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I know itâ€™s hard to believe, but 70 years ago, when the first section of the Merritt Parkway opened, gas was cheap and America had a love affair with the automobile.
The road was meant to connect Fairfield County to New York City, and alleviate traffic along the â€œPost Roadâ€, route 1.
The parkwayâ€™s physical beauty was, and still is, a big part of itâ€™s appeal. A narrow, winding road, lined by trees and shrubs, and marked by lavishly decorated art deco bridges.
Now that automotive love affair is over, but the Merritt is still the commuter highway of choice for millions.
Today, where we live, a live broadcast from Fairfield University, weâ€™ll talk about the history and the future of this historic Connecticut landmark, as we enter an age of new transportation needs.
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