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MA 43

General Routing

NY line in Hancock to Williamstown.

History

Extension of NY 43.

Shows in 1930 as part of MA 2. Renumbered by 1943.

Links

Mark Sinsabaugh’s NY 43 entry


MA 13

General Routing

Leominster to NH border in Townsend.

Upgrades and Multiplexes

First appears on my 1933 map in the same routing as now.


MA 30

General Routing

Grafton to Boston via Framingham.

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Brief multiplex with MA 9 in Framingham.
Useless multiplex with MA 140 in Grafton.
Brief multiplex with MA 126 in Framingham.

History

Covers the same basic route as the eastern part of 9 but with much more meandering.

First appears in 1933 along the same routing as today. The only difference is in Boston. In 1953, 30 was removed from Beacon St east of MA 20A and put onto Commonwealth Ave.


MA 225

General Routing

Lexington to Groton

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Useless multiplex with MA 4 in Bedford and Lexington.
Cosigned with MA 119 through Groton.
Multiplex with MA 110 in Westford.

History

Formerly 25; renumbered between 1959 and 1961 to allow the 25 number to be used for a highway between Taunton and the Cape. The route hasn’t changed much since being renumbered.


MA 181

General Routing

Palmer to Belchertown.

History

Posted between 1939 and 1942.


US 7

General Routing

CT line in Ashley Falls to VT line in Williamstown via Great Barrinton and Pittsfield.

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Multiplexed with US 20 between Lenox and Pittsfield.
Cosigned with MA 2 in Williamstown.

History

Originally NE-4. Appears to basically have same route since the 1930’s, wit the exception of the Lenox and Ashley Falls bypasses. The northern half of the Lenox bypass was built around 1953 and was signed as Bypass 20. Between 1961 and 1966, the southern half was completed, 7 was put onto it, and MA 7A was put onto the old route through Lenox. Around the same time period, the Ashley Falls bypass was built and the same change occurred.

Links

Kurumi’s US 7 entry.
Dan Vincent’s US 7 page.


MA 88

General Routing

Horseneck Beach to Fall River

History

Shows as under construction in 1959 and completed by 1966.


MA 17

retired

History

This appears to be one of the more interesting routings in Massachusetts. My 1923 ALA Guide indicates that NE-17 was routed from Hudson, NY to Great Barrington, MA. It then headed south to Norfolk, CT and then out to Westerly RI via Hartford and Norwich. My 1930 ALA confirms this routing in maps; except that it went via modern US 7 & US 44 via Canaan, CT; it is unclear whether this route was used for the 1923 version. (The other possibility being that it ran through New Marlboro via modern MA 57 and CT 272; this seems fairly unlikely to me, though.)

My 1933 map shows 17 only between Hillsdale, NY and Great Barrington. (17 still extended into New York through 1928.) By 1939, the road between Great Barrington and Woronoco had been upgraded; both it and the road between Hillsdale and Great Barrington bear the number MA 23. However, a 17 also appears alongside the 23 designation near West Otis. By 1942, the 17 designation was completely missing.

17 reappeared when modern I-95 was created north of Danvers between 1953 and 1956. US 1 was routed onto the highway; what is now US 1 was given the number 17. By 1959, the highway had become I-95 and US 1 was put back onto the old routing, once again eliminating 17.