Massachusetts Route 57

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Route 57
Route information
Length: 45.42 mi[citation needed] (73.10 km)
Existed: by 1930[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: MA Route 23.svgMA Route 183.svg Routes 23/183 in Monterey
  MA Route 8.svg Route 8 in Sandisfield
US 202.svgMA Route 10.svg US 202/Route 10 in Southwick
East end: US 5.svg US 5 in Agawam
Location
Counties: Berkshire, Hampden
Highway system
  • Massachusetts State Highway Routes
Route 56 Route 58

Route 57 is an east–west Massachusetts state route that runs from Monterey to Agawam. The eastern 5.0 miles[2] (8.1 km) in Agawam is a freeway that runs from Route 187 to the route's eastern terminus at U.S. Route 5.[3]

Route description[edit]

Eastbound entering Sandisfield

The route begins in Monterey, at its intersection with routes 23 and 183.[4] The section from there to New Marlborough (which is a concurrency with Route 183) primarily takes a southeastern path that passes several stretches of farmland.[3] In New Marlborough, Route 57 splits from Route 183 and follows a mainly easterly route with frequent curves, passing more farmland.[3] During this stretch, there is a brief concurrency with Route 8 in Sandisfield to cross the Farmington River's west branch.[5]

In Southwick, Route 57 starts to enter a more suburban area.[3] There are more concurrencies during this stretch, first with U.S. Route 202 and Massachusetts Route 10 in Southwick, and then with Route 187 in Agawam.[3]

When Route 57 splits off from Route 187, it becomes a freeway,[3] the Henry E. Bodurtha Highway.[2] It has five exits before terminating in a rotary that is served by an interchange from U.S. Route 5.[4]

History[edit]

Crossing the Clam River in Sandisfield

Route 57 (which was formed by 1930[1]) initially went from Southwick to West Springfield.[1] It was extended to Sandisfield in the mid-1930s and Monterey in the late 1940s.[1]

Construction on the freeway portion began in 1958,[2] with the first portion (to today's Route 159,[1] then called Route 5A[6]) opening in 1961.[2] It was extended to past Route 75 in 1966, with Route 57 being moved to the freeway around this time (the old alignment became Route 147).[1] In 1991, work to extend the freeway to Route 187 began, with the new section opening in 1995.[2] A further extension to Southwick has been proposed, but it was put on hold by then-Governor Mitt Romney in June 2005; nevertheless, Agawam's city council continues to urge the state to construct the extension.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Berkshire Monterey 0.00 0.00 Route 23 / Route 183 north – Great Barrington, Lenox, Monterey Northern terminus of concurrency with Route 183
New Marlborough 6.00 9.66 Route 183 south – Colebrook, CT Southern terminus of of concurrency with Route 183
Sandisfield 15.20 24.46 Route 8 – Otis, Winsted, CT 175-yard (160 m) concurrency with Route 8
Hampden Granville 27.80 44.74 Route 189 south – Granby, CT, Hartford, CT Northern terminus of Route 189
Southwick 34.30 55.20 US 202 south / Route 10 south – Granby, CT Southern terminus of concurrency with US 202 / Route 10
34.90 56.17 US 202 north / Route 10 north – Westfield Northern terminus of concurrency with US 202 / Route 10
Agawam 39.60 63.73 Route 187 north – Westfield, Springfield Northern terminus of concurrency with Route 187
40.40 65.02 Route 187 south – West Suffield, CT, West Hartford, CT Southern terminus of concurrency with Route 187
40.40 65.02 Western terminus of the Henry E. Bodurtha Highway (freeway section)
41.80 67.27 Garden Street – Agawam Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
42.60 68.56 Mill Street west – Feeding Hills Westbound exit; eastbound entrance from Tennis Road
43.10 69.36 Route 75 – Agawam, West Springfield
43.90 70.65 Route 159 – Agawam Center, Six Flags, Windsor Locks, CT Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
45.00 72.42 Editha Avenue Westbound exit only
45.40 73.06 US 5 to I‑91 – Springfield, West Springfield, Holyoke, Hartford, CT Rotary interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Kelley, Neil. "MA 57". Massachusetts Route Log. neilbert.com. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Anderson, Steve. "Henry E Bodurtha Highway (MA 57)". bostonroads.com. Eastern Roads. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Google Inc. "Massachusetts Route 57". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=&sll=42.070099,-72.843175&sspn=0.015005,0.043259&ie=UTF8&ll=42.102298,-72.927933&spn=0.223142,0.692139&t=h&z=11&om=1. Retrieved 2007-07-06.
  4. ^ a b Moraseski, Dan. "MA routes 50-59". MA route log. web.mit.edu. Archived from the original on 2004-12-06. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  5. ^ DeLorme (1998). Massachusetts Atlas and Gazeteer (Map). 1" = 1.3 miles (1st ed.). p. 45, section J21. ISBN 0-89933-220-X.
  6. ^ Kelley, Neil. "US 5A". Massachusetts Route Log. neilbert.com. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing