General Routing

CT line in Holland to Sturbridge

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Expressway full length.


Existed as I-86 in the 70’s and 80’s. See MA 15 for the route history.

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Kurumi’s I-84 entry

Vermonters unearth roads of yore to update maps of public land – The Boston Globe

Vermonters unearth roads of yore to update maps of public land – The Boston Globe: “Paul Gillies, a Montpelier attorney, traveled a slow and circuitous route on an unpaved mountain track until he reached a hairpin bend in the route. Nearby, where fresh snow resembled a dazzling white comforter, a gap between the pine trees appeared to expose remnants of an old, unused road.”

Well, it’s not exactly the kind of road history I’m into – I really only get interested once the routes have numbers – but I still think it’s a fascinating topic. It also plays into my interest (indirectly) of the towns that were abandoned for the Quabbin. Times change and the roads we needed then aren’t so necessary now. Who knows what current highways will still be in use in 200 years?

(Via Boston.com.)


If you stopped by in the past 24 hours or so, youm ight have noticed htings looked a little weird… seems that if you update Drupal (the site software I’m using) via your webhost’s control panel instead of via the instructions in the upgrade package, Bad Things Happen, like your site theme gets blown away.

Lesson learned.

Effect of Southwest Expressway cancellation?

From Flickr, regarding this image:

sds70has posted a comment:

Looking back now, do you think folks wish I-95 was run thru downtown Boston vs. around it? Yesssss, I understand folks houses were saved but in the long term, do you think not fully completing the Interstate plan around Boston is what caused the traffic mess that is in place today ?

This is just my opinion, but no. Building more highways doesn’t seem to fix traffic problems. There’s two sets of traffic problems that this cancellation could conceivably have made worse. One is Rt 128; the other is the Southeast Expressway.

I’ll take the second one first, because it’s easier – adding another route for vehicles to get into the city would have made central Boston’s traffic problems much much worse. It’s not like the highway would have added capacity to the rest of the roads. It certainly could have delayed the traffic on the Expressway, but really it would have just moved it further into the city.

As for 128, I believe that even with 95 signed through the city, folks just passing through would go around Boston as they do with New York. The traffic on 128 suggests a need for better options connecting the suburban towns rather than improved options into the city.


Welcome to the new NortheastHighways.com site.

My plan is to transfer the highway content from neilbert.com over to here. Some of it is already completely here (Mass Route Log), some needs to be fixed (the exit guides).

Design wise, there’s a lot to be done as well – it’s pretty generic. I’m sure someday I’ll get to that.