Interstate 89 in Vermont


Get started White River Junction
End Highgate Springs
Length 131 mi
Length 210 km
  • New Hampshire→ Springfield / St Johnsbury
  • 1 White River Junction
  • 2 Sharon
  • 3 Bethel
  • 4 Randolph
  • 5 Williamstown
  • 6 Barre
  • 7 Barre
  • 8 Montpelier
  • 9 Middlesex
  • 10 Waterbury
  • 11 Richmond
  • 12 Essex
  • 13 → Burlington
  • 14 Burlington
  • 15 Winooskic
  • 16 Winooskic
  • 17 Sand Bar State Park
  • 18 Fairfax
  • 19 St Albans
  • 20 North St Albans
  • 21 Swanton
  • 22 Highgate Springs

Interstate 89 or I -89 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Vermont. The highway forms a diagonal north-south route through the center and north of the state, running from the New Hampshire border at White River Junction to the Canadian border at Highgate Springs, passing through the capital Montpelier and the largest city of Burlington along the way.. The route is 210 kilometers long.

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Travel directions

I-89 at Hartford.

I-89 between Montpelier and Burlington.

I-89 at US 2 in Burlington.

Interstate 89 in New Hampshire crosses the border into Vermont at White River Junction, and here directly intersects Interstate 91, which runs from Springfield to Quebec. Shortly afterwards you cross the US 4, which leads to Rutland. I-89 then runs north in 2×2 lanes, parallel to the White River. The area becomes more hilly here, as you cross the Green Mountains. The area surrounding the highway is densely wooded and sparsely populated. The I-89 is a beautiful route with variety. One then reaches the capital of Vermont, the 8,000 inhabitants town of Montpelier. It is the smallest state capital in the United States. After Montpelier, the highway turns west and US 2 runs parallel to the highway. From the highway one has a view of mountain peaks over 1,000 meters high. One then descends again to the valley around the large Lake Champlain. Here you reach the 39,000 inhabitants town of Burlington, the largest city in Vermont. Here the short Interstate 189 turns off to the lake shore, and is no more than a glorified driveway from I-89.

At Burlington, the highway also turns north, then parallels Lake Champlain toward Montreal. Now US 7 runs parallel to the highway. Further north there are no towns bigger than a village, and after 210 kilometers you reach the Canadian border at Highgate Springs. Interstate 89 ends here, and Route 133 continues toward Montréal, which later becomes a highway, Autoroute 35. The city of Montreal is barely 70 kilometers from here as the crow flies.

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Interstate 89 mainly opened during the 1960s. Already in 1960 the first part opened to traffic near the capital Montpelier. On November 17, 1970, the last 49 kilometers between Bethel and Montpelier opened.

Opening history

The opening dates below are mainly from the Montpelier to Burlington section.

From Unpleasant Length Opening
exit 8 Exit 9 10 km 21-11-1960
Exit 9 Exit 10 8 km 31-12-1960
Exit 10 Exit 10a 12 km 20-11-1961
exit 12 Exit 15 6 km 29-11-1962
Exit 15 Exit 16 2 km 01-11-1963
Exit 11 exit 12 14 km 06-11-1963
Exit 10a Exit 11 12 km 30-10-1964
Exit 16 Exit 17 11 km 00-11-1964
Exit 21 Exit 22 9 km 00-00-1965
Exit 3 exit 8 49 km 19-11-1970

Traffic intensities

I-89 is a fairly quiet highway. There are barely 14,000 vehicles between White River Junction and Montpelier, and the busiest point in the entire state is I-89 at Burlington with 52,000 vehicles per day. Only 3,300 vehicles cross the Canadian border every day.

Interstate 89 in Vermont