Highway Department, State

Agency Website

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Statutory Authority

Connecticut General Statutes Chapter 236

Agency History 

1895, Chapter CCCXV (Public Acts)

State Board of Highway Commissioners and Connecticut Highway Department established

1897, Chapter CCXXIX (Public Acts)

Board of Commissioners replaced by a single State Highway Commissioner

1969, October 1, Public Act 69-768

Merged into the new Department of Transportation and became the Bureau of Highways

Published Histories/Articles

Connecticut. State Highway Dept. Forty Years of Highway Development in Connecticut, 1895-1935.  New Haven : Published for the Tercentenary Commission by Yale University Press, 1935. [CSL Call Number ConnDoc T271h p v.4. nos. 47-60]

Connecticut. State Highway Dept. Fifty years of State Highways in Connecticut. Hartford : Highway Commissioner's Office, 1945. [CSL Call Number ConnDoc H533f]

Connecticut. Bureau of Roadside Development. Seven Years Along Connecticut Highways, 1927-1934 : The Story of the Operation of the Bureau of Roadside Development of the Connecticut Highway Department. Hartford : State Highway Dept., 1934. [CSL Call Number ConnDoc H533ro s]

Connecticut. Dept. of Transportation. Managing Travel in Connecticut : 100 years of Progress : Connecticut Department of Transportation 100 Year History. [Newington, Conn.?] : The Department in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, [1995]. [CSL Call Number ConnDoc T687 matr]

Connecticut. Dept. of Transportation. Office of Management Services. Historical Events: Connecticut Department of Transportation. Wethersfield : Connecticut Department of Transportation, 1987. [CSL Call Number ConnDoc T687ms hiev]

Creamer, Warren M. History Outline of the Connecticut State Highway Department. Wethersfield : Connecticut Dept. of Transportation, 1975. [CSL Call Number ConnDoc T687 his]

Connecticut. State Planning Board. History of Transportation in Connecticut. Hartford : The Board, 1937. [CSL Call Number:ConnDoc P693tr h]

Agency Documents

Check the State Library catalog for availability of publications by the agency: 

Annual Reports are located in:

[CSL Call Number ConnDoc H533]

Connecticut Public Documents.

Digest of Administrative Reports to the Governor [CSL Call Number ConnDoc F40 d]

State Archives Record Group: RG 089 (Dept. of Transportation)

List of Commissioners


Years of Service

W.R. McDonald

July 1895 - 1897

A.C. Sternberg

July 1895 - 1897

James H. MacDonald

July 1895 - 1897

James H. MacDonald


Charles J. Bennett


John A. Macdonald


William J. Cox


G. Albert Hill


Newman E. Argraves


Howard S. Ives


Note : From July 1895 to early 1897 there were 3 commissioners serving together. One of them - James H. MacDonald - became the first single commissioner in 1897.