MA 70

General Routing

Worcester to Lancaster via Clinton

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Multiplex with MA 62 in Clinton. Picks up MA 110 briefly as well.
Multiplex with MA 117 north of Lancaster.

History

Worcester to Clinton existed as early as 1933. The section north of Clinton to MA 2 is a recent phenomenon, probably between 1983 and 1986.

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MA 52

retired

General Routing

CT line in Webster to Worcester.

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Expressway for the entire length.

History

Rt 52 make its first potential appearance in 1969. CT had finished its highway up the state line and it crossed as far as current exit 1. I assume (but do not know) that the stub of road was MA 52. The highway was completed to exit 3 in 1972. My 1975 AAA shows it complete to modern exit 4. It also does not show exit 3, and shows MA 12 ending at the newly completed exit 4. The 1979 state map shows it as complete to I-90, exit 6 built and marked as 6, no exit 5, and exit 3 is reinstated as a highway stub to Rt 12, which has returned to the border. The highway was renumbered I-395 in 1983.

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Trivia

52 may be the only Massachusetts highway to only ever exist as a divided highway.


US 20

General Routing

NY line in Pittsfield to Boston via Springfield, Auburn, Marlborough, Waltham and Watertown.

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Cosigned with US 7 from Pittsfield to Lenox.
Cosigned with MA 8 east of West Becket.
Multiplexed with I-291 through Springfield.
Cosigned with MA 32 in Palmer.
Brief multiplex with MA 19 in Brimfield.
Cosigned with MA 12 in Auburn.
Cosigned with MA 2 briefly in Boston.

History

Originally NE-5. In 1930, US 20 took a more northern route from Palmer to Worcester, passing along what is now MA 67 and MA 9. East of Worcester, it originally passed through Shrewsbury in a more-or-less straight route into Northborough. By 1933, US 20 was onto its current routing.

The only other significant route changes are in the city of Springfield. Originally, US 20 crossed the river where MA 147 does now and then routed up State St to Boston Road. Between 1972 and 1974, US 20 was routed up I-291 to Page Blvd, where it took over MA 20A‘s routing to Boston Rd.

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Links

Dan Vincent’s US 20 page.


MA 49

General Routing

Sturbridge to Spencer.

History

Shows as proposed in 1971 and built in 1972.

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Opinions

Just my thought, but could have been planned as an extension to 15/84. It feels like the road was overbuilt for what it is being used for.


MA 23

General Routing

NY line in Egremont to Woronoco via Great Barrington.

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Cosigned with US 7 through Great Barrington.
Brief multiplex with MA 8 in Otis.

History

See the entry for MA 17 for details on the route numbering; Rt 23 first appears on my 1939 map from the NY line to Woronoco. The route is still the same now.

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Links

Mark Sinsabaugh’s NY 23 entry


MA 22

General Routing

Beverly to Essex

History

First appears on my 1933 map and really hasn’t changed much since.

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MA 148

General Routing

Sturbridge to Oakham

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Multiplex with MA 67 in North Brookfield.
Very brief multiplex with MA 9 in Brookfield.

History

First posted between 1969 and 1971 from Sturbridge to N. Brookfield. The extension north to Oakham occurred after 1986.

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MA 146A

General Routing

Uxbridge.

History

Former (original) routing of MA 146. Number first appears on maps in 1969; may have existed before 1966 (when the new road was opened).

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MA 186

General Routing

East Longmeadow

History

Extension of CT 186. Posted at least as early as 1939, and possibly as early as 1936.

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Links

Kurumi’s CT 186 entry