Despite the traffic, construction and removal of trees, the Merritt Parkway is still more pleasant than 95. (Then again, so is colonoscopy prep.)
Back in 1939 — a couple of years after it opened — the Merritt really was a “parkway,” though.
So were the entrances. Here’s a shot of Exit 42 southbound, on Weston Road. The commuter parking lot was decades in the future.
I have no idea when the calming island was removed.