If You Are Not Shopping On Black Friday, Try To Avoid Rt. 81 at the Outlets

Officials at the Clinton Police Department have said, "bottom line there's going to be traffic and lots of it."


The members of the Clinton Police Department, who have the unlucky role of receiving many, many traffic complaints on Black Friday, are advising Clinton commuters and residents to avoid Route 81, especially near Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets if at all possible.

This goes for Killingworth residents as well.

Route 81, as you near the outlet mall from both directions, will be absolutely packed with traffic on Friday, Nov. 23, said police.

"We understand that people needing to get to the Henry Carter Hull Library or The Morgan School have no real alternate route and will just have to do their best dealing with congestion," said police.

"Every year we get complaints about the traffic. The bottom line is there’s going to be traffic and lots of it regardless of the weather," said police.

Black Friday, held the day after Thanksgiving, is a huge shopping day across the country and folks come from all over the state, Rhode Island and New York to shop at Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets.

Friday and Saturday will be the busiest days. 

The Clinton Police would like to suggest people consider using the following alternate routes:

  • For North/South travel use either Cow Hill Road (West of Rt. 81) or Hurd Bridge/ Glenwood Road to Liberty Street (East of Rt. 81).
  • It is also suggested that people needing to access I-95 consider getting on I-95 at exit 62 (Hammonasset Connector) in Madison for southbound travel; and exit 64 (Route 145) in Westbrook for northbound travel.
Phil Sengle November 20, 2012 at 03:20 PM
The Clinton P.D. put together a good plan, but there is only so much anyone can do. Another problem is the mad shoppers who will fight over merchandise or places in line. Obviously they have no holiday spirit. Someone would have to pay me a lot to shop on Friday. Well at least we get good tax revenue because the outlets are in Clinton. The only other good news is that the outlets will pay for police overtime, but I bet many in our overtaxed department would just like to have the day off.
Bob Torcello November 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM
They should at least stock each car with plenty of Tylenol.


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