U.S. Route 7 in Vermont

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U.S. Route 7 marker

U.S. Route 7
Ethan Allen Highway
Route information
Maintained by VTrans
Length:176.29 mi[2] (283.71 km)
Existed:1926[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 7 at the Massachusetts state line in Pownal
  VT 9 in Bennington
US 4 in Rutland
I-189 at South Burlington/Burlington city line
US 2 in Burlington and Colchester
North end: I-89 near Highgate
Highway system

State highways in Vermont

VT 5AVT 7A
 
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U.S. Route 7 marker

U.S. Route 7
Ethan Allen Highway
Route information
Maintained by VTrans
Length:176.29 mi[2] (283.71 km)
Existed:1926[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 7 at the Massachusetts state line in Pownal
  VT 9 in Bennington
US 4 in Rutland
I-189 at South Burlington/Burlington city line
US 2 in Burlington and Colchester
North end: I-89 near Highgate
Highway system

State highways in Vermont

VT 5AVT 7A

U.S. Route 7 (US 7) is a north–south highway extending from southern Connecticut to the northernmost part of Vermont. In Vermont, the route extends for 176 miles (283 km) along the western side of the state as a mostly two-lane rural road with a few short expressway sections. It is known as the Ethan Allen Highway for much of its path through the state. US 7 ends at an interchange with Interstate 89 (I-89) in the town of Highgate, just south of the Canadian border. I-89 continues to the border crossing.

Route description[edit]

Original-style Vermont US 7 shield with embossed features

US 7 crosses the Massachusetts–Vermont state line at Pownal, from where the road heads north to Bennington as a rural two-lane highway. Just north of downtown Bennington, the highway transitions into a limited-access highway. For 3 miles (4.8 km), US 7 is a true expressway with divided carriageways and multiple lanes. The road subsequently narrows down to an undivided two-lane freeway; however, many stretches have passing lanes. This continues to a point just north of Manchester, where US 7 reverts to a surface road.

Most of US 7 between Manchester and the Canadian border is an undivided, uncontrolled road varying in width from two to four lanes. Two divided highway sections also exist: a 10-mile (16 km) section south of Rutland, and a stretch with numerous traffic signals between Shelburne and South Burlington known as Shelburne Road. There is overhead signage at the junction with I-189 in South Burlington that directs northbound trucks onto I-189. While US 7 heads directly into Burlington, I-189 bypasses the city to the south and east and leads directly to I-89, which runs close to US 7 north of Winooski.

Near downtown Burlington, US 7 intersects with US 2; the latter route joins US 7 for more than 9 miles (14 km) to Colchester. From here, US 7 and I-89 run through northern Vermont to Highgate, where US 7 ends at the northernmost exit on I-89.

History[edit]

US 7 was assigned in 1926.[1]

Future[edit]

US Route 7 freeway near VT Route 279 interchange in Bennington

A freeway is being built to the north and east of Bennington. Once complete, US 7 will utilize this new bypass while the existing two-lane road into town will become part of Vermont Route 7A (VT 7A).[3]

Suffixed routes[edit]

US 7 has two suffixed routes, both of which are old alignments of US 7.

US 7 Alternate[edit]


U.S. Route 7 Alternate
Location:Burlington
The original "Alternate US 7" assembly along the short route.

U.S. Route 7 Alternate (ALT US 7) is an alternate route of US 7 in Burlington. The southbound-only US 7 Alternate begins at the intersection of Hyde Street and Riverside Avenue (US 2 and US 7) and runs for a distance of 2.107 miles (3.391 km)[2] in the following manner: west on Riverside Avenue, south on North and South Winooski avenues, south on St. Paul Street, and south on Shelburne Street to its end at US 7 at the rotary-style intersection with South Willard Street (US 7), Locust Street and Ledge Road. Mainline US 7 travels over Hyde Street and North and South Willard streets until the aforementioned intersection.

As of July 2013, there are now two "Alternate US 7" assemblies along the route. The original one is located on Saint Paul Street in Burlington, just south of the intersection with South Winooski Avenue and Howard Street, with the newest one on South Winooski Avenue, at the intersection with Pearl Street.

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationMile[2]kmExitDestinationsNotes
BenningtonPownal0.0000.000 US 7Massachusetts state line
1.8632.998 VT 346Eastern terminus of VT 346
Community of Bennington10.95717.634 VT 9
Bennington12.14019.537 VT 7ASouthern terminus of VT 7A
South end of freeway section
13.15321.1681 VT 279 to VT 9 - Brattleboro (north), Troy (south)Vermont Welcome Center in middle of interchange, brief overlap with VT 279 on outer ramps
14.39323.1632 VT 7A - Shaftsbury
Sunderland24.22438.9853 VT 313 to VT 7A - Arlington, Sunderland (north), Shaftsbury (south)Eastern terminus of VT 313
Town of Manchester34.50155.5244 VT 11 / VT 30 to VT 7A - Manchester Center, Manchester
North end of freeway section
Dorset38.89762.599 VT 7ANorthern terminus of VT 7A
RutlandWallingford56.16590.389 VT 140
57.05491.820 VT 7BSouthern terminus of VT 7B
Clarendon58.58194.277 VT 7B southSouthern terminus of US 7 / VT 7B overlap
59.29795.429 VT 7B northNorthern terminus of US 7 / VT 7B overlap
61.16998.442 VT 103Northern terminus of VT 103
62.591100.730 VT 7B
63.393102.021 VT 7BNorthern terminus of VT 7B
Town of Rutland63.844102.747 US 4 westSouthern terminus of US 4 / US 7 overlap
City of Rutland65.944106.127
BR US 4
Eastern terminus of BR US 4
66.081106.347 US 4 eastNorthern terminus of US 4 / US 7 overlap
Pittsford73.057117.574 VT 3Northern terminus of VT 3
Brandon81.656131.413 VT 73 eastEastern terminus of US 7 / VT 73 overlap
82.072132.082 VT 73 westWestern terminus of US 7 / VT 73 overlap
AddisonSalisbury91.315146.957 VT 53Northern terminus of VT 53
Middlebury94.157151.531 VT 116Southern terminus of VT 116
94.431151.972 VT 125 eastSouthern terminus of US 7 / VT 125 overlap
98.285158.174 VT 30 / VT 125 westNorthern terminus of VT 30; northern terminus of US 7 / VT 125 overlap
New Haven106.034170.645 VT 17 eastWestern terminus of US 7 / VT 17 overlap
106.148170.829 VT 17 westEastern terminus of US 7 / VT 17 overlap
Ferrisburgh111.511179.460 VT 22ANorthern terminus of VT 22A
ChittendenCharlotte120.723194.285 VT F-5Eastern terminus of VT F-5
South Burlington –Burlington line130.429209.905 I-189Western terminus of I-189
Burlington131.627211.833
ALT US 7 (Shelburne Street)
Southern terminus of ALT US 7
132.550213.319 US 2 eastSouthern terminus of US 2 / US 7 overlap
133.490214.831
ALT US 7 (Riverside Avenue)
Northern terminus of ALT US 7
Winooski134.783216.912 VT 15Western terminus of VT 15
Colchester135.763218.489 I-89Exit 16 (I-89)
137.579221.412 VT 127Northern terminus of VT 127
139.220224.053 VT 2ANorthern terminus of VT 2A
142.110228.704 US 2 westNorthern terminus of US 2 / US 7 overlap
FranklinGeorgia151.485243.791 VT 104ANorthern terminus of VT 104A
151.648244.054 I-89Exit 18 (I-89)
City of St. Albans160.332258.029 VT 36 eastSouthern terminus of US 7 / VT 36 overlap
160.360258.074 VT 36 westNorthern terminus of US 7 / VT 36 overlap
160.911258.961 VT 38Eastern terminus of VT 38
161.322259.623 VT 105Western terminus of VT 105
Town of St. Albans162.473261.475 VT 207Southern terminus of VT 207
Village of Swanton168.910271.834 VT 78 eastSouthern terminus of US 7 / VT 78 overlap
168.992271.966 VT 78 westNorthern terminus of US 7 / VT 78 overlap
Highgate176.287283.706 I-89Exit 22 (I-89)
     Concurrency terminus     Closed     Unopened

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b United States Department of Agriculture (November 11, 1926). United States System of Highways (Map).
  2. ^ a b c d e f "2006 (Route Log) AADTs - State Highways" (PDF). Vermont Agency of Transportation. June 2007. pp. 19–24. Retrieved 2008-02-21. [dead link]
  3. ^ [1] US Route 7, Vermont Roads. Retrieved 2013-06-19.


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