pragmaticCTcpl 61M/50F
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6/5/2006 4:02 pm

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6/8/2006 12:13 pm



Living in Litchfield County, it's not always easy to "get here, from there."

The drive home from work today brought that reality to mind...once again..!

Three times a week, I drive in and out of Hartford...and the other two days, Meriden.

They're both less than 30 miles from our driveway, but the drive to Hartford takes 60 minutes (on GOOD days), while Meriden takes only 30 minutes.

Driving to's all highway, but to get to Hartford, without adding another 25 miles to the trip, the first 12 miles or so, are all back roads, or two-laners through towns.

Route 72, from the end of the expressway on the Plainville/Forestville line...through Bristol, is the biggest bottleneck.

Once upon a time...there actually was a plan to finish the Route 72 expressway all the way to Route 8, somewhere south of Torrington, near the Litchfield/Harwinton town line. Bumper stickers saying "Route 72 NOW" used to be in vogue on every car that crawled along it's slow and pokey length.

Those cars have all gone to crunch & mash auto graveyards...the bumper stickers have become collector items...and Route 72 is still a slow & pokey bottleneck.

But just think of the laughs I get every other day..!

The house where Gary Burghoff (Radar O'Reilly from the movie and TV show M*A*S*H) was born is STILL there..!

You can have your birthday...anniversary...or any other special occasion up on the flashing time/temperature sign in front of the storage bin place..! you approach the Memorial Boulevard in Bristol (actually not part of 72...just a straighter way to the center), and read the large sign that prohibits ANYTHING other than vehicles with passenger car license plates from driving on can usually count a dozen pick up trucks (with COMBINATION plates) testing Bristol's 61-11C ordinance...or is it testing Bristol's finest..?

I understand that highway construction today is very expensive...claiming eminant domain at current real estate prices alone would bankrupt the State...but they DID finally finish hooking up Route 9 with I-84 at the "Bridges To Nowhere"...and our last governor DID do a year in the slammer for getting a hot tub and summer cottage improvements in exchange for giving construction contracts to those that offered why won't they finish Route 72..????

I just wish there was a way to get back that extra 30 minutes...twice a day...for every trip I've made on Route 72....over the past 20+ years.

I'd still be in my 40's..!!!!!!


docdirk 47M

6/5/2006 5:49 pm

I live 1.5 miles from work!

BTW, when the hell are they ever going to seriously consider finishing route 11??? That's the biggy around my parts.

Gary Burghoff is from CT? I had no idea. I love M*A*S*H!

Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...

pragmaticCTcpl replies on 6/6/2006 3:12 pm:
They'll get around to finishing Route 72 and Route 11 about the time that the quote from another "doc"....Doc Emmett Brown...comes to fruition.

"Roads...? Where we're going, we don't need any roads..!"

Yep....Radar was born in Forestville, CT.

mycin62 54F

6/5/2006 6:41 pm

Hell, maybe even in your 30's!!!

pragmaticCTcpl replies on 6/6/2006 3:17 pm:
Hmmmmmm....let me see......

5 hours a week...times 50 weeks a year...times 20+ years....divided by 24 hours in a day....divided by 365 days in a year.....

SHIT...!!! It wouldn't even take me back to 49..!

MWWwantsmore 51F

6/6/2006 9:35 am

Hell I know where you are talking about. In fact there is an article in todays paper about the RTE 72 project getting more costly. From what I can think of, there is no other route. If I think of one I will let you know! I grew up right across from the Memorial Boulevard

pragmaticCTcpl replies on 6/6/2006 3:35 pm:
That's the shortest way to go.

Even going straight off the end of the expressway...through the intersection...and then turning right on Pine Street, then up over Mountain Road...straight through a dozen lights, and right on Wolcott Street, and back to 72, takes a long time...not too mention the railroad tracks tear up your tires on Pine Street..!

Small world..! I'll bet I'm not the only one who walked through the tunnel back when Tinty's was W. T. Grant..!

MWWwantsmore 51F

6/6/2006 5:07 pm

LOL I remember that river flooding and furniture floating down the river from Tinty's. Downtown was a different place then! Jon Maries was there too.

pragmaticCTcpl replies on 6/7/2006 9:24 am:
Jon Marie's....and now it's a karate school..? There's downtown revitalization at it's best..! No wonder they want to tear down the mall...McDonald's needs the parking..!

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