How America’s First Highway Became A ‘Killer’ Road In Connecticut

Credit: Ryan Caron King for WNPR

Credit: Ryan Caron King for WNPR

Ray Rauth transplanted from New York City to Connecticut 30 years ago. Rauth thought he’d moved out to the country, but the roads near his home felt too dangerous for a quiet stroll.

This summer, the 75-year-old pedestrian advocate walked Connecticut’s coast to draw attention to the state’s most dangerous road for pedestrians: The Boston Post Road.

Colonial postmen once rode horses along the Post Road to deliver the country’s first newspapers between New York and Boston. Today, the road’s called U.S. 1. It runs along the East Coast with up to six lanes of traffic—and few sidewalks.

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