Massachusetts Route 9

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Route 9 marker

Route 9
Worcester-Boston Turnpike
Ted Williams Highway
United Spanish War Veterans Highway
Route information
Length: 135.5516 mi[1] (218.1492 km)
Existed: by 1933 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 20 / US 7 in Pittsfield
  I‑91 / US 5 in Northampton
US 202 in Belchertown
I‑290 in Worcester
US 20in Northborough
I‑495 in Westborough
I‑90 / Mass. Pike in Framingham
I‑95 / Route 128 in Wellesley
East end: Route 28 in Boston
Location
Counties: Berkshire, Hampshire, Worcester, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk
Highway system
  • Massachusetts State Highway Routes
Route 8A Route C9

Route 9 is a major east–west state highway in Massachusetts. Along with U.S. Route 20, Route 2, and Interstate 90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike), Route 9 is one of the major east-west routes of Massachusetts, and like the others its eastern terminus is in Boston. Starting at Copley Square and passing along Huntington Avenue, Route 9 is a limited access route through the MetroWest suburbs to Worcester, and is also a major alternative to the Pike's toll road west of the city. After passing along major city streets in that city, the road becomes a country route, passing through the central Worcester Hills, the Pioneer Valley, and the city of Northampton, and into the Berkshire Hills. The road ends near the center of the city of Pittsfield.

Route description[edit]

Route 9 passes through six counties and twenty-eight cities and towns. It begins in the western Massachusetts city of Pittsfield, at the junction of U.S. Routes 7 and 20, where the latter leaves its concurrency with the former. Concurrent with Route 7 for its first mile through the center of the city, it then turns east, passing through the towns of Dalton and Windsor, wherein the route reaches its highest point at 2033 ft, in Berkshire County. It continues its winding pass through the small towns of The Berkshires in Berkshire and western Hampshire Counties before passing through the center of Northampton, passing Smith College before its first interstate junction, at Interstate 91. It then crosses the Connecticut River at the Calvin Coolidge Bridge, just downstream from Elwell Island. It goes past the retail area of Hadley before passing the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Amherst College. From Amherst, it winds its way into western Worcester County, south of the Quabbin Reservoir, through small towns until it makes its way into the city of Worcester.

Once in Worcester, Route 9 becomes a major thoroughfare through the city, as Park Avenue, Highland Street (which passes Worcester Center Boulevard), before passing over Interstate 290) and Belmont Street, where University of Massachusetts Medical School and the former Worcester State Hospital are located. From Worcester, it crosses Lake Quinsigamond into Shrewsbury. At this point, Route 9 becomes the main retail artery of the MetroWest region. Several plazas and chain stores are located along the route as it makes its way towards Northborough, where it crosses U.S. Route 20; Westborough, where it crosses Interstate 495; and eventually in the Golden Triangle retail area of Framingham and Natick, after crossing the Massachusetts Turnpike. It passes Shopper's World and the Natick Mall, New England's largest mall.

Beginning in the Golden Triangle, Route 9 becomes one of the major routes into Boston, serving as a valuable bypass to the Mass Pike and its tolls. It crosses Interstate 95 (also known as Massachusetts Route 128) in Wellesley before crossing the Charles River into Newton and Brookline. It enters the city of Boston by crossing over Brookline's former namesake, the Muddy River, part of the Emerald Necklace. at this point it becomes Huntington Avenue, also known as "Avenue of the Arts." It passes the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, which includes Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and other hospitals; the Museum of Fine Arts; and several colleges and universities, including Northeastern University. This stretch is also a major site of baseball history; the first game of the 1903 World Series, baseball's first true World Series, was played at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, the original home of the Boston Red Sox. (The site is now part of Northeastern's campus.) Route 9 continues past Symphony Hall and The First Church of Christ, Scientist, which is the mother church of Christian Science. It then passes Copley Place and the Prudential Center complex, before splitting, the westbound half onto Stuart Street, the eastbound onto Saint James Street, past Copley Square; both the eastbound and westbound segments of Route 9 end at Route 28 on Clarendon Street, which are on either side of the John Hancock Tower.

History[edit]

From Dalton to Goshen in the Berkshires, the road follows the old Berkshire Trail. The massive expansion of the University of Massachusetts Amherst transformed that part of Route 9 in the late 20th century; this otherwise rural part of the route now has several shops, restaurants, and the mid-sized Hampshire Mall. Between Worcester and Boston, Route 9 follows the path of the 19th Century Worcester Turnpike, opened in 1810. This route originally included a floating bridge over Lake Quinsigamond in Shrewsbury. In the 20th century, Route 9 became the focus for urban sprawl in towns like Newton and Wellesley. Further west, in Framingham, Route 9 was home to one of the first modern shopping malls, the aptly named Shoppers' World.

In Natick, Route 9 is officially the "Ted Williams Highway", named after the Red Sox sports legend Ted Williams, who sported that number.[2] In Newton, it is officially the "United Spanish War Veterans Highway".

From 1903 to 1932, the Boston and Worcester Street Railway ran mostly via Route 9. Today the E branch of the MBTA's Green Line follows Route 9 along Huntington Avenue.

Highway Improvements[edit]

For more information, refer to the Massachusetts Highway Project Listing.[3]

Completed Phase Type Cost Location Project ID Notes
2007 Complete Bridge Replacement $3.0 million Natick 603004 Replace the Bridge over Lake Cochituate.
2007 Complete Intersection $2.0 million Shrewsbury 601729 Widen Route 9, North Quinsigamond Ave, and South Quinsigamond Ave. New traffic signal system and new signs.
2009 Complete Bridge Replacement $5.7 million Framingham 602522 Replace the Bridge over the Sudbury River.
2009 Complete Traffic Sign $2.5 million Brookline to Westborough 602980 Replace and update all overhead and ground-mounted Signage on Rte 9 and secondary roadways from the Boston-Brookline town line to I-495 in Westborough.
2011 Complete Resurfacing $12.0 million Framingham 604991 From Southborough/Framingham Line easterly to the Natick/Wellesley Line.
TBD Construction Bridge Replacement $127.4 million Shrewsbury 604729 Replace the bridge over Lake Quinsigamond.
TBD Design Bridge Replacement $3.4 million Framingham 605228 Replace the superstructure of the Route 9 bridge over the Reservoir Outlet connecting the Foss Reservoir to the Stearnes Reservoir.
TBD Design Intersection $1.9 million Framingham 603865 Signal & Intersection Improvements at Temple Street. Provide 3 through lanes and double left-turn lanes in each direction on Route 9.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location[4] Mile[4] km Destinations Notes
Berkshire Pittsfield 0.000 0.000 US 20 to US 7 / Route 41 – Albany NY Western terminus
0.388 0.624 US 7 south to US 20 east – Lenox, Lee Western terminus of concurrency with US 7
0.555 0.893 US 7 north – Lanesborough, Williamstown Eastern terminus of concurrency with US 7
3.592 5.781 Route 8 north – Cheshire, Adams Western terminus of concurrency with Route 8
Dalton 5.959 9.590 Route 8 south / Route 8A – Hinsdale, Becket Eastern terminus of Route 8 concurrency; southern terminus of Route 8A; western terminus of Route 8A concurrency
Windsor 12.216 19.660 Route 8A north – Savoy Eastern terminus of Route 8A concurrency
Hampshire Cummington 21.874 35.203 Route 112 south – Worthington Western terminus of Route 112 concurrency
Goshen 28.850 46.430 Route 112 north – Ashfield, Buckland Eastern terminus of Route 112 concurrency
Williamsburg 34.138 54.940 Route 143 west – Chesterfield, Worthington Eastern terminus of Route 143
Northampton 42.345 68.148 Route 66 west – Westhampton Eastern terminus of Route 66
42.380 68.204 Route 10 south – Easthampton, Westfield Western terminus of Route 10 concurrency
42.659 68.653 US 5 / Route 10 north – Holyoke, Springfield, Greenfield Eastern terminus of Route 10 concurrency
43.727 70.372 I‑91 south – Holyoke, Springfield Exit 19 on I-91
Connecticut River 44.040 70.876 Calvin Coolidge Bridge
Hadley 45.597 73.381 Route 47 – South Hadley, Sunderland, Montague
48.355 77.820 Route 116 north – Univ. of Mass, Sunderland, South Deerfield Western terminus of Route 116 concurrency
Amherst 49.774 80.103 Route 116 south – South Hadley, Holyoke Eastern terminus of Route 116 concurrency
Belchertown 58.703 94.473 US 202 – Pelham, Athol, Belchertown Center
59.631 95.967 Route 21 south – Ludlow, Springfield, Belchertown, Holyoke Northern terminus of Route 21; road formerly went north before construction of the Quabbin Reservoir
Ware 68.966 110.990 Route 32 south – Palmer, Monson Western terminus of Route 32 concurrency
70.565 113.563 Route 32 north – Gilbertville, Barre Eastern terminus of Route 32 concurrency
Worcester West Brookfield 74.790 120.363 Route 19 south / Route 67 south – Warren Northern terminus of Route 19; western terminus of Route 67 concurrency
75.888 122.130 Route 67 north – North Brookfield Eastern terminus of Route 67 concurrency
Brookfield 78.564–
78.596
126.437–
126.488
Route 148 – Fiskdale, Sturbridge, North Brookfield, Oakham 30 yards (27 m) concurrency on Route 9
Spencer 83.443 134.288 Route 49 south to US 20 – Sturbridge Northern terminus of Route 49
85.004 136.801 Route 31 north – Paxton, Fitchburg Western terminus of Route 31 concurrency
85.145 137.028 Route 31 south – Charlton, Dudley Eastern terminus of Route 31 concurrency
Leicester 90.004 144.847 Route 56 – Oxford, Paxton, Rutland
Worcester 94.286 151.739 Route 12 south – Auburn, Webster Western terminus of Route 12 concurrency
95.465 153.636 Route 122 / Route 122A south – Millbury, Grafton, Paxton, Barre Western terminus of Route 122A concurrency
96.114 154.680 Route 12 north / Route 122A north – West Boylston, Holden Eastern terminus of Routes 12 / 122A concurrency
96.983 156.079 Route 70 north to I‑290 east – Boylston, Clinton, Shrewsbury, Marlboro Southern terminus of Route 70
97.229 156.475 I‑290 west – Auburn Exit 17 on I-290
Lake Quinsigamond 99.298 159.805 Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge
Western terminus of the Boston–Worcester Turnpike
Shrewsbury 101.571 163.463 Route 140 – Shrewsbury, Grafton Interchange via Grafton Street
Northborough 103.702 166.892 US 20 – Auburn, Northboro Cloverleaf interchange
Westborough 105.585 169.923 Route 135 – Westboro, Hopkinton, Northboro Interchange
107.537 173.064 Route 30 – Westboro, North Grafton, Southboro Interchange
108.116 173.996 Computer Drive / Research Drive Interchange
109.070 175.531 I‑495 to I‑90 – Cape Cod, Lowell Exits 23A-B on I-495
Southborough 111.121 178.832 Route 85 – Hopkinton, Milford, Southboro, Marlboro Cloverleaf interchange
Middlesex Framingham 112.949 181.774 To Route 30 – Worcester, Southboro Interchange via Pleasant Street Connector
113.759 183.077 I‑90 / Mass. Pike – Springfield, Boston Exit 12 on I-90 / Mass Pike
113.60 182.82 Eastern terminus of the Boston–Worcester Turnpike; western terminus of Worcester Street
116.096 186.838 Route 30 west (Edgell Road) / Main Street – Framingham, Southborough Interchange; western terminus of Route 30 concurrency
117.122 188.490 Route 30 east Interchange; eastern terminus of Route 30 concurrency (westbound)
117.441 189.003 Route 30 east / Route 126 – Framingham, Holliston, Saxonville, Wayland, Weston Interchange; eastern terminus of Route 30 concurrency (eastbound)
118.097 190.059 Ring Road Shoppers World entrance; eastbound left exit and westbound entrance
Natick 118.307 190.397 Shoppers World Drive Shoppers World entrance; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
118.944 191.422 I-90.svgMA Route 30.svg Speen Street to I‑90 / Mass. Pike / Route 30 – Natick Interchange
119.957 193.052 Route 27 – Natick Center, Sherborn, Cochituate, Wayland, Concord Cloverleaf interchange
Norfolk Wellesley 122.360 196.919 Weston Road – Needham, Weston Interchange
124.551 200.445 Route 16 – Wellesley Hills, Natick Partial interchange
125.896 202.610 Cedar Street – Newton, Lower Falls, West Newton, Needham Interchange
126.545 203.654 I‑95 / Route 128 – Canton, Providence RI, Peabody, Portsmouth NH Exits 20A-B on I-95 / Route 128
Charles River 126.867 204.173 Bridge; eastern terminus of Worcester Street; western terminus of Boylston Street
Middlesex Newton 126.984 204.361 Chestnut Street – Upper Falls, Waban Interchange
127.956 205.925 Centre Street – Needham, Dedham, Newton Center Interchange
128.609 206.976 Parker Street – Newton Center, West Roxbury Interchange
129.748 208.809 Hammond Pond Parkway – West Roxbury, Hyde Park Interchange
Suffolk Boston 132.936 213.940 Jamaicaway south / Riverway north – Dedham, Providence RI
134.599 216.616 Route 2A (Massachusetts Avenue) – Cambridge, Roxbury
135.028 217.307 Exeter Street Split of eastbound and westbound lanes into Stuart Avenue and Avenue of the Arts
135.055 217.350 I‑90 / Mass. Pike west – New York Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; Exit 22 on I-90 / Mass Pike
135.310 217.760 Route 28 south (Clarendon Street) Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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