State Route 8 and 9 in Connecticut

State Route 8 in Connecticut

Get started Bridgeport
End Robertsville
Length 67 mi
Length 108 km
1 → New York City / New Haven2 Downtown Bridgeport

3 Main Street

4 North Avenue

5 Chopsey Hill Road

6 → Newtown

7 Main Street

8 Nichols Avenue

9 Penny Avenue

10 Merritt Parkway

11 Huntington Road

12 Old Stratford Road

13 Constitution Boulevard

14 Shelton

15 Derby

16 Ansonia

17 Griffin Hospital

18 Division Street

19 Great Hill Road

20 Derby Avenue

21 Derby Avenue

22 Seymour

23 Pine Bridge

24 Beacon Falls

25 Cross Street

26 Naugatuck

27 Union City

28 Prospect Street

29 Main Street

30 Washington Avenue

31 Downtown Waterbury

32 → Danbury / Hartford

33 Watertown Avenue

34 Riverside Street

35 Rudy Avenue

36 Huntingdon Avenue

37 Frost Bridge Road



40 Main Street

41 Campville Road

42 Litchfield Road

43 South Torrington

44 Torrington

45 Winsted Road

46 North Torrington

47 Winsted


State Route 8 or SR-8 is a state route in the US state of Connecticut. The road forms a north-south link in the west of the state and is largely a freeway. The route is 108 kilometers long.

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Travel directions

The highway begins in the greater city of Bridgeport, at Interstate 95. The road then runs 2×3 lanes northeast and is an alternate route from New York to Hartford via I-84 for I-95/I-91 or the Wilbur Cross Parkway. On the north side of Bridgeport, SR-25 exits toward Danbury, while SR-8 continues straight ahead north. The highway then narrows to 2×2 lanes and intersects with Merritt Parkway, the parallel highway from New York toward Hartford off I-95. Further north, the highway has 2×3 lanes again and passes through an urbanized area. One then crosses the Housatonic River and enters a slightly less densely built-up area, with a lot of forest and small suburbs. Further north, the road narrows again to 2×2 lanes. The highway joins the Naugatuck River here. This area is hilly with small rock walls. One then reaches the city of Waterbury, which has 108,000 inhabitants. Via a major interchange, one crosses Interstate 84, the highway from Scranton to Hartford. After Waterbury, the SR-8 continues its route through a hilly area with villages that have grown together from time to time. The last larger town is Torrington, after which in Winsted at US 44 the road becomes a regular main road to the border with Massachusetts.

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The road existed as a toll road from 1801 to 1862. In 1959, the first section of the highway between Shelton and Seymour opened, which includes a 1951 Housatonic River bridge. The section through Waterbury opened to traffic in 1968, the section through Torrington followed in 1970 and the southernmost section into Bridgeport in 1972.

For a long time, however, there were two missing links. After 1970, the influence of anti-highway groups in politics increased, which almost completely brought the construction of new highways to a standstill. However, two parts were still missing between Bridgeport and Waterbury. The northern section between Seymour and Naugatuck was finally opened in 1982, followed by the southern section between Bridgeport and Seymour in 1983, completing the highway in its current form.

Opening history

From Unpleasant Length Date
Exit 13 Shelton Exit 19 Seymour 7 km 00-00-1959
Exit 26 Naugatuck Exit 29 Platts Mill Rd 3 km 00-00-1960
Exit 19 Ansonia Exit 22 Seymour 5 km 00-00-1962
Exit 29 Platts Mill Rd Exit 39 Thomaston 20 km 00-00-1968
Exit 42 Harwinton Exit 47 Winsted 18 km 00-00-1970
Exit 1 I-95 Bridgeport Exit 6 CT-25 Bridgeport 7 km 00-00-1972
Exit 22 Seymour Exit 26 Naugatuck 11 km 00-00-1982
Exit 6 CT-25 Bridgeport Exit 13 Shelton 12 km 00-00-1983

Traffic intensities

Every day, 81,000 to 102,000 vehicles drive into Bridgeport, then drop to 57,000 to 82,000 vehicles further towards Waterbury. The quietest point is north of Seymour with 42,000 vehicles. This rises to a maximum of 77,000 vehicles in Waterbury. 22,000 vehicles passed through Torrington. This drops to 11,000 vehicles at the end of the highway in Winsted.

State Route 9 in Connecticut

Get started Old Saybrook
End Hartford
Length 41 mi
Length 66 km
1 → New Haven / Providence2 Old Saybrook

3 Essex

4 Centerbrook

5 Deep River

6 Chester

7 Moodus

8 Beaver Meadow Road

9 Higganum

10 Dart Island

11 Randolph Road

12 Saybrook Road

13 Downtown Middletown

16 Arrigoni Bridge

18 North Middletown

19 Cromwell Square

20 → New Haven / Hartford

21 Mill Street

22 → New Haven / Hartford

23 Kensington

24 New Britain

25 Ellis Street

26 Elm Street

27 → Waterbury

28 Main Street

29 Cedar Street

30 Hartford Road

32 → Waterbury / Hartford

State Route 9 or SR-9 is a state route and freeway in the U.S. state of Connecticut. The highway connects the Hartford metropolitan area with the south coast of Connecticut. The route is 66 kilometers long.

Travel directions

The highway begins in Old Saybrook, a village off Interstate 95. The highway then runs through wooded and fairly sparsely populated area to the northwest, more or less parallel to the Connecticut River. This is one of the few areas in Connecticut that is not urbanized. After about 40 kilometers you pass through the first suburb of Hartford, Middletown. The highway will then still have 2×2 lanes. Not far after that, one crosses Interstate 91, the highway from New Haven to Hartford. It then enters the suburb of New Britain, after which 2×4 lanes are available. One crosses the SR-72, a short highway to I-84 towards Waterbury. Not far after, the SR-9 terminates at a partially disused stack node with Interstate 84.


Construction of the SR-9 as a highway began in the mid-1950s. In 1969, the section between I-95 and I-91 was completed. There were plans to run SR-9 north through Hartford, but these were called off during the Freeway Revolts. At the time, I-291 was intended as a three-quarter ring around Hartford, but was also largely canceled. The SR-9 was then rerouted via New Britain to the I-84 via the land available at the time. This results in a partially unused stack node with the I-84.

Traffic intensities

Every day, 30,000 vehicles travel on I-95 at Old Saybrook, then drop to 22,000 vehicles, then gradually rise again to a maximum of 67,000 vehicles in Middletown. The busiest point is for New Britain with 71,000 vehicles. The northernmost part has 40,000 vehicles.

State Route 9 in Connecticut

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