Memorial Drive (Cambridge)

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Memorial Drive
US 3.svgMA Route 2.svgMA Route 3.svg
Charles River Road
Maintained by Massachusetts DCR
Length 3.9 mi[1][2][3] (6.3 km)
Coordinates 42°21′47″N 71°06′58″W / 42.36306°N 71.11611°W / 42.36306; -71.11611Coordinates: 42°21′47″N 71°06′58″W / 42.36306°N 71.11611°W / 42.36306; -71.11611
West end US 3 / Route 2 in Cambridge
Major
junctions
Route 2A in Cambridge
East end Route 3 in Cambridge
Memorial Drive along the Charles River at the Longfellow Bridge facing Boston's John Hancock Tower

Memorial Drive runs along the north bank of the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is designated as U.S. Route 3 or Massachusetts Route 3 for its entire length, and Massachusetts Route 2 over the portion west of the Boston University Bridge.

History[edit]

Formerly known as Charles River Road, the road was officially renamed "Memorial Drive" in 1923,[4] when Charles River Park was taken over by the Metropolitan District Commission. It is named in honor of those who died in World War I.[5]

Route description[edit]

Memorial Drive, like the parkways along the opposite (Boston) side of the river, is maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (the successor to the Metropolitan District Commission). In keeping with the recreational mission, the section of Memorial Drive from Western Avenue to the split by Mount Auburn Hospital, at Gerry's Landing Road, is closed to motor vehicles on Sundays in the summer to allow for pedestrian and non-motorized users. The closure is in effect from 11 am to 7 pm starting the last Sunday of April until the second Sunday of November.[6]

A median near Massachusetts Avenue requires executing a so-called Michigan left for certain turns.

In 2003 a two-mile section of Memorial Drive was reconstructed as part of the DCR's Historic Parkways Initiative.[citation needed]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Cambridge, Middlesex County.

Location Mile[3] km Destinations Notes
West Cambridge 0.00 0.00 US 3 north / Route 2 west / Greenough Boulevard Western terminus; western terminus of concurrency with US 3 / Route 2
Riverside 0.70 1.13 John F. Kennedy Street – Harvard Square
1.40 2.25 I-90.svg Western Avenue to I-90 (Mass PIke) To Western Avenue Bridge
Cambridgeport 2.20 3.54 Route 2 east – Cambridgeport, Central Square Interchange; eastern terminus of concurrency with Route 2; to BU Bridge
MIT 3.20 5.15 Route 2A (Massachusetts Avenue) – Boston
US 3 north / Route 3 south
Interchange with Michigan lefts; to Harvard Bridge
US 3 becomes Route 3
3.70 5.95 Wadsworth Street – Kendall Square
3.80 6.12 Edwin H. Land Boulevard east – Kendall Square Interchange
3.90 6.28 Route 3 south (Longfellow Bridge) – Boston Eastern terminus; eastern terminus of concurrency with Route 3
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Trust (2010-08-30). "Executive Office of Transportation - Office of Transportation Planning Roads - June 2008". Mass.gov. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  2. ^ Distance corrected per Google Earth, 2013-05-12, to exclude Gerry's Landing Road leg (connection to Fresh Pond Parkway) erroneously included in 2008 Trust report distance measurement.
  3. ^ a b Google Inc. "Memorial Drive". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://goo.gl/maps/w2RwI. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  4. ^ 1923 per bottom left of page 2 of the Cambridge Chronicle[1] (dedication June 10, 1923:[2]) The Cambridge Historical Commission gives 1922 as year of renaming.
  5. ^ Cambridge Street Names, compiled by the Cambridge Historical Commission, updated June 30, 2009
  6. ^ "Memorial Drive Closed Sundays". Cambridgema.gov. Retrieved 2011-08-31.