Connecticut Route 80
Map of southern Connecticut with Route 80 highlighted in red
|Maintained by ConnDOT|
|Length:||25.91 mi (41.70 km)|
|Existed:||1932 – present|
|West end:||Route 17 in New Haven|
|East end:||Route 154 in Deep River|
|Counties:||New Haven, Middlesex|
Route 80 is a 25.9 mile highway that runs through south-central Connecticut. The west end is in the Quinnipiac Meadows neighborhood, and the east end is in beautiful Deep River. Route 80 runs within 5 miles of many town squares- including Downtown New Haven. It is easily accessible from I-91, or Totoket Road in Norh Branford. The road previews some forest and rolling hills in towns like Killingworth and Deep River. It passes Dream Lake in Madison, and many other lakes on the way, making it one of the most scenic routes in southern Connecticut. While the first 10 miles on the west side of the highway is mostly urban, busy, and stores, the rest is rural and beautiful and has easy access to I-95.
Route 80 begins at the junction of I-91 and Route 17 in New Haven (at Exit 8). Route 17 splits off and heads northward right after the exit. Route 80 begins as a 4-lane principal arterial road in New Haven, continuing due east for almost its entire length. It has a junction with the southern end of Route 103 before entering East Haven. It then passes the north end of Route 100 before crossing into North Branford. In North Branford, it has a 1.50 miles (2.41 km) overlap with Route 22, during which it meets the north end of Route 139. Just east of the Route 22 concurrency, Route 80 becomes a 2 lane minor rural arterial road and enters Guilford. It crosses Route 77 in North Guilford before entering Madison. In the village of North Madison, it meets Route 79 at a roundabout. It then enters Killingworth, where it passes Chatfield Hollow State Park and intersects with Route 81 at a traffic circle in the center of town. After crossing into Deep River, it briefly overlaps with Route 145, then meets Route 9 at Exit 5 about 0.6 miles (0.97 km) before its terminus at Route 154.
In 1818, a toll road was chartered running from the Boston Post Road at the Guilford-Madison town line northeast through Killingworth center, then east to Deep River, ending at the Middlesex Turnpike. The turnpike, known as the Pettipauge and Guilford Turnpike, used Green Hill Road in Madison then modern Route 80 to Deep River. In 1824, another turnpike was built, beginning in the Fair Haven section of New Haven, heading eastward along modern Route 80, and ending at the Pettipauge and Guilford Turnpike in Killingworth center. This was known as the Fairhaven Turnpike.
In 1922, when Connecticut first publicly signed its state highways with route numbers, several new numbered routes where created from these two turnpikes. From Fair Haven to North Branford center, State Highway 135 was created. Old Highway 135 continued south from North Branford center along modern Route 139 to the Boston Post Road. The eastward continuation of the old Fairhaven Turnpike between North Branford center and the village of North Guilford was designated as State Highway 140. The portion of the old Pettipaue and Guilford Turnpike between Killingworth center and Deep River center became State Highway 175.
Modern Route 80 was established as part of the 1932 state highway renumbering from old highways 175, 140, and the east–west portion of 135. In 1940, its east end was relocated to US 1 in Old Saybrook along Warsaw Street, Main Street, Middlesex Turnpike, and Essex Road. In the 1950s, it was extended west to Route 10 in New Haven along Middletown Avenue, State Street, Edwards Street, Munson Street, and Henry Street to Route 10 (Sherman Avenue). In 1962, the western end was truncated to its current location at Route 17. In 1966, with the opening of Route 9, the eastern end of Route 80 was truncated and rerouted to its current location.
|New Haven||New Haven||0.00||0.00||Route 17 north – North Haven|
|0.03||0.048||I-91 – New Haven, Hartford||Exit 8 (I-91)|
|0.44||0.71||Route 103 north – North Haven|
|East Haven||2.37||3.81||Route 100 south – East Haven|
|North Branford||4.80||7.72||Route 22 west – Northford||Northern terminus of CT 22 overlap. CT 22 changes from signed East-West to signed North-South|
|6.17||9.93||Route 139 south – Branford|
|6.30||10.14||Route 22 south – Guilford||Southern terminus of CT 22 overlap|
|Guilford||9.48||15.26||Route 77 – Durham, Guilford|
|Madison||14.03||22.58||Route 79 – Durham, Madison||Rotary intersection|
|Middlesex||Killingworth||18.19||29.27||Route 81 – Clinton, Higganum||Traffic circle|
|Deep River||21.60||34.76||Route 145 south – Clinton, Westbrook||Southern terminus of CT 145 overlap|
|21.95||35.33||Route 145 north – Chester||Northern terminus of CT 145 overlap|
|25.28||40.68||Route 9 – Old Saybrook, Middletown||Exit 5 (Route 9)|
|25.91||41.70||Route 154 – Haddam, Essex|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi