Interstate 691

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Interstate 691

Henry D. Altobello Highway
I-691 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-91
Maintained by CTDOT
Length8.38 mi[1] (13.49 km)
Existed1988 (completed)–present
NHSEntire route
Major junctions
West end I-84 near Southington
Major intersections US 5 in Meriden
East end I-91 / Route 66 / Route 15 / Wilbur Cross Parkway in Meriden
CountryUnited States
CountiesHartford, New Haven
Highway system
  • Connecticut State Highway System
I-684 US 1

Interstate 691 (I-691) is an auxiliary Interstate Highway in Connecticut beginning at I-91 in Meriden and ending at I-84 near the CheshireSouthington town line. According to the Federal Highway Administration, it is 8.38 miles (13.49 km) in length;[1] however, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) includes the 0.54 miles (0.87 km) of the exit ramp that I-691 uses to the merge with westbound I-84, making their recorded length 8.92 miles (14.36 km) long.[2]

I-691 is also known as the Henry D. Altobello Highway for its entire length.

Route description

I-691 is the main east–west highway of the city of Meriden. The freeway actually begins in Middlefield as Route 66, technically becoming I-691 at the junction with I-91 (exit 11). However, westbound signage indicates I-691 begins at the start of the freeway (just west of exit 13), while eastbound signage shows I-691 ending at the Route 15 interchange (at eastbound exit 10 about 0.5 miles [0.80 km] west of the interchange with I-91). To go from I-91 northbound to I-691 westbound (or from I-691 eastbound to I-91 southbound), one must actually use Route 15. Exit 9 westbound provides access to Route 15 north.

West of the I-91/Route 15 interchange, I-691 meets US Route 5 (US 5), which provides access to Route 15 north for eastbound traffic. Exit 7 provides access to downtown Meriden. Westbound traffic exits onto State Street Extension, while eastbound traffic enters onto Columbia Street. Exits 6 and 5 provide access to Route 71, as well as access to Meriden Mall. Exit 6 exits to Lewis Avenue, while exit 5 exits directly to Route 71. From here, I-691 passes along the north side of Hubbard Park as well as by Castle Craig before it crosses into Southington. It then meets the eastern end of Route 322 at exit 4. It then crosses the Quinnipiac River into Cheshire, where it has an interchange with Route 10, then continues west to end at I-84 at the Southington–Cheshire town line. The highway officially ends as it merges into I-84 west.


US 6A.svg

In the 1940s, the I-691 routing was part of a planned US 6A expressway from Southington to Willimantic. A section of the expressway (from its Middlefield terminus west to exit 8) first opened in 1966. By 1968, the US 6A designation was dropped in favor of Route 66. The highway was extended west to exit 4 by 1971. The connection to I-84 was eventually completed in 1987, with the renumbering to I-691 done at the same time. The portion east of I-91 remained as Route 66. Environmental and community groups successfully blocked attempts to extend the freeway east of its present terminus due to potential impacts on the Mt. Higby Reservoir, which provides drinking water for the local area. A compromise was reached in the late 1990s allowing CTDOT to convert Route 66 from a two-lane road to four lanes from the eastern end of the I-691 freeway to the business district in Middletown. Construction on the Route 66 widening project was completed in 2005.

Exit list

Exits were converted from sequential to mileage-based exit numbering on April 21, 2023.

CountyLocationmi[2]kmOld exitNew exitDestinationsNotes
HartfordNew Haven
county line
SouthingtonCheshire line8.92–
1-28 I-84 – Hartford, Waterbury, DanburyWestern terminus; signed as exits 8B (west) and 8A (east); exit 27 on (I-84)
New HavenCheshire6.7910.9337 Route 10 – Cheshire, Milldale
HartfordNew Haven
county line
SouthingtonMeriden line4.587.3745
Route 322 west (West Main Street) – Southington
Eastern terminus of Route 322; Route 322 not signed eastbound
New HavenMeriden2.924.705
3 Route 71 (Chamberlain Highway) – KensingtonEastbound exit and westbound entrance
Lewis Avenue to Route 71
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
72BDowntown MeridenAccess via Columbia Street eastbound, State Street westbound
1.011.6382A US 5 (Broad Street) – Downtown Meriden
0.000.009-111 I-91 / Route 15 (Wilbur Cross Parkway) to Berlin Turnpike – New Haven, HartfordSigned as exits 1C (Route 15 north), 1B (south) and 1A (I-91 north); no eastbound access to Route 15 north
Route 66 east – Middlefield, Middletown
Continuation east
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Starks, Edward (January 27, 2022). "Table 2: Auxiliary Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways". FHWA Route Log and Finder List. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved December 11, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Highway Log - Connecticut State Numbered Routes and Roads" (PDF). Connecticut Department of Transportation. December 31, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 5, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2022.

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