State Route 3, 213 and 25 in Massachusetts

By | October 18, 2022

State Route 3 in Massachusetts

Get started Cambridge
End sagamore
Length 56 mi
Length 90 km
19 → Providence / Boston

18 Quincy

17 Braintree

16 Weymouth

15 South Weymouth

14 Accord

13 Assinippi

12 Marshfield

11 Duxbury

10 Kingston

9 North Plymouth

8 North Plymouth

7 → Middleborough

6 Plymouth

5 South Plymouth

4 Plantation Highway

3 Clark Road

2 Cedarville

1 Sagamore

State Route 3 or SR-3 is a state route in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The route forms a southeastern exit route from the Boston metropolitan area, and runs parallel to the Atlantic coast. The route runs from Cambridge to Quincy on Interstate 93, then as an individual highway to Bourne, where US 6 continues as a highway toward Cape Cod. The route is 90 kilometers long.

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Travel directions

The road begins in Cambridge, then runs through Boston to Interstate 93, where SR-3 is double-numbered with US 3 and I-93 to Quincy, where I-93 exits west, serving traffic to Providence, while SR-3 turns southeast, serving the suburbs of Braintree and Weymouth. The highway is called the Pilgrims Highway and has 2×3 lanes. After Weymouth the road narrows to 2×2 lanes. One then passes through the forested and somewhat urbanized coastline of Cape Cod Bay. There are no large places on the route. At Plymouth one crosses US 44, which ends here and forms a main road to Taunton and Providence. At Sagamore, the US adds 6SR-3 stops, and US 6 continues east as a highway toward the easternmost tip of the state.


State Route 3 was one of the first highways in the Boston area to be built. Construction started in 1948, and in 1950 the first 6 kilometers around Plymouth were opened. In the late 1950s, the highway was extended both north and south, opening the 6-kilometer section between Duxbury and Hanover in 1963. In the 1990s, a rush-hour lane was opened on State Route 3 between exit 13 and exit 16 in Hanover.

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Broadening Braintree – Hanover

It is planned to widen State Route 3 by one toll express lane in each direction between I-93 in Braintree and State Route 53 in Hanover. This part has 2×2 to 2×3 lanes and is congested.

Sagamore Bridge

The Sagamore Bridge is a steel arch bridge from 1935. The bridge has 4 lanes of traffic but no lane separation. A second span may be built next to it.

Traffic intensities

At Quincy, the road is the busiest with 135,000 vehicles per day. Further southeast, this drops to around 30,000 vehicles. Major congestion does not occur on the SR-3. However, traffic jams on I-93 can hit the first miles of SR-3 in Braintree.

State Route 213 in Massachusetts

Get started Methuen
End Methuen
Length 4 mi
Length 6 km
1 → Boston / Manchester2 Methuen

3 Howe Street

4 Pleasant Street

5 → Outer Bypass

State Route 213 is a state route and expressway in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The highway forms a northern bypass of the cities of Methuen and Lawrence and is also known as the Loop Connector. The highway is 6 kilometers long.

Travel directions

The highway begins on the west side of Methuen on Interstate 93, which runs from Boston to Manchester in New Hampshire. The highway has 2×2 lanes and runs briefly along the border with the state of New Hampshire. East of Methuen, the highway connects to Interstate 495, the Boston area’s outer ring road.


The highway was constructed between 1959 and 1962, most of it opened to traffic on September 11, 1962, from I-93 to Pleasant Street. The easternmost section opened in 1964 when I-495 was completed.

Traffic intensities

Every day, 46,000 to 53,000 vehicles travel on State Route 213.

State Route 25 in Massachusetts

Get started Wareham
End Bourne
Length 10 mi
Length 16 km
1 → Providence2 East Wareham

3 Bourne

State Route 25 is a state route and freeway in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The highway is an extension of Interstate 495 in the southeast of the state and is 10 miles long.

Travel directions

Near Wareham begins Interstate 495, which runs northwest, and State Route 25, which runs southeast by extension. Interstate 195 from Providence also ends at this point. State Route 25 runs through wooded areas and has 2×3 lanes of traffic for its entire length. Near Bourne one crosses US 6 and SR-25 becomes State Route 28 which leads to Falmouth.


State Route 25 was originally planned as a highway from I-95 in Foxborough to Cape Cod. The section from Raynham to Wareham was originally planned as State Route 25 and opened in 1982 and was immediately signposted as I-495. East of I-195 in Wareham, the first 2.5 miles of State Route 25 opened in 1969. However, the route east of Wareham was delayed by expropriation issues. This part was finally opened in 1987.

Traffic intensities

30,000 vehicles travel on State Route 25 every day.

Salem Witch Trials

One of Salem’s witch trials

The Salem Witch Trials were a collection of ” witches ” trials in the town of Salem. Salem was then in the English colony of Massachusetts, today one of the American states. The Salem Witch Trials are the most famous witch trials in American history. The trials took place in 1692 and killed at least 24 people. There were several reasons for the witch trials. Christianity played an important role. In Massachusetts, almost everyone was Puritan (strict form of Protestantism). In addition, there was a lot of superstition, including belief that the devil might exist. In addition, poverty, oppression and quarrels about land also played a role. Before the trials, there was already a belief in witches, who, according to the inhabitants, were evil and honored the Devil. The trials started after a slave girl from Barbados learned to do magic on two girls. These girls suffered from epilepsy, which made them think they were bewitched. This eventually led to a witch hunt and the suspected witches were executed. Since witches don’t exist, this involved innocent women. After the trials, a number of women remained incarcerated. They were released from prison in 1693 and the laws were redrafted in 1695. As a result, no more witch trials could take place. The victims were later compensated and in 1954 the names were cleared. Since then, there have been all kinds of theories as to why the girls had these seizures. Presumably it had to do with a certain type of fungus, which occurs in grain.

Salem Witch Trials