Connecticut Route 81

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Route 81

Map of Middlesex County in southern Connecticut with Route 81 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CTDOT
Length15.75 mi[1] (25.35 km)
Major junctions
South end US 1 in Clinton
Major intersections I-95 / Conn. Turnpike in Clinton
Route 9 in Haddam
North end Route 154 in Haddam
CountryUnited States
Highway system
  • Connecticut State Highway System
Route 80 Route 82

Route 81 is a state highway in Connecticut from Clinton center through Killingworth center to the village of Higganum in the town of Haddam.

Route description

Northeast Corridor railway bridge over Hull Street (Route 81) in Clinton

Route 81 begins at an intersection with US 1 in the town center of Clinton and heads north as Hull Street then quickly shifts to High Street. It intersects with I-95 (exit 63) about 0.7 miles (1.1 km) north of US 1 and passes in front of the Clinton Crossing outlet mall before heading into the town of Killingworth. North of I-95 in Clinton, the road is known as Killingworth Turnpike. In Killingworth, Route 81 becomes Clinton Road and has a junction with Route 80 south of the town center at a rotary. North of Route 80, the road becomes known as Higganum Road, intersecting with Route 148 north of the town center before crossing into the town of Haddam. In Haddam, Route 81 is known as Killingworth Road and has an interchange with Route 9 at exit 9 before ending at an intersection with Route 154 in the village of Higganum.[1]


In the 19th century, the road connecting the villages of Clinton, Killingworth, and Higganum was a private turnpike known as the Killingworth and Haddam Turnpike. The turnpike was chartered in 1813 and collected tolls until 1850. In 1922, the length of the old turnpike was designated as a state road with designation State Highway 106. As part of the 1932 state highway renumbering, modern Route 81 was created from old Highway 106.[2][3]

Junction list

The entire route is in Middlesex County.

Clinton0.000.00 US 1 – Madison, Westbrook
0.731.17 I-95 / Conn. Turnpike – New London, New HavenExit 63 on I-95/Connecticut Turnpike
Killingworth5.989.62 Route 80 – Deep River, North MadisonTraffic circle
8.2913.34 Route 148 – Chester, Durham
Haddam13.9722.48 Route 9 – Old Saybrook, MiddletownExit 15 on Route 9
15.7525.35 Route 154 – Middletown, HaddamNorthern terminus of Route 81
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c Connecticut State Highway Log Archived 2015-09-05 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "Road Conditions in Connecticut". The Hartford Daily Courant. July 9, 1932. p. 10. Retrieved December 24, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Connecticut Routes, Route 81

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