Massachusetts Route 141

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Route 141 marker

Route 141
Map of southern Massachusetts with Route 141 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MassDOT
Length: 15.99 mi[1] (25.73 km)
Major junctions
West end: Route 10 in Easthampton
 
East end: Route 21 in Springfield
Location
Counties: Hampshire, Hampden
Highway system
Route 140 Route 142

Route 141 is a 15.90-mile (25.59 km) long west–east state highway in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. Its western terminus is at Route 10 in Easthampton. Its eastern terminus is at US 20 in Springfield while concurrent with Route 21. Route 141 gained notoriety in the local media in July 2005 when signage posted by contractors at the junction with Route 10 in Easthampton was posted incorrectly in the form of signage seen in Alabama.

Route description[edit]

Route 141 begins at an intersection with Route 10 (Main Street) just north of Park Street in Eashampton. Route 141 proceeds south along Union Street through downtown Easthampton, passing multiple blocks of buildings and crossing a rail trail near Railroad Street. The route passes a strip mall at the southern end of Easthampton's downtown, reaching a junction with Payson Avenue. At this junction, Route 141 takes over Payson's right-of-way as Cottage Street, passing an old factory in Easthampton along with nearby Nashawannuck Pond.[2]

Route 141 continues east along Cottage Street, passing local businesses. At Chapel Street, the route turns south along the right-of-way and becomes Holyoke Street, running southeast past residences in Easthampton, keeping a long distance parallel with Nashawannuck Pond. Route 141 continues southeast along Holyoke, with the residences becoming less dense as it approaches East Street. At the junction with Hendrick Street, Route 141 turns south and becomes Mountain Road as it runs along the side of Mount Tom. Making a bend to the southeast, the highway crosses the Hampshire County line and crosses into Hampden County.[2]

Now in Holyoke, Route 141 continues southeast as Easthampton Road, crossing roads south of Mount Tom. Crossing through the Rock Valley section of Holyoke, the highway passes south of the Whiting Reservoir and Wyckoff Country Club, entering the Smiths Valley section. Through Smiths Valley, Route 141 runs southeast through a residential neighborhood, reaching a ramp to Interstate 91 southbound (I-91 exit 17). After another turn, the route crosses into a trumpet interchange with I-91 northbound, becoming a one-way couplet through downtown Holyoke.[2]

Route 141 eastbound runs along Dwight Street while Route 141 westbound runs along Hampden Street after the junctions both directions have with US 5 and US 202 (Northampton Street). Route 141 eastbound is a main commercial street while the westbound one is a residential and commercial mix. Crossing through the Oakdale neighborhood in Holyoke, Route 141 eastbound and westbound merged at the junction with Pleasant Street. The route runs southeast along Appleton Street, crossing Beech Street, also a section of US 202.[2]

A main street through southeastern Holyoke, Route 141 is a two-lane road through the center of Oakdale. Passing a large factory, the route crosses over the First Level Canal, passes another factory and over the Second Level Canal. After crossing the canal, Route 141 immediately tuns southwest off Appleton Street and turns onto Race Street. Two blocks south of Appleton, Route 141 reaches Cabot Street, where it turns east, meeting with Route 116 at Main Street. Route 141 and Route 116 become concurrent through Holyoke along Cabot Street. The routes cross the Third Level Canal and cross some railroad tracks.[2]

An unusually large Route 141 west shield in Chicopee Falls

Route 141 and Route 116 cross an extra pair of railroad tracks before crossing the Connecticut River on what becomes Chicopee Street as it enters Chicopee. After the routes turn south off the bridge, they junction with Prospect Street before turning southwest along Chicopee. After crossing under I-391, the routes continue southwest for a while, until Grattan Street where Route 141 turns east. Running along Grattan Street, crossing over railroad tracks into an interchange with I-391's exit 4.[2]

Route 141 continues southeast along Grattan Street into the Aldenville neighborhood of Chicopee as a residential and commercial street. After McKinstry Avenue, the route becomes commercial, bending further southeast while passing Aldenville Public Library and crossing under the Mass Pike (I-90). Now in the Sandy Hill neighborhood, Route 141 along Grattan Street as a commercial street, turning east along the Chicopee River. The route reached a junction with Route 33 (Memorial Drive).[2]

Route 141 through Indian Orchard

The route turns south along Bridge Street, crossing over the river, and turning east along East Main Street. Route 141 parallels the southern shore of the river, passing numerous residences in the Chicopee Falls neighborhood. After an intersection with Carew Street, the highway comes in striking distance of the river, entering an interchange with I-291's exit 6 via a ramp from Fuller Road. After I-291, Route 141 turns southeast along the river and changes names to Worcester Street as it crosses into Springfield. Entering the Indian Orchard neighborhood, the route stays straight as the Chicopee River turns north.[2]

Now paralleling US 20, passing a large industrial plant near some railroad tracks. Route 141 then bends northeast and begins paralleling the railroad tracks along with the Chicopee River. A short distance after, Route 141 turns along Front Street before turning off onto Main Street, two blocks south of the Chicopee River. Route 141, paralleling the river and reaching Route 21 (Parker Street). Route 141 and Route 21 become concurrent, running southeast along Parker Street, running west along Hubbard Park. Route 21 and Route 141 run south as a four-lane road, reaching a junction with US 20 (Boston Road). This junction marks the eastern terminus of Route 141.[2]

History[edit]

Signage in July 2005 denoting Route 141 and Route 10 in Easthampton as Alabama routes.

Route 141, along with Route 10 gained notoriety in July 2005 when it was discovered that signs had been put up at their junction in Easthampton. The road signs placed on Route 10 southbound were not done as a normal Massachusetts-style sign, but in the form of the Alabama-style sign.[3] Unusually, these Alabama style shields were also squeezed to fit a normal Massachusetts shield design by a contractor. The signs had been posted about a week before the error had been forwarded to the Easthampton Department of Public Works by someone from the Massachusetts State Highway Department. They believed the contractor had taken out the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices and chosen the Alabama shield. The signs would soon be replaced with correct Massachusetts shield.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location[1] mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Hampshire Easthampton 0.000 0.000 Route 10 (Main Street)
Hampden Holyoke 4.309–
4.779
6.935–
7.691
I‑91 south – Springfield Exit 17 on I-91; no eastbound access to I-91 north
5.009 8.061 US 5 south / US 202 (Northampton Street) – Mount Tom, Greenfield
5.925 9.535 US 202 north (Beech Street) – South Hadley, Belchertown
6.577 10.585 Route 116 north (Main Street) – South Hadley Western end of concurrency with Route 116
Holyoke–Chicopee line 7.223 11.624 Willimansett Bridge over the Connecticut River
Chicopee 8.005 12.883 Route 116 south (Chicopee Street) Eastern end of concurrency with Route 116
8.457–
8.792
13.610–
14.149
I‑391 – Springfield, Holyoke Exit 4 on I-391
10.519 16.929 Route 33 north (Memorial Drive) – South Hadley Southern terminus of Route 33
12.389 19.938 To I‑291 Exit 6 on I-291
Springfield 15.99 25.73 Route 21 – Ludlow
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c MassDOT Planning Division. "Massachusetts Route Log Application". Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Microsoft; Nokia (December 17, 2013). "overview map of Route 141" (Map). Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ Daniel, Mac (July 26, 2005). "Word to road crews: Tuscaloosa is over 1,000 miles thataway". The Boston Globe. Retrieved December 31, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Alabama road signs in Massachusetts?". WSFA-TV. Retrieved December 31, 2009. 

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