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Interstate 691 or I -691 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Connecticut. The highway forms an east-west connection between I-84 in Waterbury and I-91 in Meriden, southwest of the state capital Hartford. The route is 14 kilometers long.
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I-691 in Meriden.
Just east of the city of Waterbury, I-691 branches off from Interstate 84, the Waterbury to Hartford highway. The highway has 2×2 lanes, which will be widened to 2×3 lanes in Meriden. This city crosses Interstate 91, the highway from New Haven to Hartford. Shortly thereafter, I-691 ends on a minor road to Middletown.
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I-691 was planned later than most other highways in Connecticut. The route first appeared in the 1962 plans when the US 6 Expressway was planned from Southington to Willimantic over a distance of 60 kilometers. It was then planned that the highway would be opened in 1975. In 1965, the first three-mile section between Meriden and Middlefield opened, then little more than a service road to I-91. The number was changed from US 6 to State Route 66 in 1969. In 1979 most highway plans around Hartford were scrapped. State Route 66 was then renumbered as I-691. In 1988, the western portion of the highway opened to traffic as far as I-84. This was one of the last new highways in Connecticut.
In 2012, 64,000 to 73,000 vehicles drove daily on most of I-691, except between the two branches of SR-15 and I-91, which had 35,000 vehicles.