Interstate 190 (Massachusetts)

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Interstate 190 marker

Interstate 190
Route information
Maintained by MassHighway
Length: 19.26 mi[1] (31.00 km)
Existed: 1983 – present
Major junctions
South end: I‑290 in Worcester
North end: Route 2 in Leominster
Highway system
  • Massachusetts State Highway Routes
Route 189 Route 192

Interstate 190 (abbreviated I-190) runs for 19.26 miles (31.00 km) north from I-290 in Worcester, Massachusetts to Route 2 in Leominster, Massachusetts. A portion of the highway was built with extra-wide shoulders, which are painted green, to prevent runoff from contaminating the nearby Wachusett Reservoir.[2][3] The green color is also intended to reduce the perceived width of the unusually wide road.[citation needed]

Route description[edit]

I-190 begins at a southern terminus with I-290 in Worcester. Near the Greendale Mall, there is an interchange with Route 12 before the highway passes along the eastern shore of Indian Lake and goes through the city of Worcester. In West Boylston, I-190 has another interchange with Route 12 before turning to the northwest and then the north and crossing the Quinapoxet River. The freeway curves to the northeast and enters a more rural area, and I-190 intersects Route 140 and Route 12 another time in Sterling. In Lancaster, I-190 has an exit for Route 117. North of Johnny Appleseed State Park and Lancaster State Forest, I-190 merges with Route 2 in the city of Leominster.[4]

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Worcester County.

Location Mile[5] km Exit Destinations Notes
Worcester 0.0 0.0 I‑290 Southern terminus; I-290 exit 19
1.1 1.8 1 Route 12 (Gold Star Boulevard)
2.4 3.9 2 Ararat Street – Holden, Greendale
2.9 4.7 3 Mountain Street West – Holden, Boylston Southbound exit only
West Boylston 4.0 6.4 4 Route 12 – West Boylston, Worcester
Sterling 9.3 15.0 5 Route 140 – West Boylston, Princeton
14.1 22.7 6 Route 12 – Sterling, Clinton
Lancaster 16.9 27.2 7 Route 117 – Leominster, Lancaster
Leominster 19.1 30.7 8A Route 2 west – Fitchburg Northbound exit and southbound entrance
19.3 31.1 8B Route 2 east – Boston Northbound exit and southbound entrance
19.3 31.1 8 Mechanic Street – Leominster Shares a ramp with exit 8B northbound as an unnumbered exit; Southbound exit only
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Route Log- Auxiliary Routes of the Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways - Table 2
  2. ^ Google Inc. "Street View picture of I-190's green shoulders". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc.,-71.738333&ll=42.356802,-71.81209&spn=0.000528,0.001742&t=h&layer=c&cbll=42.356802,-71.812089&panoid=_zi906sTpnBODFK_nq9gLQ&cbp=11,355.59,,0,3.19&z=20. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  3. ^ "Ask the Globe". The Boston Globe. June 21, 1997. Retrieved December 2, 2013. (subscription required (help)). "Massachusetts Highway spokeswoman Julie Vitek says those paved shoulders and similar ones in West Boylston near the Wachusett Reservoir were built in the 1970s to direct collected melted snow and salt into a Massachusetts highway closed well system, independent from drinking water supplies." 
  4. ^ Google Inc. "I-190 Massachusetts". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc.,+MA&hl=en&ll=42.291532,-71.669312&spn=1.113385,2.452698&sll=42.502478,-71.714802&sspn=0.034677,0.076647&oq=wor&hnear=Worcester,+Massachusetts&t=m&z=9. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
  5. ^ Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation. 2007. "Interchanges List (I-190). Downloaded from , August 7, 2011.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing