Traffic: Road closures expected in New Haven, Hartford for firefighter’s funeral, procession


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Processions for fallen New Haven firefighter Ricardo Torres Jr. will take over the streets of New Haven and Interstate-91 North Thursday morning.

New Haven

Road closures in New Haven will likely start around 8 a.m. and will last for most of the morning.

Expect partial road closures on State Street, Trumbull Street, Grand Avenue, and Hillhouse Avenue.

His funeral procession will start at 9:15 a.m. and go from fire headquarters on Grand Avenue, to Olive Street, up Grove Street, a right onto Whitney Ave., a left on Sachem Street and a left onto Hillhouse Avenue. The procession will end at Saint Mary’s Church.

Route 34 is likely the best way to access downtown New Haven for the morning.

Interstate-91 Northbound

After the mass, there will be another longer procession as Torres will be driven up I-91 to Hartford and will be laid to rest in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

The drive up will be beautiful, as firefighters from neighboring towns and cities will be parked along the overpasses to show their support, with ladder trucks displaying American flags.

In Rocky Hill, the Gilbert Street and Orchard Street bridges will be closed from approximately 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM in both directions. This is because the Rocky Hill Fire Department will be there to honor Torres Jr. as the procession goes by the overpass.

If you need alternate routes for traveling on I-91 North from New Haven to Hartford, here are a few we recommend:

  • Take the Parkway to the Berlin Turnpike (Rt. 15)
  • Take Interstate-691 to Interstate-84 East

The procession will end on I-91 North, Exit 27 in Hartford.


In Hartford, there will be road closures near the Cedar Hill Cemetary on Fairfield Avenue. Additional closures will be on Brainard Road, Airport Road, and Wethersfield Avenue. These closures are expected to start at around 12:30 p.m.

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