U.S. Route 7 in Massachusetts

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 7 in Massachusetts. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 7.

U.S. Route 7 marker

U.S. Route 7
Map of Berkshire County in western Massachusetts with US 7 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MassDOT
Length: 53.9 mi[1] (86.7 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 7 in North Canaan, CT
 
North end: US 7 in Pownal, VT
Location
Counties: Berkshire
Highway system
  • Massachusetts State Highway Routes
Route 6A Route 7A

U.S. Route 7 (US 7) is a north–south U.S. Highway extending from southern Connecticut to the northernmost part of Vermont. In Massachusetts, the route extends for 54 miles (87 km) through western Berkshire County.

Route description[edit]

US 7 enters Massachusetts in the town of Sheffield and remains a two-lane road until Lenox. There, a four-lane bypass of Lenox was built in two pieces, and the old US 7 is now Route 7A. US 7 continues on as a four-lane road to Pittsfield, where it is then a three-lane road, narrowing to two lanes for a short time, then widening to four lanes in downtown Pittsfield. US 7 leaves downtown Pittsfield as a two-lane surface arterial, and continues as a rural highway with occasional three-lane stretches for climbing the grades along the Berkshires. It passes west of Mount Greylock before passing through Williamstown, connecting the Taconic Trail with the Mohawk Trail. The road passes Williams College before entering Vermont.'

Like Connecticut, Massachusetts planned a US 7 expressway from the existing bypass in Lenox all the way to Lanesborough. This plan was never initiated, although land takings occurred. The highway was ultimately canceled due to environmental and community opposition.

In Massachusetts, US 7 passes through the towns of Sheffield, Great Barrington, Stockbridge, Lee, Lenox, Pittsfield, Lanesborough, New Ashford, and Williamstown, before crossing into Pownal, Vermont.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Berkshire County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Sheffield 0.00 0.00 US 7 south – North Canaan Continuation into Connecticut
3.00 4.83 Route 7A south – Ashley Falls Southern terminus of silent concurrency with Route 7A
Great Barrington 10.50 16.90 Route 23 west / Route 41 south – Egremont, Hillsdale, NY Southern terminus of concurrency with Routes 23 and 41
11.50 18.51 Route 41 north – West Stockbridge Northern terminus of concurrency with Route 41
Bridge over the Housatonic River
12.00 19.31 Route 23 east / Route 183 south – Monterey, Springfield Northern terminus of concurrency with Route 23; Southern terminus of concurrency with Route 183
13.400 21.565 Route 183 north – Housatonic, Interlaken Northern terminus of concurrency with Route 183
Stockbridge Bridge over the Housatonic River
18.10 29.13 Route 102 west – West Stockbridge Southern terminus of concurrency with Route 102
18.40 29.61 Route 102 east – Lee Northern terminus of concurrency with Route 102
19.682 31.675 I‑90 (Mass Pike) No access between US 7 nd I-90 (Mass Pike).
Lenox 22.60 36.37 Route 7A north – Historic Lenox Northern terminus of silent concurrency with Route 7A
23.40 37.66 US 20 east to Mass Pike – Lee Southern terminus of concurrency with US 20
23.70 38.14 Route 183 south – Historic Lenox, Tanglewood Northern terminus of Route 183
25.60 41.20 Route 7A south – Historic Lenox Northern terminus of Route 7A
Pittsfield 30.80 49.57 US 20 west / Route 9 – Albany, NY Northern terminus of concurrency with US 20; Western terminus of Route 9
31.20 50.21 Route 9 east – Dalton, Northampton Northern terminus of concurrency with Route 9
Williamstown 47.20 75.96 Route 43 south – Hancock, Stephentown, NY Northern terminus of Route 43
49.10 79.02 Route 2 west – Troy, NY Southern terminus of concurrency with Route 2
51.50 82.88 Route 2 east – North Adams Northern terminus of concurrency with Route 2
Bridge over the Hoosic River
53.90 86.74 US 7 north – Pownal Continuation into Vermont
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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