Massachusetts Route 21

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Route 21 marker

Route 21
Route information
Length: 13.73 mi[1] (22.10 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 20 in Springfield
 

Route 141 in Springfield
I‑90 in Ludlow

US 202 / Route 181 in Belchertown
North end: Route 9 in Belchertown
Location
Counties: Hampden, Hampshire
Highway system
  • Massachusetts State Highway Routes
Route 20A Route 22

Route 21 is a south–north state highway in Massachusetts that runs between Springfield and Belchertown.

Route description[edit]

The route begins at U.S. Route 20 in the Indian Orchard section of Springfield. It heads north, intersecting with Route 141 before crossing the Chicopee River into Ludlow. Once in Ludlow, the road continues in a northeasterly direction. It passes under the Massachusetts Turnpike, with access to that road via Exit 7. It continues through town, passing south of the Springfield Reservoir before heading northward into Belchertown. In Belchertown it shares a concurrency with U.S. Route 202, which ends at Route 181. From there Route 21 makes its final short trek to its current terminus at Route 9.

Prior to the completion of the Quabbin Reservoir, Route 21 extended further northward. It passed through the former town of Enfield, then northward along the Swift River into Greenwich and the northern end of Dana before heading through the current town of Petersham and into Athol, where it terminated at what is now Route 2A. The southern portion of the road (Old Enfield Road) is still accessible in Belchertown. The northern trunk follows Pleasant Street and New Sherborn Road in Athol, then the Monson Turnpike (Turnpike Road) in Petersham, where the road had an intersection with Route 122. Much of the route south of this intersection lies within the Quabbin Reservoir State Reservation.[2]

Northbound entering Ludlow

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Hampden Springfield 0.0 0.0 US 20 – Palmer, Boston, West Springfield, Westfield
Route 141
Southern terminus of Route 21 and Route 141; southern end of Route 141 concurrency
1.2 1.9 Route 141 – Chicopee Falls, Holyoke Northern end of Route 141 concurrency
Ludlow 2.3 3.7 I‑90 (Mass Pike) – Springfield, Boston Exit 7 on the Mass Pike
Hampshire Belchertown 12.0 19.3 US 202 south – Granby Southern end of US 202 concurrency
13.0 20.9 US 202 north – Pelham
Route 181 – Bondsville, Palmer
Northern end of US 202 concurrency; northern terminus of Route 181
13.73 22.10 Route 9 – Amherst, Northampton, Ware, Worcester Northern terminus of Route 21
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ Executive Office of Transportation, Office of Transportation Planning - 2007 Road Inventory
  2. ^ Tougias, Michael. Quabbin: A History and Explorers Guide. Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts: On Cape Publications, 2002, p.48.