Vermont Route 16

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Vermont Route 16

Map of northeastern Vermont with VT 16 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by VTrans and the Towns of Barton and Westmore
Length27.890 mi[1][2] (44.885 km)
ExistedMay 1, 1960[3]–present
Major junctions
South end VT 15 in Hardwick
Major intersections
East end VT 5A in Westmore
CountryUnited States
CountiesCaledonia, Orleans
Highway system
VT 15 VT 17
VT 53Circle sign 56.svg VT 58
Route 11N.E. Route 12A

Vermont Route 16 (VT 16) is a 27.890-mile-long (44.885 km) state highway in northern Vermont, United States. It begins at VT 15 in Hardwick and heads northward to U.S. Route 5 (US 5) in Barton. From Barton, it heads eastward to VT 5A in Westmore. The portion of VT 16 east of US 5 is town-maintained and signed east–west. The remainder of the route is signed north–south.

West of Barton, the road used to be part of New England Interstate Route 12. The segment of VT 16 from Barton to Westmore was once Vermont Route 56.

Route description

Vermont Route 16 begins at an intersection with Vermont Route 15 in the town of Hardwick, about two miles (3 km) east of the town center. It proceeds north about 1.7 miles (2.7 km) to the village of East Hardwick, roughly paralleling the path of the Lamoille River upstream. It continues for several miles through the Lamoille River valley into the village of Greensboro Bend within the town of Greensboro. As VT 16 continues north, it soon passes by Horse Pond, the source of the Lamoille River, clipping the town of Wheelock briefly before returning to Greensboro. After about a mile, VT 16 enters the town of Glover, passing through a mountain pass within the Black Hills, soon reaching Clarks Pond, the source of the Barton River. VT 16, now known as Dry Pond Road then follows the Barton River downstream as it continues its northward journey. Several miles later, still following the Barton river, VT 16 meets its first major intersection, Vermont Route 122, about a mile and a half south of Glover center. The road name changes to Glover Street at this point and continues towards Glover center.[4]

After passing through Glover center, VT 16 enters the town of Barton, then has a junction with I-91 (at Exit 25) about 1.2 miles (1.9 km) later. VT 16 enters the village of Barton, becoming Church Street until an intersection with U.S. Route 5 in the village square. VT 16 then turns south along US 5 along a short wrong-way concurrency to Eastern Avenue, where VT 16 continues eastward. After leaving the village, the road name becomes Willoughby Lake Road and runs for another six miles (10 km) skirting around Barton Mountain as it heads into the town of Westmore. It ends just after entering Westmore at an intersection with Vermont Route 5A, about one mile north of the Westmore center at the north shore of Lake Willoughby.[4]


The portion of VT 16 west of US 5 was originally numbered in 1922 as part of Route 12 of the New England road marking system.[5] Route 12 was a multi-state route known as the "Keene Way" that began in New London, Connecticut, passing through Worcester, Massachusetts and Keene, New Hampshire before entering Vermont. In Vermont, it passed through Montpelier and continued north through the village of Barton, ending at the city of Newport.[6] When the Vermont state highway system was officially created in 1931,[7] New England Route 12 became Vermont Route 12, running 157 miles (253 km) from Ascutney to the city of Newport.[8] In 1955, a new route from Montpelier to Morrisville was added to the state highway system as the "Montpelier-Morrisville State Highway".[9] At around the same time, the road from Barton village to Westmore center had been designated as VT 56.[10]

On May 1, 1960, several changes took place to the state route designations in the area. North of Montpelier, VT 12 was relocated to use the Montpelier-Morrisville State Highway. The original VT 12 alignment north of Montpelier was split into two routes. The Montpelier-Hardwick segment was assigned as an extension of Vermont Route 14, while the Hardwick-Barton segment was re-designated as Vermont Route 16. The Barton-Newport segment, which overlapped with U.S. Route 5, became just U.S. Route 5.[3] VT 16 was later extended along old VT 56 to its current northern terminus at VT 5A.[11]

Major intersections

CaledoniaHardwick0.0000.000 VT 15 – South Walden, West Danville, Hardwick, MorrisvilleSouthern terminus
VT 122 south – Sheffield, Wheelock
Northern terminus of VT 122
I-91 – Lyndonville, St. Johnsbury, OrleansExit 25 on I-91
US 5 north – Orleans, Newport
Northern end of wrong-way concurrency with US 5
US 5 south – West Burke, Lyndonville
Western end of wrong-way concurrency with US 5
Westmore27.89044.885 VT 5A – West Charleston, Westmore, West BurkeEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c Traffic Research Unit (May 2013). "2012 (Route Log) AADTs for State Highways" (PDF). Policy, Planning and Intermodal Development Division, Vermont Agency of Transportation. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Traffic Research Unit (May 2012). "2011 (Route Log) AADTs for Major Collectors" (PDF). Policy, Planning and Intermodal Development Division, Vermont Agency of Transportation. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "State Changes Route Numbers as Tourist Aid". The Burlington Free Press. December 31, 1959. p. 4. Retrieved May 2, 2018 – via
  4. ^ a b Google (June 8, 2009). "route of VT 16" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 8, 2009.
  5. ^ Motor Sign Uniformity, New York Times, April 16, 1922
  6. ^ Official Automobile Blue Book, Vol. 1, 1926 edition, (Automobile Blue Books Inc., Chicago, 1926)
  7. ^ "Outline History of Vermont State Highways" (PDF). Vermont Department of Highways. 1965. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
  8. ^ Automobile Legal Association Green Book, 1925 edition, (Scarborough Motor Guide Co., Boston, 1925). A route log of the New England Inter-state routes is included in the book showing rough mileage.
  9. ^ "State Highways History, in Route Order with Route Log Notes" (PDF). Vermont Agency of Transportation, Policy and Planning Division - Mapping. 2007-10-05. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
  10. ^ Memphremagog, VT quadrangle (Map). United States Geological Survey. 1953. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
  11. ^ The VT 16 extension east of Barton was in place by 1986 as shown in a USGS topographic map (via
  12. ^ Division of Policy, Planning and Intermodal Development (October 9, 2014). "Vermont General Highway Map, Village of Barton, Orleans County" (PDF). Vermont Agency of Transportation. Retrieved March 11, 2015. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)