List of unused highways in Massachusetts

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An unused highway may reference a highway or highway ramp that was partially or fully constructed but was unused[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] or later closed.[10][11][12] An unused ramp can be referred to as a stub ramp,[13] stub street,[2][14][15] stub-out,[2] or simply stub.[16][17] The following is a list:

Inside 128[edit]

A number of cloverleaf interchanges in the Boston area have a missing arm and overly wide bridges, reflecting an unbuilt highway. Many of these were imposed as a result of the moratorium on highways inside Route 128 imposed after the Boston Transportation Planning Review.




  • Interstate 95 was cancelled north of what is now the I-95/Route 128 and Interstate 93 junction. This cloverleaf has also been converted into a trumpet interchange, but grading for the cloverleaf and collector-distributor lane are still clearly visible. An extra bridge for a flyover from I-95 south to Route 128 south was also visible until mid-2008, when it was taken down. Portions of the roadway to the north, proposed as the Southwest Expressway, are paved and somewhat overgrown and can be traversed by foot today.[21] 1965 MassDPW map [23] Much of the northeastern end of the Southwest Expressway's intended right-of-way became the new routing for the southern end of the MBTA Orange Line in the late 1980s, at the time of the 1987 retirement and demolition of the Washington Street Elevated tracks that the Orange Line formerly ran on.




  • An old section of what was, at the time, Route 128 (now Interstate 93 after renumbering) sits in the Blue Hill Reservation as a walking trail. It is split into three parts by I-93, with the 1.25 mile section starting in Milton sometimes called Blue Hill River Road but is called Old Route 128 on the Blue Hills Trail Map north of the highway, a 0.3 mile section in between the north and southbound lanes (this section is closed to the public), and a 0.5 mile section south of I-93 terminating on West Street in Braintree.[23][26]

Outside 128[edit]


  • Route 57 ends abruptly at Route 187, with a stub continuation in the median. This is planned for further extension as a Southwick bypass as traffic may warrant.[24] [27]



  • Route 240 ends abruptly at Interstate 195 with an awkward cloverleaf-style design. From the air, the northern half has a cloverleaf-style interchange on the western half while the eastern half lacks any interchange. The southern half has a trumpet-style interchange. The bridge over 195 contains two lanes in each direction and the western lane over the bridge has a stub that ends shortly past the overpass. [29]



  • An old version of what became I-95 still exists running nearly a mile somewhat parallel (varying 150–350 feet east) between the Hale Street overpass and Storey Avenue (exit 57). The abandoned stretch was used for road surface marking practice and experimentation prior to the 1990s,[citation needed] but has since become too overgrown with weeds. [32]

West Stockbridge[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "US&R and NY-TF1 Practice for the Real Thing." City of New York 20 June 2005. 15 Jan. 2007 [1].
  2. ^ a b c "Kentucky Model Access Management Ordinance." Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Oct. 2004. 15 Jan. 2007 [2].
  3. ^ "Barrie (City) v. 1606533 Ontario Inc.", 2005 CanLII 24746 (ON S.C.). 15 Jan. 2007 [3].
  4. ^ Iowa House. 1998. House File 686., 77th, H.R. 0686. [4] [5].
  5. ^ "PETITIONED PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT." New York City. 15 Jan. 2007 [6].
  6. ^ House. 1993. LAND TITLE AMENDMENT ACT, 1993. 35th Parliament, 2nd sess., H.R. 78. [7].
  7. ^ Munroe, Tapan. "TRENDS ANALYSIS for PARKS & RECREATION: 2000 AND BEYOND." California Park & Recreation Society Jan. 1999. 15 Jan. 2007 [8]
  8. ^ "Chapter 5: Detailed Comparison of Alternatives – Seattle." SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Project, Washington Department of Transportation, 2 May. 2005. 15 Jan. 2007 [9] [10].
  9. ^ Anderson, Steve. "CT 11 Expressway." New York City Roads. 15 Jan. 2007 [11].
  10. ^ "Leasing of Closed Highways Regulation", Alta. Reg. 36/1986. 15 Jan. 2007 [12].
  11. ^ "R. v. Sanders", 2004 NBPC 12 (CanLII). 15 Jan. 2007 [13].
  12. ^ "HIGHWAY CLOSINGS", R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 599. 15 Jan. 2007 [14].
  13. ^ "Washington State Department of Transportation Public Transportation and Rail Division Monthly News, October 2006, page 4" (PDF).  (286 KiB), accessed December 28, 2006
  14. ^ Sommer, Dick. "Ten Ways to Manage Roadway Access in Your Community." Ohio Department of Transportation, 2005. 15 Jan. 2007 [15].
  15. ^ Bauserman, Christian E. "DELAWARE COUNTY ENGINEER’S DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION & SURVEYING STANDARDS." 18 May 1998. 15 Jan. 2007 [16].
  16. ^ Geiger, Gene. "Ohio DOT Constructs I-670 over a Water Treatment Sludge Lagoon in Columbus." Ohio LTAP Quarterly. Ohio Department of Transportation. 15:3 (1999) [17].
  17. ^ "CITY OF UNION, KENTUCKY." City of Union, Kentucky 23 June 2006. 15 Jan. 2007 [18].
  18. ^ Anderson, Steve. "Inner Belt Expressway (I-695)". 
  19. ^ a b Anderson, Steve. "Northeast Expressway (US 1)". 
  20. ^ Anderson, Steve. "Northwest Expressway (US 3)". 
  21. ^ Anderson, Steve. "Southwest Expressway (I-95)". 
  22. ^ Daniel, Mac (May 24, 2002). "Bad to worse? Some say razing overpass will heighten traffic woes". Boston Globe. 
  23. ^ "The Old 128 | Friends of the Blue Hills". Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  24. ^ Anderson, Steve. "Henry E. Bodurtha Highway (MA 57)". 
  25. ^ Anderson, Steve. "Interstate 895-Rhode Island (unbuilt)". 
  26. ^ Anderson, Steve. "East Shore Connector (I-895)". 
  27. ^ Anderson, Steve. "Worcester Expressway (I-290)". 
  28. ^ Alpert, Steve. "Massachusetts Route 102 and New York Route 980D, Former end of Mass. Pike". Alpsroads.