The portion of Route 118 between SR 800 (old Route 8) and Route 254 is a two-lane limited access road. Although there are no interchanges or grade separations, the state has control over any side street or driveway access (and there just a few). Some maps incorrectly show this section as a freeway. The old Route 118 (East Litchfield Road) meanders alongside the new.
As of Jan. 25, 2002, a 2.77-mile segment of Route 118 in Litchfield is designated a state scenic road. The designation runs from Clark Road to Route 63.