Tag: interstate

I-895

retired

General Routing

RI line in Attleboro to RI line in Fall River

History

Never built. Was to be part of a complete beltway of Providence. See I-295 for history.

Links

Kurumi’s I-895 entry

I-295

See also: MA 295

General Routing

RI line in North Attleboro to Attleboro

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Expressway, full length

History

Shows as a proposal in 1961. Between 1967 and 1969, it was completed in Massachusetts. The 1969 state highway map shows a proposed route continuing east of I-95, then turning due south at MA 123. It would have crossed I-195 at exit 2, then turned west to return into RI. No route number is listed, just the designation “Proposed Interstate”. In 1971, this proposal was shown as I-895, without the turn west into RI. A 1972 map shows the built section of 295 listed as 895 as well; I would believe this to be a error. Between 1974 and 1975, this proposed route was removed from the maps.

 
Links

Kurumi’s I-295 entry

I-391

General Routing

Springfield to Holyoke via Chicopee

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Expressway, full length

History

391 shows as a proposal in 1969. By 1971, a small section up to Chicopee St had been completed. By 1979, the rest was shown as under construction. Between 1983 and 1986, the highway was completed and opened.

 
Links

Kurumi’s I-391 entry
Dan Vincent’s I-391 page.

I-495

General Routing

Wareham to Salisbury via Middleboro, Milford, Lowell and Haverhill.

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Expressway, full length.

History

I-495 first shows as a proposed route from Westboro at MA 9 north to I-95 in Salisbury. By 1961, the section from MA 111 in Boxboro to MA 97 in Haverhill was under construction. The proposal had also extended south to I-95 near Mansfield. By 1966, the highway was built from Rt 9 to MA 110, with sections under construction to the Mass Pike to the south and I-95 to the north. By 1969, the enitre highway from Mansfield to Salisbury was open except for a gap between MA 126 and MA 85 near Milford. This was completed by 1971, and already another proposal was on the maps – an extension southward to the intersection of MA 24 and MA 25 just outside Taunton. Construction began between 1977 and 1979 on this section and was completed by 1986.

In March 2008, a $7.5 million project was approved to add a second lane to each of the ramps to I-90. The work is scheduled to be completed by early December. [1]

 
Links

Kurumi’s I-495 entry

[1] Metrowest Daily News Mass. Pike/495 interchange to be widened

I-195

General Routing

RI line in Seekonk to Wareham.

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Expressway, full length

History

195 was completed to exit 3 by 1961. By 1966, it had reached exit 4, and was under construction to New Bedford. It was complete to New Bedford by 1969. By 1975, the entire route was completed.

 
Links

Kurumi’s I-195 entry

I-290

General Routing

Auburn to Hudson via Worcester

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Expressway full length

History

I-290 first appears on a 1961 map, roughly along the same route as now to Shrewsbury. It then was to turn more southerly, crossing US 20 and MA 135 south of Northboro Center, crossing MA 30 and MA 9 slightly east of their intersection in Westboro, then meeting I-495 between the Mass Pike and Rt 9 interchanges. By 1966, the proposed route had been shifted to match more closely what it is now. The highway was completed between 1969 and 1971.

The interchange with I-495 makes it clear that the road was originally intended to continue east. The highway does connect to MA 85 in Hudson via an unnumbered route commonly referred to as the Rt 85 Connector.

Links

Kurumi’s I-290 entry

I-291

General Routing

Springfield to Chicopee

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Expressway full length

History

First appears between 1967 and 1969. Most of it is proposed at that point, only the area north of exit 5 to the Mass Pike exists. By 1971, the whole road was opened.

Links
Kurumi’s I-291 entry
Dan Vincent’s I-291 page.

I-695

retired

General Routing

Boston to Cambridge

History

Never built due to community opposition. Was to be Boston’s Inner Belt.

It first appears on a 1966 map, unnumbered, looping south from the Mass Pike at about Beacon St, crossing MA 9 near Harvard Medical School, then turning east to parallel Dudley St. The 695 number first appeared in 1971. By 1975, it was gone – all that remained were the long ramps from I-93 for Melnea Cass Blvd. (The 1975 AAA New England indicates this was posted as 695; I strongly doubt it).

 
Links

Kurumi’s I-695 entry

I-395

 
General Routing

CT line in Webster to Worcester

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Expressway, full length

History

See MA 52 for construction history. Renumbered to I-395 in 1983.

 
Links

Kurumi’s I-395 entry

I-190

General Routing

Worcester to Leominster

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Expressway full length

History

The first section of 190 to open was the short part from I-290 to Exit 1, which was posted as MA 122A as early as 1966. By 1975, the state maps show a proposal for I-190. The 1979-80 map shows it under construction. The road opened in April, 1983. [1]

Photos
Links

Kurumi’s I-190 entry

Notes

[1] Kurumi, see link above.