Massachusetts Route 16

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"MA 16" redirects here. MA 16 may also refer to Massachusetts's 16th congressional district.

Route 16 marker

Route 16
Route information
Length: 59.8646 mi[1] (96.3427 km)
Major junctions
West end: Route 12 / Route 193 in Webster
 
East end: Route 1A / Route 60 in Revere
Location
Counties: Worcester, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk
Highway system
  • Massachusetts State Highway Routes
Route 15 Route 17
Westbound entering Wellesley
Eastbound entering Sherborn

Route 16 is an east–west state highway in Massachusetts. It begins in the west at an intersection with Route 12 and Route 193 in Webster, just north of the Connecticut state border. It runs in a generally southwest-northeast routing through a number of Boston's suburbs and runs to the west and then north of the city before ending in Revere at an intersection with Route 1A and Route 60.

Much of Route 16 east of the Newton-Wellesley town line, and especially from Cambridge eastward, is a multi-lane parkway, although it is not limited access for any significant length of road. Segments of Route 16 are also known as the Mystic Valley Parkway, the Alewife Brook Parkway, and the Revere Beach Parkway, among other names.

From the western end of the Route 135 concurrency in Wellesley to Route 30 (Commonwealth Avenue) in Newton, the route serves as a part of the Boston Marathon, from the halfway point to just before Mile 18 and the hills.

Route description[edit]

From Lake Chaubunagungamuag to I-495[edit]

Route 16 begins at Routes 12 and 193, not far from the Connecticut border. In Webster, along the shore of Lake Chaubunagungamaug,[2] it intersects I-395.

After passing I-395, the route continues to the northeast, going through Douglas (with a trip through the Douglas State Forest), the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Uxbridge, Mendon, Hopedale, and Milford, while passing beneath I-495 shortly thereafter.

From I-495 to Newton[edit]

This area west of Boston, also called MetroWest, that Route 16 now travels through contains several quintessential New England towns. The route now goes by restored antique, colonial homes and town buildings.[3]

From I-495, Route 16 goes northeasterly past Holliston and the Elm Bank Reservation in Sherborn. The road then crosses into Natick while traveling next to the Dover line, and goes through Wellesley, where Wellesley College and Babson College are located. Entering Newton, the route travels past Lasell College before crossing into Middlesex County.

From the Pike to the shore[edit]

In Newton, Route crosses Route 30 and Route 128 (Interstate 95), later crossing I-90, the Massachusetts Turnpike, in West Newton; Pike Exit 16 here provides access to and from the east only. It enters Watertown while crossing the Charles River, and intersects U.S. Route 20 in Watertown Square. The route briefly crosses into Arlington, passing by Mount Auburn Cemetery before entering Cambridge. Continuing east, Route 16 joins U.S. Route 3 and Route 2, passing by Fresh Pond and the large parking garage at the MBTA Alewife Station. From there, Route 2 and then Route 3 split at the eastern end of the freeway portion of the Concord Turnpike. On Alewife Brook Parkway, Route 16 turns north towards Somerville, meeting up with the Mystic Valley Parkway.

Veering south, the route travels beside the Mystic River upstream, passing near Medford Square, the downtown area of Medford. Crossing Interstate 93, Route 16 proceeds on the portion of the road east of Route 28 in Medford called Revere Beach Parkway. The route continues east through the cities of Everett and Chelsea, then travels by a winding path through several mixed-used industrial, commercial, and residential areas in Revere, where it has an interchange with U.S. Route 1.

Route 16 ends at the Atlantic Ocean at Revere Beach, where it intersects with Routes 1A and 60 at Timothy J. Mahoney Circle in Revere.

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Worcester Webster 0.0000 0.0000 Route 12 – Webster, Putnam CT, Oxford, Worcester
Route 193 south – Thompson CT
Northern terminus of Route 193; Western terminus of Route 16
0.2 0.3 I‑395 – Norwich CT, New London CT, Oxford, Worcester I-395 Exit 2.
Douglas 6.908 11.117 Route 96 south – Harrisville RI Northern terminus of Route 96.
Uxbridge 12.2 19.6 Route 146 – Providence RI, Sutton, Worcester Route 146 Exit 3.
14.4 23.2 Route 122 – Northbridge, Millville Brief concurrency with Route 122.
To Route 146A, via Route 122 south.
Milford 21.4 34.4 Route 140 – Upton, Shrewsbury, Bellingham
22.9 36.9 Route 85 north – Hopkinton, Marlborough Southern terminus of Route 85.
To I‑495.
23.3 37.5 Route 109 east – Medway, Westwood Western terminus of Route 109.
To I‑495.
24.177 38.909 I‑495 No access between Route 16 and I-495.
Middlesex Holliston 27.3 43.9 Route 126 south – West Medway, Woonsocket RI Southern terminus of Route 16/126 concurrency.
29.6 47.6 Route 126 north – Ashland, Framingham Northern terminus of Route 16/126 concurrency.
Sherborn 33.0 53.1 Route 27 south – Medfield, Walpole No access to Route 27 south from Route 16 east.
No access to Route 16 west from Route 27 north.
These movements are facilitated via Sawin Street.
Southern terminus of Route 16/27 concurrency.
33.3 53.6 Route 27 north – Natick, Wayland Northern terminus of Route 16/27 concurrency.
Norfolk Wellesley 39.1 62.9 Route 135 west – Framingham, Hopkinton No access to Route 135 west from Route 16 east.
No access to Route 16 west from Route 135 east.
These movements are facilitated via Weston Road.
Western terminus of Route 16/135 concurrency; Boston Marathon joins Rte. 16 here
39.3 63.2 Route 135 east – Needham, Dedham Eastern terminus of Route 16/135 concurrency.
40.7 65.5 Route 9 – Brookline, Boston, Framingham Center, Worcester Partial interchange with signals; under construction; To I‑95 / Route 128 via Route 9 east.
Middlesex Newton 42.2 67.9 I‑95 / Route 128 – Dedham, Providence RI, Portsmouth NH I-95 Exit 21.
43.4 69.8 Route 30 – Weston, Framingham, Newton Center, Boston Commonwealth Avenue; Boston Marathon leaves Route 16 here
44.0 70.8 I‑90 (Mass Pike) – Boston Mass Pike Exit 16; partial interchange.
Access to I-90 east only from Route 16.
Access to Route 16 from I-90 west only.
Watertown 46.8 75.3 US 20 – Waltham, Brighton Main Street (west), North Beacon Street (east)
Cambridge 49.4 79.5 US 3 south / Route 2 east – Boston Fresh Pond Parkway
Southern terminus of US-3/Route 2/16 concurrency.
50.7 81.6 Route 2 west – Concord Cambridge Turnpike
Northern terminus of US-3/Route 2/16 concurrency.
51.1 82.2 US 3 north / Route 2A – Arlington, Winchester, Lexington, Cambridge Massachusetts Avenue
Northern terminus of US-3/Route 16 concurrency.
Medford 53.0 85.3 Route 38 – Medford, Winchester Brief concurrency with Route 38.
To Route 60, via Route 38 north.
53.5 86.1 I‑93 – Concord NH, Boston I-93 Exit 31; partial interchange.
Access to I-93 (in both directions) from Route 16 east only.
Access to Route 16 east only from I-93 south.
Access to Route 16 west only from I-93 north.
Access to I-93 from Route 16 west can be facilitated via
Routes 38 north and 60 east to the Exit 32 interchange.
55.3 89.0 Route 28 – Somerville, Boston, Stoneham, Reading Fellsway
Everett 56.1 90.3 Route 99 – Everett, Boston Broadway; dual rotary intersection.
Suffolk Revere 58.5 94.1 US 1 – Tobin Bridge, Boston, Saugus, Newburyport Northeast Expressway; interchange.
58.8 94.6 Route 107 – Revere, Chelsea, Lynn Broadway; interchange.
Southern terminus of Route 107.
59.6 95.9 Route 145 – Revere Beach, Winthrop Continuation of Revere Beach Parkway.
Northern terminus of Route 145.
To Route 1A south.
59.8646 96.3427 Route 1A – Revere Beach, Lynn, Sumner Tunnel, Boston
Route 60 to US 1 – Malden, N.H.Maine
Eastern terminus of Route 16.
Eastern terminus of Route 60.
Rotary intersection.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Street names[edit]

Route 16 is known by the following street names
Webster

  • East Main Street (Route 12/193 to I-395)
  • Gore Road
  • Douglas Road

Douglas

  • Webster Street
  • South Street
  • Main Street
  • Davis Street

Uxbridge

  • Douglas Street
  • Mendon Street

Mendon

  • Uxbridge Road
  • Hastings Street
  • Milford Street

Milford

  • Mendon Street
  • Main Street
  • East Main Street

Holliston

  • Washington Street (partly concurrent with Route 126)

Sherborn

  • Washington Street
  • North Main Street (concurrency with Route 27)
  • Eliot Street

Natick

  • Eliot Street

Wellesley

  • Washington Street (partly concurrent with Route 135)

Newton

  • Washington Street
  • Watertown Street
  • Galen Street (Charles River crossing)

Watertown

  • Mount Auburn Street

Cambridge

  • Aberdeen Avenue
  • Huron Avenue
  • Fresh Pond Parkway (concurrency with US-3 and Route 2)
  • Alewife Brook Parkway (partly concurrent with US-3 and Route 2)
  • Mystic Valley Parkway

Medford

  • Mystic Valley Parkway (partly concurrent with Route 38)
  • Revere Beach Parkway

Everett

  • Revere Beach Parkway

Chelsea

  • Revere Beach Parkway

Revere

  • Revere Beach Parkway

History[edit]

Parts of Route 16 were historically maintained by the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), and while the MDC no longer exists, the parkway portions of the route are still patrolled by the Massachusetts State Police and maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation as a remnant of the former MDC jurisdiction.[4]

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ "Office of Transportation Planning - 2005 Road Inventory". Executive Office of Transportation. 2005. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  2. ^ Columbia Gazetteer of North America. "Chaubunagungamaug, Lake, Massachusetts (MA), United States". AllRefer.com. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  3. ^ "Holliston Massachusetts". SmartMoves. 2004. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  4. ^ "Parkway Maintenance Matrix". Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved 2008-06-10.