Massachusetts Route 101

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For the Route 101 that existed in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut during the 1920s and early 1930s, see U.S. Route 44.

Route 101 marker

Route 101
Map of Worcester County in central Massachusetts with Route 101 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MassDOT
Length: 22.55 mi[1] (36.29 km)
Existed: c. 1939, 1954 (current alignment) – present
Major junctions
South end: Route 32 in Petersham
North end: Route 119 in Ashburnham
Counties: Worcester
Highway system
Route 99 Route 102

Route 101 is a north–south state highway in Massachusetts.

Route description[edit]

Southbound entering Gardner from Ashburnham
Northbound along Central Street in downtown Gardner

Route 101 begins in Petersham at Route 32, just north of the center of town. The route heads eastward, winding between two wildlife management areas and south of Queen Lake as it passes through Phillipston. In Templeton, the route joins Route 2A, passing concurrently with that route over Route 2 at Exit 21 before splitting again.

From Templeton, Route 101 enters the city of Gardner, acting as one of the main streets through town. For two blocks west of Main Street, Route 101 runs concurrently with Route 68. The route crosses Route 140 before entering Ashburnham. In Ashburham, Route 101 heads into the center of town, sharing a short concurrency along Route 12 before turning northward, passing by Winnekeag Lake and west of Ward Pond before ending at Route 119, three miles south of the New Hampshire state line and 300 yards east of the Ashby town line.

During the 1920s and early 1930s, Route 101 was a multi-state route through Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, primarily along the highway now known as U.S. Route 44.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Worcester County.

Location mi km Destinations Notes
Petersham 0.00 0.00 Route 32 Southern terminus of Route 101.
Templeton 7.7 12.4 Route 2A west Western terminus of concurrency with Route 2A.
8.7 14.0 Route 2 Route 2 Exit 21.
9.4 15.1 Route 2A east Eastern terminus of concurrency with Route 2A.
Gardner 11.8 19.0 Route 68 Two-block concurrency with Route 68.
14.1 22.7 Route 140
Ashburnham 18.6 29.9 Route 12 150-yard concurrency with Route 12.
22.55 36.29 Route 119 Northern terminus of Route 101.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


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