Massachusetts Route 8

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Route 8 marker

Route 8
Map of Berkshire County in western Massachusetts with Route 8 highlighted in red
Route information
Length: 66.643 mi[1] (107.252 km)
Major junctions
South end: Route 8 in Colebrook, CT
  US 20 in Becket
Route 9 in Pittsfield
Route 2 in North Adams
North end: VT 8 / VT 100 in Stamford, VT
Location
Counties: Berkshire
Highway system
  • Massachusetts State Highway Routes
Route 7A Route 8A

Massachusetts Route 8 is a state highway in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The highway runs 66.643 miles (107.252 km) from the Connecticut state line in Sandisfield, where the highway continues as Connecticut Route 8, north to the Vermont state line in Clarksburg, where the highway continues as Vermont Route 8 and VT 100. Route 8 serves several towns in eastern and northern Berkshire County. The highway is the main highway between the cities of Pittsfield and North Adams, where the route intersects Route 9 and Route 2, respectively. Route 8 also intersects U.S. Route 20 (US 20) in Becket.

Route description[edit]

Route 8 begins at the Connecticut state line, from which the highway continues south as Connecticut Route 8, in the southeastern corner of the town of Sandisfield and of Berkshire County. The two-lane highway heads north along the west side of Colebrook River Lake, an impoundment of the West Branch of the Farmington River that follows the Berkshire–Hampden county line. At the north end of the lake, Route 8 crosses over the river and very briefly runs atop the county line. The highway follows Main Street through the village center of New Boston, where it has a very short concurrency with Route 57 in which the routes cross to the west side of the river. Route 8 continues along the river into the town of Otis. In the center of town, the highway briefly runs concurrently with Route 23.

Route 8 crosses the West Branch of the Farmington River a few times as it enters the town of Becket. In the hamlet of West Becket, which lies just south of the river's source, the highway meets US 20 (Jacobs Ladder Road). The U.S. Highway and state highway head east, passing under Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) on their way to Bonny Rigg Corners. There, US 20 continues east along Chester Road and Route 8 turns north onto Main Street. Route 8 veers northwest and then north along Yokum Brook to the town center of Becket, where the highway begins to parallel CSX's Berkshire Subdivision rail line and Depot Brook. The highway follows the latter stream to its source in the town of Washington. Route 8 crosses over the railroad and begins to parallel the East Branch of the Housatonic River in the town of Hinsdale, where it meets the western end of Route 143.

Route 8 continues northwest along the river and railroad to the town of Dalton, within which the highway follows Main Street. In the center of town, the route intersects Route 9 and Route 8A (North Street), which has its southern terminus at the intersection and is officially Route 8A(L). Routes 8 and 9 head west and enter the city of Pittsfield along Dalton Avenue. Shortly after entering the city, Route 8 turns north onto Cheshire Road and Route 9 veers southwest onto Merrill Road toward downtown Pittsfield, where the highway ends at US 20 and US 7. Route 8 heads north parallel to the Pittsfield–North Adams rail line into the town of Lanesborough, where the highway parallels the South Branch of the Hoosic River north from its source. The highway follows the east side of Cheshire Reservoir, an impoundment of the river, to the center of the town of Cheshire.

Route 8 continues through the river valley on the east side of Mount Greylock and enters the town of Adams, where it meets the northern end of Route 116. Shortly after entering the city of North Adams, another Route 8A (officially Route 8A(U) splits east along Hodges Cross Road. In downtown North Adams, Route 8 crosses to the east of the South Branch of the Hoosic River, passes under Route 2 (Mohawk Trail) just south of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, then curves east and then south along St. Anthony Drive and Holden Street, respectively, to intersect the other route. Routes 2 and 8 head east along a four-lane boulevard to Eagle Street, where the highways meet the northern end of Route 8A. The highways follow two-lane Mohawk Trail east across the North branch of the Hoosic River to Beaver Street, onto which Route 8 turns north. The highway follows the river north through the town of Clarksburg to the Vermont state line, where the road continues as VT 8 and VT 100.

History[edit]

New England 8.svg

Much of Route 8 follows the course of the 1920s era New England Interstate Route 8, a part of the New England road marking system that ran from Bridgeport, Connecticut, through Pittsfield to Wilmington, Vermont.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Berkshire County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Sandisfield 0.000 0.000 Route 8 south – Colebrook Continuation into Connecticut
4.167 6.706 Route 57 east – Tolland, Southwick Southern terminus of concurrency with Route 57
4.234 6.814 Route 57 west – New Marlborough Northern terminus of concurrency with Route 57
Otis 12.047 19.388 Route 23 east Southern terminus of concurrency with Route 23
12.189 19.616 Route 23 west – Monterey, Great Barrington Northern terminus of concurrency with Route 23
West Becket 17.644 28.395 US 20 west – Pittsfield Southern terminus of concurrency with US 20
Becket 22.860 36.790 US 20 east – Springfield Northern of concurrency with US 20
Hinsdale 38.095 61.308 Route 143 east – Peru, Worthington Western terminus of Route 143
Dalton 41.718 67.139 Route 8A north / Route 9 east – Windsor, Northampton Southern of concurrency with Route 9; southern terminus of Route 8A (officially Route 8A-L)
Pittsfield 44.123 71.009 Route 9 west – Pittsfield Northern terminus of concurrency with Route 9
Adams 56.170 90.397 Route 116 south (Center Street) – Savoy Northern terminus of Route 116
North Adams 59.476 95.717 Route 8A north – North Adams Southern terminus of Route 8A (officially Route 8A-U)
62.168 100.050 Route 2 west (Mohawk Trail) Southern terminus of concurrency with Route 2
62.370 100.375 Route 8A south (Eagle Street) Northern terminus of Route 8A (officially Route 8A-U)
63.147 101.625 Route 2 east – Greenfield Northern terminus of concurrency with Route 2
Clarksburg 66.643 107.252 VT 8 north / VT 100 north – Brattleboro Continuation into Vermont
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Planning Division (2009). "Massachusetts Highway Route Log". Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 

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