Massachusetts Route 111

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Route 111 marker

Route 111
Map of northeastern Massachusetts with Route 111 highlighted in red
Route information
Length 27.282 mi[1] (43.906 km)
Existed 1926–present
Major junctions
South end Route 2 / Route 2A / Route 119 in Concord
 
North end NH 111 at Hollis, NH
Location
Counties Worcester, Middlesex
Highway system
Route 110ARoute 112

Route 111 is a state highway in Massachusetts, a continuation of New Hampshire Route 111. The route has a north–south component and an east–west one, though it is signed exclusively as a north–south route on newer signs. The east–west portion of the route largely follows the path of the Union Turnpike, built in the early 19th century to connect the communities of Leominster and Concord. (A few older east–west directional signs still exist east of Harvard.)

Route description[edit]

Route 111 begins in Concord at the rotary junction of Route 2, Route 2A and Route 119, next to Massachusetts Correctional Institution – Concord. The route is concurrent along Union Turnpike with Route 2 for the first 2.4 miles (3.9 km) into Acton, before Route 2 heads northwestward, beginning its western highway portion. Route 111 continues along Massachusetts Avenue, having a junction with Route 27 not far from the split. The split is Exit 43.

Eastbound in West Acton

Route 111 continues relatively westward along Massachusetts Avenue through Boxborough, meeting I-495 at Exit 28, just before entering Harvard. In Harvard, the route leaves Massachusetts Avenue at its far western end, looping around until it meets Route 110 at that town's center. The two routes continue northward, crossing Route 2 at exit 38, before continuing northward, east of Fort Devens into Ayer. In Ayer, Route 111 splits from Route 110 as that route turns eastward with Route 2A Eastbound, while Route 111 turns westbound along that route, passing concurrently with it along Ayer's Main Street.

After turning northward again, Routes 111 and 2A split, just west of Moore Army Air Field, with Route 111 turning more northerly into Groton. In Groton, Route 111 joins Route 225 near the center of town, with the two of them meeting Route 119. At this point, Route 225 joins Route 119 eastbound while Route 111 joins Route 119 west bound. The two routes head northwestward and cross the Nashua River into the town of Pepperell concurrently. Once in Pepperell, Route 111 turns northward again, running in roughly the same direction as the river. It crosses Route 113 near the center of Pepperell before continuing northward as it enters Hollis, New Hampshire and becomes New Hampshire Route 111.

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
MiddlesexConcord0.000.00 Route 2
Route 2A / Route 119
Southern end of Routes 2/Route 111 concurrency; Southern terminus of Route 111; Eastern end of Route 119
Acton2.43.9 Route 2 westNorthern end Route 2 of concurrency at exit 43 on Route 2
2.94.7 Route 27
Boxborough7.612.2 I‑495Exit 28 on I-495
WorcesterHarvard10.316.6 Route 110 westSouthern end of Route 110 concurrency
11.919.2 Route 2Exit 38 on Route 2
MiddlesexAyer14.122.7 Route 2A east / Route 110 eastNorthern end of Route 110 concurrency; southern end of Route 2A concurrency
15.825.4 Route 2A westNorthern end of Route 2A concurrency
Groton18.629.9 Route 225 westSouthern end of Route 225 concurrency
19.230.9 Route 225 east
Route 119 east
Northern end of Route 225 concurrency; southern end of Route 119 concurrency
Pepperell21.033.8 Route 119 westNorthern end of Route 119 concurrency
23.838.3 Route 113
27.2843.90 NH 111Continuation into New Hampshire
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Massachusetts Atlas and Gazetteer (Map) (1st ed.). DeLorme. 1998.

External links[edit]

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