In Connecticut, however, the original US 7 took a different path.
Entering from the north in North Canaan (as today), US 7 then followed Route 41 southwest out of Sharon, and into New York State.
The road winds along the wooded riverbank through the Housatonic Meadows State Park.
Your journey ends at Route 128 in West Cornwall, where you'll find a second covered bridge, and maybe even a few trout fisherman looking to bring home a trophy catch." US 7 is best known in Connecticut for the "Super 7", a controversial, decades-old plan to upgrade the road to a full freeway between Norwalk and Danbury.
And Matthew Currie recalls a Massachusetts widening (involving today's SR 832) which was bypassed soon afterward, nearly abandoning what is now MA 7A, the continuation of SR 832.
US 7 is a major north-south corridor, especially from Danbury to Norwalk, and various expressway proposals have been on the table for over four decades.
In my hometown of Canaan, they went so far as to condemn and destroy the town playground, community house, and ballfield, along with one of the oldest homes in the area, dating back to the 1700's.
The project subsequently died, and the State sold off the lands which it had acquired.
The same year, 200 supporters of "New Route 7 Now" went to Hartford to demand the new highway be built.
In July 1963, the state completed its survey of the US 7 freeway in Norwalk, from I-95 to the Wilton town line. The relocation was divided into three segments for planning: In 1966, the Tri-State Transportation Commission issued another report that included recommendation of a US 7 expressway. Fills need for facility between Taconic Pkway and Conn.
"Travel from bridge to bridge on this magnificent 4.3-mile stretch.
Begin at the Cornwall Bridge crossing of the Housatonic River, and travel north through the backwoods of Litchfield County.
More ambitious plans in the 1960s called for extending the freeway along the entire length of US 7, in all three states.