Massachusetts Route 53

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Route 53 marker

Route 53
Route information
Maintained by MassDOT
Length: 22.138 mi[1] (35.628 km)
Existed: 1963 – present
Major junctions
South end: MA Route 3A.svg Route 3A in Kingston[1]
  MA Route 3.svg Route 3 in Hanover
North end: MA Route 3A.svg Route 3A in Quincy
Location
Counties: Plymouth, Norfolk
Highway system

Massachusetts State Highway Routes

Route 52 Route 56

Route 53 is a south–north state highway in southeastern Massachusetts.

History[edit]

Route 53 follows the former routing of the Kingston to Quincy section of Route 3 which was moved onto the Southeast Expressway and Pilgrim's Highway expressway when they were fully completed in 1963. The remaining former sections of Route 3 became extensions of Route 3A.[2]

For a period of time, from at least the early 1930s through 1965, a mile of what is now Route 53, between Derby Street and Main Street (Route 228), was also coextensive with Route 128. In 1965 that route was cut back to the Braintree Split, and again in 1997 it was officially cut back to the I-95/I-93 junction in Canton.

Queen Anne's Corner[edit]

The intersection of Route 53 with Route 228 on the HinghamNorwell town line is known as Queen Anne's Corner or historically Queen Ann's Corner and the nearby section of Route 53 has also been known as Queen Anne's (or Ann's) Turnpike. The name comes from Anne Whiton, a local tavern owner who in the mid-1700s, along with her daughters, had an "unsavory reputation" and was called quean with the archaic meaning of the word as prostitute.[3][4]

Route description[edit]

Route 53 begins in Kingston at Route 3A, just a third of a mile west of where that route meets Route 3 at Exit 10. It heads north, almost immediately entering the town of Duxbury. It passes through the southwestern part of that town before meeting Route 14 just over the line into Pembroke. The two routes pass concurrently for over a mile and a half before splitting in the area of North Pembroke. Route 53 is alone for just over a mile and a quarter before becoming concurrent with Route 139. The two routes pass over the North River into Hanover together before splitting.

Route 53 heads northwards through the eastern part of Hanover until it passes the Hanover Mall and meets Route 3 once more, at Exit 13. From Route 3 it bends northwestward, going through the western portion of Norwell before meeting Route 228 just over the town line into Hingham. The route passes through the southwest corner of that town before entering Weymouth. In Weymouth, the route bisects the town from southeast to northwest, passing Whitman's Pond and the northern end of Route 18. Route 53 then enters Braintree, crossing the Monatiquot River before entering Quincy, passing the site of the Fore River Shipyard. After just a mile, Route 53 ends at Route 3A, with that route resuming the former route of Route 3.

Junction list[edit]

Southbound in Braintree
County Location Mile Km Roads Intersected Notes
Plymouth Kingston 0.00 0.00 MA Route 3A.svg Route 3A Southern terminus of Route 53.
To MA Route 3.svg Route 3 Exit 10 via Route 3A north.
To MA Route 27.svgMA Route 106.svgMA Route 80.svg Routes 27, 106 & 80 via Route 3A south.
Pembroke 4.6 7.4 MA Route 14.svg Route 14 Southern terminus of Route 14/53 concurrency.
6.3 10.1 MA Route 14.svg Route 14 Northern terminus of Route 14/53 concurrency.
To MA Route 36.svg Route 36.
7.6 12.2 MA Route 139.svg Route 139 Southern terminus of Route 53/139 concurrency.
Hanover 8.7 14.0 MA Route 139.svg Route 139 Northern terminus of Route 53/139 concurrency.
11.6 18.7 MA Route 3.svg Route 3 Route 3 Exit 13.
12.2 19.6 MA Route 123.svg Route 123
Hingham 14.4 23.2 MA Route 228.svg Route 228 Queen Anne's Corner, just north of the Norwell town line.
Norfolk Weymouth 18.8 30.3 MA Route 18.svg Route 18 Northern terminus of Route 18.
Quincy 22.14 35.63 MA Route 3A.svg Route 3A Northern terminus of Route 53.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Executive Office of Transportation, Office of Transportation Planning - 2005 Road Inventory
  2. ^ neilbert.com Mass Routes Wiki
  3. ^ Hingham (Mass.), Thomas Tracy Bouvé et al. (1893). History of the town of Hingham, Massachusetts, Volume I, Part I. p. 183. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Committees: Hingham 375th Anniversary Committee". Town of Hingham. Retrieved 24 January 2011.