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near Cross Street in Boston
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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NY line in Alford to Great Barrington.
Original numbering for what is now MA 71. Renumbered by 1939.
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CT line in Webster to Worcester.
Expressway for the entire length.
Rt 52 make its first potential appearance in 1969. CT had finished its highway up the state line and it crossed as far as current exit 1. I assume (but do not know) that the stub of road was MA 52. The highway was completed to exit 3 in 1972. My 1975 AAA shows it complete to modern exit 4. It also does not show exit 3, and shows MA 12 ending at the newly completed exit 4. The 1979 state map shows it as complete to I-90, exit 6 built and marked as 6, no exit 5, and exit 3 is reinstated as a highway stub to Rt 12, which has returned to the border. The highway was renumbered I-395 in 1983.
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52 may be the only Massachusetts highway to only ever exist as a divided highway.
Chestnut St in Lynn
Hinsdale to Williamsburg.
Early (1930) numbering for what was renumbered to MA 143 by 1933.
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E. Boston to Revere
First appeared between 1954 and 1956. Renumbered to MA 145 in 1958.