Misc. Massachusetts Highway Photos
A. Derby Street Reconstruction in
being constructed under 2 different contracts, is rebuilding Derby
Street between the Route 53 (Whiting Street) intersection and the Route
3 interchange. As part of the project the road is being widened to add
bicycle lanes, new traffic signals are being put up at the Route 3 ramps
and a the intersection with Old Derby Street is being revised so that
the 2 parts of the road meet at the same point, a traffic signal with
dedicated turn lanes is being added here too. The intersection with
Route 53 is being redesigned so there is also a dedicated left turn lane
onto Route 53 and Gardner Street. Work started on the Cushing Street to
Route 3 portion in 2018 while the remainder from Cushing Street to Route
53 was started in the spring of 2019. Work has mostly completed west of
Cushing Street, while the eastern project is to be completed by the
summer of 2020. In early May 2020 a VMS was activated along Route 53
North approaching Derby Street stating construction would resume on May
11, work has been sporadic since mainly due to slow progress in removing
remaining utility poles from widened right-of way. Here are photos
taken in the 2 construction areas, latest photos first:
Photos taken on
August 2, 2020:
after Cushing Street. The remaining utility poles in the widened Derby
Street right-of-way were removed in late July.
traffic barrels still remain in widened eastbound Derby Street roadway
approaching Whiting Street (Route 53).
Looking at the
intersection of Derby Street with Whiting (Route 53) and Gardner Street
shows little progress in removing remaining utility poles and building
new sidewalk (or removing outdated guide sign).
Photos taken on
July 11, 2020:
Looking east on
Derby Street at widened roadway still awaiting removal of utility poles
before final reconstruction can begin.
utility poles straddle both sides of Derby Street approaching Whiting
Street (Route 53)/Gardner Street intersection along with construction
grading still not completed heading east approaching the Whiting Street
(Route 53) and Gardner Street intersection. Note guide sign also in
widened roadway and will need to be removed (or better replaced with one
with only Route 53 shield).
Whiting Street, Route 53 heading north relatively unchanged since June
except for the removal of the long-standing North Route 228 trailblazer.
between May 20 and and June 1, 2020:
Not much progress
seen in moving utility poles from photograph taken a week before.
More curbing has
been placed along right side of Derby Street just prior to Whiting
Street intersection, also new traffic and pedestrian signals have been
placed upon supports seen in photos below.
Closer look at
widened Whiting Street (Route 53) waiting for utility poles to be
removed to allow for final paving.
remains to complete sidewalk along Route 53 after the intersection, and
the removal of utility poles.
Whiting Street from Gardner Street showing construction of sidewalks
continuing and installation of new pedestrian signals.
Looking east in
vicinity of Recreation Road showing much work still needed along south
side of Derby Street (and utility poles still need to be moved on left).
continues along the south side of the road approaching Whiting
continues on sidewalk on other side of Gardner Street intersection with
utility pole removal needed here also.
Looking west now
along Derby Street headed toward Cushing Street, showing need to remove
remaining utility poles now in highway right-of-way.
Photo taken on
March 15, 2020:
resumption of work at Derby/Whiting and Gardner Streets intersection
after the winter hiatus. Utility workers (out of frame to the left) are
moving utility pole wires from the old to new poles. Work was halted
again in early April.
taken December 8, 2019:
Traffic is backed
up from activated traffic lights (beyond new traffic signals ahead
advisory sign) at the end of the ramp to Derby Street from Route 3
South. There is a 'No Turn on Red' sign at the end of the ramp
preventing traffic proceeding, like it used to, when there was no
The activated red
light at the end of the ramp for traffic heading left onto Derby Street.
Traffic on Sunday
morning backed up on ramp from Route 3 South due to 'No Turn on Red'
sign on pole to new activated traffic signal.
The new lane
alignment on the Benjamin Lincoln Bridge carrying Derby Street traffic
over Route 3 is 2 lanes eastbound and one westbound, the bridge, only
rebuilt several years ago, was not widened.
The final lane
configuration between Route 3 and Old Derby Street provides 2 through
lanes in both directions, 2 left turn lanes eastbound and 1 westbound
and 1 right turn only lane in each direction.
A look at the
completed realigned intersection with Old Derby Street headed east on
Derby Street including striping for new bike lane across the
up from existing signals at entrance to Derby Street Shoppes.
from November 2019:
traffic signals the Monday before Thanksgiving, notice the new lane ends
sign after the westbound on-ramp.
activated green traffic signal, traffic backed up due to continued ramp
construction on other side of bridge.
A little more
than 2 weeks earlier:
striping placed on final paved section of Derby Street headed west prior
to Old Derby Street intersection, traffic signals still on flash mode.
Route 3 trailblazer in front of flashing traffic signals. The sign is
after the guide signs for Route 3 North (see photos below), disregard
the October date.
A few days
Final paving has
started at the ramps to Route 3 South, heading west on Derby Street.
proceeding on the Benjamin Lincoln bridge, traffic in both directions
using westbound lanes during the work.
still on flash mode at Route 3 North off-ramp during final paving
View of eastbound
signage at Route 3 North ramp from westbound lanes carrying two-way
traffic during final paving operations.
from October 2019
at end of ramp from Route 3 South now activated on flash mode while
signals for ramp to eastbound Derby Street are yet to be installed.
Closeup of new
guide signs at split of ramp from Route 3 South, sign behind reflector
is for Industrial Park.
final paving has taken place on Derby Street, no pavement yet on
Benjamin Lincoln Bridge nor lane markings for 2 eastbound travel lanes.
signals at the Route 3 North ramps also in flash mode, with left turn
lane striped for on-ramp.
1 day earlier...
traffic signals at Derby Street in flash mode (photographed when off)
heading toward the Route 3 North ramps.
The new signals
at the Route 3 North off-ramp caught in the act of flashing yellow.
About a week
View of Derby
Street heading east after Cushing Street showing installation of new
sidewalk along south side of road.
other construction equipment stored on south side of widened Derby
Street between existing road and new sidewalk approaching the Route
53/Whiting Street intersection.
More work is
needed at Derby and Whiting/Gardner intersection before new sidewalk can
be built. Notice that the removed guide sign at the intersection has
Heading north on
Route 53 approaching the Derby and Gardner Street intersection, the
widened portion has been given an initial paving by Dunkin' Donuts.
from September 2019:
markings placed before final paving begins on Derby Street at Route 3
South ramps in late September.
paving stops at beginning of Benjamin Lincoln bridge over Route 3,
bridge lane markings do not match surrounding road's.
Some paving has
started along the shoulders after the placement of new guardrails just
east of Benjamin Lincoln Bridge.
paving of lines leading to Old Derby Street has 1 designated left-turn
lane eastbound (it will be 2 in the final configuration).
signal heads turned to the right prior to activation with wire placement
in road prior to Old Derby Street completed.
Drain grate frame
still rises above existing pavement between entrances to the Derby
Street Shoppes (Road Work Ahead sign is for next project after Cushing
Beyond the Derby
Street intersection with Gardner and Whiting Streets, the erroneous
South Route 228 reassurance marker has been restored, this time nailed
to a to be removed later telephone pole.
A week earlier on
Looking east on
Derby Street after Cushing Street showing completion of new sidewalk
Stacks of curbing
remain for new sidewalk closer to the Whiting Street (MA 53)/Gardner
New sidewalk work
had not yet reaching the Whiting/Gardner Street intersection. Back of
erroneous South Route 228 reassurance marker can be seen, this was taken
down in December.
intersection with Whiting Street (Route 53) and Gardner Street, sidewalk
after Gardner Street has been removed along with South Route 53/228
reassurance marker that would be put back up a week later.
Closeup view of
lane widening construction after the Derby Street intersection, future
part of Route 53/Whiting Street has been graded, route signs removed.
Looking west on
Derby Street just past Cushing Street showing paved lanes being marked
up for final pavement work.
further west toward the Derby Street Shoppes entrance.
dedicated left turn lane for Old Derby Street marked up prior to final
paving headed west toward North Route 3 ramps.
at site of new traffic signals, not yet activated on flash mode at
off-ramp from Route 3 North.
Problem area at
Benjamin Lincoln bridge for westbound Derby Street traffic, new markings
for center lane, but old shoulder fog line has not been moved creating
potential traffic problem.
More markings on
pavement prior to the final paving of Derby Street at the new dedicated
left-turn lane for the South Route 3 ramp.
Next up. Photos
from two weeks earlier, on September 8....
B. Installation of Real Time
Traffic Management System 'Go Time' Signs (2014-2016)[* New photos for
MA 24, MA 14011/28/18, and US 1, 10/20/18.] Skip
to MA 3 or MA
on January 18, 2017 that the contract to place 146 permanent Real Time
Traffic signs along the state's highways had been completed and all
signs activated. These permanent signs went up under a statewide
contract that was started in November 2015. The first of these signs
were put up along US 6 on Cape Cod and Route 25 in the spring of 2014 as
a trial project. The first signs north of the Cape to be activated were
Route 128 between Danvers and Gloucester in the Spring of 2016
Signs on I-90, I-91, I-93, I-95, I-195, I-290, I-495 and along MA 3, MA
24, MA 25 and the MA 140 expressway soon followed. This gallery features
sketches of the signs from contract documents to be replaced by photos
taken after the signs were installed and activated signs, along with
commentary as to what could be changed for some of the signs:
There are only
two RTT signs planned for this short route. Heading west from the Mass
Pike, this is the planned sign, including the time and distance to the
Connecticut border (this sign has not been installed as of June 4,
The first and
only installed sign is on I-84 East in Sturbridge which also lists the
time and distance to I-290 in Worcester:
(New Photos 10/14/16)
Heading west in
Newton, this first sign appears after the Newton Exit, Exit 17:
The second Newton
sign appears just prior to the I-95/128 exit:
The next sign
westbound is in Framingham:
later there is the next sign in Millbury:
The sign in
Charlton has both the distance to I-84 and to the CT state line:
west, this the sign up approaching Springfield, in Wilbraham:
The original plan
had the sign going up a couple miles further to the west:
The next sign in
Westfield indicates the distance to the NY Thruway, not the state line
as with other highway's signs:
sign westbound has the same information and was put up halfway
between Exits 3 and 2 in:
the distance to Lee was increased by a mile from the planned sign:
Eastbound, the first sign is in West Stockbridge (New 9/2/19):
Notice how the
bottom destination mileage was changed to 40 from 45 in the plans:
next sign is halfway between Exits 2 and 3 in Blandford (New 9/2/19):
east, the sign in Westfield indicates distances to and along I-91 (New
Springfield, the next RTT sign is in Palmer alerting traffic to the
distances to the next 2 exits:
to be another one in Brimfield prior to the I-84 exit (still not up as
This sign is now
up just prior to the I-290/I-395 Exit in Auburn:
Just before the
I-495 exit in Westborough there are two signs, the first lists the
distance to the next 3 exits, I've kept the sign plan showing the
difference in state mileage to Route 9:
mentions times along I-495:
This was not
among the original sign plans.
The first mention
of I-95 (128) is in Framingham after the Route 9 exit:
Prior to the
I-95/128 Exit there is a sign after the Natick Service Plaza,
activated as of the last week of October 2016:
I-95/128 exit, here is the first of 2 RTT signs in Newton:
sign was adjusted down by 1 mile for the Allston-Brighton exit:
The second sign
(and last sign eastbound) is only a couple miles further down I-90 prior
to the Newton Exit and includes the distance to Logan Airport:
northbound from Connecticut, the first RTT sign is in West Springfield
(notice the mileage to Springfield was decreased by a mile from the
planned sign, below):
northbound sign is after the I-391 exit in Holyoke (photo by Jay Hogan,
again the mileage in the sign plan was apparently wrong):
There will also
be one further north in Whately approaching Route 2, with the time to
the Vermont border (photo by Jay Hogan, this one identical to the plan):
southbound, the first RTT sign on I-91 is in Deerfield which (the sign
plan, below, apparently had the mileage to I-90 wrong, it has increased
from 24 to 28):
This is followed
with the first sign mentioning Springfield put up in Northampton (again,
the mileage differs from the sign plan, in this case by 2 miles):
The last one is
after the Mass Pike exit in West Springfield (the mileage on this sign
has also been changed from the plan for Springfield, as seen below):
[Signs activated in November 2016]
The first sign
northbound is in Milton prior to the MA 24 exit:
The one issue I
have with this sign is mileage. Under the proposed milepost based
system, the Houghton Pond/Ponkapaug Road exit, whose bridge is just
behind the sign, would be Exit 2. MA 3 is and would be Exit 7, while
Columbia Rd would be Exit 14, therefore, shouldn't the mileage to
those two exits be 5 and 12?
interchange with Route 37 in Braintree is this sign:
The next sign is
six miles further north, just after Neponset Circle. This one one of the
last signs put up, notice the right-hand support due to the placement
next to a steep embankment:
After the Big Dig
Tunnel, the southernmost of two RTT signs Medford lists the time to I-95
(put up week of 8/15/16):
northernmost lists both I-95 and I-495 (also put up week of 8/15/16):
North of I-95,
this will be an RTT sign in Wilmington telling drivers how much time
until the New Hampshire border:
Southbound, here's the plan for the sign in Methuen:
The next sign
will be in Andover:
sign is different from the sign plan in it includes Route 38 instead
of Route 28 (plan mistake?)
The Anderson RTC
as in 'Regional Transit Center' is a massive Park and Ride (as in take a
bus into Boston).
The next sign is
in Stoneham near Spot Pond, it has the first distance to Boston (Mass
Ave.), and the Logan Airport:
This was a change from the planned sign:
mention of I-90 Mass Pike, even though there's a connection westbound.
The US 1 sign apparently was supposed to be a Route 1A shield, since
there is no direct connection to US 1 Southbound and it would be rather
out of the way to cross the Tobin Bridge to go to the Airport.
The next sign is
in Somerville and when first placed, due to contractor error, had the
distance to the Zakim is listed as the same for Mass Ave, 5 miles, this
was soon corrected to match the planned sign:
The next sign is
after the Tunnel and the Mass. Ave. exit, just after the South Bay
reference Neponset Circle, not the MA 3A exit there. Also this is at
milepost 15, the MA 3 exit is at milepost 7, shouldn't that be 8 Miles?
Seems to match up better with the travel time. Speaking of Neponset
Circle, here's the newly activated sign approaching that location after
the Morrissey Blvd/Freeport St on-ramp:
that the mileage for both Route 3 and 24 have been changed from when the
sign was first put up in July:
MassDOT realized that since this is approaching milepost 12, why was it
4 miles for Route 3 (Mile 7) here? Route 24 is around milepost 3.5 so 9
miles makes sense, though they added a mile to that as well.
This is the final
sign along the Southeast Expressway in Quincy, the 1-Mile overhead for
the Braintree Split is in the distance:
The sign was
identical to the plan sketch. Unfortunately for there are some mileage
problems here too, that weren't fixed. This around milepost 8, so the
distance to Route 24 is right, however, since that route is 3.5 miles
from the end of I-93 at I-95, shouldn't the I-95 mileage be at least 8
miles? The Route 18 mileage is okay, since that exit is at milepost 38
and the last milepost heading northbound on 3 is 42.8, around milepost 7
for I-93. so 1+5=6. However, if MassDOT ever goes ahead with the
proposal to renumber exits based on mileposts, this exit would be 42 for
MA 3, so could cause some confusion. The last sign on I-93 South is in
Milton just after the Route 24 on-ramp and was used by MassDOT for the
explanatory graphic about the signs (seen at the top of the section):
To be consistent
with other signs, there should be a 'Via I-95 North' by each entry or on
top of the sign. I guess they assume that drivers will know that I-93
ends at I-95 and that these are I-95 North exits.
northbound from Rhode Island, the first RTT sign is one mile over the
state line in Attleboro:
The next sign
is five miles further north before the I-295 Exit, with the first
mention on I-93:
The next sign
northbound, put up in March 2016 and activated in October, is in
Neponset Street interchange in Canton, the sign was installed the week
of March 21 and activated in October 2016:
It is identical
to the sketch of the sign I had posted.
After the merge
with Route 128, the next sign is in Dedham between Route 109 exit ramps,
put up the week of 9/18:
Before the Mass
Pike, is the next sign in Needham just prior to the new Kendrick Street
and under construction Highland Avenue exits, activated in late October:
from the planned sign below because originally this sign was to be
placed 1 mile further north, closer to the Highland Avenue exit:
North of the Mass Pike exit in Weston, this sign has been activated:
The next sign is
in Waltham at the Trapelo Road Exit now listing only US 3 and I-93 with
Route 2 on the adjacent overhead sign:
after the MA 4/MA 225 exit, it is apparently too close to US 3 to
include it on this sign, but still with I-93:
Just prior to the
I-93 exit in Woburn, this is the plan for the signage:
distance to the Zakim Bridge has been increased by 1 from that of the
This is the sign
approaching the split with Route 128 in Wakefield, put up in March and
activated in November 2016, same as the sketch:
After the split
with Route 128, here is the RTT sign in Topsfield, which lists the time
to the NH border:
number for the NH border is hard to make out in this photo.
South, here's the first sign in Salisbury before the I-495 Exit, put up
in March, identical to the sketch:
Here's a sign put
up further south in Boxford, same as the sketch posted previously:
While here's the
signage after the Centre Street exit approaching Route 128 in Danvers
which will let you know what is the best route to Boston:
The next sign is
in Reading and provides the important time to the often congested I-93
The sign just
before the I-93 interchange in Reading has the time to Boston (Zakim
Bridge), US 3 and Route 2:
This sign was
recently placed prior to the US 3 exit in Burlington and has the first
reference to I-90:
While this sign
was placed in March before the US 20 exit in Waltham, with same text as
previous sketch, here seen activated in January 2017:
The next sign in
Needham, tries to help those driving to the Amtrak station, put up after
the Kendrick Street exit in the Add-A-Lane work zone in September and
activated in November:
You can see it
differs from the sign plan from the contract documents:
MassDOT decided that even if its called Route 128 station, a 128 shield
was too confusing, so it has University Ave. instead with the MBTA and
Amtrak logos. The last sign before I-95 leaves Route 128 is just before
the US 1 interchange in Dedham and was installed the week of March 21
and activated by November 2016:
The sign was
identical to the sketch plan which for consistencies sake, I though
shouldn't the MA 3 shield have 'Via I-93 North' next to it, as we
continue south of Route 128, the next sign is after the on-ramp to Coney
Street in Sharon, put up in late March 2016 and activated in November:
south the last sign in Foxboro notes the approaching state border, again
activated in November 2016:
to that in the previously posted sketch.
There is only one
sign on I-190, southbound in Lancaster:
195 [Signs Activated 9/27/16]
Heading east from
Providence, the first sign is just over the RI border in Seekonk,
Courtesy of MassDOT:
orange background RTT sign was put in place due to the ongoing
construction on the Braga Bridge and with the Route 79 Viaduct
replacement project, it is still up even though most of the work is done
as of November 2016:
permanent sign is a few miles further east in Somerset, just before
entering Fall River:
The last one
eastbound is in Marion and has the important time to the Bourne Bridge:
westbound, the first I-195 RTT sign is in Wareham, noting the time to
the Braga Bridge, a typically congested area:
+The next sign
will be in Fairhaven, continuing the time to the Braga Bridge:
+As does this
sign further west in Dartmouth:
+The last sign in
Swansea simply gives the time to the border, again is this useful
information? Perhaps future coordination with RIDOT could give the time
Despite its short
length, there will be six RTT signs planned for this route between the
Mass Pike/I-90 and I-495, the first one eastbound is in Auburn just
after the I-90/Mass Pike exit:
The next one is
beyond Worcester in Shrewsbury, not in the proposed location and changed
from the original sign plan, see below:
The last one is
near the end I-290 in Hudson basically providing I-495 drive times:
the first of the RTT signs on West I-290 is to be put up in
The next is 6
miles further west back in Shrewsbury:
The last one is
in Worcester after the interchange with I-190 providing a comparison of
alternate routes to the Mass Pike:
There is no
mention of I-395 on the I-290 signs, nor are there any sketches of
planned RTT signs on I-395.
Interstate 495 [New Photos from September 2019*]
northbound, here is the first sign on Northbound I-495 in Middleboro:
The next sign
is a few miles prior to Route 24. Note the 6 mile distance, a 1/2
mile north, beyond the hill is a distance sign saying 24 is 7 miles
away (6 miles is the correct distance, the next distance sign is 3
miles before Route 24, saying its 4 miles away):
sign is beyond Route 24 in Raynham, giving the time not only to
I-95, but travel times on I-95 itself (identical to sketch of
the Mass Pike in Bellingham, the sign will also indicate the time to
I-290/Route 85 Connector:
Mass Pike, here's the next sign in Bolton:
planned sign is in Westford, approaching US 3:
there is this sign in the Chelmsford Area after US 3:
+The last sign
northbound is to be in Methuen, less than 20 miles from I-95:
I don't know the
value of placing the state line distances on these signs, unless the
distance to the next major destination can be obtained other mileage
signs (according to a MassDOT source these are placeholders in case
NHDOT adopts the same system and a NH city can be put up over the
south, the first sign will be in Methuen mentioning the time to I-93:
The next sign
will be in Andover approaching I-93 showing the time to I-95/128 via
I-93 or US 3:
+Next, in Lowell
this sign will be installed approaching US 3, again with the time to
+The plan for the
sign further south approaching Route 2 in Westford:
a sign approaching the Mass Pike in Marlboro:
next sign southbound is in in Hopkinton, with the first mention of
the sign placed further south in Franklin approaching US 1 and I-95
(same as the original design sketch):
next sign is just prior to I-95 in Foxboro, this one only has travel
times on I-95 South and North in addition to Route 24:
signs start mentioning the end of I-495 at I-195, this is the sign in
Norton before the Route 123 exit (this is different from the planned
sign that was to be installed a couple miles further north (see below):
You wouldn't need
the MA 25 shield if I-495 was extended along that route (or I-195 for
that matter). You can tell when you're nearing the Cape when signs with
the time to the Bourne Bridge is mentioned, such as this in Raynham
(identical to sketch of planned sign):
This is the last
sign southbound in Middleboro, it was not captured until Sept. 2018, not
being up during my previous drives through the area:
There are a
couple RTT signs placed along US 1 South between Peabody and Boston, the
first one in Saugus just after the MA 99 South exit*:
mileage was changed from the original sign plan:
And the other is
just after the Route 16 exit and before the Tobin Bridge in Chelsea,
this was put up the week of 8/15/16:
US 3 [Signs
Activated in August 2016]
The only sign northbound is in
Bedford with times to I-495 and the New Hampshire Border:
south, here's the first planned RTT sign in Tyngsborough:
the time you get to Billerica, the signs have time and distance to
destinations on I-95 (the mileage to I-93, slightly obscured by the Deer
Crossing sign, is 14):
final sign southbound in Burlington also includes US 20, but wouldn't it
make sense, and be consistent with other signage, if it included 'Via
I-95 South' while I-93 had 'Via I-95 North'?:
put up in April 2014 along the Mid-Cape Highway as part of trial for
the entire system installed later.
RTT sign westbound is at the beginning of the Mid-Cape Highway in
This is one
of the signs showing the time to the Sagamore Bridge just west of
Yarmouth, taken in March 2017 (New):
west there is a sign between Exits 3 and 2 in Sandwich:
These are July
2016 photos taken of the working signs along US 6 East, first just
beyond the Sagamore Bridge and MA 6A Sandwich exit:
The next before
the MA 132 Hyannis Exit:
There are two RTT
signs planned for Route 2. Heading west from Cambridge, the first is in
Lexington, prior to the I-95 Exit:
eastbound, the sign is placed in Concord prior to the Sudbury Road
intersection with the all-important time and distance to the Alewife
sign was originally to be 2 miles closer after the MA 126
intersection, as seen by the distances on the sign plan:
Route 3 [Signs activated week of 10/11/16]
toward Cape Cod, the first sign placed on Route 3 is in Braintree on the
left side shortly after the merge of the ramps from I-93 North and
VMS sign this replaced had Route 18 and Route 139, but the Derby Street
destination is more helpful because it is after Route 3 narrows from 3
to 2 lanes where the highway frequently backs up. The next sign, in
Weymouth beyond the Route 18 exit, features the next appearance of Route
139 and the first for US 44:
which are also on the next sign in Hanover, just beyond the MA 53
*It might be
helpful to include more destinations with the route shields, for example
if you were heading to Plymouth and didn't know the exit for US 44 was
there, listing Plymouth would make the sign more useful. The time to the
all important Sagamore Bridge over the Cape Cod Canal starts to appear
on RTT sign in just before the MA 139 exit in Marshfield,, though the
sign was activated when the photo was taken, it does not seem to be
displaying accurate times:
sign is just prior to the first MA 3A Exit in Duxbury (sign
identical to plan):
sign in Plymouth is just beyond the left exit for the Plimoth
Plantation Highway, here time to the Bourne Bridge is also
There is also a
sign placed five miles further south with distances to both the Sagamore
and Bourne Bridge, placed to help out drivers stuck in mid-summer
The last sign
southbound, 3 miles from the bridge, also in Plymouth and features both
the same information, it was operational as of July 2016:
northbound, the first RTT sign is just beyond the start of the Pilgrims
Highway in Bourne:
some towns to go with the shields may make the sign more meaningful to
out of state drivers, as would on the next sign in prior to the MA 3A to
53 Exit in Duxbury (identical to plan):
still in Duxbury approaching MA 139, is the first RTT sign to mention
I-93 (I-93 readers were activated later, in November):
Weymouth just beyond the Derby Street interchange, this sign was put up
the week of July 18, 2016 and fully activated with information about
I-93 and I-90 in November:
The addition to
the I-90 shield of Boston indicates the route via I-93 North, since you
could also get to the Mass Pike via I-93 South and I-95. Approaching
I-93 the last RTT sign is in Braintree, ironically, it doesn't include
the distance to I-93 (probably because the 2-mile advance sign for I-93
is visible from this location), but does have the distance along I-93
South to I-95, this was the last sign installed during the week of
August 15 (like all the other Route 3 signs, the text matches that in
the plan sketches) and fully activated in November:
Route 24 [Signs Activated 9/19/16]
toward Rhode Island from I-93 the first RTT sign is in Randolph just two
miles after the start of the highway:
The next sign is
in Brockton, prior to the Route 123 interchange:
there is another sign in Raynham, for both I-195 and MA 140:
*There is also an
additional sign in Berkley which compares the time to the I-195
interchange via Route 24 and Route 79 which are to join in a concurrency
a few miles to the south:
Sign Sketch plan had no miles listed for Route 79, presumably due to
the construction project, recently completed, that rebuilt its
interchange with I-195:
For the MA 79
construction project, a special orange travel time sign was installed a
couple miles north of the Route 79 Exit, still there as of August 2016
(Photo from May 16):
north, the first Route 24 RTT sign is in Freetown:
The next sign is
in Raynham prior to the I-495 interchange, with the first reference to
next sign is in West Bridgewater, with I-93 now 10 miles away:
And another in
Avon referencing times to and on I-93 North, now 5 miles away, though
wouldn't a 'Via I-93 North' for I-90 be appropriate to be consistent?:
The last sign
heading northbound in Randolph has both the times to to I-95 and Route
There is one RTT
sign placed at the beginning of MA 25 West just over the Bourne Bridge:
east, the first sign is just beyond the I-195 and I-495 interchange in
The second and
final sign is on MA 25 East in Bourne. This was installed in April 2014
as a trial project and activated soon after:
There area a pair
of RTT signs along the expressway portion of Route 28 in Bourne,
southbound with the time to Falmouth, and the island ferries:
The distance to
Woods Hole was changed from the original sign plan:
There is also a
sign northbound, not in the original plans which lists the time to the
Bourne Bridge, Route 3 and I-495:
The route from
Peabody to Gloucester has three RTT signs that have already been
installed, the one heading northbound includes the time across the
Annisquam River to Grant Circle and is the same as the previously posted
The two signs
southbound, one in Essex, after MA 133, seen below, the other in
Beverly, below it, after MA 1A, have the time and distances to I-95 and
I-93 and were partially activated, showing the time to I-95 in June
There will be
three RTT signs placed along the freeway portion of this route from New
Bedford to MA 24. The only sign northbound will be in Lakeville (this,
like the others are identical to the sketch plans):*
southbound sign will be right after the MA 140 freeway begins in Taunton
(courtesy of Static Media Corp.):
southbound sign will be in New Bedford, prior to its reaching the
Interstate 195 interchange:
I plan to replace
the sketches with actual sign photos as the project moves along. Feel
free to e-mail me any photos you wish to share.
Route 2 Crosby's Corner Reconstruction (2/19/18)
In the spring of
2012 MassDOT began a project to rebuild Route 2 between Bedford Road and
Crosby's Corner, a notorious intersection along the highway in Concord.
In June 2015, a new off-ramp was opened westbound at Crosby's Corner
replacing the previous stoplight at the intersection with Route 2A.
Eventually, the entire intersection will be converted into an
interchange in both directions when the project is completed, currently
scheduled to be in the summer of 2016. Here are a few photos heading
both westbound and on Route 2 toward the new interchange, taken shortly
before construction was completed in April 2016:
Heading west, new
overhead signage bearing a new exit number, 50 were put up in late
2015. If the proposed switch to milepost based numbers, planned
for 2016 but postponed, ever happens, this should become Exit 125. The
one-mile advance sign:
Here's the next
sign, at the 1/2 mile mark:
There 's a
complete overhead assembly at the off-ramp itself, the pull through
shows this is one of the few places in Massachusetts where an alternate
route is officially signed with its parent (other routes like 1A and 3A
run concurrently but are not signed):
And here are the
new Exit 50 gore sign as seen from continuing on Route 2 West:
And here are the
new reassurance marker's showing the official duplex of Routes 2 and 2A:
Turning around at
the MA 126/Walden Pond intersection, the first sign for the new Crosby's
Corner exit is 1/2 mile away:
the overhead support at the interchange has 2 signs, the Route 2
pull-through has a left-side upward arrow:
Here are several
photos of the reconstructed roadway eastbound following the exit, to see
westbound views, see below.
This is after the
off-ramp to Route 2A:
Heading over the
bridge seen above:
This is at the
end of the new on-ramp from Crosby's Corner:
Here's the view
on the other side of the hill:
The traffic light
in the distance for Bedford Road would be Exit 51 (or 126) if it was
ever turned into an interchange. Some bonus photos of overhead signage
for the next interchange with I-95:
This is the
1-Mile advance sign, placed back in 2012. There are no auxiliary signs
mentioning MA 128 here, though coincidentally this was proposed to be
Exit 128 under the Milepost Exit Numbering System that was to start
sometime in 2016, but is now indefinitely postponed. Here's the 1/2 mile
advance sign for I-95 South, the Attleboro destination or control city
is not consistent with other exit signage along I-95 in the area that
lists Providence, RI:
Same sign back in
2016 when the Route 2 bridge over I-95/128 was under construction:
construction sign refers to work on a project that is replacing the
Route 2 bridges over I-95/128. A closer view of the work zone:
The Spring Street
1-Mile advance sign is the last overhead sign before the work area. All
the other overheads were temporarily removed and replaced by orange
appearance of the interchange after work was completed in the summer of
For some reason
(better visibility?) the Route 128 shield was replaced with a larger one
in 2017. Here was the 2016 version:
on July, 5, 2015:
of Crosby's Corner work has concentrated on expanding the roadbed and
adding new stone retaining walls, the first are along the eastbound
is almost complete on the new stone wall westbound 1/4 mile from
Crosby's Corner. Here's a closer view:
Closer to Crosby's Corner there is
evidence of much more work needing to be done:
sign in the distance is a temporary exit sign for the new MA 2A
off-ramp. Which, a closer look reveals...
an exit number, 50. This will partially fill in a gap in Route 2 exit
numbers in this area. The last interchange to the East, I-95/MA 128, is
Exit 52, which, coincidentally, will be Exit 128 if exit numbers are ever
changed in Massachusetts to the federally mandated milepost referencing
D. South Shore Signs
1. Route 18
began in 2017 and is widening Route 18 to four lanes from Middle Street
in Weymouth to Route 139 in Abington. Below are a series of photos taken
of construction starting in May 2020, and proceeding backwards to May
2018. For more information and recent project news, see the MassDOT
Project page. Work was to conclude on the Weymouth section by the
end of 2019, but that now has been delayed to mid-2020, as photos below
indicate that much work is still needed to be completed. The entire
project is now not to be finished until 2022.
Taken of paving
along Route 18 North between Railroad Bridge and Pleasant Street on May
after Pleasant Street showing some paving in current northbound lane, if
not future lane.
intersection with Shea Blvd. at entrance to Union Point, more paving
completed after intersection, see photos below.
from commuter rail bridge showing new paving along northbound lanes
after the bridge.
Work continues on
bridge and its approaches causing Route 18 North traffic to shift to
right onto newly paved lanes after the bridge.
Traffic now using
new right most northbound lane as work continues along the right
shoulder to include the installation of curbing.
northbound lanes continue until intersection with Shea Boulevard, see
photo at top of section.
A closer look at
the end of the northbound lane full paving at Shea Boulevard.
North of Shea
Boulevard the new pavement is restricted to the right most side of the
Route 18 North lanes.
The Bump advisory
sign indicates a widened area of new pavement between the 99 Restaurant
and the Citgo station.
Paving of the
future northbound lane continues with pavement encompassing all the
northbound lanes after the station to just before Pleasant Street.
Taken along Route
18 North the entire length of the widening project work zone on May 3,
seen since the beginning of the year just beyond the Route 139
intersection. New utility poles are in but most of the wires are still
on the old poles.
In vicinity of
fire station. Again, new poles placed bur wiring predominantly on old
poles, pavement conditions have deteriorated further along this stretch.
approaching the Abington Ale House, little progress seen until reach the
top of the hill.
Along Route 18
North clearing of utility poles from future northbound lane still needs
to be completed for any further work to proceed.
Now past the
Abington Ale House, work is still needed to relocate utilities and
guardrail in new lane right of way.
While some of the
future northbound lane has been graded, work remains to relocate
utilities approaching the border with Weymouth.
More work has
been done to clear the southbound future lane than the one for Route 18
North at the Abington/Weymouth line.
seen in clearing utility poles from right of way along Route 18 South,
compared to completed North lanes approaching Route 58 intersection.
VMS prior to
railroad bridge on Route 18 North warns of upcoming paving operations
north of the bridge during May.
Work continues on
building the new northbound lanes on the commuter railroad bridge, after
most of the old bridge was demolished.
from the top of the commuter railroad bridge showing bridge construction
View from other
side of commuter railroad bridge showing transition to graded new Route
18 lane north of the bridge awaiting paving.
Some further work
being done along graded new lane awaiting paving further north from
commuter railroad bridge.
approaching intersection with Shea Boulevard with more graded new lane
equipment still grading future Route 18 North lane approaching between
Shea Boulevard and Pleasant Street.
More work is
needed before paving can begin on this part of the future Route 18 North
lane approaching Pleasant Street.
still need to be placed before the short section between Pleasant Street
and South Shore Hospital can be widened.
Not much progress
seen in the northern widening area between Park Street and Middle Street
New gas line
pipes are stored along the Route 18 south lanes approaching Middle
Street indicating these will have to be placed before widening work can
Photo from early
March 2020 at the commuter rail bridge:
Looking north at
the commuter rail bridge still under construction in April 2020. Route
18 was to be closed down at night for a week in mid-April to expedite
final reconstruction. Paving of the new northbound lanes north of the
bridge is suppose to then start in late April or early May.
from December 27, 2019 near commuter rail bridge:
structures await placement sitting in future Route 18 North lanes to
north of bridge.
While the wires
have been moved to the new telephone poles along the southbound lanes,
the old poles still stand in the future north lanes approaching the
Roadbed is quite
bumpy approaching the commuter rail bridge, unlikely to be fixed until
continuing to expand side of commuter rail bridge for future additional
Route 18 North lane.
View from top of
the bridge, large crane still being used to widen east side of bridge
for additional northbound lane.
View at bottom of
south side of commuter rail bridge, not much progress in expanding paved
new lanes toward the bridge.
December 15, 2019 at north end of project in Weymouth:
beyond Middle Street shows utility poles still in the future additional
Route 18 South lane.
Not too much
progress seen further south heading toward Park Avenue, Weymouth portion
of project was to be completed by end of 2019.
construction equipment in future Route 18 South lane indicates some
progress is being made, most utility poles approaching Park Avenue have
October 23, 2019 of work on the commuter rail bridge:
Work continues on
replacing and widening commuter rail bridge near the South Weymouth
commuter rail station, looking north.
A closer view of
work on the future northbound lanes over the bridge.
October 6, 2019 heading north between Route 139 and Pleasant Street:
Abington Ale House, work to move wires to new utility poles along Route
18 North has begun.
toward Weymouth, little but utility work being done in this area prior
to widening, lanes are closed between 8 PM and 5 AM Sunday to Thursday.
New utility poles
are only evidence of future widening approaching the Weymouth town line.
Work has started
along future southbound lanes to the left near the Route 58 intersection
in South Weymouth.
Work continues on
widening the northbound side of the commuter rail bridge in South
September 1, 2019 heading south from Route 3 to Route 139:
This is how the
first section of the widening project between Middle Street and Park
Drive appeared on September 1. Work is still underway to place new a new
drainage system under the future south lanes.
Drive work is still continuing on moving both the above and below ground
utilities before widening work can begin.
A few traffic
cones is the only evidence of work done in the second widening zone
between Columbian Street and Pleasant/Pond Street intersection.
Little work on
widening has occurred in the past two months in the third zone area
between Pleasant Street and the entrance to the Union Point Development,
especially along the northbound side.
with Shea Blvd. at Union Point has a new traffic signal designed for 2
southbound lanes, currently the left turn only arrow is above the second
through lane at this location.
Not much progress
to report south of Shea Blvd. during the last 2 months. Power lines
still on old utility poles.
drainage work still stand along Route 18 North along with old utility
poles prior to commuter rail bridge.
Work can be seen
at the commuter rail bridge. Traffic was detoured during the weekend of
August 24-25 so that work could be expedited on replacing the northbound
equipment and a crane are parked besides Route 18 North lanes for bridge
south from the top of the commuter rail bridge showing little progress
widening the southbound lanes headed toward Route 58.
wall along Route 18 South awaits utility pole removal so road can be
expanded opposite the South Weymouth Commuter Rail Station parking lot.
Nothing new to
report in past two months at intersection with Route 58 except new
yellow traffic light structure going up in the right.
A closeup view of
the new traffic light.
Little work can
be seen southbound in moving the power lines from the old to new poles
that would allow for road widening between Route 58 and the Abington
changed southbound entering Abington in the last couple month, more
utility pole removal is need before widening can begin.
This section of
Route 18 in Abington is supposedly to be the last part of the widening
project, which explains the lack of progress here.
conditions have only gotten worse beyond the Abington Ale House with a
mixture of old and new pavement where underground utilities have been
future southbound lane is now being used as a storage area for drainage
pipes approaching Route 139.
by Abington Fire Station, future new lane also a storage area and
existing pavement torn up for utility relocation underground, while
wires remain to be moved above ground.
New utility poles
along northbound lanes hint at construction to come approaching end of
project limits at Route 139 in Abington.
Commuter Rail Bridge from July 2019:
proceeding in demolishing old bridge along former northbound lanes.
toward Route 58 interchange showing progress in preparing road widening
opposite rail station.
Photos from May
2019 between Route 3 and South Shore Hospital:
south showing clearing for new lane along properties after intersection
with Middle Street.
approaching the intersection with Park Drive (Route 128 until 1959).
work picks up again after the 4-lane section surrounding South Shore
Hospital, new utility poles in place.
utilities for the widening is still occurring along Route 18 South
approaching the intersection with Pleasant Street.
Photos from April
2019 between Pleasant Street and Route 139:
south after Pleasant Street in Weymouth showing progress in moving
utilities out of future roadway right-of-way.
going on further south by Stockholders and the 99 Restaurant.
Work not as
pronounced approaching the Shea Boulevard intersection on Route 18
Work mostly along
northbound lanes approaching the Commuter Rail bridge southbound.
Utility lines now
on new poles along southbound Route 18 approaching railroad bridge,
poles along northbound side still need to be removed.
Work was almost
completed along new bridge section which Route 18 traffic was to shift
onto the first week, then delayed to the second week of May.
from top of railroad bridge toward intersection by South Weymouth
Commuter Rail Station with completed new northbound land separated by
painted line after the bridge.
On the right, old
utility poles have had wires removed to be placed on new poles, finished
northbound lane with painted lines over it to exclude traffic to the
left opposite the South Weymouth Commuter Rail Station parking lot.
await placement along Route 18 South just prior to the Route 58
A new slightly
wider support posts awaits new traffic signals at the intersection of
Routes 18 and 58 South.
South of Route 58
the completed northbound lane is striped to prevent use by traffic and
work is proceeding to remove wire from the old utility poles along Route
conditions further south just prior to crossing into Abington.
northbound lane ends as Route 18 enters Abington, construction on this
southernmost section will not finish until 2020.
heading south in Abington and lack of maintenance on to be replaced
roadbed leads to a bumpy ride and blurry picture.
Not much progress
seen since last fall in the widening construction along the southbound
lanes near the Abington Ale House.
Similar story on
the bumpy roadbed south of the Abington Ale House.
pipes await placement, as well as utility poles heading south toward
Route 139 in Abington.
changed since last fall approaching the Route 139 intersection.
Nine days later,
a look at the completed and striped off new Route 18 North lane by the
South Weymouth Commuter Rail station parking lot.
Portable VMS in
the new Route 18 North lane advising drivers as to upcoming traffic
shift on commuter rail bridge in May.
along the ready to use Route 18 North lane between Route 58 and the
Twilight view of
cleared land on both sides of current roadway as seen on MA 18 North in
Abington near the Weymouth town line.
Starting at the
Weymouth line preliminary paving has been completed for future
northbound right lane.
Newly paved lane
continues to MA 58 intersection, seen at traffic light in distance and
then beyond intersection to just south of railroad bridge.
Heading south a
few days later approaching the railroad bridge, work on the bridge is
being staged behind the concrete barriers on the left, while clearing
has been completed along the southbound lanes.
poles in the future southbound lanes have been removed as seen
approaching the railroad bridge.
advisory sign (along with portable VMS, not pictured) regarding lane
shift southbound approaching the railroad bridge.
to demolish the current bridge while it's still open requires shifting
traffic over, the Route 18 North lane is now partly in the former
equipment and other needed items in the construction zone at the top of
south from the top of the bridge which was to show the beginning (or
end) of the new paved lane heading northbound, hidden by traffic
View of paved
future northbound lane on left as Route 18 traffic is shifted back to
its original alignment after the railroad bridge.
lane paved heading past commuter rail parking lot.
project has resulted in the future roadway's close proximity to the
Public Storage warehouse building.
View of completed
paving between the MA 58 and Trotter Road intersections on Route 18
North. This section was already 4 lames, but the road has been widened a
little more with new curbing added.
My attempt to
capture the railroad bridge approach heading north at dusk.
along North Route 18 just prior to the railroad bridge for future lane.
VMS messages indicate preliminary paving was to take place during
October, weather permitting.
now, prior to the Union Point development entrance, new utility poles
have started going up in this area.
New barriers and
barrels put up along Route 18 South prior to the Route 58 intersection
where preliminary widening work is taking place.
barriers have also been placed along MA 18 North after the current
railroad bridge, work to demolish the old bridge and open a new wider
one will take place in 2019.
One of the VMS
advising traffic of paving work prior to the railroad bridge on Route 18
South prior to the South Weymouth commuter rail station.
View from top of
railroad bridge looking south shows progress grading new northbound
lanes as seen in the first photo.
Closer view of
new lane being constructed northbound approaching the Route 58
intersection heading south on Route 18.
Work has also
started for adding a northbound lane between the Route 58 intersection
and the Abington town line.
northbound lane grading awaiting preliminary paving approaching the
Abington town line.
equipment stored near the end of the current widening work being done
just over the line in Abington.
work still has been completed at the southern end of the project
approaching Route 139.
The exception is
near the Abington Ale House where the widening work is apparently being
coordinated with a new development (see earlier photos below).
from July 2018:
work and some new utility poles can be seen southbound approaching the
southern limits of the project at Route 139 in Abington.
Only some tree
cutting has been completed southbound approaching Route 139.
can be seen since May approaching the current railroad bridge on Route
18 South in Weymouth.
Work can be seen
on building the new bridge to the left of the current structure heading
north from the top of the railroad bridge, not too different from that
from May 2018:
Work zone sign
south of Route 139 intersection on Route 18 North in Abington.
Some clearing but
not much work has started north of Route 139 heading towards Weymouth.
Work had started
along the southbound lanes in coordination with a new development going
in near the Abington Ale House.
Starting at the
Abington/Weymouth town line work was proceeding in putting in new
utility poles along the sides of the future widened highway.
Portable VMS sign
warns drivers of lane closures overnight for widening work as more new
utility poles stand next to existing ones in South Weymouth.
Route 18 about to
head onto bridge over commuter rail tracks, bridge to be demolished and
rebuilt, part of new bridge can be seen to the left of the current one.
construction equipment and materials are store along northbound lanes
prior to bridge.
from top of railroad bridge showing clearing and other work taking place
in project work zone.
relocation work continues north of the bridge.
Some of the
bigger construction equipment being stored in future Route 18 southbound
lane in Weymouth. Turning around and heading south...
future Route 18 south lane heading toward railroad bridge in Weymouth.
over current railroad bridge, clearing for new bridge continues on the
toward Route 58 intersection from top of current railroad bridge, new
bridge construction seen on right.
work has been completed approaching the Route 58 intersection
View of the new
utility poles placed beyond the future highway lanes south of the Route
Now further south
in Abington, one can tell that maintenance of this section of Route 18
was deferred awaiting the highway's widening.
southbound work being done in coordination with a new development along
the southbound lanes prior to the Abington Ale House.
New barrier wall
being placed for new building development providing room for future
southbound Route 18 lane across from the Abington Ale House.
work can be seen along Route 18 South approaching the Route 139
property in Abington will be losing much of its front yard to the new
Route 18 South lane.
2. A Trip along
"The Coastal Route," Route 3A North in September 2018:
Photos taken from
Plymouth to Hingham on Route 3A, (mostly) the old coastal route between
Boston and Cape Cod, which was given the Route 3A designation (after
first being New England Route 6A) in the 1920s. The other route, the
inland route or "Cape Way" got the primary Route 3, then Route 53,
number at the same time:
A modern, and
very large, North Route 3A reassurance marker seen in North Plymouth.
A North Route 3A
trailblazer on the left side of the road, going left leads you back to
Route 3 just north of US 44.
sign, not of recent vintage at the intersection with Chestnut Street in
signs at the intersection of Routes 3A and 14 in Duxbury.
139 trailblazer approaching first of two intersections with this route
in Duxbury, with an interesting twist...
You turn right to
go onto Route 139 West and left to go east. Route 139 does an 180 degree
turn at the Marshfield coast. MassDOT apparently decided changing
directions was too confusing. The previous guide signs at this location
had no direction.
One of many
old-style Mass. DPW tenth-mile posts along this stretch of Route 3A.
These were installed along most routes in the state in the 1970s.
Guide/Paddle sign installations approaching the second intersection with
Route 139 in Marshfield, the sign directions here are geographically
The signs at the
intersection itself, Route 3A North joins Route 139 West for about 1/2
to put the somewhat modern style large route markers on separate posts
west of the intersection of Routes 3A and 139.
Guide/Paddle signs approaching the split of Route 3A North and Route 139
West in Marshfield.
The signs at the
actual intersection. Of course, you can get to Route 3 using 3A, but it
will take longer.
This part of
Route 3A in Marshfield north of Route 139 was recently reconstructed and
received new signage, such as this North 3A reassurance marker.
One of the signs
not updated was this Guide/Paddle sign at the intersection with Ferry
Street. Humarock is a coastal neighborhood of Marshfield.
Another new North
Route 3A reassurance marker heading toward the border with Scituate.
the latest iteration of the North River bridge that is the border
between Marshfield and Scituate. The bridge was built in the 2000s.
Route 123 trailblazer in Scituate.
signage in the roundabout at the intersections of Routes 3A and 123. The
Scituate sign points to Country Way, the original Coastal Route, and
original alignment of Route 3A until 1932 when Justice Cushing Way was
built as a bypass between Scituate and Hingham.
signage in the roundabout which marks the eastern terminus of Route 123.
A typical North
Route 3A reassurance marker in Scituate.
Except for one of
the several on wide 3-digit shields near Scituate High School.
An older North
Route 3A reassurance marker in the next town to the north, Cohasset.
A rather old
Junction Route 228 trailblazer in Hingham. This dates back to the 1980s
and was not replaced, unlike shields heading south, during the recent
Division 5 sign replacement project (perhaps it wasn't spotted among the
signage at the Route 3A/228 intersection. There currently is no signage
for 228 South, the small paddle sign disappeared a few years ago and has
not been replaced. Prior to the building of Chief Justice Cushing
Highway in 1932 this was a concurrency between Routes 128 and 3A on East
Street which ran between Summer Street, to the left, and Hull Street, to
3. Signs along
the Route 106 corridor from Kingston to Bridgewater from May 2018:
Here's some photos of route beginnings clustered around Route 3A and 106
in the Kingston Area.
The first of two guide signs for the beginning of Route 106 on Route 3A
Notice the second smaller sign for Route 27, which begins about a mile
further west on 106. If its that important to sign, wouldn't it be better
to just extend 27 to 3A?
Speaking of Route 27, here's the first guide/paddle sign for the
beginning of Route 27 North.
The intersection only features trailblazers. I would prefer two-digit
routes to take precedence and instead would have Route 106 begin here with
27 beginning at 3A.
A few miles west, and over the border with Plympton, is the beginning of
MA 36 North, a short route apparently deserving of less than standard
quality paddle signs.
Further west in Halifax is the beginning of Route 105 South.
The second sign has an unusual number font.
Here's the end of Route 104 East at Route 106 further to west in East
And a photo of the Route 106 and 28 intersection in Bridgewater:
Here's a couple of signs from the intersection of Whiting Street (MA
53), Derby Street (Formerly MA 128 and also 228 at least to the 1990s) and
Gardner Street in Hingham. A closeup of a Mass. Guide (aka Paddle) Sign
recently updated with new text:
The sign used to read North MA 228 to Route 3, South Weymouth. It was
one of 3 green signs put up between 1988 and 1993 to mark the split of 228
from 53. The first sign actually read South MA 228. In the spring of 2014
the South 228 sign was removed and the two remaining were greened out with
the new text added. MassDOT had apparently realized that 228 hasn't been
officially routed along Derby Street for at least 15 years. Still, the
route signs, put up around the same time, were not removed. In December
2016, a contract was let to replace signage in District 5, which includes
Hingham, interestingly, the contract calls for replacing the route signs
at the intersection, including the 228 shields. Apparently, the project
engineer was not aware they are not needed, not the town which apparently
approved their installation. Unfortunately, no one pointed out the error
and the signs were installed in June 2017. Here are photos showing the new
signs and those that they replaced. First, the North MA 228 trailblazer on
MA 53 South approaching Derby Street, the back of the sign above is
in the center of the photo:
If you look closely, you'll notice the directional banner had been
updated to specifications in the 2009 MUTCD even though the shield dates
from the 1980s, and has been wrong for at least 15 years.
Here's a closeup of the signs that follow on MA 53 South, incredibly the
sign replacement contract installed new shields without replacing the
support post. Later, in September 2019, this sign was taken down when the
surrounding sidewalk was removed for a widening project:
signs were put back up in late September, nailed to the nearby telephone
pole (which will be removed shortly), in a different order:
previous shields on the same post:
The shields above date from the 1980's,
as does the rusting sign post, the South directional banner is at least
10 years older.
The new North 228 trailblazer on Route 53 North prior to Derby Street,
with the corrected green guide sign in the distance. This was taken down
during the intersection reconstruction project that started in August
2019, however it was later put back up attached to the telephone pole seen
in front of it:
The North Route 228 reassurance marker on Derby Street beyond the
intersection, as well as trailblazers for Routes 53 North on Derby Street
heading toward the intersection have not been replaced as of June 24. The
South MA 53/228 trailblazer, hidden by leaves, was replaced. Both sign
assemblies were taken down during the widening and reconstruction of the
Derby Street/Whiting Street/Gardner intersection in the fall of 2019:
Here's the signage on Route 53 South approaching Queen Anne's corner
with the correct information about Route 228:
Meanwhile, signage that could be replaced, like here at the corner of
Main and Central Streets in Hingham, was not replaced:
A correct replacement shield on Route 53 after Cushing Street in
Hingham, the next intersection north on 53 from the photo above:
And a correct Route 228 on Main Street in Hingham just north of the
Cushing and South Pleasant Street intersection:
This Route 228 sign put up earlier in the week is missing a right arrow
because this is on Route 3A South approaching the Route 228 intersection:
Here's a new Route 3A North reassurance marker put up on Otis Street at
Hingham Harbor. The reassurance marker that it replaced was less than 10
years old. The older shield though was smaller with one post. Did someone
request a larger shield for this location?
Seeing double in Queen Anne's Corner:
When the intersection of Routes 53 and 228, known locally as Queen
Anne's corner, at the border of Norwell and Hingham was reconstructed
around 2010 new signage was put in place but most of the old signage was
not removed. This left this curious situation with 2 Junction 53 signs on
228 North ahead of the intersection:
In 2017, the contractor for the Retroflective Sign Update contract
removed the old sign in the back, but replaced it with a new assembly:
Here's the new End Route 53 sign at the intersection with Route
3A/Southern Artery in Quincy, photo taken in November 2019:
Here's the former End Route 53 sign seen from the intersection of the
Southern Artery and Washington Street (Route 3A) in Quincy taken in April
2016. Historically, until about 1960, this was the intersection of Routes
3, 3A and 135:
E. Sign Goofs
This goof has
been around for a few years on Hancock Street in Quincy Center. The
arrows are correct, if not confusing, as you can get to 3A either going
straight of right:
This new guide
sign appeared with the completion of the multi-year project
rehabilitating the Longfellow Bridge between Boston and and Cambridge
which is part of Route 3 in the summer of 2019. As you see the eastern
part of Memorial Drive has been upgraded:
appeared in Quincy at the corner of Furnace Brook Parkway and Adams
Street in June 2017. While technically correct, if you turn left you
will eventually get to I-93 South which takes you to the beginning of
Route 128 in Canton, this sign replaced an older smaller To 128 sign
that dated to the time that route ended in Braintree (before 1989). This
should say 'To I-93' or 'To I-93/US 1':
Once this photo
was posted on Facebook and on AARoads.com Forum, a MassDOT sign engineer
saw it and asked it be changed to 'To I-93', this change was made on
Here's a couple
goofs found near the Route 58 interchange with US 44 in Carver. First
had some extra shields in New Jersey or Delaware.
and heading back toward US 44, drivers see this pair of relatively new
Someone forgot to
check whether there is a MA 44. This same error is also at the signs at
the intersection ahead:
NEW-Beyond the US
44 interchange there is also a circle 58 sign as well:
10/30/16 showing a little mix up in a guide sign on Route 30 East in
This second US 3 shield has appeared on Route 3 South in Duxbury, after
the first Route 3A Exit, however it was changed to a MA 3 shield in late
The previous shield which has been US 3 for several years was also
replaced at the same time:
Here's a new Exit sign that has appeared
along Soldiers Field Road westbound in Boston for the Harvard Square
Exit in July 2014:
It replaced a former green sign with
similar information. Is Harvard Square so much of an attraction that it
deserves a brown sign now?
A Fixed Sign Goof Along Forbes Road in
Braintree. Look at these 2 official MassDOT Guide Signs as they appeared
in June 2013:
Both US shields seem to originally had a 6 in them, then overwritten
with 3. They are getting warmer, I guess.
Here's what was on the back of the first sign:
These lead to the intersection between Forbes Rd, Granite Ave. (MA 37)
and the first South Shore Plaza access Road. The Guide signs there are
older and indicate a turn left onto Granite Street or take MA 37 to the
11/24: Looks like someone noticed the error, and the signs were fixed.
Here's the new version of the second sign above:
Here's a New and Correct Guide Sign in Boston. Part of the I-93 Signing
Project. This is at the on-ramp from Neponset Circle to the Southeast
From August 2013 (Updated in April 2014):
Or Not ; That is the Question...Apparently
in the Spring of 2013 new routes signs started appearing throughout
Boston, some along their designated routes and intersecting roadways
throughout the city, and some not. During the summer, for example, new
Route 2A signs were put up along Massachusetts Avenue in Boston east
of where that route has officially ended, at Route 2,
an example of one of the signs along Mass Ave headed toward the Boston
Medical Center Area just beyond Tremont Street:
here's one headed the other direction...
one is between Columbus Avenue (MA 28) and Huntington Ave (MA 9). Both
photos taken in early September 2013. Both of these signs are more
than 1/2 mile East from Commonwealth/Route 2. The other thing wrong
with these signs are the directional banners, they are 180 degrees
off. East 2A should be West, and vice versa. The same problem occurs
with all the other signs put up at the same time in the area...
sign is further west along Mass Ave between Huntington Avenue and
Boylston Street by the Christian Science Church Headquarters.
wrong directions also apply to signs on intersecting roadways. Here
are the signs along Tremont Street at Mass Ave.:
directional banners are also a problem with other route signs put up at
the same time:
is a Route 28 West Sign on Tremont St prior to the Route 2A signs seen
above. First of all, MA 28 runs along Columbus Avenue one block to the
west, and second, it is a north/south route. Curiously, the Route 28
signs put up along Mass Ave are correct. Here's one approaching
Columbus Ave from the west...
headed on Columbus Ave, you again see directionally challenged Route
head toward Cambridge and points west you must follow the signs for
Route 2A East.
though two blocks east on Mass Ave at Huntington Ave (MA 9) there is no
Route 2A signage and the new Route 9 signage is correct:
A week later I
checked out the signage at the still official end of Route 2A at the
intersection of Mass Ave and Commonwealth Ave (Route 2)...
there are no new Route 2A shields at this intersection, a couple new
Mass. Guide Signs (MGSs) had been place along the ramp from
Commonwealth Ave (Route 2) East to Mass. Ave.:
is no matching Route 2A East Guide Sign to Imply the Route has been
extended East. There is also a new smaller guide sign for Route 2A
along Commonwealth at the off-ramp:
the Guide Signs are correct, this does not extend to the new route
markers in the area. The first Route 2A signage on what its official
route west of Mass Ave has the same problem as the others, a wrong
should be west. Also a new sign was put up east of Commonwealth at the
Mass Ave intersection with Boylston Street. Only one direction here, but
its the wrong one. If you want to go to Cambridge you need to turn left:
sign was placed in July and was accompanied by a 'To I-90 West' sign and
a straight arrow...
direction is correct, and technically the arrow is to. If you go
straight you will get to Copley Square and can access West I-90 there.
But it would be easier simply to take a left, go a block and make a
left on the I-90 ramp along Mass Ave. And this is not the only error
here. Approaching Beacon Street on MA 2A West, a couple blocks away
from Commonwealth Ave., you see another West Route 2 Sign:
is at the corner of Mass Ave and Beacon St. If you do turn here, you
will eventually get to Route 2 in Kenmore Square.
that all the signs in this area are wrong....
'To MA 2' signage is between the I-90 West ramp and Commonwealth Avenue.
And here are the of signs at what is the official End of MA 2A East at the
intersection with Commonwealth Ave...
Guide signs are an old design and appear to be a few years old. the route
shields, however, are of recent vintage. These new signs help establish
that Route 2 is not going anywhere, so if Route 2A is to end at its
parent, it's official route has not been extended.
And, some more
photos taken on Thanksgiving morning...
So, what is going
In a later post
to AARoads Forum, poster Roadman, a MassDOT sign engineer, said he spoke
to a colleague in the District 6 Office in Boston about the Route 2A and
other recent signage. The colleague denied that MassDOT was responsible
for the signs, nor could he find anyone working for the City of Boston
to take credit either.(1) The Boston official suggested the work was by
an 'unknown organization.' However, a road trip I took on Thanksgiving
morning documenting the problems with many of the new signs pointed to evidence suggesting
it must be a city project. The signs appear in locations overseen by two
different state agencies which would create a problem in placing some of
them, if the state had done it. As of the end of 2013 nothing had been
done to fix or take down any problems signs. Here's the blog
entry from that November trip.
Signs Eventually to Be Fixed by Boston
Transportation Dept. (UPDATE 4/6/14):
On February 26,
2014, a Boston TV station, Fox 25, aired this
'undercover report' detailing the problem Route 2A and others
signs documented above and in the blog post. Again MassDOT denied it had
anything to do with it, however, Boston Transportation officials were
now ready to blame a contractor, Jacobs Engineering, for whom the city
had hired, for putting up the problem signs. The Boston officials, even
the new mayor, said they were embarrassed that not only had they
approved the wrong contract drawings, but that they had not noticed the
signs were wrong until the reporter showed them his report (from the BTD
response above, this seems to be stretching the truth). Officials
indicated they were moving quickly to fix the signs and possibly seek to
get some money back from Jacobs. In March, BTD employees fixed the MA 2A
signs by rearranging the banners, only to be told, that by someone at
MassDOT that the signs should not be there at all, since the route ends
at Comm Ave. They then, according to This
Updated Report from Fox 25, went out and removed most of the
incorrect 2A markers. The only one left, apparently, is the one below
between Symphony Hall and Boylston St (see above) where the directional
banner was replaced by a 'To' banner:
While this is now
'correct' technically, Mass Ave crosses I-90 and MA 2 before 2A, so
shouldn't they have 'To' markers too? They also fixed the signs featured
in the Fox 25 report with the opposite arrowed West 2A markers within a
few feet of each other. This was fixed by replacing the directional
banner with 'Jct' and, removing the arrow (sorry for hard to see, late
As of early April
there are still mistaken signs elsewhere in Boston. Here, along Comm Ave
west of Kenmore Square, they have extended MA 30 from its end in
However, to show
you not all the route signs installed by Jacobs were wrong, here are the
signs approaching Columbus Avenue on Mass Ave heading west as of April
And here are some
of the signs installed at the intersection of Comm Ave and Charlesgate
East near Kenmore Square:
One of the
correctly placed MA 2A signs can be sign on the right side of the photo.
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*CCROG Memo To: Transportation Committee, From: Roger Krahn, Principal
Transportation Engineer/ Planner, Date: September 13, 2019
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