Interstate 290 (Massachusetts)

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Interstate 290 marker

Interstate 290
Route information
Maintained by Masshighways
Length: 20.16 mi[1] (32.44 km)
Existed: 1970 – present
Major junctions
West end: I‑90 / I‑395 / Route 12 in Auburn
 
East end: I‑495 / Route 85 Connector in Marlborough
Highway system
  • Massachusetts State Highway Routes
Route 286 I‑291

Interstate 290 (abbreviated I-290) runs for 20.16 miles (32.44 km) from Auburn, Massachusetts to Marlborough, Massachusetts. It is a continuation of I-395 north of I-90 (the Mass. Pike) and runs through downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, I-190 splits off, and I-290 runs across Lake Quinsigamond and east to I-495 in Marlborough. There are buildings very close to the highway, including a grand church which faces the road (referred to locally as "Our Lady of the Highway"). Massachusetts has built a freeway connector (Route 146) from I-290 in Worcester to the Mass. Pike and then south to Providence, Rhode Island.

Route description[edit]


History[edit]

Orson the bear, the mascot of Polar Beverages, is a prominent landmark visible from I-290 in Worcester.

Originally, I-290 was to rejoin I-90 in Westborough, roughly where I-495 sits now. However, this route would have run through the town centers of Shrewsbury and Northborough. Additionally, I-290 was intended to be extended past I-495 to I-95/Route 128 in Waltham, but this was canceled under pressure from towns along the planned route. A brief two-lane connector heads to Route 85 as a result of this aborted plan. The interchange with I-495 was originally supposed to be a cloverleaf, but after the plan was canceled, it was modified with a flyover ramp onto 495-northbound.

Exit list[edit]

County Location[2] Mile[2] km Exit[3] Destinations[3] Notes
Worcester Auburn 0.000 0.000 I‑395 south – Norwich, CT Western terminus; continuation from I-395
0.347 0.558 7 I‑90 / Mass. Pike / Route 12 – Auburn Eastbound exit to Route 12 south; westbound exit to Route 12 north; I-90 Exit 10
0.070 0.113 8 Route 12 south – Webster Westbound exit only
0.930 1.497 9 Swanson Road – Auburn Eastbound exit to Swanson Road; westbound entrance from Vine Street
1.700 2.736 Auburn Street – Auburn Westbound exit to and eastbound entrance
Worcester 3.358 5.404 10 Route 12 north (Hope Avenue) Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
3.565 5.737 11 College Square / Federal Square / Southbridge Street
4.611 7.421 12 Route 146 south – Millbury, Providence Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
5.265 8.473 13 Route 122A (Vernon Street) – Kelley Square
5.638 9.073 14 Route 122 – Barre, Uxbridge No westbound entrance
5.810 9.350 15 Shrewsbury Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
6.137 9.877 16 MLK Jr. Boulevard – Downtown Worcester Union Station
6.572 10.577 17 Route 9 – Ware, Framingham Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
6.980 11.233 18 Route 70 to Route 9 – Ware, Framingham Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
7.377 11.872 19 I‑190 north to Route 12 – Holden, Fitchburg Southern terminus of I-190; eastbound exit is combined with Exit 20
7.377 11.872 20 Burncoat Street to Route 70 (Lincoln Street) Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; eastbound exit is combined with Exit 19
8.421 13.552 Route 70 (Lincoln Street) Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
9.641 15.516 21 Plantation Street – Worcester Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Shrewsbury 10.173 16.372 22 Main Street – Shrewsbury, Worcester
12.680 20.406 23A Route 140 south – Shrewsbury
12.690 20.423 23B Route 140 north – Boylston
Northborough 14.855 23.907 24 Church Road – Northborough, Boylston
17.913 28.828 25A Hudson Street – Northborough
17.925 28.847 25B Solomon Pond Mall Road – Berlin
Middlesex Marlborough 20.000 32.187 26A I‑495 south – Cape Cod
20.16 32.44 26B I‑495 north – Lowell Left exit eastbound
20.16 32.44 To Route 85 – Hudson Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Route Log- Auxiliary Routes of the Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways - Table 2
  2. ^ a b MassDOT Planning Division. "Massachusetts Route Log Application". Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Massachusetts Department of Transportation. "Exit Numbers and Names: Route I-290 (Auburn to Worcester)". Retrieved August 21, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing