Photos taken on and near Route 24 between
Randolph and Rhode Island.
A. Route 24 Sign Replacement Project, 2018-2020
On January 24,
2018 MassDOT gave Roadsafe Systems, Inc. the Notice to Proceed on a
contract to replace the exit, regulatory and warning signs along Route
24 between I-195 in Fall River and I-93 in Randolph. This section of the
gallery will post photos of the new signage when placed on the roadway,
which didn't start until the fall of 2018. Work so far has been limited
to ground mounted signs, including exit gore signs, reportedly all
placed by mid-December, and blue services and town line boundary signs.
Preliminary work on overhead signage began in the spring of 2019.
Starting in May
the contractor started placing foundations for the future overhead signs
working south to north. By mid-July work was proceeding in the
Bridgewater area and northbound foundation placement had gotten as far
north as the 1/2 mile advance sign for the Route 123 exit. Here are some
photos of new foundations seen along Route 24 and some new ramp related
signage taken on July 28:
for the new 1-mile advance sign for Route 104 can be seen (some) behind
the current sign.
for future overhead gantry at the ramp to Route 104 is before the
south, the foundation site is being excavated for the future overhead at
the I-495 North exit which will have Marlboro as the control city.
by the guardrail is the new foundation for the future I-495 South exit
Here's a newly
built foundation for the future ramp sign heading north on Route 24,
behind the existing sign.
Some new sign
The new Route 24
guide ramp sign on US 44 East is at the end of the new bridge
construction zone, the eastbound part of the bridge is being rebuilt
with eastbound traffic taking up part of the westbound lanes.
A South Route 24
entrance ramp sign on Route 123 West in Brockton, new eastbound sign
seen to the left.
A new North Route
24 trailblazer prior to the highway bridge on Route 123 East in
At the on-ramp
itself, at least for now, there is only a North Route 24 trailblazer
partly hidden by a gore reflector sign.
During March 2019
the sign replacement contractor continued work on installing ground
mounted signs and on the 23rd announced they would start constructing
foundations for new overhead sign supports soon. Here are photos from a
trip north from Fall River to Brockton on March 17:
Here's a recently
installed gore sign for the US 6 exit in Fall River, as the milepost
shows, this exit's number will stay the same when and if Massachusetts
converts to a mileage based exit system.
installed Route 24 North reassurance marker. This may not be removed,
however, it doesn't meet current sign standards as the N in north is
supposed to be larger than the rest of the text.
sign for the Innovation Way exit was installed after that new exit was
opened to traffic a few years ago and is a couple miles to the north
beyond the merge with Route 79.
A new gore sign
for the last Fall River exit, North Main Street/Airport Road, originally
Exit 8 before the Innovation Way interchange was built.
A new reassurance
marker for Routes 24 and 79 North beyond the Airport Road exit, with the
This modern style
1-Mile advance sign was installed as part of the Innovation Way
interchange project a few years ago and is not part of the current
replacement project, the text differs in that it features S. Main Street
instead of Middleboro.
Before North 79
exits, there's another new reassurance marker.
bridge sign for Rattlesnake Brook, which is not the railroad bridge just
behind the sign.
gore sign for Route 79 North sits behind to be replaced overhead ramp
sign with Middleboro text.
bridge sign for Assonet River crossing prior to North Main Street exit.
Support posts for
future blue services sign for North Main Street, Assonet exit on Route
gore sign for North Main Street exit.
but not old, Route 24 North reassurance marker that may not be replaced
with this project, beyond North Main Street.
post-interchange distance sign approaching Taunton.
Route 24 North goes through Berkley, as noted on this new boundary sign.
Newly placed gore
sign at Padelford Street exit in Berkley.
Newly placed sign
indicating entering city of Taunton prior to the interchange with Route
auxiliary sign for Park and Ride Lot prior to Route 140 South exit.
New gore sign for
Route 140 South exit at mile marker 17.2 on Route 24 North.
And the new gore
sign for the Route 140 South exit.
This new distance
sign after the Route 140 exit features and I-495 shield.
services sign currently only has the bottom panel, can't wait to know
what attractions are on US 44 East.
The new services
sign panels for food along US 44 is all set.
The new double
panel sign at the Taunton River indicates entering the town of Raynham
prior to the US 44 East ramp.
These new style
signs were put up prior to the current replacement contract, behind is
gore sign which appears to be old.
The ramp sign for
the US 44 West exit is temporary, the permanent sign will be put up
after construction is completed on the US 44 bridge over Route 24.
The gore sign for
US 44 West also appears to not have been replaced, at least not yet.
The gore sign for
the I-495 South exit appears to be a new placement. For more new exit
signage north of I-495, see February photos.
auxiliary sign for Bridgewater State University prior to the Route 104
exit is much bigger than the old one.
sign following the Route 104 exit does not list I-93, that doesn't
happen until Brockton.
This blue service
sign assembly is also missing its top panel prior to the Route 27 exit
A new blue
auxiliary sign for the Good Samaritan Medical Center on Route 27 North
Februrary 2019, MassDOT posted on the project page that the contractor
had finished installing new exit gore signs and was now working on
installing other ground-mounted signs including town line signs and
reassurance markers. A trip taken on February 10 shows the progress in
installing these signs:
New gore sign at
ramp to I-495 North along Route 24 North in Bridgewater.
Sitting behind to
be replaced overhead sign is new gore sign for MA 104 exit northbound in
Both town line
boundary and river identification combined in one new sign entering West
New gore sign,
again with number far over to the left, on exit ramp to Route 106 East
in West Bridgewater.
The new gore sign
for Route 106 West heading further north.
This is not a new
reassurance marker but one to be replaced following the Route 106
interchange which will provide contrast to the new shields being
installed seen below.
installed destination distance sign following the Route 106 interchange
northbound with an I-93 shield.
A new auxiliary
sign for the Route 123 interchange northbound about to enter Brockton.
Following a to be
replaced advance sign for Route 123 East is the new city line sign for
recently installed gore sign for the Route 123 exit in Brockton, not
photographed in the previous trip to the area.
Another new town
line sign, this time for Avon northbound.
Followed by a new
sign at the Stoughton boundary prior to the exits for Route 139.
After the Route
139 interchange there is a new town boundary sign for Canton.
by a new North Route 24 reassurance marker, note the new shield is
smaller than those it is replacing.
The last new sign
is another town boundary sign for Randolph.
23, 2018 showing placement of new exit gore signs between Randolph and
Hidden in the
glare, is this new gore sign for the Route 123 East exit in Brockton,
better photo conditions after I turned around.
Here is the new
gore sign for the Route 123 exit on Route 24 North.
Here is the new
gore sign for the Route 27 South exit in Brockton, notice how the number
is pushed up against the left side of the sign.
The Route 27
North gore sign, here the 18 is properly centered, this would be Exit
33B under a milepost based system.
This is the new
gore sign for the first Central Street, Stoughton/Eastbound exit, notice
a similar problem with the location of the number 19 seen at Exit 18A.
The new gore sign
for the second Harrison Blvd/Westbound exit has the same problem, this
could be future Exit 35B.
The new gore sign
for the Route 139 East exit in Stoughton.
The new Route 139
West gore sign, the last new gore sign on Route 24 North, future Exit
There are no gore
signs at the split of ramps at the end of Route 24 North in Randolph.
The lamp post that had the US 1 North trailblazer has been taken down,
leaving only a sign for US 1 South. The new signs will also not have US
1, see Sign Plans section.
New sign post
foundations behind current gore sign for Route 123 West exit on Route 24
also completed for future new East Route 123 gore sign.
Hard to spot but
there is a new foundation for a new gore sign behind the existing one at
the Route 27 South exit in Brockton.
There is also a
new foundation hidden behind the Exit 16A gore sign at the Route 104
East off-ramp in Bridgewater.
Examples of the
1990s era signage that will be replaced by the current project:
sign for Route 27 on Route 24 South in Brockton.
Exit ramp sign
for the Route 27 South exit.
for the next exit, Route 123 on Route 24 South in Brockton.
Overhead signs at
the Route 123 West off-ramp in Brockton.
Advance overhead for Route 106 further south in West Bridgewater.
Signage on Route
24 South at the Route 106 West off-ramp in West Bridgewater.
Advance sign for I-495 further south in Bridgewater.
advance sign for Route 104 in Bridgewater between the 2 and 1-Mile
advance signs for I-495.
gantry at the Route 104 exit off-ramp also features a 1/2 mile advance
sign for I-495.
The overhead sign
for the I-495 off-ramp featuring button copy numerals.
and a couple months later, the exit ramp sign for North Main Street in
The next exit is
for Route 79 North, here's the 1-Mile Advance overhead following a South
Route 24 reassurance marker.
backing up prior to the overhead signs at the Route 79 North exit in
signs for the new Innovation Way exit are up to current MassDOT
standards and will not be replaced as part of the current project.
The 1/2 mile
advance sign for Innovation Way (the next exit, Airport Road/No. Main
Street was renumbered Exit 8A after this was opened about 5 years ago.
gantry at the Innovation Way off-ramp also has a newish sign for Exit 8A
that won't need to be replaced.
The 1990s era
signs return with the next overhead gantry for both Airport Road and
North Main Street and Route 79 South.
at the ramp to Airport Road and North Main Street.
The ramp sign for
the last 1990s era sign for US 6 in Fall River.
northbound at the US 44 West exit in Taunton, the bridge is currently
Until the new
signs are posted, thanks to Charlene White of MassDOT who sent them to
me, here are the sign plans for the Route 24 project (signage south of
I-195 was included with an I-195 sign replacement project that was
completed in 2017). As with recent sign replacement projects, all the
exit signs will be overhead on gantries or cantilever supports. Also,
MassDOT has told the contractors to design the exit tabs (as seen in No.
5 in the notice below) to account for the possible future change to
milepost based exit numbering (for a list of proposed numbers, see the Route 24 Exit
This plan shows
the difference in exit tabs for those with 1 digit that were made wide
enough for 2 digits in the future:
I will post an
advance sign plan and one at the exit for each interchange going north
from I-195, with additional plans for auxiliary and guide signs or if
there are differences in signage for exits north and southbound:
In addition, the
project will place new guide signs on US 6 itself, here are 2 examples:
guide signs on US 6 and Highland Avenue for Route 24 South will include
an I-195 shield:
Route 79 South:
There are no new
plans for Exit 8B, Innovation Way since it is a new exit opened in 2015
with modern signage.
Route 79 North:
additional pull-through signs at the exit in each direction, northbound
Here are also
some of the ground-mounted guide signs for exits in the Freetown area:
Here's a plan
showing the difference between the old and new signage at the MA 79 exit
have been switched from two: Assonet, Freetown, to one: Dighton.
Route 140, there
are 2 ramps northbound, but only 1 south, therefore 2 different advance
destination has been switched to New Bedford from Lakeville.
Exit sign heading
The advance exit
signs are different since there is a 1-mile gap between ramps heading
south, but not north. Northbound:
destination has been switched to Marlboro from Worcester.
destination has been switched to Easton from Mansfield.
Harrison Blvd /
guide signs at Route 139 will include an I-93 shield:
lane sign is repeated at 1 Mile and at 1/2 Mile, or is it 1/2 Miles?
The signs at the
exit ramps are more traditional:
Despite US 1
appearing on the pull through signs on I-93 at this exit, and on all the
other overhead guide signs between Canton and Braintree, the only new US
1 signs according to the plans will be trailblazer shields probably
replacing those currently at the split of I-93 ramps (see photo below).
There are several
auxiliary signs for this exit, the first warns of the prohibition of
hazardous materials being transported in the Big Dig tunnels on I-93
The second is new
informing drivers to use I-93 North to get to Route 3 South:
B. Previous Route 24 Sign Replacement Photos
New signs were
installed in 2016 on Route 24 from I-195 to Rhode Island border, first
reassurance markers on I-195 West have a very Connecticut look:
The Route 24 exit
sign on I-195 West, installed under the same sign replacement project:
Resuming the new
Route 24 signage, this for Brayton Avenue/Eastern Avenue:
The final exit
being for Route 81, the first sign being a 3/4 instead of 1 Mile
southbound exit sign:
(after a trip to Newport and back), the first Massachusetts signs just
across the border:
An advance sign
for the Brayton Avenue / Eastern Avenue exit:
Signs for the
I-195 West exit:
Notice how MA 24
is listed as an exit, a warning for the sharp curve at the interchange.
marker for MA 24 seems out of place again:
The signage for
MA 24's exit from I-195 East:
These were the
only new signs for the Route 24 exit at the time. Heading north from
One last 'CT' 24
C. Miscellaneous Route 24 Photos
Weird MA 24
trailblazer arrow along Route 123 in Brockton.
at the end of Route 24 North at I-93. Sign plans indicate the US 1
trailblazers will be replace, no shields will go on the overhead signs.
A more typical
trailblazer and overhead sign beyond as seen from Route 139 East.
This orange real
time traffic sign was put up to inform drivers of delays with
construction at the Braga Bridge on I-195 and the best choice in
More Photo to
Visit the Route
24 Exit List to check out possible future
exit numbers along the route.
(c) 2018 Robert H. Malme