Misc. Massachusetts (and some New England) Highway Photos

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A. Exit Renumbering Projects in Connecticut and Rhode Island

While Massachusetts has postponed its project to renumber its exits to those based on highway mileage, other New England states have continued to move forward. Two states, Connecticut and Rhode Island are moving toward renumbering their exits but using different methods. In Connecticut the move will be gradual, possible taking more than a decade. Exit numbers will be changed only after new exit signs are up along an entire stretch of roadway. So far, only I-395 and CT 2A have received numbers as part of a sign replacement contract in 2015 and 2016. The next route to receive numbers was to be CT 8 but the final sign replacement contract let in September 2018 still had sequential numbers. A ConnDOT official was sent an e-mail by a member of the AARoads Forum. His response was that the CT 8/25 renumbering will be put off to around 2022. The next renumbering project will be for CT 9 and CT 72 which will occur some time between 2020 and 2022. CT 2 will come after CT 8/25, then the order he listed was I-291, I-691,  I-384, I-91, I-84 and I-95. He did not mention CT 15/Merritt and Cross Parkways, either an oversight or there is no plan to renumber that route.*

In Rhode Island, it was announced in the Fall of 2017 that the state plans to change all it's highway exit numbers by 2020. The first route to have its exit numbers changed was I-295 in late November/early December 2017, an exit number (1) were also put up on RI 99, whose exit previously had no number. RIDOT advertised a second contract for exit renumbering let on September 11, 2018 that was again awarded to Liddell Bros. of Massachusetts for $697,000. On December 4, RI posted what the new numbers will be on RI 4 and RI 78 (and added numbers for RI 403) on their Exit Renumbering Project website as part of this second round (given the size of the contract, I'm presuming other routes could be included later). I will post photos when the signs go up, hopefully by the end of December (RIDOT posted a travelers advisory saying there would be lane closures for sign work along RI 4, 78 and 403 during the day from December 10-14). From the site, here's an example of how the new exit gore signs will look like for RI 401 East exit on RI 4 North:

Image of RIDOT illustration regarding the changing exit number for the I-95 North exit on RI 4 North

*AARoads Forum, Northeast region, Connecticut News thread, Reply # 3033. Available at: https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=1898.3025.

Images of the new exit numbers on I-295 and RI 99:

Photos of each of the exits taken on December 11, 2017 starting on I-295 at the Massachusetts border and moving south, just like the project. Signs may be from either direction of the highway:

New Exit 22/Old Exit 11:

Image of RI 114 1-Mile Advance sign just across Mass. border on I-295 South in Cumberland with new exit number

The first, 1-Mile advance, sign is just over the Massachusetts border. The yellow old exit tab is above the revised exit number tab, which some sign engineers have expressed concern due to extra wind loading.

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 114 exit on I-295 South in Cumberland with new exit number

The 1/2 mile advance sign with a similar set up.

Image of exit numbering project advisory sign on I-295 South in Cumberland, RI

Before the exit there is an advisory sign about the exit renumbering project. How long after the project is finished will the sign be taken down?

Image of RI 114 overhead exit sign on I-295 South in Cumberland with new exit number

For the exit itself, RIDOT uses cantilever overhead signage, and places the old exit number tab along the sign support.

Image of new gore sign for RI 114 exit on I-295 South in Cumberland with new exit number and temporary yellow old exit number tab

The exit gore sign resembles that in the plan above with the yellow old exit tab below, somewhat obscured by the reflector sign at the gore itself.

Image of overhead 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 114 exit on I-295 North in Cumberland with new exit number

The 1/2 mile advance sign northbound is overhead instead of ground mounted so it receives the old exit tab on the sign support.

Image of overhead sign for RI 114 exit ramp on I-295 North in Cumberland with new exit number

The final new exit number sign heading into Massachusetts.

New Exit 20/Old Exit 10:

Image of 1-Mile advance sign for RI 122 exit on I-295 South in Cumberland with new exit number

The one mile advance sign for the next exit, RI 122.

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 122 exit on I-295 South in Cumberland with new exit number

The 1/2 mile advance heading down hill toward the Blackstone River bridge.

Image of overhead sign for RI 122 exit ramp on I-295 South in Cumberland with new exit number

The overhead exit ramp sign just prior to the bridge.

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 122 exit on I-295 North in Cumberland with new exit number

The 1/2 mile sign the opposite direction.

Image of blue service sign for RI 122 exit on I-295 North in Cumberland with new exit numbers

The project also included changing the exit numbers on the blue services signs.

Image of overhead exit sign for RI 122 off-ramp on I-295 North in Cumberland with new exit number

The exit ramp sign with the yellow old exit tab on the cantilever sign support.

New Exit 18/Old Exit 9:

Image of 1-mile advance sign for RI 146 exit on I-295 South in Lincoln with new exit number

The 1-Mile advance sign is the only ground mounted sign heading south on I-295.

Image of overhead 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 146 exits on I-295 South in Lincoln with new exit number

The 1/2 mile advance overhead sign has the old exit tab on the cantilever support. This is the first exit southbound with two off-ramps.

Image of overhead signs at RI 146 exits on I-295 South in Lincoln with new exit numbers

The overhead gantry holds the exit signs with the Old exit tab on the right support, and possibly hard to spot.

Image of new gore sign at off-ramp for RI 146 North from I-295 North in Lincoln with new exit number

The new gore sign at the RI 146 North ramp, the new and old exit numbers continue the pattern of the new numbers being twice the old ones.

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 146 exits on I-295 North in Lincoln with new exit number

The 1/2 mile sign northbound is ground-mounted.

Image of brown attractions guide sign with new exit number prior to RI 146 exit on I-295 North in Lincoln

The existing brown attractions guide sign for Twin River Casino got a new pasted number that now lacks a space between Exit and the number.

 Image of overhead ramp signs for RI 146 exits from I-295 North in Lincoln with new exit numbers

The northbound ramp signage is similar to that southbound.

New Exit 15/Old Exit 8:

Image of 1-Mile advance sign for RI 7 exits on I-295 South in North Smithfield with new exit number

The one-mile advance sign heading south, the streak of old x 2= new is over.

Image of overhead exit sign for RI 7 North on I-295 South in North Smithfield with new exit number

This bridge-mounted exit sign for RI 7 South does not have a corresponding old exit number sign.

Image of 1-mile advance sign for RI 7 exits on I-295 North in North Smithfield with new exit number

The 1-Mile Advance sign heading northbound (solar glare not a problem in this direction).

Image of auxiliary sign for RI 7 exit on I-295 North in North Smithfield with new exit number

Exit numbers also change on the auxiliary signs, in this case for the RI 7 North exit.

Image of overhead signs for RI 7 exits on I-295 North in North Smithfield with new exit numbers

These overhead signs have the yellow old exit tab on the right support.

Image of overhead sign for RI 7 North exit ramp on I-295 North in North Smithfield with new exit number

Same case here with this bridge-mounted sign, no old exit number sign, though is one on gore sign in distance.

New Exit 12/Old Exit 7:

Image of 1-mile advance sign for US 44 exit on I-295 South in Smithfield with new exit number

The 1-Mile advance sign for the US 44 exit southbound, yellow old exit number tab on top.

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign for US 44 exit on I-295 South in Smithfield with new exit number

The 1/2 mile advance sign at the start of the long downhill run to the exit.

Image of auxiliary sign for US 44 exit on I-295 North in Smithfield now with new exit number

Blue services sign heading northbound with changed number for the US 44 exit.

Image of overhead signs for US 44 exit ramps on I-295 North in Smithfield with new exit numbers

The exit numbers were changed, the yellow old exit number sign put up, but the damaged sign not fixed approaching the US 44 ramps.

New Exit 9/Old Exit 6

Image of 1-Mile advance overhead sign on I-295 North in Johnston with new exit number

The 1-Mile advance sign northbound is at the ramp for the previous exit. This is the only 1 mile sign without an accompanying old exit number tab.

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign for US 6 exit on I-295 South in Johnston, RI with new exit number

The 1/2 mile advance southbound listing that there are 3 suffixed ramps for this exit (though only A and C southbound).

Image of new exit gore sign for US 6 exits on I-295 South in Johnston, RI with new exit number

Gore sign at the ramp to US 6 West. As the numbers show, US 6 will no longer be Exit 6 on I-295.

Image of overhead exit sign for US 6 East on C/D ramp from I-295 South in Johnston, RI with new exit number

The other exit southbound is now 9C with the former exit number on the support post.

Image of auxiliary signage for US 6 exit on I-295 North in Johnston, RI with new exit numbers

Heading north there are 3 exit ramps for the US 6 exit, the middle is actually for I-295 South.

Image of overhead exit ramp sign for US 6 exit on I-295 North in Johnston, RI with new exit number

The C/D ramp sign heading north does not include the list of suffixed exits A-B-C.

Image of overhead sign for I-295 South exit on C/D Ramp for US 6 on I-295 North in Johnston, RI with new exit number

The I-295 exit is now 9B. Schools had been let out, hence the buses on the C/D ramp.

Image of overhead exit sign for US 6 West along C/D ramp from I-295 North in Johnston, RI with new exit number

The new number and signage at the US 6 West exit on I-295 North.

New Exit 7/Old Exit 5:

Image of 1-Mile advance sign for RI Technology Center exit on I-295 South in Johnston, RI with new exit number

The 1-Mile advance for the RI Resource Recovery Industrial Park (RIRRIP?). Notice the old exit tab is on tab of the Exit 7 tab and not on the sign support.

Image of overhead 1/2 mile advance sign for RI Industrial Park exit on I-295 South in Cranston, RI, with new exit number

Same case for the next (extra large) 1/2 Mile advance sign.

Image of overhead exit signs for RI Industrial Park and RI 14 on I-295 South in Cranston with new exit numbers

As was the case with North I-295, the 1-Mile advance sign at the exit ramp for Exit 7 does not feature an old exit number tab.

Image of 1-Mile advance sign for RI Industrial Park exit on I-295 North in Cranston, RI with new exit number

The 1-Mile Advance sign northbound also features the old exit number tab at the top of the sign.

New Exit 6/Old Exit 4:

Image of 1-Mile advance sign for RI 14 exit on I-295 North in Warwick with new exit number

The 1-Mile advance sign heading northbound with the old exit tab on top of a ground-level sign.

Image of overhead 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 14 exit on I-295 North in Warwick with new exit number

Here the yellow old exit number tab is back on the sign support post.

Exit 3 did not need to be changed. RIDOT did not place, like some other states have, a confusing sign saying new Exit 3 is old Exit 3:

Image of overhead signage for RI 37 exits on I-295 North in Warwick with same exit numbers

New Exit 1B/Old Exit 2:

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 2 South exit on I-295 South in Warwick with new exit number

The 1/2 mile advance sign. This and old Exit 1 are the only standalone exits that get new suffixed numbers. This is not the end of the album, despite the truck message.

Image of overhead signs for RI 2 and RI 113 exits on I-295 South in Warwick with new exit numbers

The overhead has signs for the last two exits. It appears that Rhode Island will not be using Exit 0 in that Exit 1, now 1A is south of the Mile 1 marker.

New Exit 1A/Old Exit 1:

Image of overhead sign for RI 113 West exit on I-295 South in Warwick with new exit number

The last exit sign with a new number southbound, the yellow old exit tab partially concealed by tree branches.

Image of new RI 113 West Exit Gore Sign with new number and yellow old exit number tab on I-295 South in Warwick

The last new gore sign with the old exit number tab prior to merging onto I-95 South in Warwick.

RI 99

As part of the I-295 Exit Renumbering Project, RIDOT also placed an exit number on the 1 previously unnumbered exit on the highway. The new number, you probably guessed, is 1. Here is the signage on RI 99 North:

Image of RI 99 Exit 1/2 Mile Advance sign with new Exit Number 1 in Lincoln
Image of 1/4 mile advance sign for Lincoln/No. Smithfield exit on RI 99 North now with exit number, 1
Image of Exit sign for Lincoln/No. Smithfield on RI 99 North with new exit number, 1

Connecticut

The first Massachusetts exit sign with a milepost based number was put up on I-395 in February 2016. It was for a Connecticut exit though. After that state completed changing all of its numbers along I-395, a patch was put over the 1 mile sign southbound across the Massachusetts border changing the number from 100 to 53. This may be now the only one for a long time, given MassDOT's reluctance to start their planned exit number conversion project:

Image of new milepost exit number on I-395 South in MA for CT Exit 53

As for signage in Connecticut along I-395. Here's the first milepost exit sign crossing into that state southbound from Massachusetts for the same exit as above:

Image of new exit number on I-395 South signage just across Mass. border in East Thompson, CT

The signage at the East Thompson/Wilsonville exit ramp:

Image of new exit sign with new milepost based number on I-395 South just over Mass. border in
                                                   East Thompson, CT

Image of the gore signage:

Image of new gore sign with milepost and former exit number on I-395 South in East Thompson, CT

As the photos above show, only the first advance sign and the exit and gore sign get an additional tab indicating the old exit number. These will be left up for at least 2 years. Here are examples of other newly numbered exit signs on I-395 heading further south:

Image of new exit sign for CT 200 with new exit number on I-395 South in Thompson, CT

Image of new milepost exit gore sign for US 44 exit on I-395 South in Putnam, CT

Image of new gore sign with milepost based exit and old number for To CT 12 exit on I-395 South in Putnam, CT

The US 6 exit includes the first new overhead signs with milepost based numbers:

Image of new overhead advance signs with new milepost based numbers for US 6 exit on I-395 South in Danielson, CT

Image of new exit ramp and advance overhead signage with new milepost base exit numbers on I-395 South in Danielson, CT

Turning around and heading north, some more overhead signage:

Image of new overhead exit ramp and advance signs at US 6 West exit on I-395 North in Danielson, CT

Image of new exit gore signage with old exit number tab for US 6 West exit on I-395 North in Danielson
Image of new 1-Mile advance sign for CT 101 exit with new milepost based number on I-395 North in Dayville, CT

Image of new gore sign for CT 101 exit with new milepost based number and old exit number tab on bottom on I-395 North in Dayville, CT
Image of new 1-mile advance sign with new milepost based exit number for CT 14 on I-395 North in Moosup, CT

New exit numbers were also installed on Secret CT 695, the stub of the Connecticut Turnpike that connects I-395 to US 6, here is a photo of new exit signage heading west toward I-395:

Image of new 1-Mile advance sign with new milepost exit number on I-395 South in CT

And here's signage with milepost based numbers on CT 2A:

Image of new 1/2 mile advance sign with new milepost based number on CT 2A East near Mohegan Sun casino

Another new exit number sign on CT 2A:

Image of new 1/4 mile advance sign with new milepost based exit number on CT 2A West in Uncasville, CT

For a full set of photos of new signage along I-395 visit these two blog posts:

A Drive along (Part of) I-395 from November 8, 2015

Road Trip to the Future from February 29, 2016

B. Route 24 Sign Plans

Here are two new sign plans for the upcoming Sign Replacement Project (More to be added to future MA 24 Photo Gallery):

MassDOT sign plan for 1-mile advance for I-495 exit with new control city Marlboro

Image of MassDOT sign plan for new I-mile advance sign for I-93 (US 1) exit on MA 24 North in Randolph

B. Installation of Real Time Traffic Management System 'Go Time' Signs (2014-2016)[* New photos for MA 24, MA 14011/28/18, and US 1, 10/20/18.]   Skip to MA 3 or MA 24].

Image of Real Time Traffic sign tagged with text definitions from MassDOT

MassDOT announced on January 18, 2017 that the contract to place 146 permanent Real Time Traffic signs along the state's highways had been completed and all signs activated. These permanent signs went up under a statewide contract that was started in November 2015. The first of these signs were put up along US 6 on Cape Cod and Route 25 in the spring of 2014 as a trial project. The first signs north of the Cape to be activated were Route 128 between Danvers and Gloucester in the Spring of 2016  Signs on I-90, I-91, I-93, I-95, I-195, I-290, I-495 and along MA 3, MA 24, MA 25 and the MA 140 expressway soon followed. This gallery features sketches of the signs from contract documents to be replaced by photos taken after the signs were installed and activated signs, along with commentary as to what could be changed for some of the signs:

I-84

There are only two RTT signs planned for this short route. Heading west from the Mass Pike, this is the planned sign, including the time and distance to the Connecticut border (this sign has not been installed as of June 4, 2017):

Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-84 West in Sturbridge, from MassDOT

The first and only installed sign is on I-84 East in Sturbridge which also lists the time and distance to I-290 in Worcester:

Image taken of Real Time Traffic sign on I-84 East in Sturbridge

I-90/Mass Pike (New Photos 10/14/16)

Heading west in Newton, this first sign appears after the Newton Exit, Exit 17:

Image of Real Time Traffic sign awaiting activation along I-90 West in Newton

The second Newton sign appears just prior to the I-95/128 exit:

Image of Real Time Traffic Sign awaiting activation on I-90 West in Newton prior to I-95 exit

The next sign westbound is in Framingham:

Image of newly placed real time traffic sign on I-90 West in Framingham

Eighteen miles later there is the next sign in Millbury:

Image of newly placed Real Time Traffic sign on I-90 West in Millbury

The sign in Charlton has both the distance to I-84 and to the CT state line:

Image of newly placed Real Time Traffic Sign on I-90 West in Charlton

Heading further west, this the sign up approaching Springfield, in Wilbraham:

Image of activated real time traffic sign on I-90 West in Wilbraham

The original plan had the sign going up a couple miles further to the west:

Sketch of planned RTT sign on I-90 West in Wilbraham, from MassDOT

The next sign in Westfield indicates the distance to the NY Thruway, not the state line as with other highway's signs:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-90 West in Westfield

The final sign westbound has the same information and was put up halfway between Exits 3 and 2 in:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-90 West in Stockbridge

Notice the distance to Lee was increased by a mile from the planned sign:

sketch of proposed RTT sign on I-90 West in W. Stockbridge, from MassDOT

+Returning Eastbound, the first sign is in West Stockbridge:

Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-90 East in W. Stockbridge, from MassDOT

Heading further east, the next RTT sign is in Palmer alerting traffic to the distances to the next 2 exits:

Image of Real Time Traffic Sign awaiting activation along I-90 East in Palmer 

There's suppose to be another one in Brimfield prior to the I-84 exit (still not up as of 7/9/17):

Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-90 East in Palmer, from MassDOT

This sign is now up just prior to the I-290/I-395 Exit in Auburn:

Image of Real Time Traffic Sign awaiting activation on I-90 East in Auburn

Just before the I-495 exit in Westborough there are two signs, the first lists the distance to the next 3 exits, I've kept the sign plan showing the difference in state mileage to Route 9:

Image of first of 2 Real Time Traffic signs on I-90/Mass Pike East in Westborough

Sketch of proposed RTT sign to be placed on I-90 East in Westborough, from MassDOT

The second mentions times along I-495:

Image taken of second Real Time Traffic sign on I-90/Mass Pike East in Westborough

This was not among the original sign plans.

The first mention of I-95 (128) is in Framingham after the Route 9 exit:

Image of Real Time Traffic sign on I-90/Mass Pike East in Natick

Prior to the I-95/128 Exit there is a sign after the Natick Service Plaza, activated as of the last week of October 2016:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign along I-90/Mass Pike East in Natick

After the I-95/128 exit, here is the first of 2 RTT signs in Newton:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-90 East in Newton

Here, the sign was adjusted down by 1 mile for the Allston-Brighton exit:

Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-90 East in Newton, from MassDOT

The second sign (and last sign eastbound) is only a couple miles further down I-90 prior to the Newton Exit and includes the distance to Logan Airport:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-90 East in Newton

Interstate 91

Heading northbound from Connecticut, the first RTT sign is in West Springfield (notice the mileage to Springfield was decreased by a mile from the planned sign, below):

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-91 North in Springfield

Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-91 in W. Springfield, from MassDOT

The next northbound sign is after the I-391 exit in Holyoke (photo by Jay Hogan, again the mileage in the sign plan was apparently wrong):

Image of newly placed Real Time Traffic sign on I-91 North in Holyoke, by Jay Hogan
Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-91 North in Holyoke, from MassDOT

There will also be one further north in Whately approaching Route 2, with the time to the Vermont border (photo by Jay Hogan, this one identical to the plan):

Image of newly placed Real Time Traffic sign on I-91 North in Whately, from Jay Hogan

Heading back southbound, the first RTT sign on I-91 is in Deerfield which (the sign plan, below, apparently had the mileage to I-90 wrong, it has increased from 24 to 28):

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-91 South in Deerfield
Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-91 South in Deerfield, from MassDOT

This is followed with the first sign mentioning Springfield put up in Northampton (again, the mileage differs from the sign plan, in this case by 2 miles):

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-91 South in Northampton
Sketch of planned RTT sign to be placed along I-91 South in Northampton, from MassDOT

The last one is after the Mass Pike exit in West Springfield (the mileage on this sign has also been changed from the plan for Springfield, as seen below):

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-91 South in West Springfield

Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-91 South in W. Springfield, from MassDOT

Interstate 93 [Signs activated in November 2016]

The first sign northbound is in Milton prior to the MA 24 exit:

Image of activated Real Time traffic sign on I-93 North in Milton

The one issue I have with this sign is mileage. Under the proposed milepost based system, the Houghton Pond/Ponkapaug Road exit, whose bridge is just behind the sign, would be Exit 2. MA 3 is and would be Exit 7, while Columbia Rd would be Exit 14, therefore, shouldn't the mileage to those two exits be 5 and 12?

Approaching the interchange with Route 37 in Braintree is this sign:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-93 North in Braintree

The next sign is six miles further north, just after Neponset Circle. This one one of the last signs put up, notice the right-hand support due to the placement next to a steep embankment:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic Sign on I-93 North in Boston

After the Big Dig Tunnel, the southernmost of two RTT signs Medford lists the time to I-95 (put up week of 8/15/16):

Image of activated Real Time Traffic Sign on I-93 North in Medford prior to MA 16

The northernmost lists both I-95 and I-495 (also put up week of 8/15/16):

Image of activate real time traffic sign on I-93 North in Medford prior to Spot Pond 

North of I-95, this will be an RTT sign in Wilmington telling drivers how much time until the New Hampshire border:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-93 North in Wilmington

+Heading back Southbound, here's the plan for the sign in Methuen:

Sketch of planned RTT sign on I-93 South in Methuen, from MassDOT

The next sign will be in Andover:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-93 South in Wilmington

The sign is different from the sign plan in it includes Route 38 instead of Route 28 (plan mistake?)

Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-93 South in Andover, from MassDOT

The Anderson RTC as in 'Regional Transit Center' is a massive Park and Ride (as in take a bus into Boston).

The next sign is in Stoneham near Spot Pond, it has the first distance to Boston (Mass Ave.), and the Logan Airport:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-93 South in Stoneham

This was a change from the planned sign:
MassDOT sign plan of Real Time Traffic sign on I-93 South in Stoneham

There's no mention of I-90 Mass Pike, even though there's a connection westbound. The US 1 sign apparently was supposed to be a Route 1A shield, since there is no direct connection to US 1 Southbound and it would be rather out of the way to cross the Tobin Bridge to go to the Airport.

The next sign is in Somerville and when first placed, due to contractor error, had the distance to the Zakim is listed as the same for Mass Ave, 5 miles, this was soon corrected to match the planned sign:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-93 South in Somerville

The next sign is after the Tunnel and the Mass. Ave. exit, just after the South Bay on-ramp:

Image of newly activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-93 South in Boston near Columbia Road

Here they reference Neponset Circle, not the MA 3A exit there. Also this is at milepost 15, the MA 3 exit is at milepost 7, shouldn't that be 8 Miles? Seems to match up better with the travel time. Speaking of Neponset Circle, here's the newly activated sign approaching that location after the Morrissey Blvd/Freeport St on-ramp:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-93 South in Dorchester by Morrissey Blvd

You'll notice that the mileage for both Route 3 and 24 have been changed from when the sign was first put up in July:

Image of newly placed Real Travel Time sign on I-93 South in Dorchester

Apparently MassDOT realized that since this is approaching milepost 12, why was it 4 miles for Route 3 (Mile 7) here? Route 24 is around milepost 3.5 so 9 miles makes sense, though they added a mile to that as well.

This is the final sign along the Southeast Expressway in Quincy, the 1-Mile overhead for the Braintree Split is in the distance:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-93 South in Quincy

The sign was identical to the plan sketch. Unfortunately for there are some mileage problems here too, that weren't fixed. This around milepost 8, so the distance to Route 24 is right, however, since that route is 3.5 miles from the end of I-93 at I-95, shouldn't the I-95 mileage be at least 8 miles? The Route 18 mileage is okay, since that exit is at milepost 38 and the last milepost heading northbound on 3 is 42.8, around milepost 7 for I-93. so 1+5=6. However, if MassDOT ever goes ahead with the proposal to renumber exits based on mileposts, this exit would be 42 for MA 3, so could cause some confusion. The last sign on I-93 South is in Milton just after the Route 24 on-ramp and was used by MassDOT for the explanatory graphic about the signs (seen at the top of the section):

Image of activated real time traffic sign on I-93 South in Milton

To be consistent with other signs, there should be a 'Via I-95 North' by each entry or on top of the sign. I guess they assume that drivers will know that I-93 ends at I-95 and that these are I-95 North exits.

I-95

Entering northbound from Rhode Island, the first RTT sign is one mile over the state line in Attleboro:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-95 North in Attleboro

The next sign is five miles further north before the I-295 Exit, with the first mention on I-93:

Image of activated Real Time traffic sign before I-295 exit on I-95 North in Attleboro

The next sign northbound, put up in March 2016 and activated in October, is in Foxboro:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-95 North in Foxboro

Approaching the Neponset Street interchange in Canton, the sign was installed the week of March 21 and activated in October 2016:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-95 North in Canton

It is identical to the sketch of the sign I had posted.

After the merge with Route 128, the next sign is in Dedham between Route 109 exit ramps, put up the week of 9/18:

Image of newly place Real Time Traffic sign on I-95 North in Dedham

Before the Mass Pike, is the next sign in Needham just prior to the new Kendrick Street and under construction Highland Avenue exits, activated in late October:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic Sign on I-95 North in Needham

This differs from the planned sign below because originally this sign was to be placed 1 mile further north, closer to the Highland Avenue exit:

Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-95 North in Needham, from MassDOT

Just North of the Mass Pike exit in Weston, this sign has been activated:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic Sign on I-95/128 North in Weston

The next sign is in Waltham at the Trapelo Road Exit now listing only US 3 and I-93 with Route 2 on the adjacent overhead sign:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-95/128 North in Waltham

In Lexington, after the MA 4/MA 225 exit, it is apparently too close to US 3 to include it on this sign, but still with I-93:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-95 North in Lexington

Just prior to the I-93 exit in Woburn, this is the plan for the signage:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-95 North in Woburn

The distance to the Zakim Bridge has been increased by 1 from that of the planned sign:

Sketch of planned RT sign to be placed on I-95 North in Woburn, from MassDOT

This is the sign approaching the split with Route 128 in Wakefield, put up in March and activated in November 2016, same as the sketch:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-95/MA 128 North in Wakefield

After the split with Route 128, here is the RTT sign in Topsfield, which lists the time to the NH border:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-95 North in Topsfield

The first number for the NH border is hard to make out in this photo.

Heading back South, here's the first sign in Salisbury before the I-495 Exit, put up in March, identical to the sketch:

Image of newly placed RTT sign along I-95 South in Salisbury

Here's a sign put up further south in Boxford, same as the sketch posted previously:

Image of newly placed RTT sign along I-95 South in Boxford

While here's the signage after the Centre Street exit approaching Route 128 in Danvers which will let you know what is the best route to Boston:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-95 South in Danvers

The next sign is in Reading and provides the important time to the often congested I-93 interchange:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-95 North in Reading

The sign just before the I-93 interchange in Reading has the time to Boston (Zakim Bridge), US 3 and Route 2:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-95/MA 128 South just before I-93 interchange in Reading

This sign was recently placed prior to the US 3 exit in Burlington and has the first reference to I-90:

Image of newly placed RTT sign along I-95/128 South in Burlington

While this sign was placed in March before the US 20 exit in Waltham, with same text as previous sketch, here seen activated in January 2017:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-95/128 South in Waltham

The next sign in Needham, tries to help those driving to the Amtrak station, put up after the Kendrick Street exit in the Add-A-Lane work zone in September and activated in November:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-95/128 South in Needham

You can see it differs from the sign plan from the contract documents:

Sketch of planned RTT sign to be put up along I-95 South in Needham, from MassDOT

Apparently, MassDOT decided that even if its called Route 128 station, a 128 shield was too confusing, so it has University Ave. instead with the MBTA and Amtrak logos. The last sign before I-95 leaves Route 128 is just before the US 1 interchange in Dedham and was installed the week of March 21 and activated by November 2016:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-95 South in Dedham

The sign was identical to the sketch plan which for consistencies sake, I though shouldn't the MA 3 shield have 'Via I-93 North' next to it, as we continue south of Route 128, the next sign is after the on-ramp to Coney Street in Sharon, put up in late March 2016 and activated in November:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic Sign on I-95 South in Walpole

Going further south the last sign in Foxboro notes the approaching state border, again activated in November 2016:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic Sign on I-95 South in Foxboro

Text identical to that in the previously posted sketch.

Interstate 190

There is only one sign on I-190, southbound in Lancaster:

Image taken of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-190 South in Lancaster

Interstate 195 [Signs Activated 9/27/16]

Heading east from Providence, the first sign is just over the RI border in Seekonk, Courtesy of MassDOT:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-195 East in Seekonk

A temporary orange background RTT sign was put in place due to the ongoing construction on the Braga Bridge and with the Route 79 Viaduct replacement project, it is still up even though most of the work is done as of November 2016:

Image of orange background Real Time Traffic Sign on I-195 East in Somerset

The next permanent sign is a few miles further east in Somerset, just before entering Fall River:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-195 East in Somerset

The last one eastbound is in Marion and has the important time to the Bourne Bridge:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-195 East in Marion

+Heading westbound, the first I-195 RTT sign is in Wareham, noting the time to the Braga Bridge, a typically congested area:

Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-195 West in Wareham, from MassDOT

+The next sign will be in Fairhaven, continuing the time to the Braga Bridge:

Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-195 West in Fairhaven, from RTT

+As does this sign further west in Dartmouth:

Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-195 West in Dartmouth, from RTT

+The last sign in Swansea simply gives the time to the border, again is this useful information? Perhaps future coordination with RIDOT could give the time to Providence:

Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-195 West in Swansea, from MassDOT

Interstate 290

Despite its short length, there will be six RTT signs planned for this route between the Mass Pike/I-90 and I-495, the first one eastbound is in Auburn just after the I-90/Mass Pike exit:

Image of real travel time sign on I-290 East in Auburn, photo by Larry Reyone

The next one is beyond Worcester in Shrewsbury, not in the proposed location and changed from the original sign plan, see below:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-290 East in Shrewsbury
Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-290 West in Shrewsbury, from MassDOT

The last one is near the end I-290 in Hudson basically providing I-495 drive times:

Image taken of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-290 East in Hudson

Turning around, the first of the RTT signs on West I-290 is to be put up in Northborough:

Image taken of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-290 West in Northborough

The next is 6 miles further west back in Shrewsbury:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-290 West in Shrewsbury

The last one is in Worcester after the interchange with I-190 providing a comparison of alternate routes to the Mass Pike:

Image taken of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-290 West in Worcester

There is no mention of I-395 on the I-290 signs, nor are there any sketches of planned RTT signs on I-395.

Interstate 495 [New Photos from July, August and September 2018*]

Heading northbound, here is the first sign on Northbound I-495 in Middleboro:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic Sign on MA 24 North in Middleborough

The next sign is a few miles prior to Route 24. Note the 6 mile distance, a 1/2 mile north, beyond the hill is a distance sign saying 24 is 7 miles away (6 miles is the correct distance, the next distance sign is 3 miles before Route 24, saying its 4 miles away):

Image of newly activated Real Time Traffic sign on MA 24 North in Raynham

The next sign is beyond Route 24 in Raynham, giving the time not only to I-95, but travel times on I-95 itself (identical to sketch of proposed sign):

Image of newly placed 'Go Time' travel time sign on I-495 North in Raynham

Approaching the Mass Pike in Bellingham, the sign will also indicate the time to I-290/Route 85 Connector:

Sketch of planned Real Time Traffic Sign along I-495 North in Bellingham, from MassDOT

Beyond the Mass Pike, here's the next sign in Bolton:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-495 North in Bolton

+The next planned sign is in Westford, approaching US 3:

Sketch of planned Real Time Traffic Sign along I-495 North in Westford, from MassDOT

+Further north, there is this sign in the Chelmsford Area after US 3:

Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-495 in Chelmsford, from MassDOT

+The last sign northbound is to be in Methuen, less than 20 miles from I-95:

Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-495 in Methuen

I don't know the value of placing the state line distances on these signs, unless the distance to the next major destination can be obtained other mileage signs (according to a MassDOT source these are placeholders in case NHDOT adopts the same system and a NH city can be put up over the existing text).

+Heading back south, the first sign will be in Methuen mentioning the time to I-93:

Sketch of planned Real Time Traffic sign along I-495 South in Methuen, from MassDOT

The next sign will be in Andover approaching I-93 showing the time to I-95/128 via I-93 or US 3*:

Image of newly activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-495 South in Andover

+Next, in Lowell this sign will be installed approaching US 3, again with the time to I-95/128:

Sketch of planned Real Time Traffic Sign on I-495 South in Lowell, from MassDOT

+The plan for the sign further south approaching Route 2 in Westford:

Sketch of planned Real Travel Time sign along I-495 South in Westford, from MassDOT

Here's a sign approaching the Mass Pike in Marlboro*:

Image of activated real time traffic sign on I-495 South in Marlboro

The next sign southbound is in in Hopkinton, with the first mention of I-95:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-495 South in Hopkinton

Here's the sign placed further south in Franklin approaching US 1 and I-95 (same as the original design sketch)*:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-495 South in Franklin

The next sign is just prior to I-95 in Foxboro, this one only has travel times on I-95 South and North in addition to Route 24*:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on I-495 South in Foxboro

After I-95, signs start mentioning the end of I-495 at I-195, this is the sign in Norton before the Route 123 exit (this is different from the planned sign that was to be installed a couple miles further north (see below):

Image of newly installed 'Go Time' travel time sign along I-495 South in Mansfield
Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-495 in Mansfield, from MassDOT

*You wouldn't need the MA 25 shield if I-495 was extended along that route (or I-195 for that matter). You can tell when you're nearing the Cape when signs with the time to the Bourne Bridge is mentioned, such as this in Raynham (identical to sketch of planned sign):

Image of activated real time traffic sign on I-495 South in Raynham

*This is the last sign southbound in Middleboro, it was not captured until Sept. 2018, not being up during my previous drives through the area:

Image of activated real time traffic sign on I-495 South in Middleboro

US 1

There are a couple RTT signs placed along US 1 South between Peabody and Boston, the first one in Saugus just after the MA 99 South exit*:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on US 1 South in Saugus

Notice that mileage was changed from the original sign plan:

Sketch of planned RTT sign along US 1 South in Saugus, from MassDOT

And the other is just after the Route 16 exit and before the Tobin Bridge in Chelsea, this was put up the week of 8/15/16:

Image of newly placed Real Time Traffic sign on US 1 South in Chelsea

US 3 [Signs Activated in August 2016]

The only sign northbound is in Bedford with times to I-495 and the New Hampshire Border: 

Image of RTT sign along US 3 North in Bedford

+Heading back south, here's the first planned RTT sign in Tyngsborough:

Sketch of planned RTT sign along US 3 South in Tyngsborough, from MassDOT

By the time you get to Billerica, the signs have time and distance to destinations on I-95 (the mileage to I-93, slightly obscured by the Deer Crossing sign, is 14):

Image of RTT sign along US 3 South in Billerica

The final sign southbound in Burlington also includes US 20, but wouldn't it make sense, and be consistent with other signage, if it included 'Via I-95 South' while I-93 had 'Via I-95 North'?:

Image of final RTT sign on South US 3 in Burlington

US 6

Signs were put up in April 2014 along the Mid-Cape Highway as part of trial for the entire system installed later.

NEW-The first RTT sign westbound is at the beginning of the Mid-Cape Highway in Orleans:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on US 6 West in Orleans

This is one of the signs showing the time to the Sagamore Bridge just west of Yarmouth, taken in March 2017 (New):

Image of activated RTT sign on US 6 West in Yarmouth

Heading further west there is a sign between Exits 3 and 2 in Sandwich:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on US 6 West in Sandwich

These are July 2016 photos taken of the working signs along US 6 East, first just beyond the Sagamore Bridge and MA 6A Sandwich exit:

Image of Real Travel Time Sign on US 6 East in Bourne

The next before the MA 132 Hyannis Exit:

Image of Real Travel Time Sign on US 6 East in Barnstable

Route 2

There are two RTT signs planned for Route 2. Heading west from Cambridge, the first is in Lexington, prior to the I-95 Exit:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on MA 2 West in Lexington

Heading eastbound, the sign is placed in Concord prior to the Sudbury Road intersection with the all-important time and distance to the Alewife MBTA Station:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on MA 2 East in Concord

This sign was originally to be 2 miles closer after the MA 126 intersection, as seen by the distances on the sign plan:

Sketch of planned RTT sign along MA 2 East in Concord, from MassDOT

Route 3 [Signs activated week of 10/11/16]

Heading South toward Cape Cod, the first sign placed on Route 3 is in Braintree on the left side shortly after the merge of the ramps from I-93 North and South:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on MA 3 South in Braintree

*The temporary VMS sign this replaced had Route 18 and Route 139, but the Derby Street destination is more helpful because it is after Route 3 narrows from 3 to 2 lanes where the highway frequently backs up. The next sign, in Weymouth beyond the Route 18 exit, features the next appearance of Route 139 and the first for US 44:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic Sign on MA 3 South in Weymouth

*Both of which are also on the next sign in Hanover, just beyond the MA 53 Exit:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on MA 3 South in Hanover

*It might be helpful to include more destinations with the route shields, for example if you were heading to Plymouth and didn't know the exit for US 44 was there, listing Plymouth would make the sign more useful. The time to the all important Sagamore Bridge over the Cape Cod Canal starts to appear on RTT sign in just before the MA 139 exit in Marshfield,, though the sign was activated when the photo was taken, it does not seem to be displaying accurate times:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic Sign on MA 3 South in Marshfield

*The next sign is just prior to the first MA 3A Exit in Duxbury (sign identical to plan):

Image of newly activated Real Time Traffic sign after MA 14 exit in Duxbury

The first sign in Plymouth is just beyond the left exit for the Plimoth Plantation Highway, here time to the Bourne Bridge is also mentioned:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic Sign on MA 3 South in Plymouth

There is also a sign placed five miles further south with distances to both the Sagamore and Bourne Bridge, placed to help out drivers stuck in mid-summer traffic jams:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on MA 3 South in Plymouth

The last sign southbound, 3 miles from the bridge, also in Plymouth and features both the same information, it was operational as of July 2016:

Image of operating Real Travel Time Sign on MA 3 South in Plymouth

Heading back northbound, the first RTT sign is just beyond the start of the Pilgrims Highway in Bourne:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on MA 3 North in Bourne

*Again, maybe some towns to go with the shields may make the sign more meaningful to out of state drivers, as would on the next sign in prior to the MA 3A to 53 Exit in Duxbury (identical to plan):

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on MA 3 North in Duxbury, prior to Exit 10

*Further north, still in Duxbury approaching MA 139, is the first RTT sign to mention I-93 (I-93 readers were activated later, in November):

Image of fully activated Real Time Traffic Sign on MA 3 North in Duxbury

*Entering Weymouth just beyond the Derby Street interchange, this sign was put up the week of July 18, 2016 and fully activated with information about I-93 and I-90 in November:

Image of fully activated Real Time Traffic sign on MA 3 North in Weymouth

The addition to the I-90 shield of Boston indicates the route via I-93 North, since you could also get to the Mass Pike via I-93 South and I-95. Approaching I-93 the last RTT sign is in Braintree, ironically, it doesn't include the distance to I-93 (probably because the 2-mile advance sign for I-93 is visible from this location), but does have the distance along I-93 South to I-95, this was the last sign installed during the week of August 15 (like all the other Route 3 signs, the text matches that in the plan sketches) and fully activated in November:

Image of fully activated Real Time Traffic sign on MA 3 North in Braintree

Route 24 [Signs Activated 9/19/16]

Heading south toward Rhode Island from I-93 the first RTT sign is in Randolph just two miles after the start of the highway:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on MA 24 South in Randolph

The next sign is in Brockton, prior to the Route 123 interchange:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on MA 24 South in Brockton

*After I-495, there is another sign in Raynham, for both I-195 and MA 140:

Image of activated real time traffic sign on MA 24 South in Raynham

*There is also an additional sign in Berkley which compares the time to the I-195 interchange via Route 24 and Route 79 which are to join in a concurrency a few miles to the south:

Image of activated real time traffic sign on MA 24 South in Berkley

Better earlier view:

Image of newly placed Real Time Traffic Sign along MA 24 South in Raynham

The Sign Sketch plan had no miles listed for Route 79, presumably due to the construction project, recently completed, that rebuilt its interchange with I-195:

Sketch of planned RTT sign along MA 24 South in Berkley, from MassDOT

For the MA 79 construction project, a special orange travel time sign was installed a couple miles north of the Route 79 Exit, still there as of August 2016 (Photo from May 16):

Image of Working Orange backed Travel Time Sign approaching MA 79 construction zone on MA 24/79 South in Freetown 

+Heading back north, the first Route 24 RTT sign is in Freetown:

Sketch of planned RTT sign along MA 24 North in Freetown, from MassDOT

The next sign is in Raynham prior to the I-495 interchange, with the first reference to I-93:

Image of Newly installed Real Time Traffic sign on MA 24 North in Raynham

The next sign is in West Bridgewater, with I-93 now 10 miles away: 

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on MA 24 North in West Bridgewater

And another in Avon referencing times to and on I-93 North, now 5 miles away, though wouldn't a 'Via I-93 North' for I-90 be appropriate to be consistent?:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic Sign on MA 24 North in Avon

The last sign heading northbound in Randolph has both the times to to I-95 and Route 3:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on MA 24 North in Randolph

Route 25

There is one RTT sign placed at the beginning of MA 25 West just over the Bourne Bridge:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on MA 25 West in Bourne

Heading back east, the first sign is just beyond the I-195 and I-495 interchange in Wareham:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on MA 25 East in Wareham

The second and final sign is on MA 25 East in Bourne. This was installed in April 2014 as a trial project and activated soon after:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on MA 25 East in Plymouth

Route 28

There area a pair of RTT signs along the expressway portion of Route 28 in Bourne, southbound with the time to Falmouth, and the island ferries:

Activated Real Time Traffic sign on MA 28 South in Bourne

The distance to Woods Hole was changed from the original sign plan:

Sketch of planned RTT sign along MA 28 in Bourne, from MassDOT

There is also a sign northbound, not in the original plans which lists the time to the Bourne Bridge, Route 3 and I-495:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic sign on MA 28 North in Bourne

Route 128

The route from Peabody to Gloucester has three RTT signs that have already been installed, the one heading northbound includes the time across the Annisquam River to Grant Circle and is the same as the previously posted sketch:

Image of Go Time Real Traffic Time sign along MA 128 in Danvers

The two signs southbound, one in Essex, after MA 133, seen below, the other in Beverly, below it, after MA 1A, have the time and distances to I-95 and I-93 and were partially activated, showing the time to I-95 in June 2016:

Image of partially operational RTT travel time sign on MA 128 South in Essex
Image of partially activated RTT travel time sign on MA 128 South in Beverly

Route 140

There will be three RTT signs placed along the freeway portion of this route from New Bedford to MA 24. The only sign northbound will be in Lakeville (this, like the others are identical to the sketch plans):*

Image of activated real time traffic sign on MA 140 North in Lakeville

The first southbound sign will be right after the MA 140 freeway begins in Taunton (courtesy of Static Media Corp.):

Recently placed Real Time Traffic Sign on MA 140 South in Taunton, from Static Media Corp. website

+The other southbound sign will be in New Bedford, prior to its reaching the Interstate 195 interchange:

Sketch of planned RTT sign along MA 140 in New Bedford, from MassDOT

I plan to replace the sketches with actual sign photos as the project moves along. Feel free to e-mail me any photos you wish to share.

C. Route 2 Crosby's Corner Reconstruction (Updated 2/19/18)

In the spring of 2012 MassDOT began a project to rebuild Route 2 between Bedford Road and Crosby's Corner, a notorious intersection along the highway in Concord. In June 2015, a new off-ramp was opened westbound at Crosby's Corner replacing the previous stoplight at the intersection with Route 2A. Eventually, the entire intersection will be converted into an interchange in both directions when the project is completed, currently scheduled to be in the summer of 2016. Here are a few photos heading both westbound and on Route 2 toward the new interchange, taken shortly before construction was completed in April 2016:

Heading west, new overhead signage bearing a new exit number, 50 were put up in late 2015.  If the proposed switch to milepost based numbers, planned for 2016 but postponed, ever happens, this should become Exit 125. The one-mile advance sign:

Image of 1-Mile advance overhead sign for new MA 2A exit in Concord 

Here's the next sign, at the 1/2 mile mark:

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign for new MA 2A exit on MA 2 West in Concord

There 's a complete overhead assembly at the off-ramp itself, the pull through shows this is one of the few places in Massachusetts where an alternate route is officially signed with its parent (other routes like 1A and 3A run concurrently but are not signed):

Image of signage at new interchange with MA 2A on MA 2 West in Concord

And here are the new Exit 50 gore sign as seen from continuing on Route 2 West:

Image of new 2A East exit gore sign along MA 2 West in Concord

And here are the new reassurance marker's showing the official duplex of Routes 2 and 2A:

Image of reassurance markers for MA 2 and 2A following new MA 2A exit on-ramp in Concord

Turning around at the MA 126/Walden Pond intersection, the first sign for the new Crosby's Corner exit is 1/2 mile away:

Image of 1/2 mile overhead sign for new MA 2A East exit on MA 2 East in Concord

Like westbound, the overhead support at the interchange has 2 signs, the Route 2 pull-through has a left-side upward arrow:

Image of overhead signage at new MA 2A East Exit on MA 2 East in Concord

Here are several photos of the reconstructed roadway eastbound following the exit, to see westbound views, see below.

This is after the off-ramp to Route 2A:

Image of completed MA 2 roadway over former Crosby's Corner intersection in Concord

Heading over the bridge seen above:

Image of MA 2 East traffic lanes on bridge over former intersection with MA 2A at Crosbys Corner in Concord

This is at the end of the new on-ramp from Crosby's Corner:

Image of newly reconstructed MA 2 East roadway in Concord

Here's the view on the other side of the hill:

Image of reconstructed MA 2 East roadbed in Concord

The traffic light in the distance for Bedford Road would be Exit 51 (or 126) if it was ever turned into an interchange. Some bonus photos of overhead signage for the next interchange with I-95:

Image of 1-Mile Advance Exit Sign for I-95 on MA 2 East in Concord

This is the 1-Mile advance sign, placed back in 2012. There are no auxiliary signs mentioning MA 128 here, though coincidentally this was proposed to be Exit 128 under the Milepost Exit Numbering System that was to start sometime in 2016, but is now indefinitely postponed. Here's the 1/2 mile advance sign for I-95 South, the Attleboro destination or control city is not consistent with other exit signage along I-95 in the area that lists Providence, RI:

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign for I-95 South exit on MA 2 East in Concord

Same sign back in 2016 when the Route 2 bridge over I-95/128 was under construction:

Image of 1/2 mile overhead advance sign for I-95 on MA 2 East in Concord

The orange construction sign refers to work on a project that is replacing the Route 2 bridges over I-95/128. A closer view of the work zone:

Image of overhead exit sign approaching MA 2 bridge construction zone in Lexington

The Spring Street 1-Mile advance sign is the last overhead sign before the work area. All the other overheads were temporarily removed and replaced by orange ground-mounted signs:

Image of temporary signage in Route 2 bridge construction zone over I-95 in Lexington

Here's the appearance of the interchange after work was completed in the summer of 2016:

Image of new MA 128 trailblazer with larger shield at MA 2 interchange with I-95 South in Lexington

For some reason (better visibility?) the Route 128 shield was replaced with a larger one in 2017. Here was the 2016 version:

Image of signage at interchange of MA 2 East and I-95 in Lexington

Previous Photos -- taken on July, 5, 2015:

Image of construction along the eastbound lanes of Route 2 in Concord

East of Crosby's Corner work has concentrated on expanding the roadbed and adding new stone retaining walls, the first are along the eastbound side.

Image of retaining wall construction along Route 2 West in Concord

Work is almost complete on the new stone wall westbound 1/4 mile from Crosby's Corner. Here's a closer view:

Image of new stone retaining wall along Route 2 westbound in Concord

Closer to Crosby's Corner there is evidence of much more work needing to be done:
Image of construction along Route 2 at Crosby's Corner in Concord

The sign in the distance is a temporary exit sign for the new MA 2A off-ramp. Which, a closer look reveals...

Image of new off-ramp to Route 2A on Route 2 West in Concord
Has an exit number, 50. This will partially fill in a gap in Route 2 exit numbers in this area. The last interchange to the East, I-95/MA 128, is Exit 52, which, coincidentally, may be Exit 128 if exit numbers are changed in Massachusetts to the federally mandated milepost referencing system in a few years.

D. South Shore Signs

1. Route 18 Widening Project:

This project began in 2017 and is widening Route 18 to four lanes from Middle Street in Weymouth to Route 139 in Abington. Here's some photos taken of construction from May to September 2018. For more information and recent project news, see the MassDOT Project page.

Photos from November 2018:

Image of newly paved future northbound lane in MA 18 widening project work area in Weymouth

Twilight view of cleared land on both sides of current roadway as seen on MA 18 North in Abington near the Weymouth town line.

Image of paved future northbound lane in MA 18 widening project work area in Weymouth south of MA 58

Starting at the Weymouth line preliminary paving has been completed for future northbound right lane.

Image of newly paved future northbound lane in MA 18 widening project work zone south of MA 58 in Weymouth

Newly paved lane continues to MA 58 intersection, seen at traffic light in distance and then beyond intersection to just south of railroad bridge.

Image of widening construction on MA 18 heading south to commuter rail bridge in Weymouth

Heading south a few days later approaching the railroad bridge, work on the bridge is being staged behind the concrete barriers on the left, while clearing has been completed along the southbound lanes.

Image of concrete barrier for widening project as seen from MA 18 South heading toward commuter rail bridge in Weymouth

Former utility poles in the future southbound lanes have been removed as seen approaching the railroad bridge.

Image of sign indicating new traffic pattern on MA 18 South prior to commuter rail bridge in widening project work zone in Weymouth

Temporary advisory sign (along with portable VMS, not pictured) regarding lane shift southbound approaching the railroad bridge.

Image of new traffic pattern on MA 18 commuter rail bridge with northbound traffic using former shoulder in widening project work zone in Weymouth

Apparently work to demolish the current bridge while it's still open requires shifting traffic over, the Route 18 North lane is now partly in the former shoulder.

Image of concrete barrier separating MA 18 traffic from bridge construction in widening project work zone in Weymouth

Construction equipment and other needed items in the construction zone at the top of the bridge.

Image of MA 18 widening project progress looking south from commuter rail bridge in Weymouth

View looking south from the top of the bridge which was to show the beginning (or end) of the new paved lane heading northbound, hidden by traffic unfortunately.

Image of newly paved future northbound lane as part of MA 18 widening project south of commuter rail bridge in Weymouth

View of paved future northbound lane on left as Route 18 traffic is shifted back to its original alignment after the railroad bridge.

Image of paved future northbound lane on MA 18 north as seen heading south of commuter rail bridge in widening project work zone in Weymouth

Future Northbound lane paved heading past commuter rail parking lot.

Image of paved future northbound lane on MA 18 in widening project work zone in Weymouth

The widening project has resulted in the future roadway's close proximity to the Public Storage warehouse building.

Image of MA 18 between Trotter Road and MA 58 under construction during widening project in Weymouth in November 2018

View of completed paving between the MA 58 and Trotter Road intersections on Route 18 North. This section was already 4 lames, but the road has been widened a little more with new curbing added.

Image of newly paved future northbound lane by commuter rail station on MA 18 North in Weymouth

My attempt to capture the railroad bridge approach heading north at dusk.


Photos from September 2018:

Image of cleared area for future MA 18 North lane by South Weymouth commuter rail station in Sept. 2018

Area cleared along North Route 18 just prior to the railroad bridge for future lane. VMS messages indicate preliminary paving was to take place during October, weather permitting.

Image of new utility poles being placed outside of future lanes of widened MA 18 in Weymouth

Heading south now, prior to the Union Point development entrance, new utility poles have started going up in this area.

Image of new temporary barrier placed along MA 18 to assist construction of new lane in Weymouth

New barriers and barrels put up along Route 18 South prior to the Route 58 intersection where preliminary widening work is taking place.

Image of new construction barriers placed for widening work along MA 18 North near current railroad bridge in Weymouth in Sept. 2018

New temporary barriers have also been placed along MA 18 North after the current railroad bridge, work to demolish the old bridge and open a new wider one will take place in 2019.

Image of MA 18 widening project progress in vicinity of current railroad bridge in Weymouth in Sept. 2018

One of the VMS advising traffic of paving work prior to the railroad bridge on Route 18 South prior to the South Weymouth commuter rail station.

Image of MA 18 South at current railroad bridge showing progress in widening project in Weymouth in Sept. 2018

View from top of railroad bridge looking south shows progress grading new northbound lanes as seen in the first photo.

Image of cleared area for new additional northbound lane on MA 18 near South Weymouth commuter rail station in Sept. 2018

Closer view of new lane being constructed northbound approaching the Route 58 intersection heading south on Route 18.

Image of construction of new lane along MA 18 North south of MA 58 intersection in Weymouth in Sept. 2018

Work has also started for adding a northbound lane between the Route 58 intersection and the Abington town line.

Image of MA 18 widening project progress at town line between Weymouth and Abington in Sept. 2018

More future northbound lane grading awaiting preliminary paving approaching the Abington town line.

Image of construction equipment for MA 18 widening project along northbound lanes in Abington in Sept. 2018

Construction equipment stored near the end of the current widening work being done just over the line in Abington.

Image of MA 18 widening project construction progress in Abington in Sept. 2018

Only preliminary work still has been completed at the southern end of the project approaching Route 139.

Image of widening along MA 18 Southbound lanes as part of widening project in Abington in Sept. 2018

The exception is near the Abington Ale House where the widening work is apparently being coordinated with a new development (see earlier photos below).

Previous photos from July 2018:

Image of MA 18 widening project work zone in Weymouth in July 2018

Only preliminary work and some new utility poles can be seen southbound approaching the southern limits of the project at Route 139 in Abington.

Image of preliminary work in MA 18 widening project in Abington in July 2018

Only some tree cutting has been completed southbound approaching Route 139.

Image of MA 18 widening work progress looking north in Abington in July 2018

Little progress can be seen since May approaching the current railroad bridge on Route 18 South in Weymouth.

Image approaching to be demolished railroad bridge on MA 18 South in Weymouth in July 2018

Work can be seen on building the new bridge to the left of the current structure heading south.

Image of view looking north along MA 18 from top of current railroad bridge in widening project work zone in Weymouth in July 2018

View looking north from the top of the railroad bridge, not too different from that in May.

Earlier photos from May 2018:

Image of entering widening construction zone with work zone sign near MA 139 in Abington on MA 18 North

Work zone sign south of Route 139 intersection on Route 18 North in Abington.

Image of MA 18 widening work zone in Abington after MA 139 intersection

Some clearing but not much work has started north of Route 139 heading towards Weymouth.

Image of widening work along MA 18 South in vicinity of Abington Ale House

Work had started along the southbound lanes in coordination with a new development going in near the Abington Ale House.

Image of new power poles being put up in anticipation of widening of MA 18 at the Weymouth/Abington line.

Starting at the Abington/Weymouth town line work was proceeding in putting in new utility poles along the sides of the future widened highway.

Image of new utility poles along MA 18 North in widening project work zone in Weymouth

Portable VMS sign warns drivers of lane closures overnight for widening work as more new utility poles stand next to existing ones in South Weymouth.

Image of MA 18 undergoing widening construction in South Weymouth

Route 18 about to head onto bridge over commuter rail tracks, bridge to be demolished and rebuilt, part of new bridge can be seen to the left of the current one.

Image of traffic on MA 18 using current railroad bridge prior to its demolition for widening project

Miscellaneous construction equipment and materials are store along northbound lanes prior to bridge.

Image showing view of MA 18 looking north from top of current railroad bridge to be demolished during widening project in Weymouth

Looking north from top of railroad bridge showing clearing and other work taking place in project work zone.

Image of MA 18 in widening project work zone in South Weymouth

Utility pole relocation work continues north of the bridge.

Image of construction equipment for widening project stored along MA 18 South in Weymouth

Some of the bigger construction equipment being stored in future Route 18 southbound lane in Weymouth. Turning around and heading south...

Image of early widening construction along MA 18 North in Weymouth

Clearing for future Route 18 south lane heading toward railroad bridge in Weymouth.

Image heading south over current railroad bridge to be demolished as part of MA 18 widening project in Weymouth

Heading south over current railroad bridge, clearing for new bridge continues on the right.

Image of view looking south on MA 18 railroad bridge over widening project work zone in Weymouth

Looking south toward Route 58 intersection from top of current railroad bridge, new bridge construction seen on right.

Image of MA 18 widening project work zone in Weymouth looking south

Some preliminary work has been completed approaching the Route 58 intersection southbound.

Image of MA 18 South in widening project work zone in Weymouth in May 2018

View of the new utility poles placed beyond the future highway lanes south of the Route 58 intersection.

Image of progress in widening project construction zone on MA 18 South in Abington in May 2018

Now further south in Abington, one can tell that maintenance of this section of Route 18 was deferred awaiting the highway's widening.

Image of widening work underway along MA 18 South in Abington in May 2018

Passing southbound work being done in coordination with a new development along the southbound lanes prior to the Abington Ale House.

Image of widening work along MA 18 South in Abington in May 2018

New barrier wall being placed for new building development providing room for future southbound Route 18 lane across from the Abington Ale House.

 Image of widening project work zone along MA 18 South in Abington in May 2018

More preliminary work can be seen along Route 18 South approaching the Route 139 intersection.

Image of widening work along South MA 18 in project work zone in Abington in May 2018

This residential property in Abington will be losing much of its front yard to the new Route 18 South lane.

2. A Trip along "The Coastal Route," Route 3A North in September 2018:

Photos taken from Plymouth to Hingham on Route 3A, (mostly) the old coastal route between Boston and Cape Cod, which was given the Route 3A designation (after first being New England Route 6A) in the 1920s. The other route, the inland route or "Cape Way" got the primary Route 3, then Route 53, number at the same time:

Image of large north MA 3A reassurance marker in North Plymouth

A modern, and very large, North Route 3A reassurance marker seen in North Plymouth.

Image of North MA 3A trailblazer in North Plymouth

A North Route 3A trailblazer on the left side of the road, going left leads you back to Route 3 just north of US 44.

Image of MA 3A guide sign heading north in Duxbury

A guide/paddle sign, not of recent vintage at the intersection with Chestnut Street in Duxbury.

Image of MA 14 guide sign at intersection with MA 3A in Duxbury

Guide/Paddle signs at the intersection of Routes 3A and 14 in Duxbury.

Image of Junction MA 139 trailblazer on MA 3A North in Duxbury

Junction Route 139 trailblazer approaching first of two intersections with this route in Duxbury, with an interesting twist...

Image of guide signs at intersection of MA 3A North and MA 139, where West 139 goes east, in Duxbury

You turn right to go onto Route 139 West and left to go east. Route 139 does an 180 degree turn at the Marshfield coast. MassDOT apparently decided changing directions was too confusing. The previous guide signs at this location had no direction.

Image of old MassDPW milepost along MA 3A North in Duxbury

One of many old-style Mass. DPW tenth-mile posts along this stretch of Route 3A. These were installed along most routes in the state in the 1970s.

Image of guide signs appraching the second intersection with MA 139 on MA 3A North in Marshfield

Recent Guide/Paddle sign installations approaching the second intersection with Route 139 in Marshfield, the sign directions here are geographically correct.

Image of guide signs at the intersection of MA 3A North and MA 139 in Marshfield

The signs at the intersection itself, Route 3A North joins Route 139 West for about 1/2 mile.

Image of separate reassurance markers for MA 139 West and MA 3A North along concurrent stretch in Marshfield

MassDOT decided to put the somewhat modern style large route markers on separate posts west of the intersection of Routes 3A and 139.

Image of guide sign approaching the intersection of MA 3A North and MA 139 West in Marshfield

Slightly older Guide/Paddle signs approaching the split of Route 3A North and Route 139 West in Marshfield.

Image of guide signs at the split of MA 3A North and MA 139 West in Marshfield

The signs at the actual intersection. Of course, you can get to Route 3 using 3A, but it will take longer.

Image of first MA 3A North reasurance marker following intersection with MA 139 in Marshfield

This part of Route 3A in Marshfield north of Route 139 was recently reconstructed and received new signage, such as this North 3A reassurance marker.

Image of MA 3A North guide sign at intersection in Marshfield

One of the signs not updated was this Guide/Paddle sign at the intersection with Ferry Street. Humarock is a coastal neighborhood of Marshfield.

Image of newly placed North MA 3A reassurance marker in Marshfield

Another new North Route 3A reassurance marker heading toward the border with Scituate.

Image of traffic on MA 3A North crossing the North River bridge between Marshfield and Scituate

Heading across the latest iteration of the North River bridge that is the border between Marshfield and Scituate. The bridge was built in the 2000s.

Image of Junction MA 123 trailblazer on MA 3A North in Scituate

New Junction Route 123 trailblazer in Scituate.

Image of guide signs at roundabout marking the intersection of MA 3A and MA 123 in Scituate

Guide/Paddle signage in the roundabout at the intersections of Routes 3A and 123. The Scituate sign points to Country Way, the original Coastal Route, and original alignment of Route 3A until 1932 when Justice Cushing Way was built as a bypass between Scituate and Hingham.

Image of guide signage at roundabout marking the intersection between MA 3A and MA 123 in Scituate

Additional signage in the roundabout which marks the eastern terminus of Route 123.

Image of new North MA 3A reassurance marker on Chief Justice Cushing Highway in Scituate

A typical North Route 3A reassurance marker in Scituate.

Image of one of several unusually wide MA 3A reassurance markers along Chief Justice Cushing Highway near Scituate High School

Except for one of the several on wide 3-digit shields near Scituate High School.

Image of North MA 3A reassurance marker along Chief Justice Cushing Highway in Cohasset

An older North Route 3A reassurance marker in the next town to the north, Cohasset.

View of Junction MA 228 trailblazer on MA 3A North, Chief Justice Cushing Highway in Hingham

A rather old Junction Route 228 trailblazer in Hingham. This dates back to the 1980s and was not replaced, unlike shields heading south, during the recent Division 5 sign replacement project (perhaps it wasn't spotted among the plant growth).

Image of guide signage for MA 228 North on MA 3A in Hingham

Guide/Paddle signage at the Route 3A/228 intersection. There currently is no signage for 228 South, the small paddle sign disappeared a few years ago and has not been replaced. Prior to the building of Chief Justice Cushing Highway in 1932 this was a concurrency between Routes 128 and 3A on East Street which ran between Summer Street, to the left, and Hull Street, to the right.


3. Signs along the Route 106 corridor from Kingston to Bridgewater from May 2018:

Here's some photos of route beginnings clustered around Route 3A and 106 in the Kingston Area.

Image of guide signage for beginning of MA 106 West on MA 3A North in Kingston

The first of two guide signs for the beginning of Route 106 on Route 3A North.

Image of new guide signs at beginning of MA 106 West on MA 3A North in Kingston

Notice the second smaller sign for Route 27, which begins about a mile further west on 106. If its that important to sign, wouldn't it be better to just extend 27 to 3A?

Image of first guide sign at beginning of MA 27 North on MA 106 West in Kingston

Speaking of Route 27, here's the first guide/paddle sign for the beginning of Route 27 North.

Image of MA 27 and MA 106 trailblazers at beginning of MA 27 in Kingston

The intersection only features trailblazers. I would prefer two-digit routes to take precedence and instead would have Route 106 begin here with 27 beginning at 3A.

Image of trailblazer and guide sign at beginning of North MA 36 on MA 106 West in Plympton

A few miles west, and over the border with Plympton, is the beginning of MA 36 North, a short route apparently deserving of less than standard quality paddle signs.

Image of guide sign for beginning of MA 105 South on MA 106 West in Halifax

Further west in Halifax is the beginning of Route 105 South.

Image of second of two guide signs for beginning of MA 105 South on MA 106 West in Halifax

The second sign has an unusual number font.

Here's the end of Route 104 East at Route 106 further to west in East Bridgewater:

Image of End 104 trailblazer at MA 106 in East Bridgewater

And a photo of the Route 106 and 28 intersection in Bridgewater:

Image of guide signs at intersection of MA 28 and MA 106 in West Bridgewater

Here's a couple of signs from the intersection of Whiting Street (MA 53), Derby Street (Formerly MA 128 and also 228 at least to the 1990s) and Gardner Street in Hingham. A closeup of a Mass. Guide (aka Paddle) Sign recently updated with new text:

Image of revised guide sign for Derby Street on MA 53 North in Hingham.

The sign used to read North MA 228 to Route 3, South Weymouth. It was one of 3 green signs put up between 1988 and 1993 to mark the split of 228 from 53. The first sign actually read South MA 228. In the spring of 2014 the South 228 sign was removed and the two remaining were greened out with the new text added. MassDOT had apparently realized that 228 hasn't been officially routed along Derby Street for at least 15 years. Still, the route signs, put up around the same time, were not removed. In December 2016, a contract was let to replace signage in District 5, which includes Hingham, interestingly, the contract calls for replacing the route signs at the intersection, including the 228 shields. Apparently, the project engineer was not aware they are not needed, not the town which apparently approved their installation. Unfortunately, no one pointed out the error and the signs were installed in June 2017. Here are photos showing the new signs and those that they replaced. First, the North MA 228 trailblazer on MA 53 South approaching Derby Street,  the back of the sign above is in the center of the photo:

Image taken of erroneously placed MA 228 North trailblazer on MA 53 South in Hingham

The previous sign:


Image of MA 228 North trailblazer on MA 53 South in Hingham

If you look closely, you'll notice the directional banner had been updated to specifications in the 2009 MUTCD even though the shield dates from the 1980s, and has been wrong for at least 15 years.

Here's a closeup of the signs that follow on MA 53 South, incredibly the sign replacement contract installed new shields without replacing the support post:

Image of new reassurance marker placed on existing post with erroneous MA 228 shield on MA 53 South in Hingham

Here's the previous shields on the same post:

Image of M 53/MA 228 South signage on Whiting Street in Hingham

The shields above date from the 1980's, as does the rusting sign post, the South directional banner is at least 10 years older.

The new North 228 trailblazer on Route 53 North prior to Derby Street, with the corrected green guide sign in the distance:

Image of newly placed erroneous MA 228 North trailblazer on MA 53 North in Hingham

The North Route 228 reassurance marker on Derby Street beyond the intersection, as well as trailblazers for Routes 53 North on Derby Street heading toward the intersection have not been replaced as of June 24. The South MA 53/228 trailblazer, hidden by leaves, was replaced:

Image of trailblazers with new shields for South MA 53 and 228 (erroneous) on Derby Street in Hingham

Here's the signage on Route 53 South approaching Queen Anne's corner with the correct information about Route 228:

Image taken of Mass. Guide Signs for MA 228 on MA 53 South in Hingham

Meanwhile, signage that could be replaced, like here at the corner of Main and Central Streets in Hingham, was not replaced:

Image of old South MA 228 trailblazer at corner of Main and Central Streets in Hingham

A correct replacement shield on Route 53 after Cushing Street in Hingham, the next intersection north on 53 from the photo above:

Image of new MA 53 South reassurance marker beyond Cushing St intersection in Hingham

And a correct Route 228 on Main Street in Hingham just north of the Cushing and South Pleasant Street intersection:

Image taken of new MA 228 North reassurance marker on Main Street in Hingham

This Route 228 sign put up earlier in the week is missing a right arrow because this is on Route 3A South approaching the Route 228 intersection:

Image of large 2-post MA 228 trailblazer missing a right arrow on MA 3A South in Hingham

Here's a new Route 3A North reassurance marker put up on Otis Street at Hingham Harbor. The reassurance marker that it replaced was less than 10 years old. The older shield though was smaller with one post. Did someone request a larger shield for this location?

Image taken of new twin-posted North MA 3A reassurance marker along Otis St by Hingham Harbor

Seeing double in Queen Anne's Corner:

When the intersection of Routes 53 and 228, known locally as Queen Anne's corner, at the border of Norwell and Hingham was reconstructed around 2010 new signage was put in place but most of the old signage was not removed. This left this curious situation with 2 Junction 53 signs on 228 North ahead of the intersection:

Image of duplicated Jct 53 signs on MA 228 in Norwell in 2014

In 2017, the contractor for the Retroflective Sign Update contract removed the old sign in the back, but replaced it with a new assembly:

Image of duplicated Jct MA 53 signs on MA 228 North in Norwell in July 2017

Here's the End Route 53 sign seen from the intersection of the Southern Artery and Washington Street (Route 3A) in Quincy. Historically, until about 1960, this was the intersection of Routes 3, 3A and 135:

Image of End MA 53 sign at intersection with MA 3A in Quincy

E. Sign Goofs

This appeared in Quincy at the corner of Furnace Brook Parkway and Adams Street in June 2017. While technically correct, if you turn left you will eventually get to I-93 South which takes you to the beginning of Route 128 in Canton, this sign replaced an older smaller To 128 sign that dated to the time that route ended in Braintree (before 1989). This should say 'To I-93' or 'To I-93/US 1':

Image of erroneous To MA 128 guide sign on Furnace Brook Pkwy in Quincy

Once this photo was posted on Facebook and on AARoads.com Forum, a MassDOT sign engineer saw it and asked it be changed to 'To I-93', this change was made on June 23:

Image of revised guide sign at corner of Furnace Brook Pkwy and Adams St in Quincy with shield changed from MA 128 to I-93 in June 2017

Here's a couple goofs found near the Route 58 interchange with US 44 in Carver. First heading southbound:

South MA 58 reassurance marker using circle shield design in Carver

Apparently they had some extra shields in New Jersey or Delaware.

Turning around and heading back toward US 44, drivers see this pair of relatively new guide signs:

Massachusetts Guide (Paddle Signs) on MA 58 North in Carver with MA shields for US 44

Someone forgot to check whether there is a MA 44. This same error is also at the signs at the intersection ahead:

Image of Mass. Guide (Paddle) sign at intersection with MA 58 using wrong shields for US 44

NEW-Beyond the US 44 interchange there is also a circle 58 sign as well:

Image of erroneous MA 58 circle shield headed north after US 44 interchange in Carver

Earlier, from 10/30/16 showing a little mix up in a guide sign on Route 30 East in Weston:

Image of MA 20 shield sign goof on MA 30 in Weston

From 10/16/16: This second US 3 shield has appeared on Route 3 South in Duxbury, after the first Route 3A Exit, however it was changed to a MA 3 shield in late November:

Image of newly placed erroneous US 3 shield on MA 3 shield in Duxbury

The previous shield which has been US 3 for several years was also replaced at the same time:

Image of newly placed MA 3 shield in reassurance marker assembly southbound after MA 14 exit in Duxbury

Here's a new Exit sign that has appeared along Soldiers Field Road westbound in Boston for the Harvard Square Exit in July 2014:

New brown exit sign for Harvard Square on Soldiers Field Rd in Boston

It replaced a former green sign with similar information. Is Harvard Square so much of an attraction that it deserves a brown sign now?

A Fixed Sign Goof Along Forbes Road in Braintree. Look at these 2 official MassDOT Guide Signs as they appeared in June 2013:

1 of 2 I-93/US Guide Sign on Forbes Rd in Braintree

2 of 2 I-93/US 3 Guide Signs on Forbes Rd in Braintree

Both US shields seem to originally had a 6 in them, then overwritten with 3. They are getting warmer, I guess.

Here's what was on the back of the first sign:

Back of 1st of 2 I-93/US 3 Guide Signs on Forbes Rd in Braintree.

These lead to the intersection between Forbes Rd, Granite Ave. (MA 37) and the first South Shore Plaza access Road. The Guide signs there are older and indicate a turn left onto Granite Street or take MA 37 to the right.

Update 11/24: Looks like someone noticed the error, and the signs were fixed. Here's the new version of the second sign above:Photo of Corrected Mass. Guide Sign on Forbes Rd. in Braintree

Here's a New and Correct Guide Sign in Boston. Part of the I-93 Signing Project. This is at the on-ramp from Neponset Circle to the Southeast Expressway Northbound:

View of Newly Place Mas Guide Sign for i-93 North in Boston

From August 2013 (Updated in April 2014):

MA 2A Shield from Wikimedia Or Not MA 2A Shield from Wikimedia; That is the Question...Apparently Not

Starting in the Spring of 2013 new routes signs started appearing throughout Boston, some along their designated routes and intersecting roadways throughout the city, and some not. During the summer, for example, new Route 2A signs were put up along Massachusetts Avenue in Boston east of where that route has officially ended, at Route 2,  Commonwealth Avenue.

Here's an example of one of the signs along Mass Ave headed toward the Boston Medical Center Area just beyond Tremont Street:

MA 2A Signage along Mass Ave in Boston, Sept. 2013

And here's one headed the other direction...

Photo of MA 2A Signage Along Mass Ave in Boston, Sept. 2013

This one is between Columbus Avenue (MA 28) and Huntington Ave (MA 9). Both photos taken in early September 2013. Both of these signs are more than 1/2 mile East from Commonwealth/Route 2. The other thing wrong with these signs are the directional banners, they are 180 degrees off. East 2A should be West, and vice versa. The same problem occurs with all the other signs put up at the same time in the area...

Photo of MA 2A East Signage along Mass Ave in Boston, Sept. 2013

This sign is further west along Mass Ave between Huntington Avenue and Boylston Street by the Christian Science Church Headquarters.

The wrong directions also apply to signs on intersecting roadways. Here are the signs along Tremont Street at Mass Ave.:

Photo of MA 2A Signage Along Tremont St at Mass Ave in Boston, Sept. 2013

Wrong directional banners are also a problem with other route signs put up at the same time:
Photo of MA 28 East Sign along Tremont St in Boston, Sept. 2013

This is a Route 28 West Sign on Tremont St prior to the Route 2A signs seen above. First of all, MA 28 runs along Columbus Avenue one block to the west, and second, it is a north/south route. Curiously, the Route 28 signs put up along Mass Ave are correct. Here's one approaching Columbus Ave from the west...

MA 28 sign along Mass Ave at Columbus Ave in Boston, Sept. 2013

However, headed on Columbus Ave, you again see directionally challenged Route 2A signs...

MA 2A Signage on Columbus Ave (MA 28) in Boston, Sept. 2013

To head toward Cambridge and points west you must follow the signs for Route 2A East.

Curiously though two blocks east on Mass Ave at Huntington Ave (MA 9) there is no Route 2A signage and the new Route 9 signage is correct:

Photo of MA 9 West Signage along Mass Ave at Huntington Ave in Boston, Sept. 2013

A week later I checked out the signage at the still official end of Route 2A at the intersection of Mass Ave and Commonwealth Ave (Route 2)...

While there are no new Route 2A shields at this intersection, a couple new Mass. Guide Signs (MGSs) had been place along the ramp from Commonwealth Ave (Route 2) East to Mass. Ave.:

Photo of MA 2A West Guide Sign Approaching Mass Ave from Comm Ave (Route 2) East, Sept. 2013

There is no matching Route 2A East Guide Sign to Imply the Route has been extended East. There is also a new smaller guide sign for Route 2A along Commonwealth at the off-ramp:

New MA 2A Small Guide Sign at Intersection of Comm and Mass Aves, Boston, Sept. 2013

Though the Guide Signs are correct, this does not extend to the new route markers in the area. The first Route 2A signage on what its official route west of Mass Ave has the same problem as the others, a wrong directional banner:

Photo of MA 2A and MA 2 Guide Sign intersection of Mass and Comm Aves in Boston, Sept. 2013
That should be west. Also a new sign was put up east of Commonwealth at the Mass Ave intersection with Boylston Street. Only one direction here, but its the wrong one. If you want to go to Cambridge you need to turn left:

Photo of MA 2A West Guide Sign Approaching Mass Ave from Comm. Ave in Boston, 9/12/13

This sign was placed in July and was accompanied by a 'To I-90 West' sign and a straight arrow...

Photo of To I-90 West Sign on Boylston St Approaching Mass Ave in Boston, Sept. 2013

The direction is correct, and technically the arrow is to. If you go straight you will get to Copley Square and can access West I-90 there. But it would be easier simply to take a left, go a block and make a left on the I-90 ramp along Mass Ave. And this is not the only error here. Approaching Beacon Street on MA 2A West, a couple blocks away from Commonwealth Ave., you see another West Route 2 Sign:

Photo of Erroneous MA 2 Sign at corner of Beacon St and Mass Ave in Boston, Sept. 2013

This is at the corner of Mass Ave and Beacon St. If you do turn here, you will eventually get to Route 2 in Kenmore Square.

Not that all the signs in this area are wrong....

MA 2 Signage along MA 2A/Mass Ave in Boston, Sept. 2013
This 'To MA 2' signage is between the I-90 West ramp and Commonwealth Avenue. And here are the of signs at what is the official End of MA 2A East at the intersection with Commonwealth Ave...

MA 2 Sign on MA 2A/Mass Ave in Boston, Sept. 2013
The Guide signs are an old design and appear to be a few years old. the route shields, however, are of recent vintage. These new signs help establish that Route 2 is not going anywhere, so if Route 2A is to end at its parent, it's official route has not been extended.

And, some more photos taken on Thanksgiving morning...


So, what is going on here?

In a later post to AARoads Forum, poster Roadman, a MassDOT sign engineer, said he spoke to a colleague in the District 6 Office in Boston about the Route 2A and other recent signage. The colleague denied that MassDOT was responsible for the signs, nor could he find anyone working for the City of Boston to take credit either.(1) The Boston official suggested the work was by an 'unknown organization.' However, a road trip I took on Thanksgiving morning documenting the problems with many of the new signs pointed to evidence suggesting it must be a city project. The signs appear in locations overseen by two different state agencies which would create a problem in placing some of them, if the state had done it. As of the end of 2013 nothing had been done to fix or take down any problems signs. Here's the blog entry from that November trip.

Signs Eventually to Be Fixed by Boston Transportation Dept. (UPDATE 4/6/14):

On February 26, 2014, a Boston TV station, Fox 25, aired this 'undercover report' detailing the problem Route 2A and others signs documented above and in the blog post. Again MassDOT denied it had anything to do with it, however, Boston Transportation officials were now ready to blame a contractor, Jacobs Engineering, for whom the city had hired, for putting up the problem signs. The Boston officials, even the new mayor, said they were embarrassed that not only had they approved the wrong contract drawings, but that they had not noticed the signs were wrong until the reporter showed them his report (from the BTD response above, this seems to be stretching the truth). Officials indicated they were moving quickly to fix the signs and possibly seek to get some money back from Jacobs. In March, BTD employees fixed the MA 2A signs by rearranging the banners, only to be told, that by someone at MassDOT that the signs should not be there at all, since the route ends at Comm Ave. They then, according to This Updated Report from Fox 25, went out and removed most of the incorrect 2A markers. The only one left, apparently, is the one below between Symphony Hall and Boylston St (see above) where the directional banner was replaced by a 'To' banner:

Image of fixed MA 2A trailblazer on Mass Ave near Symphony Hall

While this is now 'correct' technically, Mass Ave crosses I-90 and MA 2 before 2A, so shouldn't they have 'To' markers too? They also fixed the signs featured in the Fox 25 report with the opposite arrowed West 2A markers within a few feet of each other. This was fixed by replacing the directional banner with 'Jct' and, removing the arrow (sorry for hard to see, late evening photo):

Shot of fixed MA 2A sign at corner of Mass Ave and Comm Ave in Boston

As of early April there are still mistaken signs elsewhere in Boston. Here, along Comm Ave west of Kenmore Square, they have extended MA 30 from its end in Brighton:

Photo of MA 30/US 20 sign along Comm Ave (in rain) near Kenmore Square in Boston

However, to show you not all the route signs installed by Jacobs were wrong, here are the signs approaching Columbus Avenue on Mass Ave heading west as of April 2014:

Image of MA 28 signage along Mass Ave heading West in Boston's South End

And here are some of the signs installed at the intersection of Comm Ave and Charlesgate East near Kenmore Square:

Image of MA 2 and 2A signage at intersection of Charlesgate East and Comm Ave in Boston

One of the correctly placed MA 2A signs can be sign on the right side of the photo.

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