Massachusetts Route 7A

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Route 7A marker

Route 7A
Route information
Maintained by MassDOT
Length: 25.30 mi[1] (40.72 km)
5.83 mi (9.39 km) without US 7
Northern segment: 2.9 mi.
Southern segment: 2.93 mi.
Existed: ca. 1961 – present
Major junctions
South end: Ashley Falls Road in North Canaan, CT
  US 7 in Sheffield / Lenox
Route 183 in Lenox
North end: US 7 / US 20 in Lenox
Highway system
US 7 Route 8
Northbound in Lenox

Route 7A is a state highway and alternate to U.S. Route 7 in western Massachusetts. It has two posted segments, with a total length of 5.83 miles (9.38 km). Between these segments, Route 7A is coextensive with Route 7.[1]

Route description[edit]

The southern segment begins at the Connecticut border, where the unsigned Connecticut State Road 832 connects Route 7A to its parent route 0.3 miles (0.48 km) south in the town of Canaan. Route 7A runs northward for three miles, through the village of Ashley Falls and crossing the Housatonic River before rejoining its parent route 3 miles (4.8 km) north of the state border.

The route then becomes silent for 22.7 miles (36.5 km), until US 7 reaches the town of Lenox. In Lenox, Route 7A splits with its parent route just south of US 7's junction with US 20. It heads northward, passing the Berkshire Performing Arts Center before sharing a brief, 0.2 miles (0.32 km) concurrency with Route 183. It then turns northward through Lenox Village along Main Street, ending finally at its parent route, one mile northward.

From its southern to northern ends, Route 7A is 25.3 miles (40.7 km) long. Its daylighted sections, however, only add up to approximately 5.6 miles (9.0 km). Both segments follow former alignments of their parent route. The northern segment follows along Route 7's former path, before it was given its bypass route around Lenox Village. The bypass was made as part of a failed attempt to make that route a freeway to Lanesborough.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Berkshire County.

Location mi km Destinations Notes
Sheffield 0.0 0.0 Ashley Falls Road south Southern terminus; Connecticut state line
To US 7
3.0 4.8 US 7 south – North Canaan, CT Southern terminus of silent concurrency with US 7
See US 7
Lenox 23.0 37.0 US 7 north – Pittsfield, Williamstown Northern terminus of silent concurrency with US 7
24.3 39.1 Route 183 north to US 7 / US 20 Southern terminus of concurrency with Route 183
24.5 39.4 Route 183 south – Stockbridge Northern terminus of concurrency with Route 183
25.3 40.7 US 7 / US 20 – Pittsfield, Williamstown Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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