to the Boston Post Road US 1 in the village of Flanders, where it becomes Chesterfield Road. In this area, one can access East Lyme High School and the Flanders Shopping Plaza from Route 161. The road continues north through the northeastern portion of the town of East Lyme for 3.5 miles (5.6 km) before entering the town of Montville, where the road name changes to Flanders Road. The road turns northeast for another 1.1 miles (1.8 km) to end at an intersection with Route 85 in the village of Chesterfield.[1]


The Niantic-Flanders-Chesterfield road was a primary state highway in the 1920s known as Highway 188. In the 1932 state highway renumbering,[2] Route 161 was created from the northern half of old Highway 188, running from US 1 in Flanders to Route 85 in Chesterfield. In 1950, Route 161 was extended south to Niantic along former SR 669. At an unconfirmed time after 1965, a section near East Pattagansett Road in East Lyme was rerouted for safety reasons.[3]

Junction list

The entire route is in New London County.

East Lyme0.000.00 Route 156 – Old Lyme, Waterford
3.004.83 I-95 / Conn. Turnpike – New London, New HavenExit 74 (I-95/Connecticut Turnpike)
3.375.42 US 1 – Old Lyme, Waterford
5.228.40 Route 11 – New London, ColchesterProposed interchange with future CT 11 extension
Montville8.0312.92 Route 85 – Salem, WaterfordNorthern terminus of CT 161
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Unopened


  1. ^ a b c Connecticut State Highway Log Archived 2015-09-05 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "Road Conditions in Connecticut". The Hartford Daily Courant. May 27, 1932. p. 14. Retrieved December 24, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Connecticut Routes, Route 161

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