Massachusetts Route 146

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Route 146 marker

Route 146
Map of Worcester County in central Massachusetts with Route 146 highlighted in red
Route information
Length: 20.9901 mi[1] (33.7803 km)
Major junctions
South end: Route 146 in North Smithfield, RI
  Route 146A / Route 16 in Uxbridge
Route 122A in Millbury / Worcester
I‑90 / Mass Pike / US 20 in Millbury
I‑290 in Worcester
North end: Quinsigamond Ave. / Cambridge St. / Millbury St. in Worcester
Location
Counties: Worcester
Highway system
  • Massachusetts State Highway Routes
Route 145 Route 147

Route 146 is a high-speed road, mostly freeway, linking Rhode Island Route 146 (the North Smithfield Expressway towards Providence, Rhode Island) to I-290 in Worcester, Massachusetts. South of the interchange with Route 122A, Route 146 is known as the Worcester-Providence Turnpike. Unlike some roads designated as turnpikes, the road has never had tolls, and was built on a brand new alignment in the 1930s. Similar never-tolled turnpikes are the Berlin Turnpike in Connecticut and the Boston-Providence Turnpike in Massachusetts.

History[edit]

During the late 1940s, the Massachusetts Department of Public Works (MassDPW) planned an extension of Route 146 from Rhode Island north toward Worcester. MA 146 was built between 1949 and 1952 as a four-lane divided roadway from US 20 in Millbury to Boston Road in Sutton and from Sutton south to the Massachusetts-Rhode Island border, Route 146 was built as a three-lane undivided roadway, providing one lane in each direction and a shared lane in the center.

In 1981 the MassDPW began work on rebuilding Route 146. During the next three years, the state rebuilt the 13.1-mile-long section from just south of Boston Road in Sutton to the Massachusetts-Rhode Island border, replacing the three-lane undivided section with a four-lane freeway and eliminating all at-grade intersections and curb cuts.

The project upgrading the section linking Exit 10A on the Massachusetts Turnpike north into downtown Worcester at Brosnihan Square to Interstate Highway standards was completed in November 2007 according to the State Highway Administration. The final construction phase will upgrade the remaining Massachusetts section in Sutton and Millbury to freeway status and is scheduled for completion sometime after 2010.[2]

Exit list[edit]

Exit numbers were traditionally not signed, but are now being signed. Also, they have been assigned by MassHighway. The entire route is in Worcester County.

Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Millville 0.0 0.0 Route 146 south – Providence Continuation into Rhode Island
Uxbridge 1.1 1.8 1 Route 146A – South Uxbridge, North Smithfield, RI
2.6 4.2 2 Chocolog Road to Route 146A – Uxbridge
5.3 8.5 3 Route 16 – Uxbridge, Douglas
7.6 12.2 4 Lackey Dam Road  – Douglas, Northbridge
Sutton 8.5 13.7 5 Main Street  – Northbridge, Sutton
10.3 16.6 6 Purgatory Road  – Northbridge
12.3 19.8 7 Central Turnpike  – Northbridge, Oxford
North end of freeway
13.8 22.2 Boston Road  – Wilkinsonville, Sutton Center At-grade intersection with traffic signal
Millbury 16.0 25.7 8 West Main Street  – Millbury
South end of freeway
16.9 27.2 9 Route 122A south – Millbury Center Southern terminus of concurrency with Route 122A
17.9 28.8 10 US 20 / I‑90 / Mass Pike – Boston, Springfield Mass. Pike Exit 10A
Worcester 18.8 30.3 11 Millbury Street  – Quinsigamond Village Northbound exit and southbound entrance
19.5 31.4 12 Route 122A north (McKeon Road) to I‑290 west – Vernon Hill Northern terminus of concurrency with Route 122A
20.5 33.0 13 I‑290 east – Shrewsbury, Marlboro Northbound exit and southbound entrance
20.8 33.5 Quinsigamond Avenue / Cambridge Street / Millbury Street Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Suffixed routes[edit]

Route 146A
Location: Uxbridge
Length: 4.1 mi[3] (6.6 km)
Existed: 1984[2]–present

Route 146A in Massachusetts, United States, is a 4.1 mile north to south route which connects Route 122 in Uxbridge, and Rhode Island Route 146A in North Smithfield.[1] There are two connector entrances to Route 146, along Route 146A. These are Exit 1, which connects Route 146 directly to Route 146A, and Exit 2, the Chockalog Road exit in Uxbridge.[1] This highway was renamed by the General Court of Massachusetts in 2004 as the Lydia Taft Highway, after America's first woman voter, Lydia Chapin Taft, a colonial woman from Uxbridge. Lydia Chapin Taft's historic vote and her role in the history of Women's suffrage is recognized by the Massachusetts legislature since 2004, which named Route 146A from Uxbridge to the Rhode Island border in her honor.[4] Route 146A is completely within the town limits of Uxbridge.

In colonial times, this route had the name of "the Great Road", and later "the Quaker Highway", after Quakers from Smithfield, Rhode Island settled here. There are a number of historic sites along this road including the Friends Meetinghouse, which is on the National Historic Register. The "Moses Farnum House, and the Ironstone Mill Housing and Cellar Hole are two other sites along this road. Route 98 also connects with Route 146A, near its midpoint, and has significant historic sites of the original Quaker village known as Quaker City, and Aldrich Village, which are also on the National Historic Register. Just beyond the northern terminus of Route 146A and continuing north on Route 122 is a famous historical house known as Elmshade, a home and gathering place of the influential Taft family in America. Part of what is now Route 146A was the original Route 146 before a new limited access highway was constructed from the Rhode Island line to Worcester, between 1981 and 1984.[2] This project involved moving a former almshouse cemetery and led to archeological findings on mortuary practices following that excavation.[2] The Second Great Awakening changed local mortuary practices for the poor.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Uxbridge, Worcester County.

Mile km Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 Route 146A south Continuation into Rhode Island
0.9 1.4 Route 146 Exit 1 on Route 146
2.3 3.7 Route 98 south Northern terminus of Route 98
2.6 4.2 Chockalog Road to Route 146 Exit 2 on Route 146
4.1 6.6 Route 122 Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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