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 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
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 east 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.

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.

Route description[edit]

The route, highlighted in purple, runs West-East from Pittsfield, Massachusetts to Boston, Massachusetts.

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 Collection, 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.

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Berkshire Pittsfield 0.00 0.00 US 7 south Western terminus of Route 9; western end of concurrency with US Route 7
1.1 1.8 US 7 north Eastern end of concurrency with US Route 7
3.6 5.8 Route 8 north Western end of concurrency with Route 8
Dalton 5.9 9.5 Route 8 south / Route 8A west Eastern end of Route 8 concurrency; western end of Route 8A concurrency
Windsor 12.2 19.6 Route 8A east Eastern end of Route 8A concurrency
Hampshire Cummington 21.8 35.1 Route 112 south Western end of Route 112 concurrency
Goshen 28.8 46.3 Route 112 north Eastern end of Route 112 concurrency
Williamsburg 34.1 54.9 Route 143 west Eastern terminus of Route 143
Northampton 42.3 68.1 Route 66 west Eastern terminus of Route 66
42.3 68.1 Route 10 south Western end of Route 10 concurrency
42.6 68.6 Route 10 north / US 5 Eastern end of Route 10 concurrency; junction of U.S. Route 5
43.6 70.2 I-91 Junction of Interstate 91 (Exit 19)
43.8 70.5 Connecticut River crossing at Calvin Coolidge Bridge
Hadley 45.5 73.2 Route 47
48.2 77.6 Route 116 north Western end of Route 116 concurrency
Amherst 49.7 80.0 Route 116 south Eastern end of Route 116 concurrency
Belchertown 58.6 94.3 US 202
59.5 95.8 Route 21 Northern terminus of Route 21; road formerly went north before building of the Quabbin Reservoir
Ware 68.9 110.9 Route 32 south Eastern end of Route 32 concurrency
Worcester West Brookfield 70.5 113.5 Route 32 north Eastern end of Route 32 concurrency at county line
74.7 120.2 Route 19 south / Route 67 south Northern terminus of Route 19; western end of Route 67 concurrency
75.7 121.8 Route 67 north Eastern end of Route 67 concurrency
Brookfield 78.5 126.3 Route 148 Short (30 yd) overlap on Route 9
Spencer 83.4 134.2 Route 49 south
84.9 136.6 Route 31 south Western end of Route 31 concurrency
85.1 137.0 Route 31 north Eastern end of Route 31 concurrency
Leicester 89.9 144.7 Route 56
Worcester 93.8 151.0 Route 12 south Western end of Route 12 concurrency
95.5 153.7 Route 122
96.1 154.7 Route 12 north Eastern end of Route 12 concurrency
97.0 156.1 Route 70 north Southern terminus of Route 70 at Worcester Center Blvd.
97.3 156.6 I-290 Southbound entrance and northbound exit (17) only from I-290
99.1 159.5 Lake Quinsigamond crossing over Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge
Shrewsbury 101.6 163.5 Route 140 Access to Route 140 via Grafton Street
Northborough 103.7 166.9 US 20 Cloverleaf interchange over U.S. Route 20
Westborough 105.6 169.9 Route 135 exit ramps to southbound lane only; northbound lane at-grade
107.5 173.0 Route 30 Single exit ramp interchange over Route 30
108.7 174.9 I-495 Cloverleaf interchange under I-495 (Exits 23 A-B)
Southborough 111.1 178.8 Route 85 Cloverleaf interchange under Route 85
Middlesex Framingham 113.6 182.8 I-90 Entrance to Massachusetts Turnpike at Exit 12
116.2 187.0 Route 30 west Western end of Route 30 concurrency
117.1 188.5 Route 30 east Eastern end of Route 30 concurrency (westbound only)
117.4 188.9 Route 30 east / Route 126 Eastern end of Route 30 concurrency (Eastbound); junction of Route 126
118.3 190.4 Ring Road Shoppers World entrance
Natick 118.6 190.9 Speen Street Access to Natick Collection and the Massachusetts Turnpike
119.9 193.0 Route 27 Cloverleaf interchange under Route 27
Norfolk Wellesley 124.4 200.2 Route 16 At-grade access to Route 16 on eastbound side only
124.7 200.7 Route 16 Exit ramp from Route 9 to Route 16 on westbound side only
126.4 203.4 I-95 / Route 128 Cloverleaf interchange under Interstate 95/Route 128 Exits 20 A-B
Middlesex Newton 126.9 204.2 Charles River crossing at town line
Norfolk Brookline 129.9 209.1 Town line - The Mall at Chestnut Hill
Suffolk Boston 132.9 213.9 Muddy River - Emerald Necklace
134.6 216.6 Massachusetts Avenue Location of Boston Symphony Hall and First Church of Christ, Scientist
135.2 217.6 Exeter Street Split of eastbound and westbound lanes into Stuart Avenue and Avenue of the Arts
135.5 218.1 Route 28 Eastern terminus of Route 9 at Clarendon Street, both lanes
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Executive Office of Transportation, Office of Transportation Planning - 2005 Road Inventory
  2. ^ "Route 9 through the years". Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  3. ^ http://www.mhd.state.ma.us/default.asp?pgid=content/projectsRoot&sid=wrapper&iid=http://www.mhd.state.ma.us//ProjectInfo/

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing