Description - The Merritt Parkway is one of the few highways that inspires both reverence and devotion among fans and supporters, many of whom use it daily or live near its winding path through Connecticut's Fairfield County. The Merritt is one of the earliest successful limited-access regional highways built in the 1930's in order to cope with the rise in automobile ownership. Students of urban planning and landscape architecture may not share the same intense feelings as local residents, but they have nonetheless helped enshrine the Merritt as an icon of the automobile age and a model of highway planning.
As construction of the second and final section of the Merritt was completed and opened for traffic in 1940, the Merritt was already acclaimed as special. Immediately recognized as a special kind of highway whose design emphasized the pleasure of driving without sacrificing such mundane considerations as speed, efficiency, and safety, the populace looked on the parkway not as a highway but literally as a park. By their sheer numbers alone, users of the parkway endorsed its achievement. For example, 30,480 cars passed through the Greenwich tolls near the New York-Connecticut line on July 24, 1939, even before the parkway was completed.
Today, thousands of commuters, tourists, and locals continue to travel the Merritt Parkway, beneficiaries of a park of which Governor Wilbur Cross said, "There is no more beautiful or more scenic parkway in America," when he opened the first section in 1938.
- The Merritt Parkway is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.
Directions from : The Merritt Parkway (Route 15) begins at the New York state line at the terminus of the Hutchinson River Parkway and continues to an intersection with Route 34 outside of West Haven.