Route 159 (Connecticut–Massachusetts)

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Route 159

CT 159 is highlighted in red, MA 159 is highlighted in blue.
Route information
Maintained by CTDOT
Length21.14 mi[1] (34.02 km)
ExistedOctober 1968[3]–present
Major junctions
South endMain Street (near I-91) at the Hartford-Windsor town line
Major intersections I-291 in Windsor, CT
I-91 in Windsor Locks, CT
Route 57 in Agawam, MA
North end Route 75 / Route 147 in Agawam, MA
CountryUnited States
StatesConnecticut, Massachusetts
CountiesCT: Hartford, MA: Hampden
Highway system
  • Connecticut State Highway System
Route 157 Route 160
Route 152MA Route 168
US 5US 5A (CT) US 6
US 5US 5A (MA) US 6

Route 159 is a 21.14-mile-long (34.02 km) state highway connecting the Hartford and Springfield areas in the U.S. states of Connecticut and Massachusetts. It begins as the northern extension of Main Street in Hartford and proceeds northward along the west bank of the Connecticut River towards Agawam, Massachusetts. The route ends at the junction of Route 147 and Route 75 in Agawam center just south of the West Springfield city line. The route was originally designated as U.S. Route 5A in 1932 and was renumbered to its modern designation in October 1968.

Route description

Southbound in Agawam, Massachusetts

Route 159 officially begins at the Hartford-Windsor town line as Windsor Avenue, near an interchange with I-91. In Windsor, it underpasses I-291, with access to and from the east provided by Deerfield Road. Almost immediately, it meets the eastern end of Route 218. After passing the east end of Route 178, Route 159 enters the center of Windsor, passing the town green before intersecting the southern end of Route 75. It then crosses the Farmington River, and starts to parallel the west bank of the Connecticut River, which it will for most of the rest of its length. In Windsor Locks, it meets I-91 once again at Exit 42, and has a brief overlap with Route 140. It passes along the eastern side of Suffield, where it has a brief overlap with Route 190. It then crosses the Massachusetts state line into Agawam,[1] where it passes by Six Flags New England before entering the center of town. North of the center, Route 159 signage ends at an interchange with Route 57, but the official route continues north along Main Street to the intersection of Route 75 and Route 147 just south of the Westfield River and the West Springfield city line.[2]

Route 159 in Windsor is also known as the Kasmir Pulaski Memorial Highway.[1]


US 5A Massachusetts 1926.svg

Modern Route 159 roughly follows the path of the Upper Boston Post Road between Hartford and Springfield. In the 1920s, current Route 159 in Connecticut, with a few minor exceptions, was a primary state road designated as State Highway 110. Around 1930, the continuation in Massachusetts was numbered as State Route 5A, which ran along Main Street but continued north along River Road to the South End Bridge, where it crossed into Springfield to connect with U.S. Route 5. In the 1932 state highway renumbering, the route in both Connecticut and Massachusetts was designated as U.S. Route 5A. However, by 1938, Massachusetts redesignated its portion of the route as State Route 5A, truncating US 5A to the state line. The new State Route 5A was also relocated to follow Main Street into West Springfield, then continuing along River Street, Park Street, and Elm Street, where it ended at US 5. In October 1968, Connecticut decommissioned its U.S. Route 5A and the road was redesignated in both states as Route 159.[3] The portion in West Springfield, which was not state-maintained, became an unnumbered road.

Junction list

Mileposts reset at the state line.

ConnecticutHartfordHartfordWindsor line0.000.00North Main Street – North HartfordLocal maintenance begins/ends at Hartford city line
Windsor0.230.37 I-91 (Richard P. Horan Memorial Highway) – Hartford, Springfield
I-291 east – South Windsor, Manchester
Access to I-291 from Deerfield Road
Route 218 west – Bloomfield, West Hartford
Route 178 west (Park Avenue) – Bloomfield
Route 75 (Poquonock Avenue) to Route 305 – Windsor Locks, Suffield
Windsor Locks8.5213.71 I-91 – Hartford, Springfield
Route 140 west (Elm Street) – Bradley International Airport
Western terminus of CT 140 overlap
Route 140 east (Bridge Street) – East Windsor, Ellington
Eastern terminus of CT 140 overlap
Route 190 east (Hazard Avenue) – Enfield
Eastern end of CT 190 overlap
Route 190 west (Thompsonville Rd) – Suffield Center
Western terminus of CT 190 overlap
ConnecticutMassachusetts state line
MassachusettsHampdenAgawam3.084.96 Route 57 – Springfield, Southwick
Route 75 south – Suffield
Route 147 – West Springfield, Feeding Hills
Northern terminus; northern terminus of Route 75
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c d e Connecticut State Highway Log
  2. ^ a b "Office of Transportation Planning - 2007 Road Inventory". Executive Office of Transportation. Archived from the original on September 27, 2006.
  3. ^ a b "Route Number Changed". The Hartford Courant. October 25, 1968. p. 66. Retrieved April 14, 2018 – via

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