Interstate 290 (Massachusetts)

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Interstate 290 marker

Interstate 290
Route information
Auxiliary route of I‑90
Maintained by MassDOT
Length: 20.16 mi[1] (32.44 km)
Existed: 1970 – present
Major junctions
West end: I‑90 / I‑395 / Route 12 in Auburn
 
East end: I‑495 / Route 85 Connector in Marlborough
Highway system
Route 286 I‑291

Interstate 290 (abbreviated I-290) an auxiliary route of Interstate 90 (I-90) in Massachusetts, maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). Spanning 20.16 miles (32.44 km), its western end begins as a continuation of I-395 in Auburn. It travels through downtown Worcester, where I-190 splits off, and across Lake Quinsigamond before arriving at I-495 in Marlborough at its eastern end.

There are buildings very close to the highway, including a grand church which faces the road (referred to locally as "Our Lady of the Highway"). Massachusetts has built a freeway connector (Route 146) from I-290 in Worcester to the Mass Pike and then south to Providence, Rhode Island.

Route description[edit]

The I-290 viaduct at Worcester station in 1976

I-290 begins as the continuation of I-395 in Auburn with exits to I-90, Route 12, and the Auburn Mall. 290 continues north through Worcester into Downtown, where Route 146 and I-190 split off. After 146, I-290 has exits for Route 122A, Route 122, downtown, and Route 9. After 190, 290 presumes east to a junction with Route 70, then continues over Quinsigamond Lake into Shrewsbury, where it goes northeast. 290 has a junction with Route 140 and starts east into Boylston and Northborough, where it travels northeast again. 290 enters Berlin for a brief time with an exit for Solomon Pond Mall and then enters Marlborough with the junction with 495, where it terminates shortly after on the Route 85 connector.

History[edit]

Orson the bear, the mascot of Polar Beverages, is a prominent landmark visible from I-290 in Worcester.
The I-290 Route 146 junction seen under construction as well as Downtown Worcester from above looking north.

Originally, I-290 was to rejoin I-90 in Westborough, roughly where I-495 sits now. However, this route would have run through the town centers of Shrewsbury and Northborough. Additionally, I-290 was intended to be extended past I-495 to I-95/Route 128 in Waltham, but this was canceled under pressure from towns along the planned route. A brief two-lane connector heads to Route 85 as a result of this aborted plan. The interchange with I-495 was originally supposed to be a cloverleaf, but after the plan was canceled, it was modified with a flyover ramp onto 495-northbound. The former exit 12 (Millbury Street) was closed when the Route 146 freeway was completed between the Mass Pike and I-290 in 2007.

Exit list[edit]

All interchanges were to be renumbered to milepost-based numbers under a project scheduled to start in 2016.[2] However, this project has now been indefinitely postponed.[3]

County Location[4] mi[4] km Exit[5] Destinations[5] Notes
Worcester Auburn 0.000 0.000 I‑395 south – Norwich, CT Western terminus; continuation from I-395
0.347 0.558 7 I‑90 / Mass Pike / Route 12 – Auburn Eastbound exit to Route 12 south; westbound exit to Route 12 north; I-90 Exit 10
0.070 0.113 8 Route 12 south – Webster Westbound exit only
0.930 1.497 9 Swanson Road – Auburn Eastbound exit to Swanson Road; westbound entrance from Vine Street
1.700 2.736 Auburn Street – Auburn Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Worcester 3.358 5.404 10 Route 12 north (Hope Avenue) Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
3.565 5.737 11 College Square / Federal Square / Southbridge Street
4.611 7.421 12 Route 146 south – Millbury, Providence Westbound exit and eastbound entrance, the original exit 12 was for Millbury Street
5.265 8.473 13 Route 122A (Vernon Street) – Kelley Square Route 146 is accessible by 122A southbound
5.638 9.073 14 Route 122 – Barre, Uxbridge No westbound entrance
5.810 9.350 15 Shrewsbury Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
6.137 9.877 16 E. Central St, MLK Jr. Boulevard – Downtown Worcester Union Station, Saint Vincent Hospital, DCU Center
6.572 10.577 17 Route 9 – Ware, Framingham Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
6.980 11.233 18 Route 70 to Route 9 – Ware, Framingham Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
7.377 11.872 19 I‑190 north to Route 12 – Holden, Fitchburg Southern terminus of I-190; eastbound exit is combined with Exit 20
7.377 11.872 20 Burncoat Street to Route 70 (Lincoln Street) Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; eastbound exit is combined with Exit 19
8.421 13.552 Route 70 (Lincoln Street) Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
9.641 15.516 21 Plantation Street – Worcester Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Shrewsbury 10.173 16.372 22 Main Street – Shrewsbury, Worcester
12.680 20.406 23A Route 140 south – Shrewsbury
12.690 20.423 23B Route 140 north – Boylston
Northborough 14.855 23.907 24 Church Road – Northborough, Boylston
17.913 28.828 25A Hudson Street – Northborough
17.925 28.847 25B Solomon Pond Mall Road – Berlin Solomon Pond Mall
Middlesex Marlborough 20.000 32.187 26A I‑495 south – Cape Cod Exit 25B (I-495)
20.16 32.44 26B I‑495 north – Lowell Left exit eastbound; exit 25B (I-495)
20.16 32.44 To Route 85 – Hudson Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Route Log- Auxiliary Routes of the Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways - Table 2". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2015). "COMMBUYS - Bid Solicitation FAP# HSIP-002S(874) Exit Signage Conversion to Milepost-Based Numbering System along Various Interstates, Routes and the Lowell Connector". Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ Robert H. Malme (2017). "Massachusetts Interstate Highways Exit Lists". Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b MassDOT Planning Division. "Massachusetts Route Log Application". Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Massachusetts Department of Transportation. "Exit Numbers and Names: Route I-290 (Auburn to Worcester)". Retrieved August 21, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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