Suggestion to Build a MA 9 – I 290 connector
The Image of Worcester: Connecting to/from Route 9 in Shrewsbury, Worcester’s Eastern Gateway:
“[T]here seems to be a unique opportunity to construct a 1.7 mile connector highway between I-290 and Route 9 along an existing power line right-of-way (ROW).”
An interesting concept, to be sure. Eric also has a well-thought out public transit system upgrade for Worcester that I like the sounds of.
” The area [of I-290] near the I-190 onramp is also confusing and the study recommends re-striping in that area.”
And now it’s dead. For now.
“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
495/290 Interchange Work Takes A Hit
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
Auburn to Hudson via Worcester
Upgrades and Multiplexes
Expressway full length