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Abandoned Wilbur Cross Parkway pull-off (CT)
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Pete from Boston
2012-05-07 03:56:37 UTC
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Sorry, forgot the obvious crosspost to ne.transportation.
Hey, what's this pull-off?
http://g.co/maps/xxpg7
It is visible at either end where it meets the road, but seems
overgrown in between.
The Wikipedia article on the Wilbur Cross mentions three abandoned
rest areas, none in Orange.  Is this one (which would mean the article
is wrong -- I know, right?)?
If not, any guess as to what it is?
Jimmy
2012-05-07 18:44:46 UTC
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Hey, what's this pull-off?
http://g.co/maps/xxpg7
It is visible at either end where it meets the road, but seems
overgrown in between.
That reminds me of a similar question I wanted to ask. On the
northbound side of the Wilbur Cross somewhere between New Haven and
I-91 (sorry I can't remember where), there's a dirt road which heads
off perpendicular into the woods. On a few occasions I've seen a car
or two parked on it. Anyone know what it's for?

Jimmy
Bob Bailin
2012-05-20 05:05:30 UTC
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Post by Jimmy
Hey, what's this pull-off?
http://g.co/maps/xxpg7
It is visible at either end where it meets the road, but seems
overgrown in between.
That reminds me of a similar question I wanted to ask. On the
northbound side of the Wilbur Cross somewhere between New Haven and
I-91 (sorry I can't remember where), there's a dirt road which heads
off perpendicular into the woods. On a few occasions I've seen a car
or two parked on it. Anyone know what it's for?
Jimmy
It's in North Haven about halfway between exits 63 & 64. It's an access path
to the Quinnipiac River. See topo map at:

http://connecticutwatertrails.com/CWTA%20-%20New%20Haven%20County%20Water%20Trails%20-%20North%20Haven%20-%20Quinnipiac%20River.htm

The access path is at the point where a little loop in the river comes
closest to the parkway. Note: This is a photo revised map from the early
80's (revisions in pink). The little black dots along Benton St on the west
bank of the river were bought by the state and removed in the 70's, and the
street was blocked off. That section of the river comprises Qunnipiac River
State Park.

http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?A=2716&Q=438090

This section of the parkway is prone to flooding during extremely heavy
downpours.
Jimmy
2012-05-21 20:35:52 UTC
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Post by Bob Bailin
Hey, what's this pull-off?
http://g.co/maps/xxpg7
It is visible at either end where it meets the road, but seems
overgrown in between.
That reminds me of a similar question I wanted to ask.  On the
northbound side of the Wilbur Cross somewhere between New Haven and
I-91 (sorry I can't remember where), there's a dirt road which heads
off perpendicular into the woods.  On a few occasions I've seen a car
or two parked on it.  Anyone know what it's for?
It's in North Haven about halfway between exits 63 & 64. It's an access path
http://connecticutwatertrails.com/CWTA%20-%20New%20Haven%20County%20W...
The access path is at the point where a little loop in the river comes
closest to the parkway. Note: This is a photo revised map from the early
80's (revisions in pink). The little black dots along Benton St on the west
bank of the river were bought by the state and removed in the 70's, and the
street was blocked off. That section of the river comprises Qunnipiac River
State Park.
http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?A=2716&Q=438090
Thanks.

It looks like there's access to the river from the northbound (non-
abandoned) rest area, as well as from Banton Street (which connects to
the rest area when the gate is open).

Is the perpendicular dirt road a second access from the parkway to the
river, further north from the rest area? Is pulling off the parkway
to park on that road legal?

Jimmy

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