Interstate 290 (Massachusetts)
|Maintained by Masshighways|
|Length:||20.16 mi (32.44 km)|
|Existed:||1970 – present|
|West end:||I‑90 / I‑395 / Route 12 in Auburn|
|East end:||I‑495 / Route 85 Connector in Marlborough|
Interstate 290 (abbreviated I-290) runs for 20.16 miles (32.44 km) from Auburn, Massachusetts to Marlborough, Massachusetts. It is a continuation of I-395 north of I-90 (the Mass Pike) and runs through downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, where I-190 splits off, and I-290 runs across Lake Quinsigamond and east to I-495 in Marlborough. 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.
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 (Northboro), where it travels northeast again. 290 enters Marlborough (Marlboro) with an exit for Solomon Pond Mall and the junction with 495, where it ends shortly after on the route 85 connector.
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. There was also an exit 12 on both bounds of the highway for Worcester back roads but was removed for the extension of route 146.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Middlesex||Marlborough||20.000||32.187||26A||I‑495 south – Cape Cod||I-495 exit 25B|
|20.16||32.44||26B||I‑495 north – Lowell||Left exit eastbound; I-495 exit 25B|
|20.16||32.44||To Route 85 – Hudson||Eastern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- "Route Log- Auxiliary Routes of the Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways - Table 2". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
- MassDOT Planning Division. "Massachusetts Route Log Application". Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
- Massachusetts Department of Transportation. "Exit Numbers and Names: Route I-290 (Auburn to Worcester)". Retrieved August 21, 2014.
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