Route 286 (Massachusetts–New Hampshire)

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Route 286 marker New Hampshire Route 286 marker

Route 286
Map of southeastern New Hampshire with NH 286 highlighted in solid red and of northeastern Massachusetts with MA 286 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MassDOT and NHDOT
Length: 3.7 mi (6.0 km)
Major junctions
West end: I‑95 in Salisbury, MA
  US 1 in Salisbury, MA
East end: NH 1A in Seabrook, NH
Counties: MA: Essex, NH: Rockingham
Highway system
Route 240 Route 286 I‑290
NH 236 NH 286 I‑293
I‑86 Route 86 Route 88
NH 85 NH 86 NH 87

Route 286 is a short east–west state highway in Salisbury, Massachusetts and Seabrook, New Hampshire. The route was previously known as Route 86 and renumbered to avoid a numerical conflict with the designation of a freeway as Interstate 86 in the 1970s.

Route description[edit]

The eastern terminus of Route 286 is at the junction with New Hampshire Route 1A (Ocean Boulevard), which runs north–south along the Atlantic shore, approximately 160 feet (49 m) north of the Massachusetts/New Hampshire state line. The road continues into Massachusetts on Collins Street in Salisbury, and then connects with U.S. Route 1 and Interstate 95. Some maps incorrectly[3] show the New Hampshire section of Route 286 briefly crossing into Massachusetts, just west of its terminus at NH Route 1A.

The total length of Route 286 is approximately 3.7 miles (6.0 km), of which 2.356 miles (3.792 km) is in New Hampshire. The total length of Route 286 in Massachusetts is approximately 1.4 miles (2.3 km).


MA Route 86.svg NH Route 86.svgI-86.svg
Route 286 was formerly numbered 86 and renumbered to make room for I-86, which is now designated as part of I-84.

Route 286 was previously designated as Route 86 in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Between 1971 and 1984, Massachusetts had an Interstate 86, which ran from Sturbridge, Massachusetts, to Hartford, Connecticut. The construction of I-86 prompted Massachusetts Route 86 to be renumbered to "286" because, according to Massachusetts Highway Department (MassHighway) protocol, a state highway and an Interstate Highway may not share the same number. (The only exception to this rule is Massachusetts Route 295 and I-295, which are on opposite ends of the state.) When Massachusetts renumbered Route 86 to 286, New Hampshire matched the change on its section.

In 1984, plans to connect I-84 along the present day I-384/US 6 corridor from Hartford to Providence were scuttled for environmental reasons. As a result, I-84 was rerouted onto the completed I-86 freeway. The existing section of the old I-84 became I-384. The Massachusetts State Route has kept the 286 number, and by extension the New Hampshire road has as well.

Today I-86 is the former Southern Tier Expressway/NY-17 in New York State as that road is upgraded to Interstate Highway standards. Modern I-86 is unrelated to the I-86 that existed in Massachusetts.

Major intersections[edit]

State County Location[2][4] mi[2][4] km Destinations Notes
Massachusetts Essex Salisbury 0.0 0.0 I‑95 / Main Street – Peabody, Boston, Portsmouth NH, Portland ME Western terminus; Exit 60 (I-95)
1.0 1.6 US 1 – Salisbury, Newburyport, Seabrook NH, Hampton NH
MANH border 1.4
MassachusettsNew Hampshire state line
New Hampshire Rockingham Seabrook 2.356 3.792 NH 1A to Route 1A – Seabrook Beach, Hampton Beach, Salisbury MA Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Executive Office of Transportation, Office of Transportation Planning - 2005 Road Inventory
  2. ^ a b c Bureau of Planning & Community Assistance (February 20, 2015). "NH Public Roads". Concord, New Hampshire: New Hampshire Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ Correct depiction shown on U.S. Geological Survey 7.5-minute Newburyport quadrangle (
  4. ^ a b Bureau of Planning & Community Assistance (April 3, 2015). "Nodal Reference 2015, State of New Hampshire". New Hampshire Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  • "Massachusetts Atlas and Gazetteer." Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. First Edition, 1998.

Route map: Google

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