Massachusetts Route 123

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Route 123 marker

Route 123
Map of southeastern Massachusetts with Route 123 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MassDOT
Length: 41.91 mi[1] (67.45 km)
Major junctions
West end: Route 123 in Cumberland, RI
 
East end: Route 3A in Scituate
Location
Counties: Bristol, Plymouth
Highway system
  • Massachusetts State Highway Routes
Route 122A Route 124

Route 123 is a west–east state highway in southeastern Massachusetts. It crosses northern Bristol and Plymouth counties, crossing several highways along the way.

Route description[edit]

Bristol County[edit]

Route 123 is a continuation of R.I. Route 123, which crosses the state line between Cumberland, Rhode Island and Attleboro. In the South Attleboro section of the city, it crosses Routes 1 and 1A in quick succession, just south of the junction of the two and the start of the Attleboro-North Attleborough retail area. It continues eastward, crossing I-95 at exit 3 before turning northeastward, passing Capron Park and the former Attleboro High School building (now a branch of Bristol Community College) before reaching downtown Attleboro. It crosses Route 152 and under the MBTA commuter rail tracks before making another northerly turn, this time at the end of Route 118.

Westbound in Attleboro

From Attleboro, the route heads eastward into Norton. It crosses Route 140 at the town center, having a brief, 50-yard concurrency between the two. After passing Wheaton College, it continues through town, crossing I-495 at exit 10. The road then turns northward into Easton. In Easton, the road turns eastward again as it becomes concurrent with Route 106 for just over a mile, with Route 123 turning northeastward at the Five Corners intersection between the two routes and Bay Road. The route eventually meets Route 138, which it shares a short concurrency with before turning eastward again at Stonehill College.

Plymouth County[edit]

In Brockton, Route 123 crosses Route 24 at exit 17. The route passes the Brockton VA Medical Center, Campanelli Stadium, Brockton High School and the Brockton Fairgrounds in quick succession. At the intersection of Belmont Street and Warren Avenue, the eastbound and westbound lanes split. Eastbound, Route 123 makes a quick turn on and then off of Main Street and crosses Route 28 (North Montello Street) and under the Old Colony railroad tracks before turning left and sharing a short, one-block long concurrency between Route 123 East and Route 27, before meeting the westbound lanes at the intersection of Commercial Street and Centre Street. The westbound lanes, meanwhile only intersect Routes 27 and 28, heading straight from Centre Street, across Main Street and along the short Legion Parkway before turning south onto Warren Avenue to meet up with the main route once more. Signage in the area is poor, however; many maps point to Route 123 begin concurrent along Route 28 rather than following Commercial Street on the other side of the tracks.

Once the two lanes reconnect, they continue eastward along Centre Street, passing the Brockton Hospital before crossing the Beaver Brook into Abington. In Abington, Route 123 crosses Route 18 near the town center before making a quick turn along Washington street and turning eastward again, crossing Old Colony Line tracks once more (adjacent to the Abington MBTA station and Route 58 before heading into Rockland. In Rockland, the route shares a half-mile concurrency with Route 139 before turning northward, then eastward into the town of Hanover. In Hanover, the route crosses through the northern part of town, crossing Route 3 without junction before meeting Route 53 at the village of Assinippi, which provides access between Route 3 and Route 123 at exit 13.

Shortly after the intersection, and just south of Jacobs Pond, the route enters Norwell as Main Street, traveling through the town's Historic District and village center. Route 123 finally ends after three-quarters of a mile in the neighboring town of Scituate, at a rotary intersection with Route 3A.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Bristol Attleboro 0.00 0.00 Route 123 west Continuation into Rhode Island
1.2 1.9 US 1 Route 123 provides access between Route 1 north and Route 1A south
1.3 2.1 Route 1A
5.6 9.0 Route 152
5.8 9.3 Route 118 south Northern end of Route 118
Norton 11.3 18.2 Route 140 Brief, 50 yards (46 m) concurrency between the two routes
13.1 21.1 I‑495 Exit 10 on I-495
Easton 16.2 26.1 Route 106 west Western end of Route 106 concurrency
17.4 28.0 Route 106 east
Bay Road
Eastern end of Route 106 concurrency at Five Corners intersection
20.1 32.3 Route 138 south Southern end of Route 138 concurrency
20.3 32.7 Route 138 north Northern end of Route 138 concurrency
Plymouth Brockton 21.7 34.9 Route 24 Exit 17 on Route 24
24.2 38.9 Warren Avenue Western end of one-way pair
24.5 39.4 Route 28
Route 27 west
Western end of Route 27 concurrency (eastbound); eastbound junction with Route 28
24.6 39.6 Route 27 east Eastern end of Route 27 concurrency (eastbound); wrong-way concurrency with Route 27 west begins at next block
24.8 39.9 Route 27 west Eastern end of wrong-way concurrency with Route 27; eastern end of one-way pair
Abington 28.7 46.2 Route 18
29.7 47.8 Route 58
Rockland 31.0 49.9 Route 139 west Western end of Route 139 concurrency
31.6 50.9 Route 139 east Eastern end of Route 139 concurrency
Hanover 35.7 57.5 Route 53 To Route 3 via Route 53 south
Scituate 41.91 67.45 Route 3A Eastern terminus of Route 123 at rotary intersection
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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