” The area [of I-290] near the I-190 onramp is also confusing and the study recommends re-striping in that area.”
One of the commenters hit this one – they had restriped it when they repaved last year. THey removed the surprise merge of the slow lane on 290 and the high-speed lane on 190, gave exiting traffic a separate lane and everything (after a few days of adjustment) started flowing smoother. Then they striped it back to the way it is now and it became a free for all again.
Engineers: Rt. 13 improvements would ease chronic congestion
“[M]ajor improvements for the state-owned section of Route 13, a chronically congested area near the Route 2 interchange, were presented to residents and officials at City Hall last night. “
Yep, this is pretty badly needed. I was up that way during the day on Monday and every time I try to get through there, it both simultaneously not moving and a mad dash to get into the intersection without an accident.
(Via Wormtown Taxi.)
“The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization officially eliminated the Interstate 495/290 reconstruction project from its regional transportation plan Thursday.”
And now it’s dead. For now. They say they;ll try to get it back on the plan next year; I’m sure it’ll get done at some point. Hopefully I won’t have to go through it very often by then.
I-495/290 reconstruction project officially scrapped from wickedlocal.com
I drive through this interchange twice a day at least. It sucks (there isn’t a nice way to put it, sorry). From 290, there’s often a backup onto 495 south, which in turn gets backed up because of the proximity of the onramps from 85 & 290, on an uphill grade, followed shortly by the exit to US 20 west.
Northbound on 495 is no better – too many people who decide at the last minute to suddenly cross 2 lanes of traffic to get onto 290, because they didn’t want to wait in the line of slow moving cars on the right.
Improvements to Interstate 495/290 are sidelined – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News
In perusing the site stats, it looks like a lot of you are looking for information on speed limits and tolls.
However, I don’t have it. At least, not anything usable. I had a piece on the CT speed limits when they went to 65MPH but that’s 10 years old now and woefully out of date. As for tolls, well, nothing there either. Sorry. I only use toll roads when I have to or when someone else is paying the tolls.
And for the person searching for tolls and speed limits on I-90 to Vermont, I’ve got some bad news for you…
After further review, I’ve decided to abandon the exit lists.
There’s a few reasons for this. One is they haven’t been updated in… well, pretty much forever. That cuts both ways – there’s not much to update once they’re done, and the time required to gather data to update them is time I can find better things to do with. Another is that reformatting them to fit in with the rest of northeasthighways.com is a pretty tedious task.
So, I’m just going to leave them over at neilbert.com. They won’t be linked from the front page anymore after I work through my plans for the site; really I’m just leaving them up because other sites have linked to them.
Huntington to VT line in Colrain
Upgrades and Multiplexes
Multiplex with MA 143 north of Worthington Corners.
Multiplex with MA 9 Cummington to Goshen.
Brief multiplex with MA 2 near Shelburne Falls.
Multiplex with MA 116 in Ashfield.
In 1930, 112 ran basically along the same route as now from Huntington to Worthington. At Worthington, it headed east along modern 143, then north to it’s current route east of Cummington. It stayed with the current route to Lithia, then headed north to modern MA 116 at Spruce Corner, then west back to its current route (again). It then stayed along its current route to end at Rt 2 near Shelburne Falls.
Between 1936 and 1939, 112 was extended north to the Vermont border via what had previously been MA 56. Also, the section from Worthington Corners to Cummington was rerouted to its modern route. Finally, between 1966 and 1969, MA 112 was rerouted to its current route from Lithia to Goshen, then north to Buckland.
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Bernardston to VT line in Gill.
Extension of VT 142. In 1930, the VT side of the route was 101; that number was in use in Massachusetts along what would become US 44. By 1933, Vermont had renumbered to 30, which was also in use in Massachusetts. Between 1946 and 1950, VT renumbered again to 142. It may be that Massachusetts applied the 142 number to the road connecting to East Northfield across the river at that point; no map shows the number in MA until a 1975 state map which shows it on the current route down to Rt 10, staying to the west of the river.
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Upgrades & Multiplexes
Brief multiplex with US 6 in Seekonk.
114A is nowhere near MA 114, because it is an alternate route to RI 114. First appears on the 1969 state map.
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