Tag: retired

MA C9

retired

General Routing

Huntington Ave east of Jamaicaway to Boylston St. Later extended into downtown Boston.

History

See the MA 9 history for details.


MA 34

retired

General Routing

Fitchburg to Townsend/Ashby

History

Originally MA 108 (according to the 1930 ALA). Is shown on 1933 and 1936 maps. By 1939, had been absorbed into MA 31.

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MA C37

retired

General Routing

Boston

History

In 1939, C37 came up Gallivan Blvd (as a reverse multiplex with MA 3) to Old Colony Parkway, then up Columbia Rd to Dorchester Ave. The map is unclear where it goes (if anywhere) after Summer St. The 1942 map shows it up Congress St. C37 was replaced by MA 3A between 1959 and 1966 along Gallivan Blvd; the rest was simply decommissioned.


MA 20A

split retired (Boston section)

General Routing

Springfield and Boston.

History

MA 20A appears first in West Springfield in 1930 along Park Ave. By 1933, it extended up Carew St as it does now, including the section of road that is now US 20 from I-291 to Boston Road. This portion was given to US 20 when it was routed up I-291, sometime between 1972 and 1974.

The Boston area 20A first appears in my 1942 map as running down Market St from North Beacon to Beacon, then onto Beacon inbound. This route was removed in 1971.

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Links

Dan Vincent’s MA 20A page.


MA 204

retired

General Routing

Richmond

History

Original numbering for what is now MA 295. Renumbered around 1936-1939.

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US 5A

retired

General Routing

CT line in Agawam to Springfield

History

Appears in my 1930 ALA Green book. In there, it shows 5A crossing the river on the South End Bridge at Meadow St. The 1942 map routed it up Main St in W. Springfield to River and then to Park. From Park, it went up Elm to end at US 5. This map also shows it as MA 5A. Robert Droz gives the date for this changeover as 1938. South of the state line remained 5A. 5A was changed to 159 between 1967 and 1969 on maps.

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MA C28

retired

General Routing

Boston

History

In 1939, MA 28 entered the Boston area on Randolph St. It headed west onto Morton St to Jamaicaway, where it was paired with US 1 up to Revere Beach Parkway. It then headed north on Fellsway, Fellsway West and Forest St. C28 went up Blue Hill Ave to Seaver St, then took Columbus Ave to Charles St, crossed the Charles on the Longfellow Bridge and ended at Memorial Drive.

Between 1956 and 1958, 28 moved slightly. It left Randolph Ave at Reedsdale Rd, follow that to Brook Rd and then took Blue Hill Ave to Morton St.

The next change came in 1971, when the ‘C’ routes were removed. 28 took over the entire length of C28. The route has remained the same (basically) since.


MA 64

retired

General Routing

W. Boylston to Gardner
Martha’s Vineyard

History

In 1933, 64 was used for what is now MA 140 from West Boylston to Gardner. This numbering was replaced between 1936 and 1939.

Also is rumored to have appeared on the Vineyard in the 50’s and 60’s. Does not appear on any maps that I have found. However, my 1959-60 state highway map includes a construction update map which appears to shows all the state routes. Included on this map are a loop around Martha’s Vineyard, using State Road, South Road, Edgartown West Tisbury Road, Edgartown Oak Bluffs Road, Beach Road and North Road, among others. It also shows a Milestone Road on Nantucket. Whether this is 64 (and some other mystery route) remains to be seen.

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MA 15

retired

General Routing

CT border in Sturbridge to MA 131 in Sturbridge.

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Highway.

History

Route 15 was originally an extension of CT 15 from the state line in Holland up to US 20 in Sturbridge. It first appears on my 1933 map.

Massachusetts upgraded their section of Rt 15 between 1950 and 1953. Connecitcut completed their 4-laning by 1956, and the road was extended up to the new Massachusetts Turnpike at interchange 9. No intechanges are shown on 15 on this map.

Between 1959 and 1961, Interstate 84 was designated along Rt 15. My 1961 map shows the 84 designation as a proposal; the 1966 map shows MA 15 from the state line to US 20 as multilane divided by not controlled access.

By 1971, the 84/86 switch was on. 15 was still not completely controlled access. Up to about where current exit 1 is located was considered controlled. 1972 showed completed access control, with exits as US 20 and what is now Exit 1.

Between 1974 and 1975, Westville Reservoir was drained. Before 1989, exit 2 would be built in the former lake bed.

My 1979 state map does not show MA 15 on the highway; just I-86. In 1984, I-86 was officially dead and the road was re-renumber back to 84. The 1999 official state map also does not show 15; however the 2001 shows it as a road just west of I-84 as it crosses the border, crosses I-84 at exit 1, then parallels I-84 up to MA 131 in Sturbridge. Gus Steeves, who lives in the area, informed me that the former Rt 15 is now just ‘Haynes St.’

There is also a MA 15 listed in the state traffic data logs as Rt 15. It is an extension of RI 15 to MA 152 in Seekonk.

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Links

Kurumi’s CT 15 entry