Interstate 93

Interstate 93 marker

Interstate 93
I-93 highlighted in red
Route information
Length 189.95 mi[2] (305.69 km)
Existed 1957–present
Restrictions No hazardous goods and cargo tankers between exits 18 and 26 in Massachusetts[1]
Major junctions
South end I‑95 / US 1 / Route 128 in Canton, MA
 
North end I-91 in Waterford, VT
Location
States Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont
Counties MA: Norfolk, Suffolk, Middlesex, Essex
NH: Rockingham, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Belknap, Grafton
VT: Caledonia
Highway system

State highways in Vermont
← I‑91 MA I‑95 β†’
← I-89 NH I-95 β†’
← I-91 VT VT 100 β†’

Interstate 93 (I-93) is an Interstate Highway in the New England region of the United States. It begins in Canton, Massachusetts, in the Boston metropolitan area, at I-95;[3] and ends near St. Johnsbury, Vermont, at I-91.[4] It is one of three mainline Interstate highways located wholly within New England, the other two being I-89 and I-91. The largest cities along its route are Manchester, New Hampshire, and Boston, Massachusetts. It also passes through the New Hampshire state capital of Concord.

For most of its length, I-93 indirectly parallels U.S. Route 3. Particularly in New Hampshire, the two highways have several interchanges with each other, as well as a concurrency through Franconia Notch State Park. I-93 follows the Southeast Expressway south of downtown Boston, the Central Artery through Boston, and the Northern Expressway from Boston to the New Hampshire state line.

Route description

Lengths
  mi[5][6][7] km
MA 46.25 74.43
NH 131.764 212.054
VT 11.104 17.870
Total 189.118 304.356

Massachusetts

Southern terminus of I-93 in Canton, Massachusetts

Interstate 93's southern terminus is at exit 12 of I-95 in Canton, co-signed with U.S. Route 1 North. At this junction, I-95 North heads to the northwest (co-signed with U.S. Route 1 South, as well as Route 128, which begins at the interchange), to serve as the beltway around Boston, while I-95 South runs by itself southwest through Boston's southwestern suburbs toward Rhode Island. This violates the numbering plan for the highway system of the United States, which dictates that the signed number for odd-numbered interstates increase from west to east, and therefore I-95 should be farther east than I-93. Strict adherence to the number plan could have avoided this violation by signing this initial stretch of I-93 (through Boston and beyond) as I-95 and signing the circumferential section of I-95 that follows Route 128 to the north as an Interstate beltway (e.g., I-895). Massachusetts has a second beltway, I-495, which intersects I-95 farther south and crosses I-93 to the north, merging again with I-95 to the northeast.

The southernmost 3 miles (4.8 km) of I-93 run east through Boston's southern suburbs, passing through Canton and Randolph. In Randolph, I-93 meets the northern end of Route 24 (Fall River Expressway/AMVETS Memorial Highway) at Exit 4. I-93 continues east into Braintree, interchanging with Route 3, the major freeway linking Boston to Cape Cod, at Exit 7 (known locally as the "Braintree Split"). Route 3 North joins I-93 and US-1, and the highway turns north toward Boston. These first 7 miles (11 km) of I-93 follows what was formerly part of Massachusetts Route 128 before it was truncated at the I-95/I-93 junction and many locals still[when?] refer to this section of roadway as part of Route 128.

Signs in the Financial District of Boston point toward Downtown Crossing, Chinatown, Interstate 93, and Interstate 90.

Upon turning northward, the highway is known as the Southeast Expressway passing through Quincy and Milton before crossing into the city of Boston over the Neponset River. After the Massachusetts Avenue connector exit, the highway officially becomes the John F. Fitzgerald Expressway, which is also known as the Central Artery, and passes beneath downtown Boston. A major intersection with the Massachusetts Turnpike/Interstate 90 (Exit 20) takes place just south of downtown Boston. After the massive interchange, motorists use the Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Tunnel to travel underneath the city and then use Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge to cross the Charles River. Two exits are located in the tunnel, where the speed limit is 45 miles (72 km) an hour. Route 3 leaves the Artery just before the Zakim bridge via Exit 26, and U.S. Route 1 leaves the Artery just after the bridge, via Exit 27 (no southbound access). From Boston through the rest of Massachusetts, Concord, New Hampshire appears as the control city on northbound overhead signs. The Artery ends as I-93 continues north out of the city.

I-93 continues through the northern suburbs of Boston, coming to a second interchange with Interstate 95 and Route 128, which run concurrently. Travelers going north can either change over to I-95 north to eventually reach Maine, or remain on I-93 toward New Hampshire. Farther north, in Andover, I-93 meets I-495, providing access to Worcester to the southwest and New Hampshire's seacoast region to the northeast. Just south of the state line, I-93 crosses the Merrimack River into Methuen, where it interchanges with Routes 110 and 113 at exit 46 just north of the river crossing. Between 2014 and 2018, the Route 110 and 113 junction beneath I-93 was converted from a rotary to a partial cloverleaf, with the new traffic patterns opening in various stages during 2016 and 2017.[8] On I-93 northbound, the exit was split into 46A for routes 110/113 eastbound, and 46B for the state routes westbound. I-93 then interchanges with the western end of Route 213, a connector between I-93 and I-495. I-93 then crosses into New Hampshire after about 1 mile (1.6 km).

In all, I-93 has 48 numbered exits in Massachusetts, although several numbers are skipped in and near Boston. One noteworthy reason that some exits were removed from I-93 is to further address traffic problems in addition to converting the Central Artery from six to eight to ten lanes, by reducing the combined number of on- and off-ramps from 27 to 14.[9][citation needed] Exit 48 in Methuen, just before the New Hampshire state line, is the highest-numbered exit along the entire route. I-93 once had only 22 exits prior to the re-routing of I-95 onto MA 128.[10] Due to the highway being one of the two major Interstates that enter Boston directly (Interstate 90 is the other), nearly the entire length of the highway in Massachusetts carries four lanes in each direction. Average daily traffic volumes on I-93 in the state range from 100,000 vehicles at the New Hampshire border[11] and 150,000 vehicles at the southern end at I-95[12] to over 200,000 vehicles through Braintree and Quincy.[11]

New Hampshire

Interstate 93 travels just over 131 miles (211 km) in the Granite State, around two-thirds of the highway's total distance. Serving as the main interstate route in New Hampshire, it connects the state capital, Concord, and its largest city, Manchester. Beyond Concord are the towns of Tilton, Plymouth, and Littleton. I-93 is designated as the Alan B. Shepard Highway,[13] from the Massachusetts line to Hooksett (just north of Manchester at the northern terminus of I-293), as the F.E. Everett Turnpike from Hooksett to Concord, and as the Styles Bridges Highway from Concord to the Vermont line. This section of roadway was constructed between 1961 and 1977.

Between the northern end of I-293 in Hooksett and the beginning of I-89 in Bow, I-93 also carries the northern end of the Everett Turnpike. There is one toll booth along this section, at Exit 11 in Hooksett; the toll for passenger cars is $1 (50Β’ at the ramp toll booth). This is the only toll collected along the entire length of Interstate 93. I-93 in New Hampshire is also notable for having state liquor stores serve as rest areas, which are passed just after the toll plaza, traveling north. There are separate stores on both sides of the Interstate for travelers in each direction.

I-93 enters New Hampshire at Salem. A rest area/welcome center is available on the northbound side of the freeway, directly before Exit 1. I-93 remains three lanes wide in each direction for its first 7 miles (11 km), until after the exit 3 interchange in Windham. It then drops to two lanes until the split with Interstate 293 and the junction with New Hampshire Route 101 add a third and fourth lane back to the freeway. Construction is currently underway to widen I-93 between Exit 3 and its junction with I-293 and NH-101. As of July 2020, the project is almost complete (currently completed from exit 4 onwards). I-93 and New Hampshire Route 101 run concurrently for about 1 mile (1.6 km) before New Hampshire Route 101 heads directly east as its own freeway, serving Portsmouth and the Seacoast region. I-93 keeps three lanes of traffic in each direction until the junction with Interstate 89, when each side reduces back to two, and remains a four-lane freeway through most of its journey northward, with the only exception being the Franconia Notch section.

Northbound lane of Interstate 93/US Route 3 in Franconia Notch

It crosses the Merrimack River again before going through the state capital of Concord. In Concord, Interstate 393 heads directly east (co-signed with eastbound U.S. Route 4 and U.S. Route 202), providing another route to the Seacoast region. Westbound U.S. Route 4 joins I-93 and runs concurrently with it until Exit 17 for Penacook, about 5 miles (8.0 km) further north, before exiting westward. Continuing north, I-93 traverses the Lake Winnipesaukee tourist region and makes its way north through the heart of the White Mountains Region. I-93 passes through Franconia Notch State Park as a Super-2 parkway (one lane in each direction) with a 45 miles per hour (70 km/h) speed limit, designed to reduce I-93's impact on Franconia Notch. For the trip through Franconia Notch, I-93 and U.S. Route 3 run concurrently.

Beyond Franconia Notch State Park, U.S. 3 heads northeastward through the Great North Woods region, while I-93 runs to the northwest. The final town along I-93 in New Hampshire is Littleton, served by four exits. Many motorist services are available at Exit 42. After passing through town, it crosses the Connecticut River into Vermont. The last exit along I-93 is exit 44 for Monroe, through which a rest area/welcome center is accessible to travelers on both sides of the highway.

In 2013, a bill was signed by governor Maggie Hassan to raise the speed limit on Interstate 93 to 70 mph (115 km/h) from mile marker 45 to the Vermont border. The new limit took effect on January 1, 2014.

Vermont

Interstate 93 runs for 11 miles (18 km) in Vermont, with one numbered exit in the state before ending at the interchange with Interstate 91 in St. Johnsbury in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. A rest area/welcome center is located along the northbound side of the highway for travelers entering from New Hampshire. The final 3 miles (4.8 km) of the Interstate, just before its terminus, actually veer to the southwest. Vehicles bound for Canada can use northbound I-91 to reach the Derby Line/Stanstead border crossing at that Interstate's end, and northwards into Canada as an "autoroute" freeway into the Canadian province of Quebec. The portion of I-93 in Vermont parallels both U.S. Route 2 and Vermont Route 18.

History

Southeast Expressway

The Southeast Expressway was constructed between 1954 and 1959, at the same time the John F. Fitzgerald Expressway (Central Artery) was built. Its northern terminus is at Exit 18 (Massachusetts Avenue) in South Boston, a former Y-interchange where the cancelled Inner Belt (I-695) was to meet with the expressway and the Central Artery. The southern terminus is at the Y-interchange (the "Braintree Split") at Exit 7 in Braintree (the former southern terminus of Route 128). A section of the Expressway, beginning south of the Savin Hill overpass and ending just before the Braintree Split utilizes a zipper lane, in which a movable barrier carves out a reversible high occupancy vehicle lane on the non-peak side of the highway during rush hour. Most of the right of way for the Granite Railway in Milton and Quincy was incorporated into the expressway.[14]

Boston

Route of the original Central Artery, as well as other roadways affected by the Big Dig
Route of the New Central Artery after the Big Dig
Interstate 93 through the O'Neill Tunnel
The South Bay Interchange (looking south) to the Southeast Expressway with Great Blue Hill visible in the background

The Central Artery, officially the John F. Fitzgerald Expressway, was a section of highway in downtown Boston constructed in the 1950s and was originally designed as a fully elevated highway. This new highway was greatly disliked by the citizens of the city because it cut the heart of the city in half, cast long, dreary shadows and was an eyesore to the community. Because of the public outcry, Gov. John Volpe ordered the southern half of the highway redesigned so that it was underground; this section became known as the Dewey Square Tunnel. With the cancellation of the highway projects leading into the city in 1972 by Gov. Francis W. Sargent, the Central Artery gained the designation of Interstate 93 in 1974. It has also carried the local highway designations of U.S. 1 (since 1989) and Route 3.

By the mid-1970s, I-93 had outgrown its capacity and had begun to deteriorate due a lack of maintenance. State Transportation Secretary Frederick P. Salvucci, aware of the issues surrounding the elevated roadway, proposed a plan conceived in the early 1970s by the Boston Transportation Planning Review to replace the rusting elevated six-lane Central Artery with a new, more efficient underground roadway. This plan was merged with a long-standing proposal to build a third harbor tunnel to alleviate congestion in the Sumner and Callahan tunnels to East Boston; the new plan became known as the Central Artery/Tunnel Project or the Big Dig.

These new roadways were built during a twelve-year period from 1994 to early 2006. The massive project became the largest urban construction project ever undertaken in American history.[15] Construction on the new I-93 segment was not without serious issues: a lengthy Federal environmental review pushed the start of construction back from approximately 1990, causing many inflationary increases; funding for the project was the subject of several political battles between Pres. Ronald Reagan and Rep. Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Major construction on the new roadway was done while maintaining the old roadway, a step that also greatly increased the cost of the project. The original Charles River crossing, named Scheme Z, was the object to great public outcry similar to that of the building of the original highway. The outcry eventually led to the replacement of Scheme Z with a newer, more sleek cable-stayed bridge and complementing exit for Cambridge, increasing the cost even more.

In Downtown Boston, I-93 is made up of the Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Tunnel and the Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, which spans the Charles River. The underground construction of the tunnel system was completed as of October 2006; however, repairs continue to many parts of the tunnel due to water leakage because of improper construction of the slurry walls supporting the O'Neill tunnel. The former route of the above-ground Artery, so named "the other Green Monster" by Mayor Thomas Menino, was replaced mostly by open space known formally as the Rose Kennedy Greenway.[citation needed]

Additional improvements were done in the South Bay section of the highway: The I-90/I-93 interchange was completely redesigned, a new HOV lane extending from the zipper lane in Quincy was added and the South Boston Haul road that was constructed to bypass truck traffic around residential streets in the South End is open to general traffic.[citation needed]

Hazardous cargoes are prohibited from I-93 in Boston due to safety issues in the tunnels; these cargoes must exit at either the Leverett Circle connector when traveling southbound or at the Massachusetts Ave. exit when traveling northbound.[citation needed]

Northern Expressway

The Northern Expressway was constructed from Medford to the New Hampshire border between 1956 and 1963. It was extended through Somerville and Charlestown to the Central Artery, U.S. Route 1, and the planned route of the Inner Belt between 1965 and 1973. Because it was already under construction, the highway was granted an exception to the moratorium on highway expansion inside Route 128 which was announced in 1970.[16]

I-93's original southern terminus was in Cambridge (just north of Boston) where it was to meet the Inner Belt (I-695). However, when that route was canceled, and the I-95 section into Boston was canceled and rerouted along Route 128 in the mid-1970s, I-93's route was extended an additional 18 miles (29 km) down the Central Artery (which had been signed as a concurrency of I-95/MA-3 before I-95 was rerouted) and the Southeast Expressway (what was then just Route 3) from Boston to Braintree and then west along former Route 128 to its intersection with I-95 in Canton.

In an attempt to alleviate rush-hour traffic jams, travel in the breakdown lane of I-93 is permitted on a small stretch between Exit 41 and Exit 47/48. This extra travel is permitted on the southbound side on weekdays between 6AM and 10AM, and on the northbound side between 3PM and 7PM. However, on most busy days this fails to prevent traffic delays. The Massachusetts State Police is displeased with this arrangement, citing that traffic in the breakdown lanes interferes with the ability of emergency vehicles to respond to accidents.[citation needed]

In August 2010, in Medford, a 25-by-7-foot (7.6 m Γ— 2.1 m) section of bridge deck on the northbound side partially collapsed due to age-related structural fatigue.[17] The collapse forced the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to evaluate the remaining bridges along the corridor, eventually deciding to replace several bridges along the highway in a plan called 93 Fast 14. The MassDOT set in motion a plan to replace the superstructure and concrete decks on 14 overpass bridges along that section of the interstate, using rapid bridge replacement methods. The $98.1 million project replaced bridges originally built in 1957 with a set of prefabricated modular concrete bridges in a series of weekend roadway closures. Traffic was diverted into a series of crossover lanes during construction. The main part of the project took place each weekend from June through August 2011,with the exception of the July 4th holiday weekend. One or two bridges were replaced each weekend during the construction time frame. The project was part of the Commonwealth's Accelerated Bridge Program.[18][19]

Off exit 46 in Methuen, Massachusetts, the surface level traffic circle was rebuilt as part of an overall infrastructure improvement that also included constructing a new bridge carrying the interstate over the local road, reconstructing on- and off-ramps to the highway, and realigning the interstate itself.[20]

New Hampshire

Exit 1 in Salem was originally designed and built with ramps allowing northbound traffic to exit to Rockingham Park and return drivers to southbound 93 only. The complementary ramps were added much later, with the southbound off ramp being a particularly tight and dangerous turn squeezed within the curve of the southbound on ramp, which was replaced in August 2012.

A 7.6-mile (12 km) section of I-93 through Franconia Notch State Park, called the Franconia Notch Parkway, was constructed as a two-lane freeway with a median divider. This was built as a compromise between the state's park department and highway officials. The speed limit on the parkway is 45 mph (70 km/h). Originally, this section's signage read "U.S. 3 TO I-93", complete with its own exit number sequence, but this has since been replaced by I-93 and US-3 signage along the entire length of the parkway. The exits were renumbered to Exit 34A, 34B, and 34C. This section of the highway is the only remaining section of two-lane freeway on an Interstate highway in the United States.[citation needed]

Vermont

Construction of Interstate 93 was completed in 1982, in Vermont. It was planned to be built longer if I-91 didn't change its designation eastward in northeastern part of the state.[21] It was the last interstate to be built in the state.[22]

Future expansion

Massachusetts plans

Since 1996, MassHighway has studied rebuilding the intersection of I-93 and I-95 in Woburn along the border with Stoneham and Reading.[23] The project was expected to start in Spring 2017 and cost $267 million, however continued community opposition has postponed the project indefinitely.[24] A project to upgrade the I-93/I-95 interchange in Canton is proposed.

An additional proposal around 2010, to upgrade MA Route 24, running southwards from I-93's Exit 4, to Interstate 195 near Fall River, MA also has been put off due to studies showing the cost of the project being very high.[25]

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and its predecessor MassHighway have planned on widening I-93 to a uniform four travel lanes in both directions from the lane drop near Exit 41 in Wilmington to the New Hampshire border since the beginning of the 2000s.[26] The first section of widening will be done as part of the I-93 Tri-Town Interchange Project. The project will construct a new interchange in Wilmington. I-93 will be widened from 3 to 4 lanes in each direction from Exit 41 to I-495, a distance of approximately 5 miles (8 km), as the first phase in widening I-93 from Exit 41 to the New Hampshire state line. Early estimates of the entire project place the cost at $567 million.[27]

New Hampshire plans

Initial plans to widen I-93 to a uniform four travel lanes in both directions from Salem to Manchester beginning in 2008 were put on hold due to a lawsuit designed to force the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) to update the plans to include other transportation options. Under orders from US District Court, the NHDOT and US Department of Transportation must provide an updated environmental review. The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) filed a lawsuit in February 2006, hoping to force any expansion plans in the area to include the restoration of commuter rail service between Manchester and Boston.[28] Despite the suit, the Exit 1 interchange construction was allowed to undergo upgrading and expansion; other associated projects related to the widening, chiefly around Exits 3 and 5, were also eventually allowed to proceed. The whole set of projects were eventually allowed to move forward when an agreement between the state and the CLF that removed the group's opposition to construction which does not pose a threat to the environment.[29]

As part of the 2009 stimulus package, New Hampshire was set to receive several million dollars in highway construction funds. One of the projects was the widening of a portion of the highway between the Massachusetts border and Manchester. Bidding was set to begin in February 2009 with construction slated to begin in late 2009 or early 2010.[30] The plans call for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation to widen the southernmost 20 miles (32 km) of I-93 to four lanes in each direction, from the two. In addition, all five interchanges along this length will be upgraded to accommodate larger amounts of traffic, including replacing many aging bridges. Smaller construction projects at some of the interchanges are already taking place.[29] According to plans filed by the state with US DOT, the project is scheduled to run from 2009 through 2016, with work starting at the Massachusetts line and moving northward to Manchester. The project is designed with an intermodal transit bent; new or improved park and ride facilities deployed at exits 1, 3 and 5 and a widened median strip that is designed to accommodate a planned commuter rail service between Boston and Manchester.[31]

As a way to help defray the costs of the expansion, in early 2010 the NHDOT made a formal request to the Federal Highway Administration to add tolls to I-93 at the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border. The new toll facility was to be located in Salem, New Hampshire, approximately .5 mi (0.80 km) from the state line, and would cost travelers $2 per car. The proposal faced opposition from state legislators in both states who claimed the tolls would cause severe congestion in the area and lead to an economic burden to local residents. Opponents included US senator Scott Brown (R-Massachusetts).[32] The proposal was eventually dropped in favor of issuing new state bonds to pay for expansion. The new policy was laid out by Transportation Commissioner George Campbell after reviewing the proposal and receiving a promise from the MassDOT that it would not be enacting a similar toll on the Massachusetts side of the border.[33]

Plans were announced in 2012 that I-93 would have a new northbound and southbound bridge over Interstate 89 in Bow. To reduce traffic on the southbound bridge the NHDOT added a third lane to ease congestion. The bridges were completed in 2014.

More plans were announced in 2014 that the Hooksett rest areas would be rebuilt. The new rest areas would feature a 14-pump Irving gas station, a new New Hampshire liquor and wine outlet, and a few restaurants and shops. The project was completed in 2015.

In Londonderry, a new Exit 4A and connector road to the town of Derry were in final planning stages as of June 2020. Construction of Exit 4A, to be located approximately a mile north of Exit 4 in Londonderry, was slated to begin construction in late 2020.[34]

Exit list

Exits 17, 19, 21, and 25 in Massachusetts were eliminated as part of the Big Dig. Massachusetts exit numbers were to be changed to those based on I-93 mileposts with a project that was due to start in early 2016, but this project was postponed by MassDOT for several years.[35][36] On November 18, 2019, MassDOT confirmed that beginning in late summer 2020 the exit renumbering project would begin.[citation needed]

State County Location[5][6]
[7][37]
mi[5][6]
[7][37]
km Old exit New exit[38][39] Destinations[38][39] Notes
Massachusetts Norfolk Canton 0.000–
0.267
0.000–
0.430
63 1 I‑95 / Route 128 north / US 1 south β€“ Dedham, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Providence, Rhode Island Signed as exits 1A (south) and 1B (north); southern terminus of US 1 concurrency; exit 12 on I-95; southern terminus of Route 128
1.415 2.277 64 2 Route 138 β€“ Stoughton, Milton Signed as exits 2A (south) and 2B (north)
Milton 2.615 4.208 65 3 Ponkapoag Trail β€“ Houghton's Pond
Randolph 3.480 5.601 66 4 Route 24 south β€“ Brockton, Fall River Left exit southbound; northern terminus of Route 24; exit 21 on Route 24
4.233 6.812 67 5 Route 28 β€“ Randolph, Milton Signed as exits 5A (south) and 5B (north)
Braintree 6.450 10.380 68 6 Route 37 β€“ West Quincy, Braintree, Holbrook Northern terminus of Route 37
6.802 10.947 69 7 Route 3 south β€“ Braintree, Cape Cod Braintree Split; left exit southbound; southern terminus of Route 3 concurrency; former southern terminus of Route 128
South end of the Southeast Expressway
Quincy 8.182 13.168 - 8 Furnace Brook Parkway β€“ Quincy
Milton 9.162–
9.410
14.745–
15.144
- 9 Adams Street β€“ Milton, North Quincy
Bryant Avenue β€“ West Quincy
Northbound signage
Southbound signage
10.134 16.309 - 10 Squantum Street β€“ Milton Southbound exit only
10.832 17.432 - 11A Granite Avenue east β€“ East Milton Southbound exit and northbound entrance
10.842 17.449 - 11B MA Route 203.svg Granite Avenue west to Route 203 β€“ Ashmont Signed as exit 11 northbound; no northbound entrance
Suffolk Boston 11.575 18.628 - 12 Route 3A south β€“ Neponset, Quincy No northbound exit
12.456 20.046 13 13A Freeport Street β€“ Dorchester Northbound exit only
12.728 20.484 14 13B Morrissey Boulevard β€“ Savin Hill Northbound exit and southbound entrance; commercial vehicles and buses prohibited
14.343 23.083 15 14 Columbia Road β€“ Dorchester, South Boston
14.820 23.850 16 15A Southampton Street β€“ Andrew Square Northbound exit and southbound entrance
17 - Frontage Road Former northbound exit removed during Big Dig reconstruction
15.100–
15.929
24.301–
25.635
18 15B Frontage Road / Massachusetts Avenue β€“ Roxbury, Andrew Square Southbound entrance via exit 16; southbound exit signed as exit 15
19 - East Berkeley Street / Broadway / Albany Street Closed as part of Big Dig reconstruction
North end of the Southeast Expressway, south end of the John F. Fitzgerald Expressway
15.340 24.687 20 16 I‑90 / Mass Pike β€“ Logan Airport, Worcester, South Station Northbound exit and southbound entrance; exits 24A/C on I-90
- β€” South Station / Airport Northbound exit and southbound entrance to HOV lane
South end of the Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Tunnel
17.253 27.766 22, 20A 16A South Station Southbound exit and northbound left entrance
20B 16B I‑90 / Mass Pike west Southbound exit and northbound entrance; exit 24B on I-90
21 - Kneeland Street β€“ Chinatown Former southbound exit and northbound entrance; closed during Big Dig reconstruction
16.694 26.866 22 - Surface Road β€“ Chinatown Southbound entrance only
17.340 27.906 23 17 Government Center Northbound exit and southbound entrance via North Street
17.487 28.143 Purchase Street Southbound exit and entrance only
17.874 28.765 24A 17A Government Center Southbound exit only; northbound entrance closed; formerly served Clinton Street
24B 17B Route 1A north (Callahan Tunnel) β€“ Airport Southbound exit and northbound entrance
North end of the Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Tunnel
25 - Causeway Street – North Station / Haymarket Square / Government Center Closed as part of Big Dig reconstruction
Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge over the Charles River
17.892–
19.585
28.794–
31.519
26 18 Route 3 north / Route 28 (Storrow Drive) β€“ Leverett Circle, Cambridge, North Station[40] Leverett Connector; signed as Storrow Drive northbound; northern terminus of concurrency with Route 3
Charlestown High Bridge over the Charles River (demolished 2004 as part of Big Dig reconstruction; existed west of current alignment)
18.603 29.939 27 19 US 1 north (Tobin Bridge) β€“ Revere Northbound left exit and southbound entrance; northern terminus of concurrency with US 1
North end of the John F. Fitzgerald Expressway
Middlesex Somerville 19.230 30.948 28 20 To Route 99 β€“ Sullivan Square, Somerville Northbound exit only, partially in Boston
20.415 32.855 Sullivan Square, Charlestown, Assembly Square Southbound exit and northbound entrance
20.259 32.604 29 21 Route 28 / Route 38 north β€“ Somerville, Medford Northbound exit and southbound entrance; southern terminus of Route 38
Medford 21.323 34.316 30 21 Route 38 β€“ Medford, Somerville Southbound exit and northbound entrance
21.743 34.992 31 22 Route 16 west (Mystic Valley Parkway) β€“ Arlington Northbound signage
21.859 35.179 Route 16 east β€“ Everett, Revere Southbound signage
22.554 36.297 32 23 Route 60 β€“ Medford, Malden Also to Route 16 southbound; to Tufts University's Medford/Somerville Campus
23.229 37.383 33 24 Route 28 (Fellsway West) β€“ Winchester Roosevelt Circle
Stoneham 25.276 40.678 34 25 Route 28 north β€“ Stoneham, Melrose Northbound exit and southbound entrance
26.087 41.983 35 26 Park Street β€“ Stoneham, Melrose Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Woburn 26.929 43.338 36 27 Montvale Avenue β€“ Stoneham, Woburn
Reading 28.476 45.828 37A-B 28A-B I‑95 / Route 128 β€“ Peabody, Waltham Split into exits 37A (north) and 37B (south); Also exits 37A-B on I-95 / Route 128
Woburn 29.965 48.224 37C 30 Commerce Way / Atlantic Avenue β€“ Anderson RTC
Wilmington 31.136 50.109 38 31 Route 129 β€“ Reading, Wilmington
32.635 52.521 39 33 Concord Street β€“ Wilmington
34.064 54.821 40 34 Route 62 β€“ North Reading, Wilmington
34.629 55.730 41 35 Route 125 β€“ Andover, North Andover
Essex Andover 37.682 60.643 42 38 Dascomb Road β€“ Tewksbury, Andover
39.196 63.080 43 39 Route 133 β€“ Andover, North Tewksbury Signed as exits 43A (39A, east) and 43B (39B, west) southbound
40.521 65.212 44 40 I‑495 β€“ Lawrence, Lowell Split into exits 44A (40A, north) and 44B (40B, south); exits 40A-B on I-495
42.423 68.273 45 42 River Road β€“ South Lawrence
Merrimack River 43.139 69.425 General Edward D. Sirois Memorial Bridge
Methuen 43.465 69.950 46 43 Route 110 / Route 113 β€“ Lawrence, Dracut Interchange rebuilt in 2017; signed as exits 46A (43A, east) and 46B (43B, west) northbound[41])
45.113 72.602 47 45 Pelham Street
45.483 73.198 48 46 Route 213 east (Loop Connector) β€“ Methuen, Haverhill Western terminus of Route 213; exits 1A/1B on Route 213
46.25
0.000
74.43
0.000
Massachusetts–New Hampshire line
New Hampshire Rockingham Salem
1.368 2.202 1 NH Route 28.svgNH Route 38.svg Rockingham Park Boulevard to NH 28 / NH 38 β€“ Salem Originally northbound exit, southbound entrance only
3.001 4.830 2 NH Route 38.svgNH Route 97.svg Pelham Road to NH 38 / NH 97 β€“ Salem, Pelham
Windham 5.821 9.368 3 NH 111 β€“ Windham, North Salem
Londonderry 11.341 18.252 4 NH 102 β€“ Derry, Londonderry
15.291 24.608 5 NH 28 β€“ North Londonderry
Hillsborough Manchester 18.488 29.754 β€” I-293 north / NH 101 west β€“ Bedford, Manchester, Manchester Airport Southern terminus of I-293; Southern terminus of concurrency with NH 101
20.591 33.138 6 Candia Road / Hanover Street Northbound entrance to NH 101 East only; Southbound exit from I-93 only
20.967 33.743 7 NH 101 east β€“ Portsmouth, Seacoast Northern terminus of concurrency with NH 101
22.093 35.555 8 NH Route 28A.svg Wellington Road / Bridge Street to NH 28A
Merrimack Hooksett 23.922 38.499 9 US 3 / NH 28 β€“ Hooksett, Manchester Split into exits 9N (north) and 9S (south)
25.727 41.404 10 NH 3A β€“ Hooksett
26.689 42.952 β€” I-293 south / Everett Turnpike south β€“ Manchester, Nashua, Manchester Airport Northern terminus of I-293; Southern terminus of concurrency with the Everett Turnpike
28.659 46.122 Hooksett Main Toll Plaza ($1.00 Cash, $0.70 NH E-ZPass)
28.751 46.270 11 NH Route 3A.svg Hackett Hill Road to NH 3A β€“ Hooksett Hooksett Ramp Toll Plaza ($1.00 Cash, $0.70 NH E-ZPass)
Bow 35.495 57.124 β€” I-89 north β€“ Lebanon, White River Junction VT Southern terminus of I-89
Concord 35.977 57.899 12 NH 3A (South Main Street) to I-89 β€“ Bow Junction Split into exits 12S (south) and 12N (north)
37.331 60.078 13 US 3 (Manchester Street) β€“ Downtown Concord
38.454 61.886 14 NH 9 (Loudon Road) β€“ State Offices
Everett Turnpike
Northern terminus of the Everett Turnpike
Southern terminus of Styles Bridges Highway
38.977 62.727 15E I-393 east / US 4 east / US 202 east β€“ Loudon, Portsmouth Western terminus of I-393; Southern terminus of concurrency with US 4
15W US 202 west to US 3 (North Main Street) β€“ Downtown Concord
40.188 64.676 16 NH 132 β€“ East Concord
44.582 71.748 17 US 4 west to US 3 / NH 132 (Hoit Road) β€“ Penacook, Boscawen Northern terminus of concurrency with US 4; signed as exits 17W and 17E going southbound
Canterbury 47.869 77.038 18 To NH 132 (West Road) β€“ Canterbury
Northfield 54.976 88.475 19 NH 132 β€“ Northfield, Franklin Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Belknap Tilton 56.907 91.583 20 US 3 / NH 11 / NH 132 / NH 140 β€“ Laconia, Tilton
Sanbornton 61.159 98.426 22 NH 127 β€“ Sanbornton, West Franklin
New Hampton 69.229 111.413 23 NH 104 / NH 132 β€“ Meredith, New Hampton
Grafton Ashland 75.308 121.196 24 US 3 / NH 25 β€“ Ashland, Holderness
Holderness 79.992 128.735 25 NH 175A (Holderness Road) β€“ Plymouth
Plymouth 80.877 130.159 26 US 3 / NH 25 / NH 3A south β€“ Plymouth, Rumney Northern terminus of Route 3A
Campton 83.762 134.802 27 To US 3 β€“ Blair Bridge, West Campton
86.819 139.722 28 NH 49 to NH 175 β€“ Campton, Waterville Valley
Thornton 88.542 142.495 29 US 3 β€“ Thornton
Woodstock 94.400 151.922 30 US 3 β€“ Woodstock, Thornton
97.334 156.644 31 To NH 175 (Tripoli Road)
100.499 161.737 32 NH 112 β€“ Lincoln, North Woodstock
Lincoln 102.538 165.019 33 US 3 β€“ North Woodstock, North Lincoln
South end of the Franconia Notch Parkway
104.315–
106.006
167.879–
170.600
1 34A US 3 south β€“ Flume Gorge, Park Information Center Southern terminus of concurrency with US 3; No southbound entrance
Franconia 110.158 177.282 2 34B Cannon Mountain Tramway β€“ Old Man Historic Site
110.858 178.409 3 34C NH 18 north β€“ Echo Lake Beach, Peabody Slopes, Cannon Mountain Southern terminus of NH 18
111.401 179.283 North end of the Franconia Notch Parkway
112.315 180.753 35 US 3 north β€“ Twin Mountain, Lancaster Northern terminus of concurrency with US 3; northbound exit and southbound entrance
112.947 181.771 36 NH 141 to US 3 β€“ Twin Mountain, South Franconia
115.946 186.597 37 NH 18 / NH 142 β€“ Franconia, Bethlehem Northbound exit and southbound entrance
116.728 187.856 38 NH 18 / NH 116 / NH 117 / NH 142 β€“ Franconia, Sugar Hill NH 142 not signed northbound
Bethlehem 119.295 191.987 39 NH 118 / NH 116 β€“ North Franconia, Sugar Hill Southbound exit and northbound entrance
120.777 194.372 40 US 302 / NH 18 β€“ Bethlehem, Twin Mountain
Littleton 122.418 197.013 41 NH 116 β€“ Littleton, Whitefield
124.397 200.198 42 US 302 / NH 10 to NH 18 β€“ Littleton, Woodsville
126.129 202.985 43 NH 135 to NH 18 β€“ Littleton, Dalton
130.355 209.786 44 NH 18 / NH 135 β€“ Monroe, Waterford, VT
Connecticut River 131.764
0.000
212.054
0.000
Senator Andrew Poulsen Bridge[6]
New Hampshire–Vermont line
Vermont Caledonia Waterford 7.510 12.086 1 VT 18 to US 2 β€“ St. Johnsbury, Lower Waterford
11.104 17.870 I-91 β€“ St. Johnsbury, White River Junction Exit 19 on I-91
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary routes

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