Massachusetts Route 143

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Massachusetts Route 143 marker

Route 143
Map of western Massachusetts with Route 143 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MassDOT
Length24.49 mi[1] (39.41 km)
Existedby 1933–present
HistoryDesignated as Route 109A in 1930
Major junctions
West end Route 8 in Hinsdale
  Route 112 in Worthington
East end Route 9 in Williamsburg
Location
CountiesBerkshire, Hampshire
Highway system
Route 142Route 145

Route 143 is a state highway in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The highway runs 24.490 miles (39.413 km) from Route 8 in Hinsdale east to Route 9 in Williamsburg. Route 143 passes through central Berkshire County town of Peru and the western Hampshire County towns of Worthington and Chesterfield.

Route description[edit]

Eastbound Route 143 in Peru Center

Route 143 begins at an intersection with Route 8 (South Street) just east of the Eastern Branch of the Housatonic River in the town center of Hinsdale. The two-lane state highway heads east as Maple Street but becomes Peru Road at New Windsor Road. East of its crossing of Ashmere Lake, Route 143 enters the town of Peru and becomes Main Road. On the eastern edge of Peru and as the highway crosses the Berkshire–Hampshire county line into Worthington, the highway has a curvaceous descent into the valley of the Middle Branch of the Westfield River. Route 143 ascends from the river valley as Old North Road. The highway meets Route 112 (Huntington Road) at Worthington Corners, and the two highways run concurrently northeast to where Route 112 splits north near the head of West Falls Branch. Route 143 descends along the valley of West Falls Branch into the Chesterfield Gorge, during which the highway enters the town of Chesterfield and its name changes to Main Road. The highway crosses the Eastern Branch of the Westfield River at the hamlet of West Chesterfield and ascends from the gorge to the town center of Chesterfield. Route 143 crosses the Dead Branch of the Westfield River and enters the town of Williamsburg at the headwaters of Meekin Brook. The highway, now named Chesterfield Road, follows the brook to its eastern terminus at Route 9 (Williams Street) immediately after crossing the Western Branch of the Mill River in the town center of Williamsburg.[1]

History[edit]

Route 143 was originally numbered Route 109A in 1930. The route was renumbered to 143 by 1933.[2] From Hindsale to Worthington, Route 143 is known as the Lafayette Trail, named after American Revolutionary War hero Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette,[3] who spent the night in Worthington in 1825.

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
BerkshireHinsdale0.0000.000 Route 8 (South Street) – Dalton, Pittsfield, BecketWestern terminus
HampshireWorthington12.35419.882 Route 112 south (Huntington Road) – HuntingtonWest end of concurrency with Route 112
13.27121.358 Route 112 north (Clark Road) – CummingtonNorth end of concurrency with Route 112
Williamsburg24.49039.413 Route 9 (Williams Street) – Northampton, Amherst, GoshenEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Planning Division (2012). "Massachusetts Highway Route Log". Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  2. ^ Neilbert.com Home:MA 109A
  3. ^ http://www.muddyriverpress.com/historicauto.html

External links[edit]

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