OLR Research Report

February 18, 2005




By: James J. Fazzalaro, Principal Analyst

You asked for a listing of all of the state highways and bridges that the legislature has given names commemorating either veterans' organizations or groups of veterans. The list does not include roads or bridges that were named for a single individual, even if the person formerly served in the military. In all, there are 31 state road segments and 12 state bridges that have been given commemorative names for veterans' organizations or groups of veterans by legislative act.

State Roads and Bridges Named By Legislative Act for Veterans Organizations or Groups of Veterans

State Roads

Road Number

Section Named

Commemorative Name

U.S. 1

Relocated sections of U.S. 1 from New Haven to Rhode Island state line

Blue Star Highway

Route 2

From City of Hartford to Rhode Island state Line

Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Highway

Route 3

Through Rocky Hill

Disabled American Veterans Memorial Highway

Route 5

From East Windsor border south to Route 5/I-84 Junction

Purple Heart Highway

Route 5

In Wallingford from North Haven-Wallingford town line to Route 150

American Legion Shaw-Sinon Post 73 Memorial Highway

Route 5

In North Haven from Hamden-North Haven town line north to State Road 720

Korean War Veterans Chapter 204 Memorial Highway

Route 5

In North Haven from State Road 720 north to Route 22

VFW Post 10128 Memorial Highway

U.S. 6/Route 44

From Rhode Island state line in Killingly to New York state line in Danbury

Grand Army of the Republic Highway

U.S. 7

U.S. 7 alternate which will run from Norwalk to Massachusetts state line

The Forty-Third Infantry Division Memorial Highway

Route 9

From Route 175 in New Britain to West Hartford/Farmington town line

Iwo Jima Memorial Expressway

Route 10

In Simsbury— running north from Route 167 intersection to Simsbury-Granby town line

Simsbury Veterans Memorial Highway

Route 12

In Groton—running north from U.S. 1 to south junction of State Road 2A in Preston

United States Submarine Veterans Memorial Highway

Route 17

In Middletown—running north from South Main Street to Route 9 north junction

Catholic War Veteran Memorial Highway

Route 20

From interchange of Route 20 and I-91 westerly to Bradley International Airport

82nd Airborne Memorial Highway

Route 20

In East Granby—running east from Granby-East Granby town line to the junction with SSR 401

Connecticut Air National Guard Memorial Highway


From North Haven-Wallingford town line to Wallingford-Meriden town line

All Airborne Memorial Highway


From New Haven-North Haven town line to North Haven-Wallingford town line

Century Division Memorial Highway


From Morgan Street in Hartford to Wilson

Veterans Highway


From Wethersfield town line north to the Charter Oak Bridge

Governor's Footguard Memorial Highway


From the I-91/I-95 junction north to the New Haven-North Haven town line

Second Company Governor's Foot Guard Memorial Highway


From I-395 in Waterford To Rhode Island state line

Jewish War Veterans Memorial Highway

Route 94

From Route 2 to Glastonbury-Hebron town line

94th Infantry Division Memorial Highway

Route 103

In North Haven running north from Sackett Point Road to Route 22 junction in North Haven

American Legion, Murray-Reynolds Post #76 Memorial Highway

Route 115

Through Derby, Ansonia, and Seymour from Route 34 in Derby north to Route 67 junction in Seymour

Veterans Memorial Highway

Route 137

From Bull's Head in Stamford north to New York state line

Yankee Division Highway

Route 167

From Harris Road in Avon to the Simsbury-Avon town line

First Company Governor's Horse Guards Memorial Highway

Route 173

In West Hartford running north from the Newington-West Hartford town line to SR 529 junction

Roger Fissette Hannon-Hatch VFW Post 9929 Memorial Highway


In Manchester, South Windsor, and Windsor running from I-84 to I-91

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway

Route 302

In Newtown running east from the Bethel-Newtown town line to Route 25

Second Company Governor's Horse Guard Memorial Highway


From State Route 695 in Killingly north to Massachusetts state line

The American Ex-Prisoner of War Memorial Highway

Routes 571/372/72

Route 571 in Berlin and Route 372 from Route 571 to the Route 372/Route 72 interchange in New Britain and the segment of Route 72 from the interchange west to the junction of Forestville Avenue in Plainville

Polish Legion of American Veterans Memorial Highway



Location or Feature Crossed

Commemorative Name

U.S. 1/I-95

Thames River (Eastbound Only) between Groton and New London

Gold Star Memorial Bridge

U.S. 6

Quinebaug River between Killingly and Brooklyn

Killingly-Brooklyn Veterans Memorial Bridge

Route 12

Shetucket River—Norwich

World War II Veterans Bridge

Route 12

Viaduct over Shetucket River--Norwich

Korean Conflict Veterans Bridge


I-84 eastbound over Quaker Lane and Trout Brook Road in West Hartford

The 76th Division Memorial Bridge


Town Route 807 in Wallingford

United States Marine Corps 3rd Recon Battalion Bridge


Bridge #1460 in Wethersfield

Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Memorial Bridge


Bridge #6130A in Waterford

African-American War Veterans Bridge


Quinnipiac River in New Haven

Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge

Route 190

Connecticut River in Suffield and Enfield

Enfield-Suffield Veteran's Bridge

U.S.202/Route 67

Housatonic River in New Milford

Veterans Memorial Bridge

State Road 721

Over PCRR & Canal in Shelton

Veteran's Memorial Bridge