Interstate 391 in Massachusetts
Interstate 391 or I -391 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Massachusetts. The highway connects to the north of the Springfield metropolitan area, connecting the northern suburbs of Holyoke and Chicopee with Interstate 91. The route is 8 kilometers long.
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The starting point of I-391 in Springfield.
I-391 begins north of Springfield at an interchange with Interstate 91, which crosses the Connecticut River immediately after. I-391 then has 2×3 lanes and leads past the center of the Chicopee suburb. I-391 then goes under Interstate 90, but there is no connection with it. The highway then runs through suburban areas and crosses the Connecticut River, ending in the town of Holyoke.
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The highway was first planned in the Springfield area in 1953, and the route was chosen in 1965. Construction of I-391 began in 1967 and the first 1.2 kilometers opened in 1970. After this, construction was halted for a long time, and was only started again in 1978. The rest of the route was opened in 1982.
Every day, 40,000 vehicles pass Chicopee and 29,000 vehicles cross the Connecticut River Bridge in Holyoke.
Interstate 84 in Massachusetts
Interstate 84 or I -84 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Massachusetts. The highway is an eight-mile route from the Connecticut border to Sturbridge.
I-84 at US 20.
Interstate 84 in Connecticut comes from Hartford and travels the last few miles in Massachusetts through densely wooded area. The lanes are largely separated from each other. The highway has 2×3 lanes and has a complex connection with US 20 at Sturbridge. Shortly thereafter, I-84 ends at Interstate 90.
I-84 has no clear predecessor. Traffic from Hartford to Boston traveled before the construction of the freeways mainly via US 6 and US 1 via Providence. Also originally, I-84 was not planned through Massachusetts, but was to run from Hartford to Providence, a more southerly route. I-84 is a continuation of the Wilbur Cross Highway, which ran from Wethersfield in Connecticut to the Massachusetts Turnpike . This road opened to traffic between 1948 and 1954, and became an Interstate Highway in 1958.
Every day, 47,000 vehicles drive past the Connecticut border and 54,000 vehicles pass the I-90 interchange.
Massachusetts Interstate 91
Interstate 91 or I -91 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Massachusetts. The highway forms a north-south route in the west of the state, serving the city of Springfield, among others. The route is 89 kilometers long.
I-91 at Springfield.
Interstate 91 in Connecticut crosses the Massachusetts border at Longmeadow and enters the urban area of the city of Springfield. The highway here crosses the east bank of the Connecticut with 2×3 lanes. Soon you reach the city of Springfield itself, which has a population of 154,000 and an urban area of 680,000. The highway runs directly past the center, and you have a good view of the skyline. Interstate 291 exits downtown, connecting to Interstate 90 toward Worcester and Boston. There are 2×4 lanes available through Springfield. On the north side of town, I-91 turns west, over the Connecticut River, and Interstate 391 continues straight into the larger suburb of Holyoke. I-91 then intersects with Interstate 90, which runs from Albany to Boston. I-91 then has 2×3 lanes and runs through the northern suburbs of Springfield.
After Holyoke one leaves the urban area and enters rural Massachusetts. The highway narrows to 2×2 lanes, sometimes running directly along the Connecticut River. Parallel to the highway is US 5. At Greenfield, it crosses SR-2, which runs from North Adams to Boston as a north east-west connection in the state. Not far after that, they cross the border into Vermont. Interstate 91 in Vermont then continues towards Québec.
The overpass at Downtown Springfield, which was renovated in 2017.
US 5 was originally the main north-south route through the west of the state and follows the Connecticut River valley. As early as 1944, plans were made to replace US 5 through Massachusetts with a highway. The route between Northampton and Bernardston follows a right-of-way from an abandoned railway line. By 1960, a few miles had been completed in the Connecticut border area. I-91 in Massachusetts was subsequently opened at a rapid pace between 1964 and 1970. The last section that was put into use was the passage through Springfield.
Every day, 75,000 vehicles drive past the Connecticut border and 110,000 vehicles pass downtown Springfield. 90,000 vehicles and 56,000 vehicles pass Holyoke on the bridge over the Connecticut River. Further north, 21,000 vehicles drive at Northampton and 32,000 vehicles at Greenfield. 16,000 vehicles drive up to the Vermont border.