Massachusetts Route 1A

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Route 1A marker

Route 1A
Route information
Maintained by MassDOT
Length:94.26 mi[1] (151.70 km)
Existed:by 1927 – present
Bristol County section
South end: US 1A at the Rhode Island / Massachusetts border
Major
junctions:
I-95 in Attleboro
North end: US 1 in Attleboro
Norfolk County section
South end: US 1 in North Attleboro
Major
junctions:
I-495 in Wrentham
North end:Providence Highway in Dedham
Suffolk & Essex counties section
South end: I-93 / US 1 / Route 3 in Boston
Major
junctions:
I-90 (Mass Pike) in Boston
Route 128 in Beverly
US 1 from Newburyport to Salisbury
North end: NH 1A at the New Hampshire / Massachusetts border
Highway system

Massachusetts State Highway Routes

US 1Route 2
 
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Route 1A marker

Route 1A
Route information
Maintained by MassDOT
Length:94.26 mi[1] (151.70 km)
Existed:by 1927 – present
Bristol County section
South end: US 1A at the Rhode Island / Massachusetts border
Major
junctions:
I-95 in Attleboro
North end: US 1 in Attleboro
Norfolk County section
South end: US 1 in North Attleboro
Major
junctions:
I-495 in Wrentham
North end:Providence Highway in Dedham
Suffolk & Essex counties section
South end: I-93 / US 1 / Route 3 in Boston
Major
junctions:
I-90 (Mass Pike) in Boston
Route 128 in Beverly
US 1 from Newburyport to Salisbury
North end: NH 1A at the New Hampshire / Massachusetts border
Highway system

Massachusetts State Highway Routes

US 1Route 2

Route 1A is a south–north state highway in Massachusetts. It is an alternate route to U.S. 1 with three signed sections and two unsigned sections where the highway is concurrent with its parent. Due to the reconfiguration of tunnel interchanges brought on by the completion of the Big Dig, Route 1A is discontinuous in the downtown Boston area.[2]

Route description[edit]

Attleboro[edit]

A short segment of Route 1A, 1.8 miles (2.9 km) in length, in Attleboro runs from U.S. Route 1A at the Rhode Island border through a junction with Interstate 95, before heading north and merging with Route 1. The entire length of this segment is known as Newport Avenue.

North Attleborough to Dedham[edit]

This segment of Route 1A extends roughly north from North Attleborough to Dedham, passing through the towns of Plainville, Wrentham, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood and Westwood on the way. Prior to its realignment along I-95 and I-93, Route 1 continued north along the Providence Highway towards Boston at the junction of Route 1A and that road.

Boston to Salisbury[edit]

Veterans Memorial Bridge entering Beverly

This segment of Route 1A extends from Boston, Massachusetts to Salisbury, Massachusetts.

The highway starts from US 1 (which is on the Central Artery with I-93 and Route 3) at the former Government Center/Logan Airport interchange. It passes through the Callahan Tunnel (outbound/northbound, no toll) and Sumner Tunnel (inbound/southbound, toll), becoming the East Boston Expressway past Logan Airport. The East Boston Expressway was the first freeway built in the city. Immediately beyond Logan Airport, Interstate 90 ends at Route 1A.

The road continues as a divided highway through Revere. It is a limited access highway through Revere, passing Suffolk Downs and the Wonderland Greyhound Park (which is across the street from the outer terminus of the MBTA's Blue Line), before running through the isolated Point of Pines neighborhood and exiting Revere over the General Edwards Bridge into Lynn. For the first mile and a half in Lynn, it is concurrent with the Lynnway, and is a high-traffic retail area. After the Lynnway portion, the route becomes concurrent with Route 129 for a mile, before crossing into Swampscott as Paradise Road. At Vinnin Square, it passes into Salem as Loring Avenue, passing by Salem State University. The route turns left onto Lafayette Street and is concurrent with Route 114. At the intersection with Derby Street, notable for the large fire station, the route turns right. At the next stop sign, the route turns left onto Hawthorne Boulevard passing Salem Common and the Salem Witch Museum before turning left onto Winter Street. At the end of Winter Street, the route turns right onto Bridge Street crossing the Veterans Memorial Bridge into Beverly. It follows two of the main streets of downtown Beverly, before heading north, passing through Wenham and Hamilton (through this section the road is occasionally signed as a US Route) before becoming the main road through the town of Ipswich, crossing the historic Choate Bridge over the Ipswich River. While in Ipswich, much of the route runs concurrently with Route 133 until just over the town line into Rowley. It passes through the main village of Rowley, as well as the central villages of Newbury. In Newburyport, Massachusetts, it merges with Route 1, signed with its parent highway over the Merrimack River and into the town center of Salisbury. It then heads east from the Salisbury town center before turning north and ending in Salisbury Beach at the New Hampshire border. New Hampshire Route 1A continues north from this point.

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationMilekmDestinationsNotes
Bristol
Attleboro0.000.00 US 1A south – PawtucketContinuation into Rhode Island
0.400.64 I-95 – Foxboro, Boston, Providence, RIExits 2A-B on I-95
1.702.74 Route 123 – Attleboro, Brockton, Valley Falls, RI
1.802.90 US 1Northern end of Route 1A (Bristol County section)
Gap in route
Bristol
North Attleboro7.1011.43 US 1Southern end of Route 1A (Norfolk County section)
Norfolk
Plainville8.0012.87 Route 106 east – Mansfield, West BridgewaterWestern end of Route 106
Wrentham10.6017.06 I-495 to I-95 – Cape Cod, LowellExit 15 on I-495
11.4018.35 Route 121 south – Woonsocket, RINorthern end of Route 121
12.8020.60 Route 140 – Franklin, Foxboro, Taunton
Norfolk15.1024.30 Route 115 – Foxboro, Norfolk, Millis
Walpole19.7031.70 Route 27 – Medfield, Sharon, Stoughton
Dedham27.1043.61I-95.svgUS 1.svgMA Route 128.svg Providence Highway to I-95 / US 1 / Route 128 – Boston, Providence, RIFormerly US 1, north end of Route 1A (Norfolk County section)
Gap in route
Suffolk
Boston47.7076.77 I-93 north / US 1 north (Central Artery) / Route 3 north (Storrow Drive) – Government CenterSouthern end of Route 1A (Suffolk/Essex counties section), exit 24B on the Central Artery, Northbound exit and southbound entrance from the Central Artery
47.7076.77Haymarket SquareNorthbound entrance only
49.4079.50 I-90 / Mass. Pike west – Logan AirportEastern end of I-90, no access from I-90 to Route 1A south
East Boston49.7079.98 Route 145 north (Bennington Street) – Winthrop, ChelseaInterchange, south end of Route 145
Revere50.0080.47 Route 145Interchange, northbound exit and southbound entrance
52.1083.85 Route 16 west / Route 60 west – Saugus, Malden, New Hampshire, MaineEastern end of Routes 16 and 60
Essex
Lynn58.0093.34Lynnway east – Nahant, Swampscott
58.3093.82 Route 129 west – LynnSouth end of overlap with Route 129
59.4095.60 Route 129 east – Swampscott, MarbleheadNorth end of overlap with Route 129
Salem61.8099.46 Route 114 east – MarbleheadSouth end of overlap with Route 114
62.80101.07 Route 114 westNorth end of overlap with Route 114
63.40102.03 Route 107 south – Lynn, RevereNorthern end of Route 107
Danvers River63.50102.19Essex Bridge
Beverly64.60103.96 Route 22 north / Route 127 northSouthern end of Routes 22 and 127
65.50105.41 Route 62 – Danvers, Beverly Farms
66.90107.67 Route 97 north – TopsfieldSouth end of Route 97
67.10107.99 Route 128 – Gloucester, Rockport, Peabody, BostonExits 20A-B on Route 128
Ipswich75.10120.86 Route 133 east – EssexSouth end of overlap with Route 133
Rowley79.0127.1 Route 133 west – Georgetown
Newburyport87.70141.14 Route 113 west – West Newbury, HaverhillEast end of Route 113
88.10141.78 US 1 south – Danvers, BostonSouth end of overlap with US 1, southbound exit and northbound entrance
Salisbury90.10145.00 US 1 north / Route 110 west – Amesbury, Haverhill, Hampton, NHNorth end of overlap with US 1, eastern end of Route 110
94.26151.70 NH 1A north to NH 286 – HamptonContinuation into New Hampshire
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Executive Office of Transportation, Office of Transportation Planning - 2007 Road Inventory
  2. ^ Executive Office of Transportation - Office of Transportation Planning Roads - June 2008 The older tunnels to and from East Boston have interchanges with I-93 and surface roads north of the point at which unsigned Route 1A "exits" Route 1 in downtown Boston. Unsigned Route 1A along the Fitzgerald Expressway does not directly connect to those tunnels; a direct connection requires using I-90 and the newer Ted Williams Tunnel, which is not concurrent with Route 1A at any point.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing