near Cross Street in Boston
near Cross Street in Boston
Leominster to NH border in Townsend.
First appears on my 1933 map in the same routing as now.
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Grafton to Boston via Framingham.
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.
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Lexington to Groton
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.
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Palmer to Belchertown.
Posted between 1939 and 1942.
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CT line in Ashley Falls to VT line in Williamstown via Great Barrinton and Pittsfield.
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.
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Horseneck Beach to Fall River
Shows as under construction in 1959 and completed by 1966.
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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.
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