U.S. Route 7 in Massachusetts

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 7 in Massachusetts. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 7.

U.S. Route 7 marker

U.S. Route 7
Map of Berkshire County in western Massachusetts with US 7 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MassDOT
Length: 53.85 mi[1] (86.66 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 7 in North Canaan, CT
 
North end: US 7 in Pownal, VT
Location
Counties: Berkshire
Highway system
Route 6A Route 7A

U.S. Route 7 (US 7) is a north–south U.S. Highway extending from southern Connecticut to the northernmost part of Vermont. In Massachusetts, the route extends for 54 miles (87 km) through western Berkshire County.

Route description[edit]

US 7 enters Massachusetts in the town of Sheffield and remains a two-lane road until Lenox. There, a four-lane bypass of Lenox was built in two pieces, and the old US 7 is now Route 7A. US 7 continues on as a four-lane road to Pittsfield, where it is then a three-lane road, narrowing to two lanes for a short time, then widening to four lanes in downtown Pittsfield. US 7 leaves downtown Pittsfield as a two-lane surface arterial, and continues as a rural highway with occasional three-lane stretches for climbing the grades along the Berkshires. It passes west of Mount Greylock before passing through Williamstown, connecting the Taconic Trail with the Mohawk Trail. The road passes Williams College before entering Vermont.'

Like Connecticut, Massachusetts planned a US 7 expressway from the existing bypass in Lenox all the way to Lanesborough. This plan was never initiated, although land takings occurred. The highway was ultimately canceled due to environmental and community opposition.

In Massachusetts, US 7 passes through the towns of Sheffield, Great Barrington, Stockbridge, Lee, Lenox, Pittsfield, Lanesborough, New Ashford, and Williamstown, before crossing into Pownal, Vermont.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Berkshire County. [1]

Location[1] mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Sheffield 0.000 0.000 US 7 south – Canaan Continuation from Connecticut
1.906 3.067 Housatonic River
2.958 4.760 Route 7A south – Ashley Falls Southern end of silent concurrency with Route 7A
Great Barrington 10.481 16.868 Route 23 west / Route 41 south to Route 71 – Egremont, Hillsdale, NY Southern end of concurrency with Routes 23 and 41
11.451 18.429 Route 41 north – West Stockbridge Northern end of concurrency with Route 41
11.451 18.429 Housatonic River
11.944 19.222 Route 23 east / Route 183 south – Monterey, Springfield Northern end of concurrency with Route 23; southern end of concurrency with Route 183
13.328 21.449 Route 183 north – Housatonic, Interlaken Northern end of concurrency with Route 183
Stockbridge 17.806 28.656 Housatonic River
18.049 29.047 Route 102 west – West Stockbridge Southern end of concurrency with Route 102
18.405 29.620 Route 102 east – Lee Northern end of concurrency with Route 102
Lenox 22.551 36.292 Route 7A north – Historic Lenox Northern end of silent concurrency with Route 7A
23.415 37.683 US 20 east to Mass Pike – Lee Southern end of concurrency with US 20
23.713 38.162 Route 183 south – Historic Lenox, Tanglewood Northern terminus of Route 183
25.565 41.143 Route 7A south – Historic Lenox Northern terminus of Route 7A
Pittsfield 30.814 49.590 US 20 west – Albany, NY Northern end of concurrency with US 20
31.004 49.896 Route 9 west to US 20 west Southern end of concurrency with Route 9
31.157 50.142 Route 9 east – Dalton, Northampton Northern end of concurrency with Route 9
Williamstown 47.205 75.969 Route 43 – Williamstown, Hancock, Stephentown, NY
49.084 78.993 Route 2 west – Troy, NY Southern end of concurrency with Route 2
51.405 82.728 Route 2 east – North Adams Northern end of concurrency with Route 2
52.572 84.606 Hoosic River
53.85 86.66 US 7 north – Pownal Continuation into Vermont
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c MassDOT Planning Division. "Massachusetts Route Log Application". Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 22, 2016. 

External links[edit]

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U.S. Route 7
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Connecticut
Massachusetts Next state:
Vermont