Route 83 (Connecticut–Massachusetts)

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Route 83

Map of northern Connecticut and southern Massachusetts with CT 83 in solid red and MA 83 in blue.
Route information
Maintained by CTDOT
Length35.65 mi (57.37 km)
Major junctions
South endNew London Turnpike in Glastonbury, CT
Major intersections
North end I-91 / US 5 in Springfield, MA
CountryUnited States
StatesConnecticut, Massachusetts
CountiesCT: Hartford, Tolland,
MA: Hampden
Highway system
  • Connecticut State Highway System
Route 82 I-84
Route 81MA I-84

Route 83 is a 35.65-mile-long (57.37 km) north–south state highway in the Greater Hartford and Greater Springfield areas of the U.S. states of Connecticut and Massachusetts. It serves as the main north–south artery for the towns of Manchester, Vernon, Ellington, and Somers, and continues through East Longmeadow center into downtown Springfield. The route in Massachusetts is town-maintained, except for the ramps connecting to U.S. Route 5 parallel to Interstate 91.

Route description

Northbound entering Springfield, Massachusetts

Route 83 begins at the southern end of New London Turnpike in Glastonbury near its junction with Route 2 at exit 10. After crossing Route 2, it then heads north and crosses Route 94 before entering Manchester, where it serves as the main north–south thoroughfare of the town. Just before the center of town, it intersects I-384 at exit 3. Within the town center of Manchester, a 0.77-mile (1.24 km) segment is town maintained between Hartford Road and Center St, the latter of which carries US 6/44, the town's main east–west thoroughfare. It then continues north, and comes to a junction with Route 30 at I-84 exit 63. Route 83 overlaps with Route 30 for 1.50 miles (2.41 km) from Manchester into Vernon, intersecting I-84 once again at exit 64 before Route 30 turns off to the east. It then continues north in Vernon as a 4-lane road where it narrows to 2 lanes shortly before a 0.81 mile overlap with Route 74. It then turns north once again on the western edge of Rockville Center, and crosses into Ellington, where it has junctions with the northern end of Route 286, and with Route 140 in the center of town. It then continues north into Somers, where it has a brief (0.02 mile) overlap with Route 190. Route 83 continues northwest, and crosses the Massachusetts state line into East Longmeadow.[1]

In East Longmeadow, it proceeds north as Somers Road until a complex seven-way intersection (the East Longmeadow Rotary) that involves Route 186 and Route 220 among other roads. Beyond the Rotary, Route 83 continues northwest through East Longmeadow along North Main Street. After entering the city of Springfield, Route 83 shifts onto Belmont Avenue until it reaches a six-way intersection (known as "the X") where the route shifts again to Sumner Avenue. Route 83 follows Sumner Avenue to its end then turns south on Longhill Street, which provides access to the ramps leading to I-91 and US 5.


In the 1920s, the segment from Glastonbury to Manchester was called State Highway 164, while the segment from Manchester to Somers was called State Highway 108. The current Route 83 was established from these two state highways in the 1932 renumbering.[3] At about the same time, Massachusetts extended the route through East Longmeadow and Springfield as a town-maintained road. In Connecticut, the only significant changes since then have been the straightening of a few curves.[4] In Massachusetts, the construction of I-91 and relocation of US 5 led to the realignment of the northern end of Route 83 to its modern route along the I-91 ramps.

Major intersections

ConnecticutHartfordGlastonbury0.000.00New London Turnpike – South GlastonburySouthern terminus
0.150.24 Route 2 – Norwich, HartfordExit 10 on Route 2
2.774.46 Route 94 – Glastonbury, Hebron, Lebanon
Manchester6.6110.64 I-384 – Hartford, Providence, RIExit 4 on I-384
7.5312.12 US 6 / US 44 – Hartford, Willimantic

I-84 east / Route 30 south – South Windsor
Exit 63 on I-84; southern terminus of Route 30 concurrency

I-84 west
Access to I-84 west and from I-84 east

Route 30 north to I-84 east – Vernon Center
Northern terminus of Route 30 concurrency
Route 74 west – South Windsor
Western terminus of Route 74 concurrency
Route 74 east – Rockville
Eastern terminus of Route 74 concurrency
Route 286 south – Broad Brook
Northern terminus of Route 286
18.3829.58 Route 140 – Crystal Lake, Ellington, Bradley International Airport
Somers23.8038.30 Route 190 – Enfield, Somersville, West StaffordBrief 0.02 miles (0.032 km) concurrency
ConnecticutMassachusetts state line
MassachusettsHampdenEast Longmeadow4.507.24

Route 186 south / Route 220 south – Enfield, CT, Somersville, Hazardville, CT
5 Corners rotary; northern termini of Routes 186 and 220
Springfield8.0913.02 I-91 / US 5 – Holyoke, Greenfield, Hartford, CTNorthern terminus; exit 2 on I-91
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c Connecticut State Highway Log
  2. ^ Executive Office of Transportation, Office of Transportation Planning - 2007 Road Inventory Archived 2006-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "Road Conditions in Connecticut". The Hartford Daily Courant. May 27, 1932. p. 14. Retrieved December 24, 2019 – via
  4. ^ Scott Oglesby. "Connecticut Route 83".

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