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A. I-90 Sign Replacement Project (2015-2017)[Updated 11/19/17 with new sign photos]

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, as of June 16, 2017 that project is 13% complete (information has not been updated as of 8/25), due to be completed in the spring of 2018. The winning bidder for the first was Road Safe Traffic Systems and as of June 16, 2017 is 36% (also no updated info since June) 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 the, often larger, milepost numbers depicted below sometime in the future. The contractors for the Pike contracts have thus redesigned their sign plans, as seen with the new numbers below, to use the current sequential numbers. As for project progress, as of November it appears most of the exit signs between Exit 2 and Exit 10 have been installed based on a road trip and checking out traffic cameras. For example, this photo taken in mid-October looking west at Exit 2 in Lee, appears to show a new eastbound exit sign (with a tab on bottom indicating next exit is 30 miles distant). New signs are now going up in the eastern project area, see photos below:

MassDOT traffic camera image of new exit sign on I-90 East in Palmer

The back of two new signs on I-90 East can seen at Exit 3 in Westford:

MassDOT traffic camera image of new exit signs on I-90 East in Westford

Sign photos from November 18 Road Trip:

Actual progress in the eastern project zone can now be reported. New overhead signs have gone up for Exits 10A and 11 and new foundations are in place for most of the upcoming signage, at least heading west, between Weston and I-495. First, the new signs photos. Heading west, here's the new 1-Mile advance sign for the Route 122 exit:

Image of newly placed overhead 1-Mile advance sign for MA 122 exit on I-90 West in Millbury

The new 1/2 mile advance sign:

Image of newly placed 1/2 mile advance overhead sign for MA 122 exit on I-90 West in Millbury

And, as seen in the distance, the new overhead at the off-ramp, notice for each of the signs the exit tab seems to be set up for a larger milepost based number (96):

Image of newly placed overhead exit ramp sign for MA 122 exit on I-90 West in Millbury

The next new set of signs are for the Route 146/US 20 exit in Worcester, starting with the 1-Mile Advance, per new MassDOT guidance, the state abbreviation has been added to the Providence text:

Image of newly placed 1-Mile Advance overhead sign for MA 146/US 20 exit on I-90 West in Worcester

Next the 1/2 mile advance sign in front of the one of the higher bridges over the Pike:

Image of newly placed 1/2 mile advance sign for MA 146/US 20 exit on I-90 West in Worcester

And finally, the signage at the exit ramp:

Image of newly placed overhead off-ramp sign for MA 146/US 20 exit on I-90 West in Worcester

Heading Eastbound-

I turned around in Auburn, the overhead off-ramp signage for the I-290/I-395/Route 12 exit still has not been updated (nor, from traffic camera views, the signage for the I-84 Sturbridge exit). Here's the 1-Mile advance sign for Exit 10 A (there is a 2-mile advance sign for this exit, but it is not being replaced based on the project plans, the old sign still stands, as does the earlier 1/2 mile advance sign for Exit 10 going the other way):

Image of newly placed 1-mile advance overhead sign for MA 146/US 20 exit on I-90 East in Worcester

One of the new overheads for the Auburn exit can be seen to the left. The difference in design for the the cantilever supports is due to MassDOT letting each contractor determine the design. It appears Roadsafe Systems, the western project contractor, prefers a one pole support for sing, while Liddell Bros., the eastern contractor, prefers the "many pole" version. The 1/2 mile advance:

Image of newly placed 1/2 mile advance overhead sign for MA 146/US 20 exit on I-90 East in Worcester

And the sign at the exit ramp, seen in the distance above:

Image of newly placed overhead off-ramp sign for MA 146/US 20 exit on I-90 East in Worcester

The exit tab is longer to accommodate the 2 digits and letter, the future milepost number, 94, will make the tab appear to big, unless it is change. The gore sign in the distance has not been replaced. Moving on to the Route 122 1-Mile Advance:

Image of newly placed 1-mile advance overhead sign for MA 122 exit on I-90 East in Millbury

The contractor's sign placement tag still present indicating this was only recently installed. On to the 1/2 mile advance with an additional next exit distance tab:

Image of newly placed 1/2 mile advance overhead sign for MA 122 exit on I-90 East in Millbury

Given the smaller distances between the remaining exits, this is the last sign of this type heading East. Finally, here's the signage at the exit ramp:

Image of newly placed overhead exit ramp sign for MA 122 exit on I-90 East in Millbury

The gore sign here too has not been replaced. This is the last of the new signage. There is some progress to report for the I-495 exit in that it appears all the foundations for the new overhead signs has been placed. Here's the foundation for the future 1-Mile Advance sign:

Image of recently installed foundation for future overhead 1-mile advance sign for I-495 exit on I-90 east in Westborough

The foundation mostly hidden by the guardrail to the right of the orange contractor tag. There is new signage along the I-495 ramp due to the Toll Plaza demolition project. Here's the ramp signage prior to the merge of off-ramps for I-90 West traffic:

Image of new overhead signage for I-495 on ramp from I-90 West in Westborough

The signage uses what will be the new control cities on the Pike Exit 11 signage: Portsmouth NH and Taunton. Lowell and Cape Cod will be on auxiliary signs. Here the signage heading through what was the former toll plaza area, complete with shields painted on the roadbed:

Image of new overhead signage in area of former I-495 toll plaza on I-90/Mass Pike in Westborough

There are also new signs at the other end of the eastern project due to the Toll Plaza demolition project. This includes the 1-Mile Advance sign for the Allston-Brighton/Cambridge exit on I-90 West in Boston. Both new signs lack an exit tab.

Image of newly placed 1-Mile advance overhead sign for Allston-Brighton/Cambridge exit on I-90 West in Boston

The next advance sign (without a distance) lacks an exit tab too. The reason is unknown, perhaps waiting for the new milepost numbers, or the tab had the existing Exit 20 number, but with the removal of the toll plaza, perhaps MassDOT wanted to change the number to 18 to match the eastbound exit?

Image of newly placed advance overhead sign for Allston-Brighton/Cambridge exit on I-90 West in Boston

Here's some of the new signage on the off-ramp as seen from I-90 West:

Image of new ramp signage at Allston-Brighton/Cambridge exit on I-90 West in Boston

Other signs of progress on the eastern project include new overhead sign placement tags along the stretch between Boston and Weston, including this one for the 1/2 mile advance for the Newton/Watertown exit:

Image of overhead sign placement contractor tag along I-90 West in Newton

There are also now sign foundations in place further west between Weston and I-495, such as this for a Route 9 off-ramp sign:

Image of newly placed overhead sign support foundation for MA 9 exit on I-90 West in Framingham

Again, partially hidden behind the guardrail prior to the exit ramp. Also a foundation spotted prior to the I-495 exit:

Image of newly placed overhead sign support foundation for I-495 exit in I-90 West in Westborough

Sign photos from October 14 and 15 Road Trip:

I traveled between Exits 9 and 3 going westbound on the 14th documenting the new signage since the last road trip. The diagrammatic signage for the I-84 Sturbridge exit has not been installed. Though new signs have been placed at the site of the former Sturbridge toll plaza at the end of I-84 East. This is one of two new Arrow-per-Lane (APL) signs, the first ones put up in Massachusetts:

Image of newly placed arrow-per-lane overhead sign on I-84 East in Sturbridge

Back on the Pike westbound, there was a new exit sign for the Palmer Exit, Route 32:

Image of new overhead sign at ramp to MA 32 on I-90/Mass Pike West in Palmer

It appears that all the destination mileage signs have been replaced, here's the one following Exit 8. The distances have changed from the earlier sign which read Ludlow 7, Springfield 10 (no reference to Albany). It appears MassDOT decided to correct the distance to the Ludlow exit, it is 8 miles, and to use I-91 for Springfield which is 17 miles away instead of I-291:

Image of new destination mileage sign on I-90/Mass Pike West in Palmer

New signage for Exit 7, Route 21 in Ludlow, is also all installed, starting with the 1-Mile Advance sign:

Image of newly placed 1-Mile advance overhead sign for MA 21 exit on I-90/Mass Pike West in Ludlow

And proceeding with the 1/2 mile and ramp exit signs:

Image of newly placed 1/2 Mile Advance overhead sign for MA 21 exit on I-90/Mass Pike West in LudlowImage of newly placed overhead exit ramp sign for MA 21 on I-90/Mass Pike West in Ludlow

As can be seen on the left of the above photo, new mile markers have been placed along the left shoulder heading west from Mile 92 in Auburn. Where the median is narrow the markers also have eastbound numbers, but these have not been installed on wide medians eastbound, here's the Mile 50 marker in Chicopee:

Image of Mile 50 mile marker along I-90/Mass Pike West in Springfield

The Ludlow Service Plaza has a new mixed case entrance gore sign:

Image taken of new mixed case blue service plaza sign on I-90 West in Ludlow

Getting back to the exit signs, there are new signage for the advanced signage for I-291, Exit 6:

Image of recently placed 2-Mile exit sign for I-291 on I-90/Mass Pike West in Springfield

There are a couple auxiliary signs between the 2 and 1 Mile Advance overheads (and temporary sign due to I-91 Viaduct construction):

Image of new auxiliary sign placed ahead of I-291 exit on I-90/Mass Pike West in ChicopeeImage of newly placed Auxiliary sign for Exits 6 and 4 on I-90/Mass Pike West in Chicopee

Here are the remaining 1-Mile and 1/2 Mile advance signs:

Image of recently placed 1-Mile advance overhead sign for I-291 Exit on I-90/Mass Pike West in Springfield

Image of recently installed 1/2 mile advance sign for I-291 exit on I-90/Mass Pike West in Springfield

The exit ramp signage, being on an overhead over the entire roadway, has not been replaced, this includes the 2-Mile 'CT' 33 2-Mile advance sign for Exit 5.

Here's the reassurance marker following Exit 5:

Image of West Mass Pike/I-90 reassurance marker following Exit 8 on-ramp in Ludlow

The Route 33 advance signage has been replaced, starting with the 1-Mile Advance:

Image of newly installed 1-Mile Advance sign for MA 33 Exit on I-90/Mass Pike West in Chicopee

and concluding with the 1/2 mile advance, the ramp signage still needs to be replaced:

Image of newly installed 1/2 mile advance sign for MA 33 exit on I-90 Mass Pike West in Chicopee

The next new sign is the 2-Mile Advance for the I-91 exit:

 Image of newly installed 2-Mile Advance sign for I-91/US 5 exit on I-90 West in West Springfield

There are also auxiliary signs for Exit 4, one brown one for the Springfield Armory:

Image of newly placed brown auxiliary sign for Springfield attractions prior to I-91 exit on I-90/Mass Pike West in Chicopee

And a green one for Amherst / UMass (or is that UMass Amherst?):

Auxiliary sign for UMass Amherst prior to I-91 Exit on I-90/Mass Pike West in Chicopee

The other advance sign is also up, the 1-Mile, seen below:

Image of newly installed 1-Mile Advance sign for I-91/US 5 exit on I-90/Mass Pike West in Chicopee

There is also a new ramp sign, because it uses only 1 support, despite having 2 signs:

Image of newly placed exit ramp signage for I-91/US 5 on I-90 Mass Pike West in West Springfield

All the signage for the US 202/Route 10 exit in Westfield has also been installed, starting with the 1-Mile Advance:

Image of recently placed 1 mile advance sign for US 202/MA 10 exit on I-90/Mass Pike West in Westfield

The 1/2 mile advance with the important added tab that the next exit is 30 miles away:

Image of newly placed 1/2 mile advance sign for US 202/MA 10 exit on I-90/Mass Pike West in Westfield

And the ramp signage, where I turned around to head back toward Springfield (see the AET section for photos of the former Exit 3 Toll Plaza):

Image of newly placed overhead exit ramp signage for US 202/MA 10 ramp on I-90/Mass Pike West in Westfield

Turning back Eastbound

Starting with the first reassurance marker before the Westfield AET gantry:

Image of East Mass Pike/I-90 Reassurance marker after Exit 3 onramp in Westfield

The first new overhead sign is the 2-Mile advance for I-91:

Image of newly placed 2-Mile advance overhead sign for I-91/US 5 exit on I-90/Mass Pike East in West Springfield

There is a brown auxiliary sign up for the Springfield Armory:

Image of newly placed brown auxiliary sign on I-90/Mass Pike East for I-91 Exit in West Springfield

There's also an auxiliary sign for US 5,  but if it's new does the US 5 shield need to be there since its on the overhead signs, and if it's old, why has it not been removed? Behind it is the 1-Mile Advance sign for I-91/US 5:

Auxiliary sign for US 5 before I-91/US 5 exit on I-90/Mass Pike East in West Springfield

And the final new sign for Exit 4, the 1/2 Mile Advance:

Image of newly placed 1/2 Mile advance overhead sign for I-91/US 5 exit on I-90/Mass Pike East in West Springfield

The next new sign is the 1-Mile Advance for MA 33:

Image of newly placed 1-Mile advance sign for MA 33 exit on I-90/Mass Pike East in Chicopee

There is an auxiliary sign for Westover Airport/Air Force Base:

Newly placed auxiliary sign prior to MA 33 exit on I-90/Mass Pike East in Chicopee

Followed by the 1/2 Mile Advance:

Image of newly placed 1/2 mile advance overhead sign for MA 33 exit on I-90/Mass Pike East in Chicopee

The overhead sign at the exit ramp has not been change since its a 2-sign gantry containing the 2-Mile I-291 Advance Sign. The next new sign is the 1-Mile Advance for I-291:

Image of newly placed 1-Mile Advance overhead sign for I-291 Exit on I-90/Mass Pike East in Chicopee

This is followed by a new 1/2 mile advance, the exit sign is also on a 2-sign gantry and has not been replaced:

Image of newly placed 1/2 mile overhead cantilever sign for I-291 Exit on I-90/Mass Pike East in Chicopee

Heading to Ludlow, here is the first of 3 new signs, the 1-Mile Advance:

Image of newly placed 1-Mile Advance overhead sign for MA 21 exit on I-90/Mass Pike East in Ludlow

Then the 1/2 mile advance:

Image of newly placed 1/2 mile advance sign for MA 21 exit on I-90/Mass Pike East in Ludlow

There is a cantilever at the MA 21 exit as well:

Image of newly placed exit ramp overhead sign for MA 21 exit on I-90/Mass Pike East in Ludlow

There is also a new exit ramp sign to go with the previously placed advance signs for the MA 32 in Palmer:

Image of newly placed overhead exit ramp sign for MA 32 exit on I-90/Mass Pike East in Palmer

All the remaining advance signs for I-84 have also been put up, the 1-Mile:

Image of newly placed 1-Mile Advance sign for I-84 Exit on I-90/Mass Pike East in Sturbridge

And the 1/2 mile advance:

Image of newly placed 1/2 Mile Advance overhead sign for I-84 exit on I-90/Mass Pike East in Sturbridge

There is also a new auxiliary sign for US 20, Sturbridge:

Image of newly placed auxiliary sign for US 20/Sturbridge prior to I-84 Exit on I-90/Mass Pike in Sturbridge

The new signage for the Auburn exit are in previous photos below.

So, what about the eastern contract (Exits 10A to 20)? Not much to report, the only new things noticed outside of I-95 are a couple of sign foundations. Here's one westbound in Millbury:

Image of overhead sign support foundation for future 1-Mile Advance sign for MA 122 exit on I-90/Mass Pike West in Millbury

And a last-minute shot of one heading eastbound with contractor tag prior to the I-495 interchange:

Image of newly created foundation for future overhead sign support on I-90/Mas Pike East in Marlboro

The only other new thing to report eastbound is the new traffic pattern at the I-95/Route 128 interchange, where there are now 2 thru lanes and two exit lanes:

Image of new roadway layout at I-95/128 exit on I-90/Mass Pike East in Weston

The only new sign that has been placed is westbound prior to the Allston-Brighton exit, and its placement is due to the toll plaza demolition project, not the sign replacement contract. Here's a photo of the sign from a MassDOT traffic camera:

MassDOT traffic camera image of new overhead sign prior to Allston-Brighton exit on I-90/Mass Pike West in Boston

Earlier signage photos taken on September 27, 2017

These are from a short trip from Boston to Weston to see if there were any more indications regarding sign replacements in that stretch. A couple contractor tags were spotted, including here 1-Mile before the Newton/Watertown exit:

Image of contractor tag placed at future site of overhead exit sign on I-90 West in Newton

No other tags were spotted westbound, so I decided to re-take photos of the I-95 exit signs that were previously taken looking into the sun in late afternoon. Here is the first 1-Mile advance with the new exit tab for the 2 new ramps, due to the new location, the distance to the first ramp is more like 1 1/2 miles. The lanes were closed due to construction under the bridges prior to and after the I-95 ramp.

Image of 1-Mile bridge mounted exit sign for I-95 with new exit tabs on I-90 West in Newton

Here's the '1/2 mile' advance signage with the reformatted exit tab. The I-95 shield is fading fast:

Image of overhead exit sign for I-95/MA 30 exit on I-90 West in Weston with new exit tab

Here's another look at the first ramp signage at the site of the former Weston Toll Plaza:

Image of new overhead signs for MA 30/I-95 exit on I-90 West in Weston

And another view of the signage at the I-95 ramp with the exit tabs able to accommodate a future 3-digit exit number.

Image of newly placed overhead exit signs for I-95 on I-90 West in Weston

MassDOT's Toll Demolition Project page had indicated new signage would be put up on the ramps to I-95 from I-90 the week of September 18-22, however, all that was seen was the old signage at the former toll plaza site:

Image of overhead bridge mounted signs for I-95 exits from I-90 Mass Pike in Weston

Previous photos taken August 27, 2017:

I took the Mass Pike from I-95/128 west to Route 9 in Framingham and back east from I-495 to Weston. Not much new to report, I did get a few more contractor overhead sign tags. Most of the exits now have them, though there were no foundations dug at any of the locations I passed. Here's a tag for the 1-Mile advance sign for Route 30 heading west:

Image of contractor overhead sign placement tag for 1-Mile Advance sign for MA 30 exit on I-90 West in Natick

The current sign is around the corner. I also notice a new tag at the Route 30 exit. The new sign will be after the existing one:

Image of new contractor overhead sign placement tag for MA 30 exit on I-90 West in Natick

As for Route 9, there now is a tag at the exit, also after the existing sign but still before the bridge:

Image of contractor overhead sign placement tag for future MA 9 exit sign on I-90 West in Framingham

Heading back east from I-495, noticed a couple new tags for Route 9, while no tag for 1-Mile, here's the 1/2 mile advance tag after the current sign:

Image taken of newly placed contractor overhead sign placement tag for 1/2 mile advance sign for MA 9 exit on I-90 East in Framingham

And at the exit itself, also beyond the current sign:

Image of new contractor placement tag for future overhead sign for MA 9 exit on I-90 East in Framingham

I also got a photo I missed before of the 1-Mile advance tag at the Route 30 exit in Natick, this one before the current sign:

Image of contractor placement tag for future overhead 1-mile advance sign for MA 30 exit on I-90 East in Natick

Also got a photo of a possible new tag at the exit ramp, this one behind the current sign:

Image taken of contractor placement tag for future overhead sign at MA 30 exit on I-90 East in Natick

Approaching the I-95/Route 128 interchange in Weston, the placement tag for the 2-Mile Sign is behind the current sign that is bridge-mounted:

Image of current bridge-mounted 2-Mile Advance sign for I-95/MA 128 exit on I-90 East in Weston

The sign will be after the bridge and around the curve seen above:

Image of contractor placement tag for future 2-Mile Advance sign for I-95 exit on I-90 East in Weston

Here's a better photo of the previous spotted 1-Mile Advance sign for the I-95/Route 128 exit:

Image taken of contractor placement tag for future overhead 1-Mile advance sign for I-95 exit on I-90 East in Weston

Previous Photos

As of August 25, 2017. The contractor on the western project has placed some of, if not all, new exit signs for Exits 3, and 5-10.

Here's two photos taken by MassDOT traffic cameras showing the backs, unfortunately, of new signage at Exit 3 in Westfield.

This view shows the ramp signage for I-90 East, image was taken on August 23:

MassDOT traffic camera image of new I-90/Mass Pike overhead exit signage for Exit 3 in Westfield

This view shows new 1/2 mile advance (in the distance) and exit ramp signage (the latter has taken the place of a bridge-mounted sign) for I-90 West:

Image taken from I-90 West traffic camera of Mass Pike at Exit 3 in Westfield, by MassDOT

Photos taken July 10, 2017 showing newly placed overhead signage for the Auburn, Sturbridge and Palmer exits (8-10):

Newly placed overhead 2-mile advance exit sign for I-290/MA 12 /I-395 on I-90 West in Auburn

There are also new 1 Mile and 1/2 Mile Advance overheads:

Newly placed 1-Mile Advance overhead exit sign for I-290/MA 12/I-395 exit on I-90 West in Auburn

The 1/2 mile indicates mileage to the next exit (I-84):

Image of newly placed 1/2 mile advance exit sign for I-290/MA 12/I-395 exit on I-90 West in Auburn

The signs at the interchange itself have not been replaced, here's an example of some of the auxiliary signage:

Image of newly placed auxiliary sign for I-290/MA 12/I-395 exit on I-90 West in Auburn

There is also an auxiliary sign for MA 12, though the overhead sign plan was revised to include it:

Image of newly placed auxiliary sign from Auburn exit on I-90 West

There are no new overhead signs for the I-84 / Sturbridge exit, nor does it appear that foundations have been dug. The next new signs are at the Palmer Exit for MA 32:

Newly place 1 Mile Advance sign for MA 32 exit on I-90 West in Palmer

There's also a new overhead 1/2 mile advance sign:

Image of newly placed 1/2 mile advance sign for MA 32 exit on I-90 West in Palmer

Again, the signs at the exit ramps have not been replace, there are no new overheads westbound. There are new destination mileage signs using route shields instead of text:

Image of newly placed destination mileage sign on I-90 West in Auburn

They are also installing new signs on all the bridges identifying the street and city/town:

Image of new street and city signage being placed along the I-90/Mass Pike west roadway

Heading back East

Again, there are new signs for the Palmer exit:

Image of newly placed overhead 1 Mile advance sign for MA 32 exit on I-90 East in Palmer

There is also an 1/2 mile advance, but no new signage at the exit ramps:

Image of newly placed 1/2 mile advance overhead sign for MA 32 exit on I-90 East in Palmer

There appears to be room for a milepost based number to be placed in the future, as seen on this sign plan:

Plan for 1 Mile advance exit sign on I-90/Mass Pike in Palmer, from MassDOT

For the I-84 exit, there is one new overhead sign heading east, the 2-Mile advance sign:

Image of newly placed 2-Mile advance sign for I-84 exit on I-90 East in Sturbridge

As with the MA 32 signs, there appears to be room for changing to a milepost based number, as seen in this sign plan:

Sign plan for milepost exit sign for I-84 on I-90/Mass Pike in Sturbridge

There are 3 new signs eastbound for the Auburn exit:

Here a photo of the first 2-Mile advance sign, thanks to Shaun Ganley:

Image of new 2-mile advance overhead sign for Exit 10 on I-90/Mass Pike East in Auburn

The 1-Mile advance sign:

Image of newly placed 1-Mile advance sign for I-290/MA 12/I-395 exit on I-90 East in Auburn

and here's the 1/2 mile advance sign:

Image of newly place 1/2 mile advance sign for I-290/MA 12/I-395 exit on I-90 East in Auburn

Here's the sign plan with the proposed milepost based number, and without MA 12, later revised, though as seen the auxiliary sign was not changed:

Image of original sign plan for Auburn exit on I-90/Mass Pike, from MassDOT

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 remaining exits without new signs 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 newly placed westbound version of the sign, first at the (To) MA 30 exit:

Image of newly placed overheads at new ramp to MA 30 on I-90 West in Weston

This differs slightly from the sign plan for the replacement contract:

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

As can be seen in the photo there is room on the exit tabs future 3-digit milepost based numbering. There are 2 exit ramps, A and B. Here's signage for the new I-95 ramp, currently Exit 15B:

Image of new overhead signage at new ramp to I-95 from I-90 West in Weston

The advance signs for the exits were not changed, just a new suffixed exit tab was added:

Image of new exit tab on existing sign for I-95/MA 30 exits on I-90 West in Newton

As can be seen above, and in this photo of the gore sign for the MA 30 exit, there appears to be room for a 3-digit number:

Image of exit gore sign at new ramp to MA 30 from I-90 West in Weston

Here's the plan for the new interchange configuration opened in early July 2017 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

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 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.

PHOTOS (7/9/2017)

As of the middle of July, the western project is at least 40% complete. In addition to the several overhead signs (see above) there has been progress in installing auxiliary, regulatory signage along the roadside and street identification signs on bridge overpasses from the NY border to just beyond Sturbridge as well as installing support foundations for additional overhead signs (a truck parked in the median near Springfield on July 9 had at least a doxen sign support posts ready to be installed). Here's examples of some of the above:

An auxiliary sign for MA 12 Auburn prior to the I-290/MA 12/I-395 interchange (only Auburn is needed on the sign since MA 12 is now included on the overhead signs):

Image of new auxiliary sign for MA 12 (redundant given change is overhead) prior to I-290/MA 12/I-395 exit on I-90/Mass Pike West in Auburn

A new destination mileage sign with an I-84 shield replacing text in the previous version:

Image of new destination mileage sign along I-90/Mass Pike West in Auburn

An example of the bridge signs identifying the crossing street and city/town:

Image of new street and town identification sign above I-90/Mass Pike West in Auburn

The current old sign at the US 20 Exit in Lee, not in dire need of replacing:

Image of existing overhead exit sign for US 20 exit on I-90/Mass Pike West in Lee

Here are photos taken on June 4, 2017 showing examples of the new signage between Auburn and Sturbridge:

New signage has been placed for the Charlton Service plazas east and westbound, here is a new sign without any information 1 Mile from the westbound plaza:

Image of newly placed, incomplete 1 mile advance sign for Charlton Service Plaza on I-90/Mass Pike West

New gore signs have also been placed at the Service Plaza entrances, the new signs feature a mixture of upper and lowercase letters, here westbound:

Image of new entrance gore sign for Charlton Service Plaza on I-90/Mass Pike West

and at the eastbound plaza:

Image of new blue entrance gore sign at Charlton Service Plaza on I-90/Mass Pike EastAs

As for auxiliary exit signage, new signs have been placed with the existing exit numbers. Here's the sign for US 20 at Exit 9 where the new overhead will only have I-84 listed:

Image of new US 20 auxiliary sign for I-84 Exit from I-90/Mass Pike West in Sturbridge

Heading back east, here's one of the new auxiliary signs for Exit 10 in Auburn:

Image of new auxiliary sign placed for I-290/I-395/MA 12 exit on I-90/Mass Pike East in Auburn

Another sign has a listing for MA 12, though MassDOT has changed the plan for the overhead signs and will place a MA 12 shield on them as well:

Image of MA 12 auxiliary sign before I-290/I-395/MA 12 exit on I-90/Mass Pike East in Auburn

In addition the project has begun replacing the destination mileage signs which had all text, to new ones with route shields, here after the Charlton Service Plaza:

Image taken of new destination mileage sign placed on I-90/Mass Pike East after the Charlton Service Area

and another just beyond the Auburn exit:

Image taken of newly placed destination mileage sign along I-90/Mass Pike East in Auburn

The Eastern Section has shown less progress, still listed at 13% as it was in June 2017, though it's not supposed to be completed until 2018. More progress has been made in placing orange future overhead sign tags by the contractor, but little else.

Heading west, here's a tag at the existing 1-Mile advance sign for Route 30 in Natick:

Image of future sign placement tag near MA 30 exit on I-90/Mass Pike West in Natick

They are all marked at the Route 9 exit, as seen below, and at the I-495 interchange:

Image of contractor placed future overhead sign placement tag for 2-Mile exit sign for I-495 on I-90/Mass Pike West in Westborough

There are also tags at the MA 122 exit in Millbury, here along with a completed sign support foundation.

Image of contractor overhead sign support placement tag before MA 122 exit on I-90/Mass Pike in Millbury

Though, there are none present at the MA 146/US 20 exit in Worcester:

Image of current ground-mounted 1-Mile advance sign for MA 146/US 20 exit on I-90/Mass Pike West in Worcester

Heading back east there are tags for the MA 146/US 20 exit, at least for the 1-Mile advance overhead:

Image of contractor overhead sign support placement tag along I-90/Mass Pike East prior to MA 146 exit in Worcester

Heading on, there are tags approaching Route 122 in Millbury, this one behind the current sign:

Image of contractor overhead sign support placement tag prior to MA 122 exit sign on I-90/Mass Pike East in Millbury

Tags were present approaching the I-495 interchange, before the current sign which is definitely showing its age:

Image of contractor overhead sign support placement tag prior to I-495 exit sign on I-90/Mass Pike East in Westborough

The sign at the interchange itself though is not as old, but will be replaced anyway and have new destinations (control cities):

Image of current overhead sign for I-495 exit ramp on I-90/Mass Pike East in Westborough

Inside I-495, tags are more sporadic, only one still spotted for Route 9 in Framingham, there were a couple though for the Route 30 exit in Natick:

Image of existing MA 30 exit sign on I-90/Mass Pike East in Natick

Since I traveled through in June however, a couple tags have appeared near the current overhead signs for the I-95/128 exit in Weston (including this one for the 1-Mile Advance only noticed at the last minute, thus the blurred image):

Image of contractor overhead sign support placement tag for 1-Mile advance sign for I-95 on I-90/Mass Pike in Weston 

No tags were observed further east for the Newton exit.

Earlier photos from September 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. 

Latest Photos taken on November 18, 2017

MassDOT announced in early November that most of the work in the former toll plaza areas had been completed and all lanes in their final configurations were open to traffic. This included removing the pavement from the former Weston westbound plaza ramp for I-95/Route 128 traffic and landscaping the area with trees and grass that was starting to grow as seen here to the right:

Image of ramp signage and grass growing in old Weston Toll Plaza area I-95 ramp from I-90 West

A closer view of the new landscaped area:

Image of new landscaped area in place of former toll plaza and ramp to I-95 from I-90 West in Weston

Previous Photos from October 14 and 15, 2017:

Traveled through several of the former toll plazas on road trip that weekend. Starting with Exit 10 in Auburn:

Image of former toll plaza at Auburn exit off of I-90/Mass Pike

New signage had been placed in the former toll plaza area ahead of the Route 12 exit, while some temporary signage remained. :

The contract for replacing the signage around the toll plazas was given to Lidell Bros. of Halifax, the same agency responsible for replacing the signs east of Auburn.

Image of new overhead signage in location of former toll plaza at Auburn exit to I-290 and I-395 off of I-90/Mass Pike

The signage at the Route 12 exit itself had not been changed, possibly that is part of the I-90 Sign Replacement Project, not the Toll Demolition contract.

Image of old ramp signage for MA 12 and I-290/I-395 exits beyond site of former Auburn Toll Plaza on I-90/Mass Pike

The next former toll plaza visited was in Westfield for the exit to US 202 and Route 10. Trailblazers are up in the former toll plaza area:

Image of new trailblazers for US 202 and MA 10 on ramp from I-90/Mass Pike in Westfield

Notice the jumbled numbers in the right-hand sign. Heading through the site of the former toll plaza itself:

Image taken of view traveling through former toll plaza at Westfield exit off of I-90/Mass Pike

Here's a view of the signs seen in the distance above. Route shields are on an atypical thin sign set up:

Image of new signage at end of ramp to US 202/MA 10 from I-90/Mass Pike in Westfield

Here's the signage at the Mass Pike entrance put up with the start of electronic tolling:

Image of recently placed entrance signage for I-90/Mass Pike at interchange with US 202/MA 10 in Westfield

A view heading back through the site of the former toll plaza showing some reconstruction work remains to be completed:

Image of view of former toll plaza area on ramp from US 202/MA 10 to I-90/Mass Pike in Westfield

The next toll plaza was for I-91/US 5 in West Springfield. New signage has not been put up just after the site of the former plaza:

Image of signage through site of former toll plaza on ramp from I-90/Mass Pike to I-91/US 5 in West Springfield

However, new signage was spotted on the ramp to the I-91 exits, perhaps part of the sign replacement project:

New 2-sign cantilever overhead signs for I-91 exits on ramp from I-90/Mass Pike in West Springfield

New signage was also up on the old supports at the split of the two ramps:

Image of new overhead signage for I-91 exits on ramp from I-90/Mass Pike in West Springfield

At the Sturbridge Toll Plaza, the major change is the installation of new Arrow-Per-Lane signs (also posted above). These signs are part of the toll demolition project and not of the I-90 sign replacement project:

Image of second of 2 new arrow-per-lane signs put up on I-84 East at site of former I-90/Mass Pike toll plaza

The last photo is of a new reassurance marker spotted at the site of the Weston Toll Plaza heading east. The placement of the Pike logo and I-90 shields is the opposite to the others on the roadway:

Image of reassurance marker for East I-90/Mass Pike beyond site of former Weston Toll Plaza

Earlier photos taken on September 27, 2017

Took a quick trip along the Pike East from I-93 to Weston to check on toll demolition progress. Here's traffic at the Allston-Brighton exit approaching the former toll plaza site:

Image of traffic on I-90/Mass Pike East approaching site of former Allston-Brighton toll plaza

Now heading under the bridge to where the toll plaza stood:

Image of view from I-90/Mass Pike East approaching site of former Allston-Brighton toll plaza

And the view at the former toll plaza site itself, near final paving had taken place:

Image of I-90/Mass Pike East at site of former Allston-Brighton toll plaza

The area where at the on-ramp from Allston-Brighton to I-90 East appeared complete:

Image of I-90/Mass Pike traffic approaching on-ramp after former site of Allston-Brighton toll plaza

Photos from August 27, 2017

Again going through the Weston Toll Plaza from I-95/128 North, the plaza area has now been paved and awaiting final lane painting. Here's the view approaching the split from I-95 North:

Image taken of existing overhead signs at split of ramps to I-90/Mass Pike from I-95 North in Weston

The view approaching the former toll plaza location:

Image taken of newly paved ramp to I-90 West from I-95 North in Weston

View of traveling through location of former toll booths:

Image of view of newly paved lanes through former toll booth area on ramp from I-95 North to I-90/Mass Pike West

After the former toll booth location traffic merges from I-95/Route 128 South into 2-lanes to enter the Mass Pike lanes:

Image taken of newly paved lanes at merge of traffic from I-95 South and North on ramp to I-90/Mass Pike West in Weston

Moving on to the Route 9 toll plaza, the permanent overhead signs that MassDOT said would be placed on August 23 and 24 were not present, instead I took photos of the temporary signage:

Image of temporary MA 9 guide signs at site of former Mass Pike toll plaza in Framingham

Here's the temporary signage at the ramp splitting to East and West Route 9:

Image of temporary guide signage for MA 9 West and East at ramp from I-90/Mass Pike in Framingham

They were also to place permanent signage at the I-495 interchange, not there either, this is the ground-level temp signage:

Image of temporary guide signage at reconstructed interchange of I-495 and I-90/Mass Pike in Westborough

Back at Weston heading east, here's the view of the recently repaved merge of the new ramp from I-90/Mass Pike East to I-95/Route 128:

Image taken of repaved lanes from I-90/Mass Pike to I-95 at site of former toll plaza in Weston

Finally, view at site of former toll plaza heading toward ramps to I-95/Route 128 North and South, the signage in the distance is to be replaced under the current I-90 Sign Replacement Project by Spring 2018:

Image taken of newly paved ramp to I-95 from I-90/Mass Pike at site of former toll plaza in Weston

Previous Photos taken on June 4, 2017:

A look driving through the Weston Toll Plazas on the ramp from I-95/128 to I-90 West:

Image taken of former Weston Toll Plaza area on ramp from I-95 to I-90/Mass Pike West

Another view after crossing through the site of the former toll booths:

Image taken of traffic pattern at site of former Weston Toll Plaza on ramp from I-95 to I-90/Mass Pike

Further west the former plaza in Westborough for traffic getting on I-495:

Image of traffic in former toll plaza area taking ramp to I-495 from I-90 Mass Pike in Westborough

View taking ramp from I-290 West to I-90 in Auburn:

Image of signage on ramp from I-290 West to I-90/Mass Pike in Auburn

Around the corner is the former toll plaza area:

Image of former toll plaza area in Auburn on ramp from I-290/I-395 to I-90/Mass Pike

And finally at the I-84 interchange in Sturbridge, the view from the ramp from I-90 West:

Image of former Strubridge Toll Plaza area from ramp to I-84 West from I-90/Mass Pike West

Here's a closer look at the site of the former toll booths:

Image taken at site of former toll booths on ramp to I-84 West from I-90/Mass Pike in Strubridge

Turning around and heading back to the Mass Pike, the view from I-84 East:

Image taken of view looking east toward I-90/Mass Pike at site of former Sturbridge Toll Plaza

The view at the former toll booth site. MassDOT says project is on schedule to be completed by the end of 2017:

Image of traffic restrictions in place at site of former Sturbridge Toll Plaza at interchange between I-84 East and I-90/Mass Pike

Here's a photo put on their Twitter account by MassDOT showing progress in completing work at the western end of the Pike at Exit 1 in Stockbridge on June 14, 2017:

Image of landscaping being done at site of former Mass Pike Western Toll Plaza at Exit 1 in Stockbridge, by MassDOT

Previous photos:

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

Here's a photo taken on April 17, showing location of former plaza beyond the bridge:

Image of former area of Allston-Brighton toll plaza along I-90/Mass Pike East

And a closeup of work going on along the right side of the former plaza:

Image taken of toll plaza demolition at former Allston-Brighton Toll Plaza on I-90/Mass Pike West

And from the location of the former plaza about to go under one of the interchange ramps:

Image of I-90/Mass Pike west traffic traveling through Allston-Brighton toll plaza

Next is 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

The next 3 photos show how it appeared on April 17, 2017:

Image taken of I-90/Mass Pike West traffic through former Weston toll plaza and exit to I-95

Traffic is now using two lanes through the former I-95 exit toll plaza (the sign to I-95/Route 128 still up) while through traffic uses the right side of the former Weston tolls.

Image of revised exit signage for I-95 interchange on I-90/Mass Pike West due to toll plaza demolition work in Weston

The 2 former lanes from I-90/Mass Pike west to the I-95 interchange are temporarily reduced to one while the off-ramps are reconstructed. There will be 2 separate ramps, one for I-95 (128) and one for Route 30.

Image of overhead signs shortly to be removed at I-90/Mass Pike west former Weston toll plaza interchange

This overhead assembly is most likely to be removed after the interchange is reconfigured. I-95/128 and Route 30 traffic will no longer share the same ramp.

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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