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I-93 Sign Replacement Project (2012-2015)

Latest Photos: Taken April 25, 2015

The harsh winter has slowed many highway projects in the Boston area, including I-93 sign replacements. The project is still, like in December, listed as 97% complete, with only one more overhead sign needing replacement,  the one for Exit 18, Mass Avenue:

Existing exit signage on I-93 North at Mass Ave in Boston

The new overhead sign for Mass Ave is to have the information on the left hand sign above incorporated into it on a white banner at the bottom, consistent with the advance signs already placed (see photos below), as shown in this sign plan:

Sign plan for Mass Ave Exit 18 on I-93 North

The other work performed in the last month or so was to get the various new variable message signs installed on some of the overhead sign gantries working. Here's the message that was being displayed on most of the I-93 signs on April 25:

Image of VMS sign with anti-text and drive message on I-93 North in Boston

The smaller VMS panels set up for the Southeast Expressway HOV or 'Zipper Lanes' had been turned on, but were still in test mode. This is the VMS 1 Mile north of the HOV lanes on I-93 South:

Image of new VMS signs approaching HOV lanes on I-93 South in Boston

While this one was for the next sign, 1/2 mile away:

Image of VMS sign in test mode on I-93 South in Boston

While it appears most of the new ground-level signage survived the snowy winter, this reassurance stack was missing its MA 3 sign which can be seen on the ground at the bottom of the photo:

Image of I-93 reassurance sign assembly with missing MA 3 shield on the ground at the bottom of the photo

While not new, these are photos of the two revised text signs for Exit 15 southbound where the previous destinations of JFK Library and UMass Boston have been placed on auxiliary signage:

Image of new text for 1 mile advance signs for Exit 15 on i-93 South in Boston

The 1/2 mile advance sign remains paired with the rare I-93/US 1/MA 3 South Pull-Through Sign:

Image of revised text of 1/2 mile advance overhead exit sign for Exit 15 on i-93 South in Boston

Other than the one last overhead sign, it appears most of the remaining I-93/US 1 guide (paddle) signage that remained to be changed in December has now been replaced. A subsequent trip up I-93 will hopefully get photo confirmation.

Once the final sign is up, this will complete the sign update projects along the entire stretch of I-93 in Massachusetts. Up next, revising the exit numbers to mile-post numbers, as part of MassDOT's plan to conform to national signing standards. This is scheduled to happen sometime between 2016 and 2020. For a list of probable new exit numbers, go to my I-93 Exit List.

Previous Photos

Taken on December 12 and 14, 2014:

One of the two remaining overheads, and some more reassurance markers have gone up over the past month. Here's the last replacement for the 1980 era exit signs, this is also the last bridge mounted sign:

Image of last new overhead sign to go up on southbound I-93 for Exit 9 in Milton

Somewhat ironic, since the first new overheads placed on the SE Expressway were for Exit 9 heading north. Other overheads placed in November, but of which I had no photos at that time, were the advisory signs for the HOV 'Zipper Lane heading south after the Columbia Road exit. This is the first 1 Mile Advance accompanied by a new VMS panel:

Image of new overhead support with HOV Lane advisory sign and VMS panel on I-93 South in Boston

The VMS panel at the bottom of the HOV sign supposedly indicates when the lane is open. An identical group of signs is 1/2 mile further south after the Columbia Road on-ramp (not pictured). The final sign is on the left at the Zipper Lane entrance:

Left-hand overhead Advisory Sign for HO lane entrance put up on I-93 South in Boston in Nov. 2014

That's it for the new overheads, the only remaining sign due to be placed, based on the project plans, is the last one northbound for the Mass Ave. exit ramp combining the current sign to the left about tunnel HazMat restrictions and replacing it with an I-93 Tunnel 1 1/2 Miles Ahead Advisory sign.

The remaining photos are of additional reassurance markers placed along I-93 North and South:

Image of new Reassurance Markers and surrounding new signage before Exit 9 on I-93 North in Quincy

This northbound set after the on-ramp from Furnace Brook Parkway was placed 1/2 mile north of the position given in the contract plans and has a limited sighting distance due to its location right around a curve. It is conveniently placed though to get a photo of additional overhead signage and new regulatory signage. The next newly placed set is after the on-ramp from Neponset Avenue and is after crossing the Neponset River bridge:

Image of Reassurance markers on I-93 North after Neponset River Bridge in Boston

Here's the first stack set southbound put up in November, but previously not photographed:

Image of reassurance marker on I-93/SE Expressway South in Boston near South Bay on-ramp

The back of the last northbound set can be seen under the bridge on the left. The last newly placed reassurance marker is beyond the Columbia Road on-ramp:

Image of reassurance marker assembly on I-93/SE Expressway South beyond Columbia Rd on-ramp in Boston

Lastly, here's a previously unphotographed I-93/US 1 Mass Guide (Paddle) Sign near the MBTA's JFK-UMass Red Line Station in Dorchester:

Image of I-93/US 1 Guide or Paddle Sign near MBTA JFK-UMass Subway Station in Dorchester

And, a photo from the Mass Ave on-ramp to I-93 South of the I-93/US 1 North paddle sign on Southampton Street in South Boston:

Image of newly placed I-93/US 1 Guide or Paddle Sign on Southampton St. in S. Boston

Plus the newly installed MA 3 North trailblazer at the on-ramp at Columbia Road heading west:

Image of newly installed MA 3 North trailblazer at Columbia Rd west interchange with I-93/SE Expy North

Don't know how long this sign will last at this busy intersection. I did not check to see if there was also a MA 3 South one going the other way.  The project, according to MassDOT, is now 94% complete and may wrap up before the New Year. I'll post any remaining new signs when the project is officially complete.

Previous Photos

Taken October 26 and November 9, 2014:

The only new overhead sign to appear along the Expressway in the past 3 weeks has been the bridge mounted advance sign for Exit 11 heading northbound:

Newly placed overhead advance sign for Exit 11 on I-93 North in Milton

Before placing the last couple new overhead signs, the contractor has been putting up ground-mounted I-93/US 1/MA 3 reassurance markers along the SE Expressway. Here are a few examples:

Image of reassurance markers placed on I-93 North after Exit 7 in Quincy

This is the first set northbound after the merge with MA 3, the signs do not stand out very much due to the other signs, and the light poles, in the vicinity. This cannot be said though for the next new set northbound following the on-ramp from Neponset Circle:

Newly installed reassurance markers on I-93 North after Neponset Circle onramp

The shields are posted at the end of the on-ramp and before the next set of overheads. There is an additional northbound set beyond Columbia Road, no photo.

Heading southbound, the first new reassurance markers are after the on-ramp from Mass Ave/South Bay Mall, I hope to get a photo soon. There's also supposed to be one after the Columbia Road on-ramp, which wasn't present the last time through, and then beyond the on-ramp from Freeport Street:

Image of new reassurance markers after Freeport St on-ramp to I-93 South in Boston

This one is easy to spot as well. The sign plans do not have any reassurance markers placed after the on-ramp from Morrissey Blvd before Exit 12, so this is the last in Boston. Crossing the Neponset to Milton, they finally got to removing the old shields and replacing them with a new stacked set after the Neponset Avenue on-ramp:

Image of new reassurance markers placed after Neponset Ave on-ramp to I-93 South in Milton

And, they remembered the directional banner for I-93. The last two new reassurance markers are after the ramps from Exit 9, Bryant Avenue, (below) and Exit 8, Furnace Brook Parkway (coming soon):

Image of new reassurance markers placed on I-93 South after Exit 9 in Quincy

According to the latest contractor report, made earlier this week, the sign replacement contract is 90% complete. The remaining work includes placing at least 2 more overhead signs and at least 1 reassurance marker placement after the Furnace Brook Parkway on-ramp in Quincy, and any missing punch list items. The End is Near.

I do have a question about why the reassurance shield stack has only 2 directional banners? Is this simply a way to save money, but then why the banner over the US 1 shield? The reassurance markers put up along I-95/128 between US 3 and I-93 only have the one blue directional banner. The other possibility is to make it easier to remove the MA 3 shield sometime in the future if the route is decommissioned. Since there are no MA 3 shields on the overhead signs (except for Exit 7, which could be replaced by another shield, interstate perhaps?), or new MA green (paddle) guide signs, all you would need to remove the route is take the shields off of the reassurance posts and take down the auxiliary trailblazers at some of the on-ramps. Does MassDOT have a plan to decommission MA 3 in the works?

Taken October 15, 2014

During a drive into a meeting in Boston, I managed to get photos of the new overhead signs placed north of Morrissey Blvd, all in the northbound direction. The new signage started with the 1 mile advance sign for Exit 15:

Image of new overhead gantry for advance sign for Exit 15 and auxiliary tunnel warning signWhich also has an advisory sign for the next HOV lane beyond the Mass Pike exit. The next pair of signs are for exits only:
Image of new overhead sign gantry with advance signs for Exits 15 and 20 on I-93 North in Boston
The advance sign for I-90 is also for the Mass Avenue Exit, 18, but only the 20 number is used. Also the original plans had no yellow Toll banner next to the I-90 shield, and does not have a Mass Pike logo shield like similar signs on I-95.

The final overhead for Exit 15 is paired with an advance sign for Exit 16:
Image of new overhead gantry with signs for Exits 15 and 16 on I-93 North in Boston
The ramp sign for Exit 15 is actually about 1/4 mile ahead of the exit ramp, despite that the overhead advance for Exit 16 still reads 3/4 Mile as the former overhead that was at the ramp itself.

Beyond Columbia Road two of the three new signs for the Mass. Ave exit, Exit 18 had been placed: Here's the first:
Image of first new overhead exit sign for Exit 18 on I-93 North in Boston
The previous Mass. Avenue sign was a cantilever with no notice of the need for hazardous materials to exit, which were on separate signs closer to the exit. Here you have a I-93 Tunnel advisory and where the banned over-height and hazardous material vehicles should go. The last new overhead:
Image of second new overhead sign for Mass. Ave. exit on I-93 North in Boston
Is of similar design except with the HOV lane notice replacing the I-93 Tunnel advisory sign, that will be paired with the final new Mass Ave. ramp sign which has not been put up yet. That and an advisory sign for the southbound HOV/Zipper Lane on one of the Columbia Road sign gantries appear to be the only overheads remaining to be placed. You may have also spotted to the right the old button-copy Exit 16 gore sign which also needs to be replaced.

Taken between September 22 and October 12, 2014:

In the past few weeks the contractor has been working to complete placing the remaining overhead signs along the Southeast Expressway. This started with putting up the rest of the signs for Exit 7 southbound:

Image of newly placed 1/2 mile advance overhead sign for I-93 South Exit 7 in Quincy

This being the last advance sign put up for the 'Braintree Split' between I-93/US 1 South and MA 3. This sign apparently designed after the change from 5 lanes to 4 after the HOV lanes. The gantry spans both traffic directions, as does:

Image of newly placed auxiliary sign for South Shore Plaza on I-93 South in Quincy

This replaces a similar ground mounted sign in the same area. The gantry also holds northbound signs:

Photo of new overhead VMS and Exit 8 advance sign on I-93 North in Quincy

The gantry here holds both a new VMS and the lone remaining needed advance sign for Exit 8.

In addition to new signs, several support posts for other upcoming signs were placed, including:

Image of new sign support placed for new overhead signs on I-93 North in Milton

This overhead gantry over both directions that in two weeks would hold these smaller signs:

Image of newly placed VMS and exit sign on new overhead gantry on I-93 North in Milton

The 'Next Exit 11' is to replace a similar ground mounted sign, still there on this date, that is 1/2 mile further north and only slightly in front of the 1 Mile advance sign for Exit 11 itself. The signs going southbound are for both Exits 9 and 8:

Image of new overhead signs placed for Exits 9 and 8 on I-93 South in Milton

The last new overhead for Exit 8, a 1/4 mile advance sign, was placed at the same time, first the support posts:

Image of new support posts for future overhead signs on I-93 South in Quincy

Then the signs themselves a week later:

New overhead sign for Exit 8 on I-93 South in Quincy

Along with another new permanent VMS. The previous overhead was slightly north of here and a cantilever of a 1/2 mile advance for Exit 8. 

Work also included placement of another set of support posts across both lanes just on the Milton side of the Neponset River:

Image of, in distance, new support posts for future overhead signs on I-93 in Milton

They are in the distance just beyond the Exit 11 Northbound on-ramp. These supports eventually led to placement of:

Newly placed overhead signs on I-93 South in Milton

The remaining signs for Exits 11A and 11B heading southbound. With the placement of all these signs, work is completed, at least for overhead signs, south of Exit 14, Morrissey Blvd. There are still ground mounted sign work to complete, such as along Granite Avenue in Milton:

Image of incomplete MA 3 trailblazer sign and I-93/US 1 guide sign on Granite Ave in Milton

The MA 3 trailblazer is missing it's top and bottom elements. And while the Mass Guide (Paddle) signs are fully installed here:

Image of Guide sign for I-93 North on Granite Ave in Milton

There are still a couple needing replacing along Morrissey Blvd and at the Freeport Street on-ramp to the Expressway southbound. Also, there has been no further placement of reassurance markers along the Expressway, except after Exit 9 northbound. Plans call for new signage after every on-ramp northbound with the exception of Exit 11, and southbound, except for after the on-ramp from Morrissey prior to Exit 12. The contractor reports they were 83% complete as of October 10. Of the remaining needed signs northbound for Exits 15, 16, 18 and 20, not shown here, at least one is up for the Mass Ave exit, seen on a traffic camera, and there may be more around Columbia Road. I have not traveled north of Freeport Street in the past month, but hope to soon to witness the completion of this project. 

Taken between September 2 and September 21, 2014

The last couple months have seen a lull in activity as the contractor waited for the new concrete foundations to cure before the next set of overhead sign supports could be placed. This has taken place over the past month, first along the Braintree and Randolph stretch, and then on the Southeast Expressway. In Braintree and Randolph the last sets of overheads, a combination of exit signs and Variable Message Signs (VMSs) went up this week. Here's the long awaited final new MA 28 exit sign in Randolph:

Image of newly placed overhead VMS and ramp signage for exit 5B on I-93 North in Randolph

The support posts for the overhead above were placed about 3 weeks earlier as seen in this photo:

Image of newly place support posts for to be installed overhead signs at Exit 5B ramp on I-93 in Randolph

The last overhead assembly to complete was the combination of VMS and auxiliary sign for Exit 7 MA 3 in Braintree:

Image of newly placed overhead signage near Exit 7 on I-93 North in Braintree

The support posts for this overhead was put up around the same time, as seen in this photo:

Image of newly placed support poles for future overhead signage near Exit 7 on I-93 North in Braintree

The old sign seen above was installed in the early 1980s when the Quincy Adams T Station has opened. The sign project is now basically complete between Exits 5 and 7 northbound and Exits 6 to 4 southbound.

As for progress on the Southeast Expressway portion of I-93. This can be seen in the number of new overhead sign support structures put up in the last couple weeks. It appears all but 2 foundations have had poles placed on them as of 9/21. Most of the structures will span both directions of I-93. Here's one of the supports for the ramp sign for Columbia Road and first Southampton Street advance sign heading northbound:

Image of newly placed overhead sign support post on I-93 North in Boston

The support below will anchor the new Mass Avenue exit 3/4 Mile and an I-90/Mass Pike exit 1 mile advance sign northbound before the Columbia Road on-ramp:

Image of support post for Mass Ave overhead exit sign on I-93 North in Boston

It appears that only one of the support structures north of Columbia Road will be replaced, at the off-ramp to Southampton Street across from the South Bay Mall. This is now heading southbound:

Image of I-93 Overhead sign support structure in Boston

Originally all were to be replaced, with the Big Dig era signage kept. Apparently further inspection showed that the others were in good enough shape to be used again. Also, if you are familiar with the area, you will notice the old Exit 15 1/4 mile advance sign has been taken down. The next two photos show the southbound counterparts to the support structures seen above. This is for the South Station / I-90 advance signs northbound, it will hold a VMS southbound:

Image of overhead sign support structure near Columbia Road on I-93 South in Boston

This is opposite the Columbia Road/Southampton Street overheads, there will be no signage this direction:
Image of overhead sign support on I-93 South beyond Columbia Road in Boston

There is also an overhead post southbound near the start of the HOV zipper lane, this will hold a auxiliary sign on the left for the approaching lanes:

Image of overhead support post for future sign on I-93 South in Boston

Support structures on both sides of I-93 have been placed also for the ramp and advance signs for Exits 11A and 11B:

Image of support structure for overhead exit signs to be put up for Exit 11 on I-93 South in Milton

There is a corresponding support on I-93 North. A similar placement has been done at the off-ramp for Exit 9 southbound:

Image of support pole for future overhead exit signs at Exit 9 on I-93 South in Milton

As well as for the 1/2 mile advance sign for Exit 7, MA 3 or the "Braintree Split", here's the northbound support from the southbound lanes:

Image of overhead sign support for future exit signage on I-93 South in Quincy

And here's the structure on the southbound side:

Image of right support structure for future overhead sign for Exit 7 on I-93 South in Quincy

The above signs were placed prior to the routing of US 1 on this part of I-93. The US 1 sign replaced a MA 128 sign, also it appears the original I-93 and I-95 shields have been replaced in recent years.

The only new signage on this part of I-93 has been in the Neponset Circle area where all the on-ramp signage has been replaced in the last couple weeks. Here is the new set of signs heading toward Neponset Circle on MA 203 East:

Image of new signs for the Neponset Circle on-ramps to I-93 North in Boston

The original assembly was taken down last month and temporarily replaced by ground-mounted signs shown here:

Image of temporary signage for I-93 North at Neponset Circle in Boston

Here's a long distance view of all the new overheads approaching I-93 North from Neponset Circle:

Image of new overhead signage approaching I-93 onramp in Neponset Circle in Boston
This includes a replacement overhead for MA 203, which continues to be referred to as 'To 203' in the overhead signage while:
Image of new overhead signage approaching onramp from Neponset Circle to I-93 North in Boston

A West direction is fine for the green guide, or paddle, sign. This overhead is only supported on the left side, as opposed to the previous cross-highway overhead. Another interestingly supported overhead is on Morrissey Blvd heading south:

Image of new overhead signage for I-93 South on Morrissey Blvd in Dorchester

Here there is only one support. Still needed for all the Neponset Circle overheads are complementary MA 3 trailblazer signs.

The project is now 71% complete according to MassDOT, and with most of the support posts placed, most of the remaining signage may be put up soon. There is at least 1 foundation that has yet to be placed (for the 1/4 advance sign for Exit 8 northbound, Furnace Brook Parkway), however, so it may not be until late fall until the project is completed.

Previous Photos: Taken on July 27, 2014

No new activity to be seen the past week. I used the opportunity to get pictures of some of the auxiliary MA 3 signs which are slowly being added at some of the interchanges. Here are the MA 3 signs along Granite Avenue South just over the Boston city line:

Image of MA 3 auxiliary signage approaching SB Granite Ave on-ramp to I-93/SE Expy South in Milton

They have recently repaved the road and everything looks new (except for the sidewalks, I guess).

Here's a closeup shot of the South MA 3 trailblazer, perhaps it's a little too big?

Image of MA 3 South trailblazer approaching on-ramp to I-93/SE Expy South in Milton

The signs above were placed back in the spring, the sign below, at the on-ramp from Exit 9, was put up in the last month or so:

Image of South MA 3 trailblazer at on-ramp to I-93/SE Expy south in Quincy

Seems like an odd location, on the extreme right just at the left-lane ramp, but perhaps they figured a left hand sign would decrease visibility.

Photos taken July 10, 2014:

Not much activity the past couple of weeks. Only in mid-July has the contractor started creating the foundations for the rest of the signs needed to be put up on the Southeast Expressway. I do have a better photo of the new overhead at the exit for Morrissey Blvd, now that the old sign has been taken down:

new image of overhead exit sign for Exit 14 on I-93 North in Boston

The exit gore signs for both Exits 13 and 14 still have not been replaced. Is this due to changes in the contract requiring new signs for future milepost based exit numbers with suffixes?  While not an overhead sign, and possibly not related to the sign installation contract, several new 'No Littering' signs have gone up along the Expressway in recent weeks, such as the one below:

New image of new overhead exit sign for Exit 14 on I-93 North in Boston

Never heard of anyone getting a $15,000 fine, and observing the litter by the roadside, doesn't seem to indicate too many litterers are worried.

Previous photos taken between 6/9 and 6/22/14:

The contractor has finished placing signs on all the cantilever and overhead supports installed in May. Among the notable new signs northbound are those for exits 13 and 14--

Image of advance overhead signage for Exits 13 and 14 on I-93 North in Boston

This was the first overhead put up, the 1 Mile for Morrissey Blvd (with new white truck and bus prohibition banner) and the 3/4 for Freeport Street. The old signage was 1 mile from Exit 13 and 1 1/4 mile from Exit 14. The last signs that were put up for these exits were the 1/2 and 1/4 mile advance signs:

Image of new overhead advance signs for Exits 13 and 14 on I-93 North in Boston

The auxiliary brown sign for UMass Boston was attached a couple days later. Initially this sign was missing the '1' in '1/4 Mile.' Prior to this sign being put up, the cantilever signs at each off-ramp were placed. Though, with the old signs still there, it was hard to take a photo:

Image of new ramp sign for Exit 13 on I-93 North in Boston, obscured by old signs

The two existing signs obscured the Freeport Street sign and the preexisting cantilever did the same for Exit 14:

Image of new overhead sign at off-ramp for Exit 14 on I-93 in Boston, obscured by older sign

A week later the finally removed the old signs at Freeport Street to take an unobstructed photo:

Unobstructed view of new overhead exit sign at Exit 14 off-ramp on i-93 North in Boston

You can note in the distance that the old sign for the Morrissey Blvd exit was still up. The last new sign put up northbound was not an exit, but an advisory sign for traffic restrictions for the I-93 Tunnel:

Image of new overhead advisory sign for I-93 Tunnel 3 Miles Ahead on I-93 North in Boston

There will be an additional sign placed beyond the Columbia Road exit. The only other overhead sign to go up was
the small white truck exclusion sign on the support for the new Exit 7 diagrammatic sign for Exit 7 southbound:Image of truck exlusion sign on northbound side of support for overhead sign for Exit 7 on I-93 South in Quincy

Heading south, new signage started with a new advance for the Granite Avenue interchange, Exits 11B and A. This sign initially was obstructed to, but later the old overhead assembly just before it was removed:

Image of new overhead 1 Mile advance sign for Exits 11 B and A on I-93 South in Boston

In addition to the new sign being mostly obscured the first week it was up, this sign was also missing a number, the '1' for the 1 Mile text. This was fixed, I assume, when the old signage was removed. New signage at the MA 3A exit was also installed:

Image of new overhead signs at the off-ramp for Exit 12 on I-93 South in Boston

The addition, the contractors finally removed the old ramp sign at Exit 10, allowing an clear photo of the new one:

Image of new overhead sign at off-ramp for Exit 10 on I-93 South in Milton

The last remaining sign put up southbound was the 1-Mile Diagrammatic Advance sign for Exit 7, MA 3 South:

Image of new overhead exit sign for MA 3 Exit on I-93 South in Quincy

While they took down the older Exit 7 sign, they have left up, for now, the pull-through for South I-93/US 1, allowing one to contrast the new sign with the old. The diagrammatic must have been made, unlike the previously installed sign at the split, after the new ramp configuration near the exit, this shows 2 lanes for each ramp, unlike the later sign which has the old 3-lane configuration for MA 3.

The contractor has also been installing trailblazers at off-ramps, per shown in the signage plans. For Furnace Brook Parkway this means new I-93/US 1 signs approaching the interchange and separate MA 3 trailblazers near the previously installed I-93/US 1 guide (paddle) signs at each on-ramp. Going Northbound:

Image of newly installed I-93/US 1 North trailblazer along Furnace Brook Parkway in Quincy

Closer to the ramp, the North MA 3 trailblazer appears (the previous North I-93 and circle MA 3 shields have been removed):

Image of new MA 3 North trailblazer with previously installed I-93/US 1 North guide sign on Furnace Brook Pkwy in Quincy

Going around the circle and back south, one sees a I-93/US 1 South trailblazer entering Furnace Brook Parkway:

Image of new South I-93/US 1 trailblazer entering Furnace Brook Pkwy in Quincy

The new South MA 3 trailblazer is a little harder to spot, already being taken over by foliage since it was installed a few weeks ago:

Image of new South MA 3 trailblazer and previously installed South I-93/US 1 guide sign on Furnace Brook Pkwy in Quincy

The contractor still is supposed to place additional MA 3 trailblazers at the Exit 9 on-ramp in Milton and the Neponset Circle on-ramp north and southbound in Boston.

I also drove into East Milton Square to take a look which signage had been updated, such as below:

Image of updated guide sign for I-93/US 1 in East Milton Square

And others that have not been (these aren't part of the signage contract, so you can't blame the contractors):

Image of older I-93/MA 3 guide sign near East Milton Square

As indicated, all the signs have been placed on all the support structures the contractor put up in May along the SE Expressway. What signs remain to be placed? The following is a list of what I believe remains to be done between Randolph and Boston, by exit and direction:

Exit 5 NB    Combination Ramp and new VMS overhead

Exit 7 SB    1/2 Mile Advance

Exit 8 NB    1/4 Advance

Exit 8 SB     1 Mile and 1/4 Advance

Exit 9 SB     1/2 Mile Advance and Ramp

Exit 10 SB    3/4 Mile Advance

Exit 11A SB  1/4 Mile Advance

Exit 11B SB  Ramp

Exit 15 NB    All

Exit 15 SB    Replace text on 1 and 1/2 Mile Advance  

Exit 16 NB    New support structures for Ramp Signage

Exit 18 NB    All (New signage with additional white banner-All Hazardous Material carriers Must Exit)

Exit 20 NB    New 1 1/2 Mile Advance sign, new support structures for all other signs

With the exception of the 1-Mile Advance for Exit 11 Northbound and 1/2 Mile for Exit 9 Southbound, which are to be mounted on bridges, the remaining signs to be placed need, in most cases, foundations to be made and then support structures put up. This will probably take at least 2 months. In the meantime, the contractor could place the remaining I-93/US 1/MA 3 re-assurance markers along the Expressway to complement the one put up after Exit 9 Northbound, see below, plus the remaining new exit gore signs not placed so far.

Previous Photos: Taken between 5/30 and 6/8/14:

The contractor the past two+ weeks has concentrated on placing signs onto the cantilever support poles placed previously. Work started on the southern end of the project area in Quincy and Milton and has moved into the Boston area in the past week.

Here's the first new sign beyond the Furnace Brook Parkway exit, the 1/2 mile advance for Exit 9:

Image of new 1/2 mile advance overhead sign for Exit 9 on I-93 North in Quincy

Installed about a week earlier was the overhead at the exit ramp:

Image of new Exit 9 overhead ramps sign on I-93 North in Milton

The two other overhead signs put up the week after Memorial Day included two for Exit 11, Granite Avenue--

Image of new 1/2 mile advance overhead sign for Exit 11 on I-93 North in Milton
The previous sign was on the overhead support behind the new sign and now has no signage and can be removed.

The other sign was at the exit ramp itself:
Image of new off-ramp sign for Exit 11 on I-93 North in Milton

This is currently the last new sign on I-93 North. The remaining new overheads are southbound. The first to be put up were those for Exits 11A and B:

Image of new 1/2 mile advance overhead sign for Exit 11B on I-93 North in Boston

Here the old sign was removed to create a blank space while the new sign can be seen in the distance. Here is a closer view of the new sign taken a few days later:

Image of newly placed 1/2 mile advance overhead for Exit 11B on I-93 North in Boston

Here's the last new sign for Exit 11A at the off-ramp to Granite Avenue south:

Image of new overhead sign at Exit 11A offramp on I-93 South in Milton

Also placed the same week was the first new sign for Exit 15, Columbia Road. The text of the sign has been changed to adapt to new MUTCD sign guidance that discourages specific places, such as the JFK Library, from main exit signs:

New overhead sign at ramp for Exit 15 on I-93 South in Boston

The JFK Library and UMass Boston destinations are now on auxiliary 'Attraction' signs, photo below. The first two signs for this exit are not being replaced but will have an overlay with the new destinations placed on it, they are not up as of 6/8/14.

The other southbound signs put up the first week of June included a couple in Boston between Freeport Street and Neponset Circle:

Image of new Overhead 1 Mile Advance sign for Exit 12 on I-93 South in Boston

This is the 1-Mile advance sign for MA 3A South, the support pole for the previous sign originally had one of the first South US 1 signs placed along the Expressway in 1989, it disappeared several years ago. The next new sign is hard to see:

Image of newly placed 1 Mile Advance Overhead Sign for Exits 11A and B behind current overhead sign for Exit 12 on I-93 South in BostonThe new sign is currently hidden behind the current 1/2 mile advance sign for MA 3A South. The sign is the 1 mile advance sign for the 2 ramps for the next Exit, Granite Avenue. The remaining new exit signs are split between Milton and Quincy. Here's the 1/2 mile advance for Squantum Street in Milton:

Image of newly placed 1/2 mile advance sign for Exit 10 on I-93 South in Milton

Right behind it, as seen in the photo above, is the 1 Mile Advance sign for Exit 9 Bryant Avenue in Quincy:

Image of new 1 mile advance overhead sign for Exit 9 on I-93 South in Milton

The overhead support, now sign-less, I assume will come down soon.  The remaining new exit sign is in Quincy at the off-ramp for Exit 8, Furnace Brook Parkway:

Image of new overhead sign at off-ramp at Exit 8 on I-93 in Quincy

This may be the only new one for awhile for this exit, since the foundation for the 1/2 mile advance sign has not been poured. The last new overhead in this direction, is an auxiliary sign for Exit 7:

Image of new overhead auxiliary sign for Braintree traffic on I-93 South in Quincy

There are several more cantilever support posts without signs north of Neponset Circle, which I assume will get the next batch of new signs. Then the contractor may tackle the overhead signs, or complete the foundations for the remaining needed signs. I'll post an update, in either case.

The last, bonus, sign is not new but an updated image of the overheads for Exit 7 heading North:

Updated image of overhead signs for Exit 7 on I-93 North in Braintree showing added North MA 3 trailblazer sign

Previous Photos from 5/22/14:

Project work has started again over the past week with the contractor now starting to place support posts for the overhead signs along the SE Expressway portion of I-93. There has only been one new overhead sign placed though:

Photo of new Exit 8 overhead sign on I-93 North in Quincy

This for the off-ramp sign at Furnace Brook Parkway. The contractor though has placed more than 15 new support posts in both directions on I-93 this past week. The first northbound will be for the 1 Mile advance sign for the next exit, Exit 9 Adams Street. The sign will no longer be mounted on the bridge, as will the sign southbound for the first Diagrammatic 1-Mile advance sign for the Split of I-93/US 1 from MA 3 at Exit 7. The northbound overhead support has been placed:

Image of overhead sign support installed the week of May 19 on I-93 North in Quincy

The contractors also placed new I-93/US 1 trailblazers on ramps leading to the off-ramps from Furnace Brook Parkway.

Below is a view from the northbound lanes of the 1/2 mile advance sign support post on I-93 South:

Image of support post for future 1/2 mile advance overhead sign for Exit 9 on I-93 North in Quincy


The two other northbound supports for Exit 9, Adams Street have also been placed this past week. Here, for the 1/2 mile advance signage:

Image of support post for futre off-ramp sign for Exit 9 on i-93 North in Milton

And here for the sign at the off-ramp itself, just behind the current sign:

Image of support post for future off-ramp sign for Exit 9 on i-93 North in Milton

Heading further northbound, only one of the three needed supports for Exit 11 Granite Avenue have been placed. The 1/2 mile advance sign:

Image of support post for 1/2 mile advance sign for Exit 11 on I-93 North in Milton

Notice that it appears the cross highway overhead will be replaced by a cantilever version. Meanwhile the overhead gantry is to be replaced at Neponset Circle:

Image of support post for future Exit 11 off-ramp sign on I-93 North in Milton

In this case both posts have been placed, the only example I have seen. You can see by the exit distances that any future mile-based exit numbers will probably be A and B here. The next new post installed is for the future half-mile/1/4 mile advance signs overhead for Morrissey Blvd and Freeport Street:

Image of new support post for Exit 13 1/2 mile advance sign on I-93 North in Boston

There is also a new post at the Freeport Street off-ramp:

Image of newly placed support post for future Exit 13 overhead sign on I-93 North in Boston

This appears to be another case where the overhead assembly is being replaced by a cantilever right-side exit sign. A similar post can be found at the off-ramp for Morrissey Blvd:

Image of newly installed support post for future Exit 14 off-ramp sign on I-93 North in Boston

The text for this exit sign is to change to say Morrisey Blvd Savin Hill and have warnings indicating no trucks are allowed. MassDOT will direct traffic to UMass Boston and the JFK Libary to use Exit 15, auxiliary sign below. The last post northbound is just beyond Morrissey Blvd before passing the Savin Hill Yacht Club:

Newly installed support post for I-93 Tunnel 3 Miles Ahead Advisory Sign on I-93 North in Boston

This is not for an exit sign, but for a new advisory sign indicating the I-93 Big Dig Tunnel 3 miles to the north has truck restrictions.

Heading southbound there were fewer support posts placed than northbound. The first new one was just beyond Exit 12 MA 3A for Exits 11B:

Image of newly placed support post for Exit 11A on I-93 South in Boston

The half-mile sign for Exit 11B, To MA 203. There was an additional cantilever sign support for the ramp to Exit 11A:

Image of newly place support post for future Exit 11A exit sign on I-93 South in Milton

The next two support posts are for the next two exits heading south. The first for the 1-Mile Advance for Exit 10 Squantum Street:

Image of newly installed support post for future 1 mile advance sign for Exit 10 on I-93 South in Milton

Unlike most of the new posts, this one is placed before the current exit sign. The next post is not for another Exit 10 sign, but the one mile advance for Exit 9, Adams Street:

Image of newly installed support post for future Exit 9 1 Mile advance sign on I-93 South in Milton

The final support post installed southbound is for the off-ramp to Exit 8, Furnace Brook Parkway:

Image of newly installed support post for future Exit 10 off-ramp sign on I-93 in Milton

Additional work took place the night of May 22/23. This should be the last posts installed until after the Memorial Day weekend. It will be interesting to see how long it takes between post installation and sign installation. For the '128' portion of I-93 there was almost a 3 month gap.

Photos taken 4/19/14:

Little progress has been made over the past month or so. The only new signs are a couple of yellow 'No Exit 17' ground mounted auxiliary signs between the Columbia Rd and Mass Ave exits northbound and a green 'Next Exit 13' sign just across the Neponset River bridge, also northbound. Photos of the No Exit signage are below.

Image of newly placed No Exit auxiliary sign on I-93 North in Boston

The first is just beyond the Columbia Road on-ramp. That there is no Exit 17 must be really important because there is a:

image of newly placed No Exit Sign on I-93 NB after Southhampton St Exit in Bostonay

Second sign 1/4 mile away, this after the Exit 16 on-ramp. You also can see a contractor overhead sign support site indicator, for whenever they start putting up exit signage in this area.

As for Next Exit signs, this is for Exit 12 on I-93 Southbound near the entrance to the HOV lane. This was put up about a month ago, and similar to the new one placed for Exit 13 northbound:

Image of Next Exit 13 sign on I-93 North in Boston

Previous Photos: March 16--

The  contractor has started installing route shields along I-93 as trailblazers and reassurance markers--

Image of first 3 route shield reassurance marker on SE Expy in Milton

This is the first, and so far only, three shield stack reassurance marker on the SE Expressway, just beyond the on-ramp from Exit 9. The contractor is supposed to install 4 more of these toward Boston and five southbound.

Image of new MA 3 trailblazer to accompany I-93/US 1 guide signs on Granite Ave in Milton

Here's a new South MA 3 trailblazer along Granite Ave in Milton, just over the Neponset River. This is the only interchange so far that these MA 3 signs have been added. According to the plans, they are also to be used for Exits 8, 12 and 15.

Image of new South I-93/US 1 reassurance marker beyond Exit 6 on-ramp in Braintree

The have finished placing reassurance markers along the '128' stretch from Exits 7 to 4. Here is the new South I-93/US 1 sign beyond the Exit 6/MA 37 exit in Braintree.

Image of new North I-93/US 1 reassurance marker beyond Exit 5 in Randolph

Here, in the early morning sun, is the new North I-93/US 1 signage beyond Exit 5/MA 28. This location has not had a reassurance marker for many years, the former sign was not replaced after having been knocked down.

Image of North MA 3 trailblazer on support for Exit 7 overhead sign in Braintree

If you look closely at the bottom left, you will see one of the two new North MA 3 trailblazers posted this past week on the overhead sign supports for Exit 7/MA 3 South. The first advance signs prior to Exit 6 still have to have one attached.

And lastly,

Image of new Exit 12 auxiliary sign on I-93/SE Expy south in Boston

Here is the auxiliary sign for Marina Bay placed a couple weeks ago along I-93/SE Expressway southbound. I did not have a chance to take a picture earlier.

Previous photos:

Taken along the Southeast Expressway in Quincy, Milton and Boston in early March--

Though overhead signs are still a way off, they have begun installing auxiliary signs and, at least one I-93/US 1/MA 3 reassurance marker as of March 12:

Image of new Exit 20 auxiliary sign near Columbia Rd in South Boston

Here's a new auxiliary for Exit 20 (for now), for I-90 Mass Pike and the South Station/Seaport Area. When this sign was initially put up, the older sign was left in place, leaving a cluttered area of expressway for a couple days.

Image of new Town Line and Neponset River Sign on I-93 South

Here's the new sign for the Milton town line and crossing the Neponset River on I-93 South. It's paired with one northbound announcing entering Boston whose back can be seen in the distance on the left, and also...

Image of I-93 Town line in distance from ramp to Exit 11 on I-93 North

In the distance in this photo. I had to get off at Exit 11 due to an accident further north near Neponset Circle.

Image of Brown Auxiliary Sign for Adams Park on I-93 South in Milton

Here's a new brown auxiliary sign for people looking for the Adams historic site in Quincy, I like the addition of the MA 3 shield.

Image of new auxiliary sign for Furnace Brook Pkway exit on I-93 South

This new auxiliary sign 1/2 mile north of Furnace Brook Parkway is both green and brown.

Image of new I-93 South Guide sign on Morrissey Blvd

I finally got around to take a photo of one of the new I-93/US 1 Guide (paddle) signs installed along Morrissey Blvd last month.  As well as,

Glare free image of nmew I-93 Exit 7 overhead at Braintree Split

getting a new glare free photo of the overhead at the split of MA 3 and I-93/US 1.

Taken along I-93/US 1 in Braintree, Quincy and Randolph--

Signs installed around mid-February:

Image of new Overhead signs at MA 24 Exit on I-93 in Randolph

Here is the final overhead for the MA 24 Exit put up a week or so after the previous two. As with the others, MA 24 now has Fall River as a destination and the new I-93/US 1 sign includes a 'To I-95'. You can also see in the distance the one remaining 1990s overhead southbound between MA 3 and I-95, the 1 mile advance sign for Exit 3-Ponkapaug Trail/Houghton's Pond. I've dubbed this one of the 'orphan' signs, since it was not replaced during the I-93 add-a-lane project which put up new signs between Exits 4 and 1, and it is not on the list of signs to be replaced under the contract upgrading signage from MA 24 northward.

Image of new advance overhead signage for MA 3 exit on I-93 North in BraintreeThis is one of the two remaining overhead assemblies for the MA 3 exit that was replaced over the past 2 weeks. Again, the new I-93/US 1 overhead is not accompanied by a North MA 3 trailblazer as indicated in the plans. You can also see one of the new 'Best Route to Logan Airport' signs that have also gone up in this area over the past month. The signs both have an airplane logo and arrow that indicate either going straight, or in this case, going to the left.

Image of final set of new overhead exit signs at the MA 3 interchange on I-93 North in Braintree

The final set of signs at the MA 3 exit heading north, the signs for Exit 19-18 on MA 3 were also replaced as well, completing the update of MA 3 signs that began in 2008. Only one sign remains to be replaced along this section of I-93/US 1 North, the ramp sign for MA 28 North in Randolph. Currently a right-side cantilever, its due to be replaced by an overhead assembly that will also have a VMS display over the left lanes. The contractor still has not put up the support poles for this structure. There is also an 'orphan' sign northbound, the 1 Mile advance for the MA 28 exit just beyond the ramp to MA 24.

Previous photos--

Signs installed during week of February 3-7:

Image of new overhead sign at Braintree Split of I-93 and MA 3 in Feb. 2104

New overhead sign at split of MA 3 and I-93/US 1 Southbound. This new sign was a surprise, since there were no new posts installed ahead of time, apparently the existing support structure was in good enough shape to be re-used. Notice the missing 3rd arrow for MA 3. The sign was designed prior to MassDOT's reconfiguring of the interchange. Apology for the afternoon sun and snow-related glare.

Image of new overhead sign at Exit 6 on I-93/US 1 in Braintree on Feb. 7, 2014

The other new overhead signs installed this week were the first advance signage for Exit 7 MA 3 at the ramp for Exit 6. Plans indicate there should be an additional MA 3 trailblazer on the left sign support since that route was removed from the overhead sign. Presumably this will be added later.

And here's a sign that was put up last week Northbound for the MA 28 exit--

Image of new overhead signage for MA 28 exit on I-93 North in Randolph on Feb. 7, 2014
The subsequent MA 28 North sign still needs to be replaced. Plans show it is to be paired with a VMS sign over the left-hand lanes.

Signs installed during the week of January 27-31:

Image of new MA 24 Exit overhead on I-93 South in Quincy

New advance 1-Mile diagrammatic cantilever features an added To I-95 from previous sign, and new Fall River text.

Image of new overhead signage for MA 28 exit on I-93 South in Randolph

Heading 1/4 mile further south to the new overhead signage at the MA 28 interchange. Similar signage was also installed northbound, but the sun angle didn't create the best time for a photograph.

Image of newly installed 1/2 mile diagrammatic sign for MA 24 on I-93 South in Randolph

The contractors also placed a new 1/2 mile advance diagrammatic sign for the MA 24 exit, the signs in the distance, at the exit ramp itself, have not been replaced.

Along the Southeast Expressway portion:

Image of newly installed HOV Lane sign on I-93 North in Quincy

Installed earlier in January was the new overhead sign for the HOV Lane just beyond the merge with MA 3 North at the beginning of the Southeast Expressway. New MUTCD guidance now calls for green advance signage, the previous sign (see photo below) was all white.

Here are some new Mass. Guide, or 'Paddle' signs installed recently near I-93 interchanges in Boston:

Image of new MA Guide Sign for I-93 on Columbia Rd Rotary in Boston in Feb. 2014

A new I-93/US 1 sign within the Columbia Rd/Morrissey Blvd/Day Blvd Rotary in South Boston put up in January 2014.

Image of new I-93 guide sign at ramp from JFK/UMass T Station to Columbia Rd in S Boston in Feb. 2014

The sign above replaced on of the few remaining MA 3 only paddle signs put up in the early 1970s. The other one at the rotary entrance was removed.

Image of newly installed I-93 guide sign on Columbia Rd in S. Boston in Feb. 2014

Another new sign along the rotary heading toward the Columbia Road interchange. New guide signs were installed as well along Morrissey Blvd with its intersection with Freeport St, but not as of yet at the ramp from Freeport St to I-93/SE Expressway South. That and a I-93/MA 3 paddle sign along Southampton Street are the only remaining ones in need of replacement according to the contract plans.

Another signage improvement, not related to the I-93 Project, was the removal of a To MA 3 North paddle sign installed a couple years ago, that, to say it mildly, was a little behind the times at the intersection of the road from UMass Boston/JFK Library approaching Morrissey Blvd. It was replaced by a UMass Campus blue sign referring to I-93:

Image of exit signage from UMass Boston campus at Morrissey Blvd, Feb. 2014

There is still a remnant of the pre-I-93 Expressway signage across the road, however:

Image of old MA 3 trailblazer sign at exit from UMass Boston campus and Morrssey Blvd, Feb. 2014

Signs installed during the night of December 19-20th:

Image of newly placed MA 28 1 Mile Exit sign on I-93 South in Quincy


Image of New 1/2 Mile Advance Overhead Sign for MA 28 Exit on I-93 South in Quincy, 12/21/13

Newly installed cantilever overhead 1/2 Mile Advance sign for MA 28 Exit Southbound (1 Mile Advance also installed, photo to come).

Image of new MA 28 Exit Overhead sign on I-93/US 1 North in Randolph, 12/21/13

New cantilever MA 28 3/4 Mile Advance sign placed on I-93/US 1 North between MA 24 Ramps

Signs installed during the night of December 12-13th:

Image of 1/2 Mile Advance sign for Exit 6 on I-93 South in Braintree

The 1/2 mile advance sign in the early afternoon glare. Still unlike the Northbound signs, the control city destinations are Braintree and Holbrook. (12/13/13)

Image of the New 1/4 Mile Advance Exit 6 sign on I-93 South in BraintreeThe 1/4 advance overhead is after  merge with the ramp from MA 3 North and occupies the former position of a South US 1 reassurance marker. (12/13/13)

Image of new overhead exit sign at off-ramp for Exit 6 on I-93 South in Braintree
Traffic headed to the South Shore Plaza for holiday shopping drives under the new overhead sign installed the night before along I-93/US 1 South in Braintree. (12/13/13)

Image of newly placed 3/4 Mile Advance overhead sign for Exit 8 on I-93 North in Quincy

Placed about the same time, but photo taken a couple weeks later, is the 3/4 Mile Advance sign on I-93/US 21 North just before the merge of MA 3 and the start of the Southeast Expressway.

Image of new ground-level sign for I-93 HOV lanes along MA 3 North in Braintree
Recently installed ground mounted auxiliary sign for I-93 HOV lanes is 1/10 mile south of preexisting center-mounted 'new style' exit sign for Furnace Brook Parkway, put up under the MA 3 Sign Replacement Project in 2009.

Earlier sign photos along I-93/US 1:

Image of newly installed MA 24 Auxiliary Overhead Sign, I-93 South, 12/6/13

Newly installed Auxiliary sign, replacing ground mounted version for MA 24 Exit on I-93/US 1 South in Randolph.

Image of 1 Mile Overhead 1 Mile Advance Sign on I-93 North for MA 37 Exit

First of two advance overhead signs for MA 37 Exit Placed on I-93/US 1 North the night of December 5-6.

Image of New 1/2 Mile Advance Overhead Sign Installed on I-93 North
The 1/2 mile advance sign also placed the same night still with West Quincy and Braintree as control cities. (12/6/13)

Photo of MA 37 exit sign on ramp from MA 3 North to I-93 South
This overhead is not new, just a sign of things to come. This sign was put up during the MA 3 sign replacement project in 2008 and 2009. The design will match those to be put up along the I-93/US 1 Mainline over the next month or so. (8/11/13)


Photo showing new support post for future MA 37 exit sign on I-93 South in Braintree

The support post for the future MA 37 1/2 mile advance sign can be seen on the right. Previously this spot had a South US 1 reassurance marker, which was removed when the post was put up in early August 2013. (8/11/13)

Support post for future MA 24 overhead exit sign on I-93 South in Randolph

One of two new right-hand support posts for the future MA 24 exit overhead signs placed in early August on I-93/US 1 South in Randolph, at Mile Marker 4. (8/11/13)

Second of new support posts for future overhead exit signs for MA 24 on I-93 South in Randolph

The second support post can be seen on the right before the current overhead supports. When the current ones where placed there in in the 1990s they removed the last original I-95 sign that had been placed along the right-side of the highway during the short time that highway was designated along the now I-93 route from 1972-74. The banner over the sign was changed from 'South' to 'To' when I-93 replaced I-95. Also in the photo the new Exit 4 gore sign. (8/11/13)

Turning around and heading back North--

New support post for future MA 28 overhead exit sign on I-93 North in Randolph

The new support post for the future MA 28 1/2 mile cantilever sign can be seen (in the shadows) on the right. The 1 mile advance sign post had not been placed yet, nor others at the exit ramps seen in the distance. (8/11/13)

Photo of new Quincy town line sign and to be replaced Exit 8 sign on I-93 North in Braintree

This photo contains one new sign, an existing sign, and the location of a future sign (hidden behind the guard rail). They have not place a Braintree town line sign northbound on I-93 yet so currently you pass to 2 'Entering Quincy' signs in a row. The contractors were finishing putting in the deep foundation for the new overhead sign by the orange tag and mile marker last week. I assume a support post will go up here shortly. (8/11/13)

Photo of new I-93 sign along with previously existing signage on I-93 South in Milton

The only sign work the last couple weeks on the SE Expressway portion of I-93 was the placement of two new I-93 reassurance markers southbound in the same location as the previous signs. There is one new South I-93 marker between Southampton Street and Columbia Road (with 2 support posts like the newer I-93 signs north of Boston) and the one above, one post, sans directional banner, placed after the on-ramp from Neponset Ave. in Milton. Workers also removed the remaining stand-alone I-93 South signs after Columbia Rd and Morrissey Blvd, but did not replace them. They, as seen above, have also not changed any other route signs in either direction. (8/11/13)

Not a new sign, but an interesting one:

Mass Guide sign with I-93, US 1 and MA 3 near Quincy Adams T Station

This 3-shield guide sign was put up after the ramp from Burgin Parkway to I-93 and MA 3 was reconstructed in 2009. It was the first 'paddle sign' to have US 1 on it in Quincy until the interchange signs along the SE Expressway were replaced this spring. (8/11/13)

Photos taken 8/2/13:

Photo of new overhead sign support post installed on I-93 North in Braintree
Photo across the highway of support post for new overhead sign for MA 37 exit on I-93/US 1 South in Braintree. These were placed during the night of August 1-2, 2013.

Photo of new support post for MA 37 exit sign on I-93 in Braintree
The new overhead for the 1 Mile MA 37 exit sign is about 1/10 mile south of the existing sign on I-93/US 1 North in Braintree. (The second pole seen in the distance is for a traffic camera.)

Photo of new support post for future MA 37 exit sign on I-93 North in Braintree
The new 1/2 mile advance sign on I-93/US 1 North though will be behind the existing cantilever sign.

Photo of newly placed exit sign for Quincy Adams T Station on I-93 North in Braintree

This new ground-mounted sign does not have the T logo, unlike the current sign seen on the right beyond the on-ramp, which is apparently prohibited under current signing guidelines. Also notice no exit number on the sign so to prevent confusion between I-93 and MA 3 exit numbers (The exit for the T is Exit 19 on MA 3).

Photo of newly installed town line sign on I-93/US 1 South
The contractor also has started installing signs noting town boundaries which are larger than previous MassDOT versions (yet are supported by 1 pole, the previous one used two).

Photo of newly installed on-ramp signage for I-93 North from MA 28 South in Randolph
This is one of the newly installed on-ramp signs from MA 28 in Randolph for I-93/US 1. This one on MA 28 South.

Photo of onramp signage for I-93 North from MA 28 North in Randolph
This one is from MA 28 North, notice the two control cities going this direction, apparently those heading south do not need to go to Braintree.

Earlier photos: (Coming Soon)

Misc. I-93 Photos

Image of newly revised 2 Mile I-95 Sign, now with exit ramp suffixes on I-93 North in Randolph

MassDOT revised the exit signage for the I-95 interchange at the end of I-93 in Canton in mid-December adding suffixes for both directions of I-95, shown on the 2 mile advance sign on the Ponkapoag Trail Bridge in Milton.

Image of 1 Mile Advance Sign with new left exit tab for I-95 exit on I-93/US 1 South in Canton, 12/21/13

Here is the changed overhead signage put up in 2012 for I-93/I-95 Add-A-Lane Project now with new Left hand Exit tab and number with 1 1/4 mile distance needed due to location of MA 138 Exit signage.

Image of new left side exit tab on pre-existing I-95 Exit Diagrammatic Sign on I-93/US 1 South in Canton, 12/21/13

Left-hand Exit 1B Tab placed upon preexisting diagrammatic overhead 1/2 mile before I-95 interchange on I-93/US 1 South in Canton.

Image of New Left Hand Exit 1B Table placed upon I-95 North Overhead Sign in Canton, 12/21/13

New left Hand Exit 1B Tab placed upon preexisting I-95 North/US 1 South overhead sign at I-95 South Off-Ramp in Canton (also Gore Sign now reads Exit 1A).

Photo of on-ramp signage to I-93 and I-90 near South Station
Photo of implied I-90/I-93 concurrency from overhead sign near South Station in downtown Boston.

Photo of I-93 sign
Photo of Mass. Guide Sign indicating route to 'I-93/US 3' on Forbes Road in Braintree. According to text on reverse, sign was installed in October 2012. Will mistake be corrected any time soon?

Photo of Overhead exit signage on I-95 North approaching I-93 exit in Canton
Photo of overhead signage for I-93 North on I-95 North in Canton. Signage put up in late 1990's.

Photo of 1970s era MA Guide sign for MA 3A in Quincy
Photo of one of the few remaining 1970s era Mass. Guide or 'paddle' signs remaining along MA 3A in Quincy. This design replaced what was the traditional octagonal top design that was used in Mass. since the 1930s. This is the current intersection of MA 3A and MA 53, the northern end of MA 53. Historically, this was the intersection between MA 3, MA 3A, and MA 135. The northern end of MA 3A and the eastern end of  MA 135. MA 135 was truncated to Needham when the MA 128 freeway was completed. MA 3A was extended north and MA 53 created when MA 3 was put on its current route in the 1960s. (8/11/13)

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