Vermont Route 16
Vermont Route 16 is a 28-mile north-south state highway in northern Vermont. It begins at
Vermont Route 15in Hardwick, heading northward to U.S. Route 5in Barton. From Barton, it heads eastward to Vermont Route 5Ain Westmore. Vermont Route 16 is a state-numbered town highway east of U.S. Route 5. West of Barton, the road used to be part of New England InterstateRoute 12.
Vermont Route 16 begins at an intersection with
Vermont Route 15in the town of Hardwick, about two miles east of the town center. It proceeds north about 1.7 miles to the village of East Hardwick, roughly paralleling the path of the Lamoille Riverupstream. It continues for several miles through the Lamoille River valley into the village of Greensboro Bend within the town of Greensboro. As VT 16 continues north, it soon passes by Horse Pond, the source of the Lamoille River, clipping the town of Wheelock briefly before returning to Greensboro. After about a mile, VT 16 enters the town of Glover, passing through a mountain pass within the Black Hills, soon reaching Clarks Pond, the source of the Barton River. VT 16, now known as "Dry Pond Road" then follows the Barton River downstream as it continues its northward journey. Several miles later, still following the Barton river, VT 16 meets its first major intersection, Vermont Route 122, about a mile and a half south of Glover center. The road name changes to "Glover Street" at this point and continues towards Glover center.
After passing through Glover center, VT 16 enters the town of Barton, then has a junction with
I-91(at Exit 25) about 1.2 miles later. VT 16 enters the village of Barton, becoming "Church Street" until an intersection with U.S. Route 5in the village square. VT 16 then turns south along US 5 along a short wrong-way concurrencyto "Eastern Avenue", where VT 16 continues eastward. After leaving the village, the road name becomes "Willoughby Lake Road" and runs for another six miles skirting around Barton Mountainas it heads into the town of Westmore. It ends just after entering Westmore at at an intersection with Vermont Route 5A, about a mile north of the Westmore center at the north shore of Lake Willoughby. [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=6181049980978885292,44.499628,-72.323541&saddr=VT-16+%4044.499628,+-72.323541&daddr=44.780434,-72.070484&mra=mi&mrsp=1,0&sz=14&sll=44.774097,-72.075033&sspn=0.028759,0.05785&ie=UTF8&ll=44.644231,-72.123871&spn=0.461179,0.925598&z=10 Google Maps - route of VT 16] ]
The portion of VT 16 west of US 5 was originally numbered in 1922 as part of Route 12 of the
New England road marking system.Motor Sign Uniformity, New York Times, April 16, 1922] Route 12 was a multi-state route known as the "Keene Way" that began in New London, Connecticut, passing through Worcester, Massachusettsand Keene, New Hampshirebefore entering Vermont. In Vermont, it passed through Montpelier and continued north through the village of Barton, ending at the city of |accessdate=2008-02-21]
By 1967, several changes had taken place to the state route designations in the area. North of Montpelier, VT 12 was relocated to use the Montpelier-Morrisvile State Highway. The original VT 12 alignment north of Montpelier was split into two routes. The Montpelier-Hardwick segment was assigned as an extension of
Vermont Route 14, while the Hardwick-Barton segment was re-designated as Vermont Route 16. The Barton-Newport segment, which overlapped with U.S. Route 5, became just U.S. Route 5.cite map|title=Map of New England|year=1967|url=http://www.broermapsonline.org/members/NorthAmerica/UnitedStates/NewEngland/gousha_ra_1967_003.html|publisher=Gousha|accessdate=2008-02-21] VT 16 was later extended along old VT 56 to its current northern terminus at VT 5A. [The VT 16 extension east of Barton was in place by 1986 as shown in a [http://terraserver-usa.com/image.aspx?T=2&S=14&Z=18&X=227&Y=1549&W=1 USGS topographic map] (via terraserver-usa.com)]
notes=Exit 25 (I-91)VTint
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