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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.


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.

Links

Dan Vincent’s US 20 page.


US 3

General Routing

Cambridge to NH line at Tyngsboro via Arlington, Burlington and Lowell.

(Yes, the map shows both US 3 and MA 3)

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Limited access highway north of I-95. Reverse multiplex with I-95.
Multiplexed with MA 3A south of I-95.

History

US 3 started on the Cambridge side of the Chalres River. It appears it might have come up Mass Ave to Arlington, then headed out on Mystic St and Cambridge St; as it does now. It follwed the same route as it currently has up to the highway; north of there it took what is now MA 3A up to Lowell. I’m not completely sure how it entered Lowell; quite possibly (and logically) on 3A all the way up to the NH border. Between 1942 and 1946, Lowell was bypassed and 3A took over the former US 3 in Lowell. The highway section of US 3 through Billerica and Chelmsford was scheduled to be completed in November, 1955. 3A was extended to cover all of former US 3. The highway north of Lowell was completed between 1967 and 1969. 


US 1

General Routing

RI border in Attleboro to NH border in Salisbury via N. Attleboro, Norwood, Boston, Revere, Danvers and Newburyport.

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Paired along I-95 as a reverse multiplex in Norwood and Canton.
Paired with I-93 from its southern terminus north to the Tobin Bridge. Follows original planned route for I-95 north of Boston to Revere.
Cosigned with MA 1A from Attleboro to North Attleboro, and again in Salisbury.
Cosigned with MA 129 in Saugus and Lynnfield.

Divided highway with at-grade intersections north of Revere to Danvers.

History

Originally NE-1 (New England Insterstate Highway 1), signed in 1923. In 1927, NE-1 was redesignated as US Highway 1. South of Boston, the route is largely unchanged since it was created. In 1933, US 1 entered Boston on Ames St, up Bridge, Spring and Centre (Bridge, Spring and Center were bypassed by the VFW Parkway by 1936, and Rt 1 was put on there). to the Jamiacaway. It passed along Comm Ave inbound, passed over the Charles on the Mass Ave Bridge and took a right onto Memorial Drive. From there, it took the Northern Traffic Artery to Cambridge street. North of Boston, it exited via Broadway and the Newburyport Turnpike.

Between 1953 and 1956, a new highway had been completed north of Boston, from Danvers to the NH border. US 1 was put onto the highway; the old US 1 became MA 17. In 1958, I-95 was also added to this highway. By 1959, US 1 was back on its old routing north of Danvers.

In 1971, C1 was eliminated. US 1 was routed along its route, through downtown Boston, through the Sumner & Callahan tunnels and up the McClellan highway to the Bennett and back to Broadway in Saugus. MA 99 was designated on the stretch of Broadway formerly known as US 1. MA 16 picked up the Revere Beach Parkway (including 1A‘s section). MA 28 took the B and O’Brien highways back to Boston.

By 1975, the construction of I-95 from Boston to Peabody had been cancelled. A short section from the Tobin Bridge to Revere, had been built. US 1 was put onto this. 1A picked up the section of US 1 south of their intersection back into Boston. The small piece of former US 1 between these two points was given to MA 60.

In 1989, US 1 was taken off the surface streets of Boston. It now runs with I-95 south of the city, then pairs up with I-93 to the Tobin Bridge.


US 202

General Routing

CT line in Southwich to NH line in Winchendon via Holyoke and Shutesbury

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Multiplex with MA 10 from CT line to Westfield. Also picks up MA 57 briefly in Southwick.
Multiplexed with US 5 in Holyoke.
Multiplex with MA 2 from Orange to Phillipston.
Brief multiplex with MA 2A in Templeton.
Cosign with MA 68 in Templeton.
Brief multiplex with MA 12 in Winchendon.
Cosigned with MA 122 in New Salem.
Cosigned with MA 21 in Belchertown.

History

US 202 was commissioned by 1936, following much the same route as it does now.

Links

Kurumi’s US 202 entry
Dan Vincent’s US 202 page.


US 6

General Routing

RI border in Seekonk to Provincetown via Fall River, New Bedford, Buzzard’s Bay, Sagamore and Orleans.

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Expressway/Super-2 from Sagamore to Orleans.

Brief multiplex with MA 114A in Seekonk.
Cosigned with MA 138 over the Taunton River between Somerset and Fall River.
Cosigned with MA 28 in Wareham and Bourne.
Multiplexed with MA 6A from Orleans to Truro.

History

Originally NE-3. US 6 came out of Rhode Island and ran pretty much as it does now to Sagamore via the Sagamore Bridge. East of Sagamore, it followed modern MA 6A to Orleans. North of Orleans, it still follows the same route it did in the past. Between 1950 and 1956 (see the 6A entry for more detail), the Mid-Cape highway was built and US 6 was placed onto it.

A 1966-67 map shows US 6 on both sides of the Cape Cod Canal. Some maps have shown this as US 6E and US 6W. Others indicate roads as one-way each; some avoid it by not putting any shield on the map between Bourne and Sagamore, and some simply put one US 6 shield onto both lines of the map. Sometme between 1989 and 1994, this was resolved. The road on the Cape side of the canal became part of 6A.

 

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.


US 5

General Routing

CT line in Longmeadow to VT line in N. Bernardston via Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield.

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Brief multiplex with I-91 in Springfield.
Multiplex with MA 10 north of Northampton to Berndardston. Picks up MA 116 briefly in Deerfield.
Multiplexed with US 202 in Holyoke.

Freeway in Agawam and West Springfield.

History

Originally NE-2. My 1936 map shows US 5 entering Massachusetts on both sides on the Connecticut River. However, the 1930 ALA and the 1933 & 1939 maps both show the western bank as having US 5A. In any event, 5 crossed the river in Springfield and stayed on the west bank heading north of there. The route appears to have maintained pretty much the same path, with some small changes. South Deerfield was bypassed between 1950 and 1953; the new road was given Bypass 5 until I-91 construction reached it in the mid 1960’s.

Links

Dan Vincent’s US 5 page.


US 44

General Routing

RI line in Seekonk to Plymouth via Taunton

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Brief multiplex with MA 140 in Taunton.
Cosigned with MA 3 in Plymouth.

History

Originally posted as MA 101, as part of a multi-state route from Chaplin, CT to Plymouth. US 44 was designated in 1935. 101 appears to have taken a more southerly routing from Taunton to Middleboro; when renumbered to US 44 in 1935, it appears to have taken a routing closer to its current route. Between 1961 and 1966, Middleboro was bypassed to the north.