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A. I-90 Sign Replacement Project (2015-2017)[Updated 10/15/16 with new information about project progress]

MassDOT has awarded contracts to replace all the Mass Pike exit signs under two separate sign replacement projects. The winning bid for the second contract from Auburn to Boston was Liddell Bros. of Halifax announced on November 23, 2015. The winning bidder for the first is Road Safe Traffic Systems and as of January 1, 2017 is 9% complete with a scheduled completion in the fall of 2017. Originally, as part of these contracts, the exit numbers would have been changed as part of a statewide plan to convert all interstate and expressway exit numbers to those based on the highway's mileposts. This project has now been postponed indefinitely. For the immediate future, signs will have the current numbers but their exit tabs will be designed to use, often larger, milepost numbers depicted here sometime in the future. The contractors for the Pike contracts were told to redesign their sign plans, as seen with the new numbers below, to use the current sequential numbers. Thanks to Charlene White of MassDOT, I obtained the sign plans for this contract with their original new milepost numbers. Here are the 1 mile advance signs for all the exits in the contract area going west to east:

Plan for exit sign with new number for MA 146/US 20 exit on Mass Pike from MassDOT

Plan of exit sign with new number for MA 122 exit on Mass Pike from MassDOT

Plan of new exit sign with new number for I-495 exit on Mass Pike, from MassDOT

The previous destinations (control cities) were Cape Cod and NH-Maine, current federal signing practices prefer localized destinations, such as cities, over states or regions.


Plan for new 1-Mile exit sign with new number for MA 9 exit on Mass Pike, from MassDOT

Plan for new 1 Mile exit sign with new exit number for MA 30 exit on Mass Pike, from MassDOT

Plan for new 1 Mile exit sign with new number for I-95 exit on Mass Pike, from MassDOT

The current exit sign includes MA Route 128, however with the Mass Pike now under jurisdiction of MassDOT, their signing practice, mandated by the FHWA, to remove 128 shields from overhead signs takes precedence. There are also no plans showing any auxiliary, or trailblazers for 128 to be placed at this exit.

Here's the westbound version of the sign:

Plan for new exit sign on I-90 west for I-95 exit with new exit number, from MassDOT

This sign has room for a future exit tab due to the upcoming removal of the toll plazas with the start of All Electronic Tolling (AET) by the end of 2016. When work is completed there will be 2 exit ramps, A and B. Here's a preliminary look at what the new interchange configuration will probably look like after the toll plazas are removed, the new ramp to MA 30 is referred to as Ramp K in this diagram1 from MassDOT:

Diagram from MassDOT showing preferred alternative for ramps after removal of toll plazas at Exits 14 and 15 on Mass Pike



Plan for new 1 1/4 Mile exit sign for MA 16 exit on Mass Pike, from MassDOT

The 1-Mile advance in this case is 1 1/4 miles before the exit.

Plan for new 1-Mile exit sign with new exit number for Newton Exit on Mass Pike, from MassDOT

The contract will only replace the Allston-Brighton exit signs eastbound, the blanket contract changing all the other exit numbers in the state is responsible for new exit number signage further east:

Plan for new 1-Mile sign with new exit number for Allston-Brighton exit on Mass Pike east, from MassDOT

The final new sign will be a new pull through for I-90:

Plan for new pull through sign on Mass Pike East in Boston, from MassDOT

Here are some of the ground-mounted auxiliary signage that will be put up:

With Cape Cod removed from the main exit signs, there will be this supplemental sign put up before the I-495 exit:

Plan of auxiliary sign for I-495 exit on Mass Pike, from MassDOT

While there is no mention of MA 128 on an auxiliary sign, this will be placed eastbound before the I-95 exit:

Plan for new auxiliary sign to be placed before I-95 exit on Mass Pike/I-90 East, from MassDOT

Trucks with hazardous materials will also be told they have to use the I-95 exit:

Plan for new auxiliary sign for truck drivers on Mass Pike/I-90 East before I-95 exit, from MassDOT

There will also be other signs related to towns, historic places, schools and Park and Ride facilities:

Plan of auxiliary sign for Grafton for MA 122 exit on I-90/Mass Pike, from MassDOT

Plan of new auxiliary sign marked for Historic Blackstone Valley Corridor for MA 122 exit on I-90/Mass Pike, from MassDOT

Plan for new auxiliary sign for Framingham State College before MA 9 Exit on I-90/Mass Pike, from MassDOT

Plan for new auxiliary sign for Park & Ride lot for MA 146 exit on I-90/Mass Pike, from MassDOT

There will also be a sign for Fenway Park before the Allston-Brighton exit. Currently, there's a similar sign before the Prudential/Copley Square exit further east (Future Exit 133):

Plan for new auxiliary sign for Fenway Park prior to Allston-Brighton exit on I-90/Mass Pike East, from MassDOT

There was also this sign in the plans for exits not in the project zone:

Plan for auxiliary signage for Chinatown and South Boston exits on I-90/Mass Pike East, from MassDOT

The first contract awarded covers the route from the NY border to Exit 10 in Auburn and was let on August 18, 2015 and got the notice to proceed on October 23, 2015. Thanks again to Charlene White of MassDOT, I obtained the sign plans for this contract. Here are the 1 mile advance signs for all the exits in the contract area:

Sign plan for new exit 3 signage from MassDOT

Sign plan for Exit 11 on Masspike, from MassDOT

New sign plan for Mass Pike Exit 41, from MassDOT

I-90 signage plan for Exit 46, 1 Mile Sign, from MassDOT

Sign plan for new Exit 51 sign on Mass Pike, from MassDOT

Plan for new exit sign for Exit 55 on Mass Pike, from MassDOT

Plan for new Exit 63 sign on Mass Pike, from MassDOT

Plan for new Exit 78 sign on MassPike, from MassDOT

Plan for new exit sign for Exit 90 on MassPike from MassDOT

Here's the new 1/2 mile advance for the I-84 Exit Westbound:

Plan for 1/2 mile advance exit sign for I-84 on Mass Pike west, from MassDOT

As currently there will be 2 Mile advance signs with the same text as the 1 Mile signs, here's the one for I-84:

Sign plan for I-90 2 Mile advance sign for I-84, from MassDOT

Here's what the standard 1/2 mile advance signs look like, for the US 202/MA 10 Exit in Westfield:

Image of Plan for 1/2 mile advance sign for US 202/MA 10 exit on I-90/Mass Pike East in Westfield, from MassDOT

If the distance to the next exit is more than 10 miles, the signs will include a next exit distance tab on the bottom:

Signage plan for Exit 11 exit Eastbound on I-90/MassPike, from MassDOT

A couple examples of standard signing at the off-ramps or gore points:

Plan for EB pull-though sign on I-90 Mass PikePlan for I-90 pull-through sign west of Worcester, from MassDOT

There will also be ground mounted auxiliary signage with route numbers removed from the main overhead signage. For example, US 20 was taken from the main Exit 78 signs, and instead will be on this sign:

Sign plan for Exit 78 auxiliary sign, from MassDOT

MassDOT also planned something similar for Exit 90 where MA 12 was to be removed from the main signage:

Sign plan for MA 12 auxiliary signage on I-90 Mass Pike Exit 78, from MassDOT

However, after comments received criticizing the removal, since there is a direct ramp to MA 12 at the exit, MassDOT plans to restore MA 12 to the overhead signs.

Here's a few miscellaneous signs, including local on-ramp, distance, and town-line:

Plan for I-90 EB ramp sign, from MassDOT

Sign plan for I-90 on-ramp sign for Springfield exits, from MassDOT
Plan for new Former Exit 9 sign on MassPike in Sturbridge, from MassDOT

Sign plan for Mass Pike distance sign in West Springfield eastbound, from MassDOT

Sign plan for Bradley Airport auxiliary signage on I-90 before I-91 exit, from MassDOT

Sign plan for town line/Connecticut River sign on I-9o/MassPike, from MassDOT
Sign plan for elevation notice on MassPike in Berkshires from MassDOT

Previous documents on the MassDOT website provided signage plans for two exits, I-91 in Springfield:

Image of sign plan for new I-91/US 5 exit on Mass. Turnpike. From MassDOT

Which is Exit 4, but will now be Exit 46, and for the exit for I-290 and I-395 on the eastern end of the project:

Image of sign plan for I-290/I-395 Exit on Mass. Turnpike. From MassDOT

Which is currently Exit 10, but will become Exit 90.

From Addenda # 3 to the second signing contract, the winner to be announced on February 23, here is the standard mile marker plan:

Image of I-90 Mile Marker plan from MassDOT


I will plan to post more sign plans when the plans for Part 2 are released around April, and then new Exit Sign photos, here in the future.

LATEST PHOTOS (9/24/2016)

For the western project, as of late September 2016, the only progress seen is the installation of the 2/10 reference, or mile markers. Only the 2/10 markers west of Mile 40 have been installed. Here's the marker at Mile 40:

Image of I-90 Mile marker 40 in Westfield

This is the only I-90 shield marker spotted, the rest of the Turnpike only had the 2/10 mile markers installed with the existing 1-Mile and .5 mile markers remaining in place. Most are in the center median except for a short stretch in Russell near the Westfield River where there is an older concrete median barrier:

Image of new 2/10 mile marker on I-90/Mass Pike West

They are not of the design as seen in the plans above, like other MassDOT markers, but have larger vertically placed numbers.

On the eastern project, the only evidence of future work is the orange tags placed by the contractor, Liddell Bros. to indicate the future site of new overhead signs supports:

Image of new orange tab sign marking the site ofa future overhead sign on I-90/Mass Pike West in Framingham

As of 10/14, the new sign tags had made it as far west as Millbury:

Image of new contractor future sign support location tag on I-90 West in Millbury

The only new signage seen on the Pike this year are the new 'Go Time' Real Time Traffic Management System signs being installed by MassDOT all over the state. Here's the newly placed, but still inactive sign, approaching I-495 on I-90 West in Framingham:

Image of newly placed Real Time Traffic sign on I-90/Mass Pike West in Framingham

More photos for the Mass Pike and other interstates, along with the sign plans are available on my Misc. Massachusetts Sign Photos Page.

B. Electronic Tolling Conversion (2015-2017)

MassDOT has converted the Mass Pike to Electronic Tolling, meaning tolls will be taken automatically either through EZ-Pass accounts of through billing by mail based on a photograph of a vehicle's license plate. The system was activated at 10:15 PM on 10/28/16. The next day work started on demolishing the former toll plazas, to be completed by the end of 2017. Here's photos to compare the process at the Weston Toll Plaza for the I-95/128 ramps, the first taken on October 30, 2016 the next on January 1, 2017:

Image of Mass Pike Weston Toll Plaza being demolished after start of Electronic Tolling Image of former toll plaza area for I-90/Mass Pike Exit 14 in Weston

A closer view shows pieces of the former toll plaza being picked up to loaded into trucks to be hauled away in October, gone in January:

Image of toll demolition under way at Weston Toll Plazas of I-90/Mass Pike after start of electronic tolling Image of former toll plaza area at I-90/Mass Pike Exit 14 in Weston

The demolished toll booth materials were dumped across from the westbound entrance ramp to MA 30 and later were being covered over with soil:

Image of tool booth debris being dumped across from exit ramp to MA 30 from I-90 West in Weston Image of toll demolition debris for Mass Pike AET conversion being covered with soil in area near MA 30 exit ramp in Weston

New traffic patterns were set up at each toll plaza to direct traffic away from the booths being demolished. This is on I-90 East heading toward the now closed Weston Toll Plaza in November, then January 2017:

Image of traffic barrels funneling traffic through now closed Weston Tool Plaza on I-90 West after start of electronic tolling Image of new traffic pattern for I-90/Mass Pike West traffic through former Weston Toll Plaza

View looking west after the former Toll Plaza and merge with I-95/128 Traffic:

Image of westbound Mass Pike traffic pattern from bridge over highway in Weston

Here's what the traffic set up is for those exiting I-90 East heading toward I-95/128 in Weston:

Image of former location of removed toll booths for traffic exiting I-90/Mass Pike East in Weston

The center toll plazas had been demolished by Sunday morning November 27. Here's the remaining booths at the former E-Z Pass lanes heading toward the I-95/128 ramps from I-90 East:

Image of remaining toll booths at Weston toll plaza for ramp to I-95/128 from I-90/Mass Pike West

Here's the toll booths at the Framingham Route 9 entrance being readied for demolition on Saturday afternoon, they were gone by Sunday evening:

Image of Framingham Toll Plaza readied for demolition after initiation of electronic tolls on I-90/Mass Pike

In addition to the toll plaza demolition, new signs went up at each Mass Pike entrance to indicate the toll highway no longer accepted cash. The signs feature a purple banner on top indicating payment is either through E-ZPass or Pay-By-Plate where a photo will be taken of the car's license plate and a bill sent to the driver. Here's the sign at the Weston entrance from Route 30:

Image of new sign for entrance t I-90/Mass Pike in Weston after initiation of electronic tolling

Here's new signage put up along MA 30 West approaching the ramps to both I-90/Mass Pike and I-95:

Image of newly placed guide signs for I-90 Toll and I-95 on MA 30 West in Weston

Here's a much larger sign on Route 30 East in Natick:

Image of new signage for I-90/Mass Pike entrance from MA 30 West after initiation of electronic tolling

Here's the sign on Route 9 East in Framingham:

Image of signage at MA 9 East entrance to I-90/Mass Pike in Framingham after initiation of electronic tolling

In addition, new signs have gone up on the Turnpike at each gantry location indicating the toll rates for that location:

Image of new signage be All Electronic Tolling Gantry in Weston

Previous Photos

The first sign of this conversion is the placement of overhead gantries for the automatic toll collections starting in the fall of 2015. By February 2015, several gantries were up, as seen in these photos:

Image of electronic toll gantry put across I-90/Mass Pike in Weston in Nov. 2015

This is the first gantry seen westbound when entering the Mass Pike at the I-95/MA 128 interchange in Weston, this a couple miles to the west near the State Police Barracks. Here's a closer view:

Image of Electronic Toll gantry above westbound lanes of I-90/Mass Pike in Weston

The next gantry traveling west was just after the Framingham Service Plaza between the MA 30 and MA 9 exits:

Image of new electronic toll gantry over lanes of I-90 Mass Pike near Framingham

The next gantry, just recently placed, is after the MA 9 exit and before the exit to I-495:

Image of newly placed gantry for electronic tolls over I-90 near I-495

Here's a new photo of the gantry placed after the I-495 Exit in Westborough:

Image of All Electronic Tolling toll gantry over I-90/Mass Pike in Westborough

There were to other gantries in the process of going up, but with just support poles up as of the end of February, the first was after the I-495 exit, and the other one was between the I-290/I-395 and I-84 exits prior to the Charlton Service Plaza, seen here:

Image of support post for future electronic toll gantry along I-90/Mass Pike in Charlton

Here's the completed gantry taken on September 24:

Image of completed electronic gantry over lanes of I-90/Mass Pike in Charlton

More photos taken of gantries to the west the same date, here's the first after the lanes drop from 3 to 2 in Palmer:

Image of new overhead gantry for electronic tolls over I-90/Mass Pike in Palmer

There are gantries beyond Springfield as well, here in Westfield:

Image of electronic toll gantry over lanes of I-90/Mass Pike in West Springfield

The next gantry is in Lee just before the current Exit 2:

Image of overhead gantry for electronic tolls over I-90/Mass Pike in Lee

Here's a closeup of the last gantry westbound just before the current Exit 1 in West Stockbridge:

Image of westbound electronic toll gantry over I-90/Mass Pike lanes in West Stockbridge

The electronic tolls are to become active on October 28, 2016. Afterwards, the toll barrier at West Stockbridge, seen here:

Image of current western toll plaza for Mass Pike to be demolished after electronic tolling is instituted in Oct. 2016

As well as all other toll booths are to be demolished, the work to be completed by the end of 2017.

MassDOT has received word that some people are slowing down at the toll gantries causing safety problems, they started installing gantry information signs, covered up prior to AET activation, near each gantry, starting on the western half of the Pike. Here's the sign furthest east, near Sturbridge, as of 10/14/16:

Image of new gantry information sign, covered prior to all electronic toll activation along I-90 East near Sturbridge

Finally, here are some photos taken on what will be my final drive through Mass Pike Toll Plazas, first the Allston-Brighton Tolls:

Image of soon to be taken down Toll Plaza Ahead sign on I-90 West in Boston

Image of soon to be demolished Allston-Brighton Toll Plaza on I-90/Mass Pike

Next the toll plaza in Weston at the I-95/MA 128 Junction:

Image of soon to be taken down Toll Plaza 1 Mile Sign on I-90 West in Newton

Image of soon to be taken down Toll Plaza 1/2 Mile Warning sign on I-90 West in Newton

Image of soon to be demolished Weston Toll Plaza from I-90 West

Lastly, here's one of the smaller toll plazas to be taken down, for the MA 21 Exit in Ludlow:

Image of soon to be demolished Mass Pike toll plaza for MA 21 exit in Ludlow

C. Miscellaneous Photos

Entrance sign on MA 30 in Weston:

Image of I-90 entrance guide sign on MA 30 West in Weston

Entrance sign on MA 21 in Ludlow:

Image of I-90/Mass Pike entrance sign on MA 21 in Ludlow

Painted shields prior to the I-84/Sturbridge exit heading west:

Image of painted I-84 and (partial) I-90 shields on pavement prior to I-84 exit in Strubridge

An overhead for the I-90 Mass Pike Exit, featuring Pike logo, on I-95/128 North:

Image of Overhead signage for I-90/Mass Pike exit on I-95/128 North in Weston

Scenery headed east toward the West Stockbridge toll plaza in September 2016:

Image of Berkshire mountains from eastbound Mass Pike approaching the West Stockbridge toll barrier

Prior to new signs being installed, MassDOT replaced aging shields on signs for Exit 10 in Auburn:

Image of new route shields on Exit 10 1 Mile advance sign on I-90/Mass Pike East in Auburn

Image of new shields on Exit 10 exit sign for Mass Pike/I-90 East in Auburn

Mass Pike/I-90 Trailblazers along ramp to I-90 from MA 30 in Weston:

Image of Mass Pike/I-90 Trailblazer on ramp between Pike and MA 30 in Weston

Image of Mass Pike/I-90 trailblazer on ramp from MA 30 to I-90 in Weston

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Notes:

1. MassDOT. 2016. Handout for Design Public Hearing for the Proposed Demolition of Legacy Toll Plazas Along I-90 District 6, MASSDOT Project No. 607582, Weston Town Hall, 6/22/16. Downloaded from: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Portals/8/docs/hearings/ho_weston062216.pdf

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