Massachusetts Route 2A

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Route 2A marker

Route 2A
Route information
Maintained by MassDOT
Length: 98.50 mi[1][2] (158.52 km)
Major junctions
West end: I‑91 / Route 2 in Greenfield
  US 202 / Route 2 in Phillipston
I‑495 in Littleton
I‑95 / Route 128 in Lexington
US 3 in Arlington
US 3 / Route 16 in Cambridge
US 3 / Route 3 in Cambridge
East end: Route 2 in Boston
Location
Counties: Franklin, Worcester, Middlesex, Suffolk
Highway system
  • Massachusetts State Highway Routes
Route 2 US 3

Route 2A exists in several sections of Massachusetts, mainly as parts of former Route 2 that have been moved or upgraded. Route 2A runs from Greenfield in the west to Boston in the east. Route 2A used to extend all the way to Shelburne Falls in Buckland in the west, but as of 2007, the route now terminates at Interstate 91 in Greenfield.

Route description[edit]

Eastbound at the Garden Theater in Greenfield
A 2A sign on Massachusetts Avenue near MIT.

Route 2A begins at the rotary intersection of Route 2 at Interstate 91 in Greenfield. It passes through downtown Greenfield before reconnecting to its parent route just west of the Greenfield-Gill town line. After a 12.6-mile silent concurrency, Route 2A leaves its parent road once more, passing through Orange and Athol. In Athol it passes the former northern terminus of Route 21, which was truncated to Belchertown after the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir. From Phillipston through Westminster, Route 2A weaves around its parent route, crossing it a total of six times with five exits of access off of Route 2. In Fitchburg the road is shared with several other routes as it passes through the northern half of town. Once in Lunenburg it has another short concurrency with Route 13 just north of the former Whalom Park before crossing into Middlesex County at Shirley.

In Shirley, Route 2A passes north of Fort Devens into Ayer before heading into Littleton before crossing Interstate 495 at Exit 31. It then turns south through Acton and into Concord before Route 2A rejoins its parent route once more. As a silent concurrency it passes south of the historic center of town and north of Walden Pond before splitting again. Route 2A then passes through the Minuteman National Historical Park along the Great Road, the route taken by British troops between the Battles of Lexington and Concord. It then leaves the park, intersecting with I-95/Route 128 at Exits 30 A-B. The road passes south of Lexington's town center before winding into Arlington. In Arlington, the road begins a concurrency with U.S. Route 3 which eventually joins the route to Massachusetts Avenue. After US 3 leaves Mass Ave. at the Alewife Brook Parkway, Route 2A continues through the city of Cambridge, passing through Harvard Yard and by MIT. It intersects the junction of US 3 and Massachusetts Route 3 at Memorial Drive before crossing the Harvard Bridge (also known as the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge) before crossing into Boston, intersecting Route 2 at Commonwealth Avenue.

In 2013, Route 2A signs were extended 2.2 miles further into Boston through the Back Bay and South End neighborhoods along Massachusetts Avenue, passing over the Massachusetts Turnpike/Interstate 90 by its junction with Boylston Street, rolling past Symphony Hall at Huntington Avenue at Route 2A's junction with Massachusetts Route 9, intersecting at Massachusetts Route 28 two blocks later, and ending at Melnea Cass Boulevard (which connects with Interstate 93 / US 1 / Route 3) in Roxbury. Not only did MassDOT, nor the Boston Transportation Department, acknowledged that Route 2A had been extended, they denied knowing who put up the signs, indicating it was the action of an unknown organization. The Route 2A signs themselves have either wrong directional banners (signed as a north-south highway at least once north of Melnea Cass Boulevard) or are signed backwards (east going west and vice versa), as it heads in a northwesterly direction towards Commonwealth Avenue beyond Tremont Street. On February 26, Boston TV station, Fox 25 aired a report 'exposing' these wrong signs and their attempt to track down the source. In the report, Boston transportation officials admitted they had paid a private firm, Jacobs Engineering, to manufacture and put up the signs. The signage errors were caused by problems with the plans given Jacobs that apparently were not checked for accuracy before they were approved. The city said they were going to take action against the firm to recoup moneys from Jacobs, and would work to fix the signs as soon as possible.[3]Meanwhile, a MassDOT official reiterated that the eastern terminus of Route 2A is at the intersection of Massachusetts and Commonwealth Avenue and that crews would be removing the MA 2A signs further east soon.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Franklin Greenfield 0.00 0.00 I‑91 / Route 2 – North Adams, Boston, Springfield, Brattleboro, VT Western terminus at a traffic circle; Exit 26 on I-91
1.10 1.77 US 5 / Route 10 – Deerfield, Bernardston Court Square
4.10 6.60 Route 2 west – North Adams Western terminus of silent concurrency with Route 2
Gill 8.00 12.87 French King Bridge over the Connecticut River
Erving 9.10 14.65 Route 63 – Northfield Interchange
16.70 26.88 Route 2 east – Athol Eastern terminus of silent concurrency with Route 2
Orange 18.90 30.42 Route 78 north – Warwick South end of Route 78
20.20 32.51 Route 122 south to US 202 – New Salem, Worcester North end of Route 122
Worcester Athol 25.20 40.56 Route 32 north – West Royalston Western terminus of concurrency with Route 32
26.60 42.81 Route 32 south – Petersham Eastern terminus of concurrency with Route 32
27.70 44.58 Route 2 west / US 202 south – Greenfield, Belchertown Exit 18 on Route 2 / US 202
Phillipston 28.40 45.71 Route 2 east / US 202 north – Boston, Winchendon Exit 18 on Route 2 / US 202
30.70 49.41 Route 2 / US 202 south – Fitchburg, Greenfield, Belchertown Exit 19 on Route 2, western terminus of concurrency with US 202
Templeton 31.50 50.69 US 202 north – Baldwinville Eastern terminus of concurrency with US 202
34.50 55.52 Route 101 south – Queen Lake Western terminus of concurrency with Route 101
35.50 57.13 Route 2 – Fitchburg, Greenfield Exit 21 on Route 2
36.20 58.26 Route 101 north – Gardner Eastern terminus of concurrency with Route 101
Gardner 38.60 62.12 Route 68 – Hubbardston, Gardner
Westminster 43.80 70.49 Route 2 east / Route 140 south – Boston, Shrewsbury Western terminus of concurrency with Route 140
Exit 25 on Route 2
44.00 70.81 Route 2 west / Route 140 north – Gardner, Winchendon Eastern terminus of concurrency with Route 140
Exit 25 on Route 2
Fitchburg 47.70 76.77 Route 31 south – Princeton Western terminus of concurrency with Route 31
48.80 78.54 Route 12 north – Ashburnham Western terminus of concurrency with Route 12
49.60 79.82 Route 12 south – Leominster Eastern terminus of concurrency with Route 12
50.60 81.43 Route 31 north – Ashby Eastern terminus of concurrency with Route 31
Lunenburg 53.40 85.94 Route 13 south – Leominster Western terminus of concurrency with Route 13
53.70 86.42 Route 13 north – Townsend Eastern terminus of concurrency with Route 13
58.00 93.34 Route 225 east – Groton West end of Route 225
Middlesex Ayer 63.00 101.39 Route 111 north – Nashua, NH Western terminus of concurrency with Route 111
64.70 104.12 Route 111 south / Route 110 west to Route 2 – Harvard, Worcester Eastern terminus of concurrency with Route 111
Western terminus of concurrency with Route 110
Littleton 69.20 111.37 I‑495 – Marlboro, Lowell Exit 30 on I-495
69.80 112.33 Route 110 east / Route 119 west – Chelmsford, Groton Eastern terminus of concurrency with Route 110
Western terminus of concurrency with Route 119
Acton 74.80 120.38 Route 27 – Chelmsford, Acton
Concord 77.60 124.89 Route 119 east / Route 2 west / Route 111 north – Fitchburg, West Acton Eastern terminus of Route 119, south end of Route 111
Western terminus of silent concurrency with Route 2
78.90 126.98 Route 62 – West Concord, Bedford
81.10 130.52 Route 126 south – Walden Pond North end of Route 126
82.20 132.29 Route 2 east / Cambridge Turnpike – Boston Eastern terminus of silent concurrency with Route 2
Lexington 85.30 137.28 Marrett Road – Minuteman Park
85.60 137.76 I‑95 / Route 128 – Dedham, Providence, RI, Peabody, Portsmouth, NH Exit 30 on I-95 / Route 128
88.30 142.11 Route 4 north / Route 225 west – Bedford, Carlisle Western terminus of concurrency with Routes 4 and 225
88.40 142.27 Route 4 south / Route 225 east – Belmont, Cambridge Eastern terminus of concurrency with Routes 4 and 225
Arlington 92.00 148.06 US 3 north / Mystic Valley Parkway – Winchester Western terminus of concurrency with US 3
92.20 148.38 Route 60 east – Medford, Malden Western terminus of concurrency with Route 60
92.30 148.54 Route 60 west (Pleasant Street) / Massachusetts Avenue Eastern terminus of concurrency with Route 60, Route 2A / US 3 join Mass. Ave
Cambridge 93.70 150.80 US 3 south / Route 16 (Alewife Brook Parkway) Eastern terminus of concurrency with US 3
95.90 154.34 Harvard Yard Route 2A passes through Harvard University
97.80 157.39 US 3 north / Route 3 south (Memorial Drive) to Route 2 Interchange, north end of Route 3, south end of US 3
Charles River Harvard Bridge
Suffolk Boston 98.50 158.52 Route 2 (Commonwealth Avenue) – Kenmore Square, Downtown Boston Eastern terminus according to MassDOT
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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