Massachusetts Route 9

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Route 9 marker

Route 9
Worcester-Boston Turnpike
Ted Williams Highway
United Spanish War Veterans Highway
Route information
Length:135.5516 mi[1] (218.1492 km)
Existed:by 1933 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 20 / US 7 in Pittsfield
  I‑91 in Northampton
US 202 in Belchertown
I‑290 in Worcester
US 20in Northborough
I‑495 in Westborough
I‑90 / Mass. Pike in Framingham
I‑95 / Route 128 in Wellesley
East end: Route 28 in Boston
Location
Counties:Berkshire, Hampshire, Worcester, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk
Highway system
  • Massachusetts State Highway Routes
Route 8ARoute C9
 
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"Ted Williams Highway" redirects here. For the tunnel in Boston, see Ted Williams Tunnel.

Route 9 marker

Route 9
Worcester-Boston Turnpike
Ted Williams Highway
United Spanish War Veterans Highway
Route information
Length:135.5516 mi[1] (218.1492 km)
Existed:by 1933 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 20 / US 7 in Pittsfield
  I‑91 in Northampton
US 202 in Belchertown
I‑290 in Worcester
US 20in Northborough
I‑495 in Westborough
I‑90 / Mass. Pike in Framingham
I‑95 / Route 128 in Wellesley
East end: Route 28 in Boston
Location
Counties:Berkshire, Hampshire, Worcester, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk
Highway system
  • Massachusetts State Highway Routes
Route 8ARoute C9

Route 9 is a major east–west state highway in Massachusetts. Along with U.S. Route 20, Route 2, and Interstate 90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike), Route 9 is one of the major east-west routes of Massachusetts, and like the others its eastern terminus is in Boston. Starting at Copley Square and passing along Huntington Avenue, Route 9 is a limited access route through the MetroWest suburbs to Worcester, and is also a major alternative to the Pike's toll road west of the city. After passing along major city streets in that city, the road becomes a country route, passing through the central Worcester Hills, the Pioneer Valley, and the city of Northampton, and into the Berkshire Hills. The road ends near the center of the city of Pittsfield.

History[edit]

From Dalton to Goshen in the Berkshires, the road follows the old Berkshire Trail. The massive expansion of the University of Massachusetts Amherst transformed that part of Route 9 in the late 20th century; this otherwise rural part of the route now has several shops, restaurants, and the mid-sized Hampshire Mall. Between Worcester and Boston, Route 9 follows the path of the 19th Century Worcester Turnpike, opened in 1810. This route originally included a floating bridge over Lake Quinsigamond in Shrewsbury. In the 20th century, Route 9 became the focus for urban sprawl in towns like Newton and Wellesley. Further west, in Framingham, Route 9 was home to one of the first modern shopping malls, the aptly named Shoppers' World.

In Natick, Route 9 is officially the "Ted Williams Highway", named after the Red Sox sports legend Ted Williams, who sported that number.[2] In Newton, it is officially the "United Spanish War Veterans Highway".

From 1903 to 1932, the Boston and Worcester Street Railway ran mostly via Route 9. Today the E branch of the MBTA's Green Line follows Route 9 along Huntington Avenue.

Highway Improvements[edit]

For more information, refer to the Massachusetts Highway Project Listing.[3]

CompletedPhaseTypeCostLocationProject IDNotes
2007CompleteBridge Replacement$3.0 millionNatick603004Replace the Bridge over Lake Cochituate.
2007CompleteIntersection$2.0 millionShrewsbury601729Widen Route 9, North Quinsigamond Ave, and South Quinsigamond Ave. New traffic signal system and new signs.
2009CompleteBridge Replacement$5.7 millionFramingham602522Replace the Bridge over the Sudbury River.
2009CompleteTraffic Sign$2.5 millionBrookline to Westborough602980Replace and update all overhead and ground-mounted Signage on Rte 9 and secondary roadways from the Boston-Brookline town line to I-495 in Westborough.
2011CompleteResurfacing$12.0 millionFramingham604991From Southborough/Framingham Line easterly to the Natick/Wellesley Line.
TBDConstructionBridge Replacement$127.4 millionShrewsbury604729Replace the bridge over Lake Quinsigamond.
TBDDesignBridge Replacement$3.4 millionFramingham605228Replace the superstructure of the Route 9 bridge over the Reservoir Outlet connecting the Foss Reservoir to the Stearnes Reservoir.
TBDDesignIntersection$1.9 millionFramingham603865Signal & Intersection Improvements at Temple Street. Provide 3 through lanes and double left-turn lanes in each direction on Route 9.

Route description[edit]

The route, highlighted in purple, runs West-East from Pittsfield, Massachusetts to Boston, Massachusetts.

Route 9 passes through six counties and twenty-eight cities and towns. It begins in the western Massachusetts city of Pittsfield, at the junction of U.S. Routes 7 and 20, where the latter leaves its concurrency with the former. Concurrent with Route 7 for its first mile through the center of the city, it then turns east, passing through the towns of Dalton and Windsor, wherein the route reaches its highest point at 2033 ft, in Berkshire County. It continues its winding pass through the small towns of The Berkshires in Berkshire and western Hampshire Counties before passing through the center of Northampton, passing Smith College before its first interstate junction, at Interstate 91. It then crosses the Connecticut River at the Calvin Coolidge Bridge, just downstream from Elwell Island. It goes past the retail area of Hadley before passing the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Amherst College. From Amherst, it winds its way into western Worcester County, south of the Quabbin Reservoir, through small towns until it makes its way into the city of Worcester.

Once in Worcester, Route 9 becomes a major thoroughfare through the city, as Park Avenue, Highland Street (which passes Worcester Center Boulevard), before passing over Interstate 290) and Belmont Street, where University of Massachusetts Medical School and the former Worcester State Hospital are located. From Worcester, it crosses Lake Quinsigamond into Shrewsbury. At this point, Route 9 becomes the main retail artery of the MetroWest region. Several plazas and chain stores are located along the route as it makes its way towards Northborough, where it crosses U.S. Route 20; Westborough, where it crosses Interstate 495; and eventually in the Golden Triangle retail area of Framingham and Natick, after crossing the Massachusetts Turnpike. It passes Shopper's World and the Natick Mall, New England's largest mall.

Beginning in the Golden Triangle, Route 9 becomes one of the major routes into Boston, serving as a valuable bypass to the Mass Pike and its tolls. It crosses Interstate 95 (also known as Massachusetts Route 128) in Wellesley before crossing the Charles River into Newton and Brookline. It enters the city of Boston by crossing over Brookline's former namesake, the Muddy River, part of the Emerald Necklace. at this point it becomes Huntington Avenue, also known as "Avenue of the Arts." It passes the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, which includes Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and other hospitals; the Museum of Fine Arts; and several colleges and universities, including Northeastern University. This stretch is also a major site of baseball history; the first game of the 1903 World Series, baseball's first true World Series, was played at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, the original home of the Boston Red Sox. (The site is now part of Northeastern's campus.) Route 9 continues past Symphony Hall and The First Church of Christ, Scientist, which is the mother church of Christian Science. It then passes Copley Place and the Prudential Center complex, before splitting, the westbound half onto Stuart Street, the eastbound onto Saint James Street, past Copley Square; both the eastbound and westbound segments of Route 9 end at Route 28 on Clarendon Street, which are on either side of the John Hancock Tower.

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationMilekmExitDestinationsNotes
BerkshirePittsfield0.000.00 US 20 to US 7 / Route 41 – Albany, NYWestern terminus
1.001.61 US 7 south to US 20 east – Lenox, LeeWestern terminus of concurrency with US 7
1.101.77 US 7 north – Lanesborough, WilliamstownEastern terminus of concurrency with US 7
3.605.79 Route 8 north – AdamsWestern terminus of concurrency with Route 8
Dalton5.909.50 Route 8 south / Route 8A south – Hinsdale, BecketEastern terminus of Route 8 concurrency; western terminus of Route 8A concurrency
Windsor12.2019.63 Route 8A north – SavoyEastern terminus of Route 8A concurrency
HampshireCummington21.8035.08 Route 112 south – WorthingtonWestern terminus of Route 112 concurrency
Goshen28.8046.35 Route 112 north – Ashfield, BucklandEastern terminus of Route 112 concurrency
Williamsburg34.1054.88 Route 143 west – Chesterfield, WorthingtonEastern terminus of Route 143
Northampton42.3068.08 Route 66 west – WesthamptonEastern terminus of Route 66
42.3568.16 Route 10 south – Easthampton, WestfieldWestern terminus of Route 10 concurrency
42.6068.56 US 5 / Route 10 north to I‑91 north – Greenfield, Holyoke, SpringfieldEastern terminus of Route 10 concurrency
43.6070.17 I‑91 south – Holyoke, SpringfieldExit 19 on I-91
Connecticut River43.8070.49Calvin Coolidge Bridge
Hadley45.5073.23 Route 47 – Sunderland, Montague, South Hadley
48.2077.57 Route 116 north – Sunderland, UMassWestern terminus of Route 116 concurrency
Amherst49.7079.98 Route 116 south – South Hadley, HolyokeEastern terminus of Route 116 concurrency
Belchertown58.6094.31 US 202 – Pelham, Athol, Belchertown Center
59.5095.76 Route 21 south – Ludlow, SpringfieldNorthern terminus of Route 21; road formerly went north before construction of the Quabbin Reservoir
Ware68.90110.88 Route 32 south – Palmer, MonsonEastern terminus of Route 32 concurrency
WorcesterWest Brookfield70.50113.46 Route 32 north – Gilbertville, BarreEastern terminus of Route 32 concurrency
74.70120.22 Route 19 south / Route 67 south – WarrenNorthern terminus of Route 19; western terminus of Route 67 concurrency
75.70121.83 Route 67 north – North BrookfieldEastern terminus of Route 67 concurrency
Brookfield78.50126.33 Route 148 – Fiskdale, Sturbridge, North Brookfield, Oakham30 yards (27 m) concurrency on Route 9
Spencer83.40134.22 Route 49 south to I‑90 / Mass. Pike – SturbridgeNorthern terminus of Route 49
84.90136.63 Route 31 north – Paxton, FitchburgWestern terminus of Route 31 concurrency
85.10136.96 Route 31 south – Charlton, DudleyEastern terminus of Route 31 concurrency
Leicester89.90144.68 Route 56 – Paxton, Rutland, Oxford
Worcester93.80150.96 Route 12 south – Auburn, WebsterWestern terminus of Route 12 concurrency
95.50153.69 Route 122 / Route 122A south – Paxton, Millbury, GraftonWestern terminus of Route 122A concurrency
96.10154.66 Route 12 north / Route 122A north – West Boylston, HoldenEastern terminus of Routes 12 / 122A concurrency
97.00156.11 Route 70 north to I‑290 east – Boylston, Clifton, Shrewsbury, MarlboroSouthern terminus of Route 70
97.30156.59 I‑290 west – AuburnExit 17 on I-290
Lake Quinsigamond99.10159.49Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge
Western terminus of the Boston-Worcester Turnpike
Shrewsbury101.60163.51 Route 140 – Shrewsbury, GraftonInterchange via Grafton Street
Northborough103.70166.89 US 20 – Auburn, NorthboroCloverleaf interchange
Westborough105.60169.95 Route 135 – Westboro, Hopkinton, NorthboroInterchange
107.50173.00 Route 30 – Westboro, SouthboroInterchange
107.70173.33Computer Drive / Research DriveInterchange
108.70174.94 I‑495 to I‑90 / Mass. Pike – LowellExits 23A-B on I-495
Southborough111.10178.80 Route 85 – Hopkinton, Milford, SouthboroCloverleaf interchange
MiddlesexFramingham112.85181.61 To Route 30 – Worcester, SouthboroInterchange via Pleasant Street Connector
113.60182.82 I‑90 / Mass. Pike – Boston, SpringfieldExit 12 on I-90 / Mass Pike
113.60182.82Eastern terminus of the Boston-Worcester Turnpike; western terminus of Worcester Street
116.20187.01 Route 30 west (Edgell Road) / Main Street – Framingham, SouthboroInterchange; western terminus of Route 30 concurrency
117.10188.45 Route 30 eastInterchange; eastern terminus of Route 30 concurrency (westbound)
117.40188.94 Route 30 east / Route 126 – Framingham, Marlboro, Wayland, WestonInterchange; eastern terminus of Route 30 concurrency (eastbound)
118.30190.39Ring RoadShoppers World entrance
Natick118.60190.87I-90.svgMA Route 30.svg Speen Street to I-90 / Mass Pike / Route 30&nbsp:– NatickInterchange
119.90192.96 Route 27 – Natick Center, Sherborn, Cochituate, WaylandCloverleaf interchange
NorfolkWellesley122.20196.66Weston Street – Needham, WestonInterchange
124.55200.44 Route 16 – Wellesley Hills, NatickPartial interchange
125.85202.54Cedar Street – Newton, Lower Falls, Needham
126.40203.42 I‑95 / Route 128 – Canton, Providence, RI, Peabody, Portsmouth, NH, Logan AirportExits 20A-B on I-95 / Route 128
Charles River126.90204.23Bridge; eastern terminus of Worcester Street; western terminus of Boylston Street
Brookline127.10204.55Chestnut Street – Upper Falls, WabanInterchange
MiddlesexNewton128.00206.00Centre Street – Needham Center, DedhamInterchange
128.60206.96Parker Street – Newton, West RoxburyInterchange
Chestnut Hill129.90209.05The Mall at Chestnut Hill, West Roxbury, Hyde ParkInterchange with Hammond Pond Parkway
SuffolkBoston132.90213.88Jamaicaway south / Riverway north – Dedham, Providence, RIEastbound exit and entrance to the Jamaicaway; westbound at-grade intersection with the Riverway
134.60216.62 Route 2 (Massachusetts Avenue)Location of Boston Symphony Hall and First Church of Christ, Scientist
135.20217.58Exeter StreetSplit of eastbound and westbound lanes into Stuart Avenue and Avenue of the Arts
135.30217.74 I‑90 / Mass. Pike east – New YorkEastbound exit and westbound entrance; exit 22 on I-90 / Mass Pike
135.50218.07 Route 28 south (Clarendon Street)Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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