Massachusetts Route 129

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Route 129 marker

Route 129
Map of northeastern Massachusetts with Route 129 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MassDOT
Length: 34.08 mi[1] (54.85 km)
Existed: 1920s – present
Major junctions
West end: Route 4 / Route 110 in Chelmsford
 
East end: Route 114 in Marblehead
Location
Counties: Middlesex, Essex
Highway system
  • Massachusetts State Highway Routes
Route 128A Route 130

Route 129 is an east–west Massachusetts state route that runs from Chelmsford to Marblehead.

Route description[edit]

Route 129 begins at Route 110 in Chelmsford Center, where the northbound lanes of Route 4 leave Route 110. The route passes out of the town center to the east before intersecting U.S. Route 3 at Exit 29. It passes into Billerica, and shortly thereafter has a concurrency with Route 3A for just over a mile, following southbound on that route and crossing the Concord River. The route then turns eastward once more, heading over the Shawsheen River into Wilmington. In Wilmington, Route 129 becomes concurrent with Route 38, crossing Route 62 and passing the Wilmington MBTA station in the process. The two routes split south of the intersection, with Route 129 heading more southeasterly towards its intersection with Interstate 93 at Exit 38.

After crossing I-93, Route 129 heads into Reading. The route crosses Route 28 just north of the town center before continuing eastward. At the town line with Wakefield, the route enters a rotary intersection with I-95/Route 128 at Exit 40, most of which is in the town of Wakefield. Shortly after leaving the rotary, and just after crossing the Saugus River, Route 129 turns southward along Main Street, following the eastern side of Lake Quannapowitt towards the town center. At Water Street, Route 129 turns eastward, passing the Center Depot, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and along the Haverhill Line (though currently without a stop). From Wakefield, Route 129 enters Saugus and Essex County. Passing the Breakheart Reservation, the route joins U.S. Route 1 at a cloverleaf intersection, following the route concurrently northward into Lynnfield.

Route 129 eastbound in Swampscott

In Lynnfield, Route 129 leaves Route 1 at the Lynnfield Tunnel, a traffic landmark just south of I-95 and Route 128. Just east of this point, Route 129 enters Goodwin Circle, which provides access to all three highways via a connector road. Immediately after leaving the circle, Route 129 enters the city of Lynn. In Lynn the route heads southeastward, above the Lynn Woods Reservation, twisting around Sluice Pond before meeting Route 129A next to Flax Pond. At this intersection, Route 129 turns southwest along Boston Street before turning southeast on Washington Street, where it crosses Route 107. After passing east of Lynn Common, the route splits, with the eastbound side staying on Washington Street and the westbound following Central Avenue and Exchange Street. Both directions meet again on Route 1A, staying concurrent with that route until meeting the eastern end of Route 129A, turning south before turning eastward once more an entering Swampscott.

In Swampscott, Route 129 follows along King's Beach, above Black Will's Cliff and then along Fisherman's Beach before turning more inland, bypassing the Phillips Point neighborhood before coming close to the ocean once again in the Beach Bluff neighborhood as it enters Marblehead. Once in Marblehead, Route 129 continues along Atlantic Avenue before finally terminating at th corner of Atlantic and Ocean, where it meets the eastern end of Route 114. Atlantic Avenue continues into downtown Marblehead from this point, while Ocean Avenue heads across a short isthmus onto Marblehead Neck.

History[edit]

Route 129 (which was likely formed sometime in the 1920s) was originally a shorter route that only existed between Wilmington and Lynn, expanding to Marblehead by 1933 and to Chelmsford sometime in the late 1930s.

Prior to the construction of the Yankee Division Highway, Route 128 shared a short concurrency with Route 129 in Wakefield, joining the route at the intersection of Water Street and Main Street and leaving at the junction of Vernon Street and Water Street.

In 1996, Route 129 had a realignment in Lynn, with the old route re-designated as Route 129A. This was done to bring the route through downtown.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Middlesex Chelmsford 0.00 0.00 Route 110
Route 4
Western terminus of Route 129; to I-495 via Route 4 north / Route 110 east; Route 27 via Route 4 south
2.3 3.7 US 3 Exit 29 on US 3
Billerica 3.5 5.6 Route 3A north Northern end of Route 3A concurrency
4.7 7.6 Route 3A south Southern end of Route 3A concurrency
Wilmington 10.2 16.4 Route 38 north Northern end of Route 38 concurrency
11.1 17.9 Route 62
11.5 18.5 Route 38 south Southern end of Route 38 concurrency
13.2 21.2 I‑93 Exit 38 on I-93
Reading 15.1 24.3 Route 28
Wakefield 16.2 26.1 I‑95 / Route 128 Exit 40 on I-95/Route 128
Essex Saugus 21.3 34.3 US 1 south Southern end of US 1 concurrency
Lynnfield 23.3 37.5 US 1 north Northern end of US  concurrency; to I-95 / Route 128 via US 1 north
23.9 38.5 To I‑95 / US 1 / Route 128 Goodwin Circle; connector Route to I-95 / Route 128 and US 1
Lynn 27.0 43.5 Route 129A east Western end of Route 129A
27.9 44.9 Route 107
28.7 46.2 Route 1A south Western end of Route 1A concurrency
29.9 48.1 Route 1A north
Route 129A west
Eastern end of Route 1A concurrency; eastern end of Route 129A
Marblehead 34.08 54.85 Route 114 west Eastern end of Route 129 and Route 114
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Suffixed routes[edit]

Route 129A
Location: Lynn
Length: 2.48 mi[1] (3.99 km)
Existed: 1996–present

Route 129A is an east–west Massachusetts state route that serves as an alternate to Route 129, located entirely in Lynn, Massachusetts. The route was created in 1996, taking over the old routing of Route 129 in Lynn after it was realigned to enter downtown.

The route starts where Route 129 leaves its old routing when it enters Lynn, heading southeast. It soon enters into a concurrency with Route 107 and goes northeast, but returns to going southeast when the concurrency ends. Route 129A ends at the end of a concurrency between Routes 1A and 129, when 129 returns to its older route.

References[edit]

  • Kelley, Neil. "MA 129" (route log entry). Massachusetts Route Log. neilbert.com. Retrieved 2006-06-25. 
  • Moraseski, Dan. "MA routes 120-129". MA route log. web.mit.edu. Archived from the original on 2004-10-25. Retrieved 2006-06-28.  (Wayback Machine archive, original site down)

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