MA 129

General Routing

Chelmsford to Marblehead

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Cosigned with US 1 in Lynnfield and Saugus.
Cosigned with MA 3A in Billerica.
Cosigned with MA 38 in Wilmington.
Cosigned with MA 1A in Lynn.

History

The route originally connected Wilmington and Lynn, entering Lynn on Walnut St and ending at MA 1A. By 1933, it was extended to Marblehead via Atlantic Ave. Between 1936 and 1939, it was extended again, this time west to Chelmsford. It remained relatively unchanged until 1996, when it was realigned slightly in Lynn. The old 129 was renumbered to MA 129A.

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MA 130

General Routing

Mashpee to Sagamore

History

Basically the same since 1930.

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MA 116

General Routing

Adams to Springfield.

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Cosigned with MA 8A east of Savoy.
Mulitplexed with MA 141 in Chicopee.
Multiplexed with MA 9 in Hadley and Amherst.
Multiplexed with US 5 / MA 10 in Deerfield.

Expressway near Amherst.

History

In 1930, 116 reached from Ashfield to Springfield. By 1933, it was extended west to Adams. The only other significant change is the Amherst Bypass which opened between 1959 and 1961.

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MA 107

General Routing

Revere to Salem.

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Brief multiplex with MA 60 in Revere.
Cosigned with MA 129A in Lynn.

History

Has existed since 1930.

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MA 122A

General Routing

Farnumsville to Rutland

Upgrades & Multiplexes

Brief multiplex with MA 56 in Rutland.
Multiplex with MA 122 in Worcester, then joins MA 9 / MA 12 multiplex. Remains with 12 when 9 splits off.
Multiplex with MA 146 in Worcester.

History

Long enough to be its own route. Has run basically the same route since 1930. However, for a while (at least 1966 until 1972), 122A used I-290 and what would become I-190 from Quinnipiac St to West Boylston St.

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MA C1

retired

General Routing

Boston routing of Rt 1

History

This route first appears on my 1939 map. It ran along Brookline Ave north from its intersection with Jamaicaway (then US 1) to Beacon St. It stayed along the south bank of the Charles, through the Sumner tunnel and up Chelsea St. Along an un-named street to the interesection of Revere Beach Parkway and Beach St, it then headed over to Broadway, up International St to the Bennett Hwy and rejoined US 1. C1 was decomissioned in 1971.


MA 9

General Routing

Pittsfield to Boston via Northampton, Ware, Worcester, Framingham and Newton.

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Cosigned with MA 8A east of Dalton.
Multiplexed with MA 112 from Cummington to Goshen.
Brief multiplex with MA 30 in Framingham.
Cosigned with MA 32 in Ware.
Multiplexed with MA 116 in Hadley and Amherst.
Multiplexed with MA 67 in West Brookfield.
Brief multiplex with MA 31 in Spencer.
Very brief multiplex with MA 148 in Brookfield.
Multiplex with MA 12 in Worcester. Picks up MA 122A as well.

Divided road with at-grade intersections east of Worcester.

History

Rt 9 was originally numbered with several pieces. From Pittsfield, it was 109 to Belchertown. 109 continued on to Ware, but passed through Enfield until the flooding of the Quabbin. It then followed out to Brookfield where it met US 20. US 20 covered modern 9 from Brookfield into Worcester. It appears that no numbered road directly connected Worcester and Framingham. From Framingham, what is now 9 was numbered 115 into Boston. By 1933, this route was renumbered as 9, along with the straightaway between Framingham and Worcester. Enfield was also bypassed.

The 1930 ALA has a small inset of the Back Bay area of Boston. It shows 115 on Huntington Ave and MA 115A on Beacon St. The 1939 map shows MA 30 on Beacon. Rt 9 enters town via Boylston St. When it crosses the Jamiacaway, it becomes MA C9 and takes Huntington Ave to Boylston.

The next map of Boston is 1942. 9 and C9 are unchanged. However, MA 9A has made an appearance on Chesnut Hill Ave. It’s unclear whether the 9A designation extends north of Beacon St. North of Commonwealth Ave (Rt 30), it is MA 20A.

1950 brings some small changes. 9 & C9 remain the same; 9A now appears to go along Beacon St as well as along Chestnut Hill Ave. (30 also is routed along Beacon). The 1953 map confirms this; in addition, 20A is now also on Beacon.By 1956, C9 has been routed along Boylston to Charles St. By 1966, (and very likely earlier) C9 has extended up Charles St, through Leverett Circle, over to the Expressway and appears to end somewhere between the tunnels and the expressway.

Maps of the late 60’s imply that C9 was a loop of sorts. Inbound followed Huntington to Dartouth to Boylston to Charles over to the Expressway. C9 looped at the exit for the tunnel and became C9 Outbound. It followed the same route back to Leverett Circle, but then took Storrow Drive out to Charlesgate West. Then to Beacon and finally to Brookline Ave.

In 1971, the C routes were removed. C9 became part of 9. Around the same time, 9A was eliminated. Also around this time, 9 appears to have been truncated to end at Charles St, and possibly to Huntington Ave.

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Links

Dan Vincent’s MA 9 Page


MA 16

General Routing

Webster to Revere via Milford, Newton and Medford.

Upgrades and Multiplexes

Multiplex with MA 126 through Holliston.
Brief multiplex with MA 2 in Cambridge.
Very brief multiplex with MA 122 in Uxbridge.
Brief multiplex with MA 27 in Sherborn.
Cosigned with MA 38 in Medford.
Brief multiplex with MA 135 in Wellesley.
Brief multiplex with MA 1A in Revere.

History

In 1933, the western end was in Holliston; the eastern end was in Brookline or Boston; it came in along Beacon St. 126 took the routing to Uxbridge; Uxbridge to Webster existed but not as a numbered route. By 1939, it had been extended to Uxbridge. In Boston, it was routed up onto Mt. Auburn St, up the Alewife Brook Parkway, down Mystic Ave to the Mystic Valley Parkwayto end at Fellsway. By 1946, the west end was out to Webster. Around 1971, MA 1A was moved and 16 was extended onto the Revere Beach Parkway as it is now.

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