Misc. Massachusetts Highway Photos

A. CTDOT I-395 Exit Renumbering Project 2016

The first Massachusetts exit sign with a milepost based number has been put up on I-395. It's 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

B. Installation of Real Time Traffic Management System 'Go Time' Signs (2014-2016)[* New photos for MA 28 and US 6 3/26/17.]   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:

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

The first and only sign that will be put up on I-84 East in Sturbridge also lists the time and distance to I-290 in Worcester:

Sketch of proposed RTT sign to be placed on I-84 East in Sturbridge, from MassDOT

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 is one of the proposed signs not up yet approaching Springfield, in Wilbraham:

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 newly placed Real Time Traffic sign on I-90 West in Westfield

The final sign will have the same information and be put up halfway between Exits 3 and 2:

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

Returning Eastbound, the first sign to be seen will be 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 (not up as of 10/14/16):

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

Along with this sign  just before the I-495 exit in Westborough (taken at dusk, plan shows what it the shields should look like, the mileage is not quite the same):

Image of Real Time Traffic sign awaiting activation along I-90 East in Framingham
Sketch of proposed RTT sign to be placed on I-90 East in Westborough, from MassDOT

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

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

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

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

+After the I-95/128 exit, there is a first mention of Logan Airport one an RTT sign in Newton:

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

+The last sign eastbound is only a couple miles further down I-90 after the MA 16 Exit:

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

Interstate 91

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

Image of newly placed Real Time Traffic sign on I-91 in W. Springfield, by Jay Hogan
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 (photo by Jay Hogan, again, apparently the sign plan, below, had the mileage to I-90 wrong, it increased from 24 to 28):

Image of newly installed Real Time Traffic Sign on I-91 South in Deerfield, from Jay Hogan
Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-91 South in Deerfield, from MassDOT

+This will be followed with the first sign mentioning Springfield put up 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 (photo by Jay Hogan, and also the mileage has been changed from the plan for Springfield, as seen below):

Image of newly placed Real Time Traffic Sign on I-91 South in West Springfield, by Jay Hogan
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:

Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-93 North in Wilmington, from MassDOT

+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:

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), further south there's a sign planned in Stoneham after I-95:

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

There's no mention of I-90 Mass Pike, even though there's a connection westbound. The US 1 sign I believe is 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 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

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 new RTT sign along I-95 North in Lexington

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

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 will be one sign on I-190, southbound in Lancaster:

Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-190 South in Lancaster, from MassDOT

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 planned is beyond Worcester 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:

Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-290 East in Hudson, from MassDOT

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

Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-290 West in Northborough, from MassDOT

+The next will be put up back in Shrewsbury:

Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-290 West in Shrewsbury, from MassDOT

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

Sketch of planned RTT sign along I-290 West in Worcester, from MassDOT

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 [Photos from 6/26/16]

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 sign to be placed in Bolton (Photo courtesy of AARoads Forum member Kevin_224):

Image of new Real Time Traffic Managment travel time sign on I-495 North in Bolton, photo by Kevin_224

+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 planned sign in the Chelmsford Area:

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, here are some examples of the planned signs, starting in Andover approaching I-93:

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

+The next 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

+Next, in Lowell this sign will be installed approaching US 3:

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

+The planned 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:

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

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

Sketch of planned real travel time sign along I-495 South in Hopkinton, from MassDOT

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

Image of newly installed 'Go Time' travel time sign along 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 newly installed 'Go Time' travel time 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, the last 'Go Time' sign up on I-495 South (identical to sketch of planned sign):

Image of newly installed 'Go Time' travel time sign on I-495 South in Raynham

This is the last planed sign southbound in Middleboro, it was not up though on my drive through the area on June 25, unknown if they still plan to post it:

Sketch of planned Real Time Traffic Sign along I-495 South in Middleboro, from MassDOT

US 1

There will be 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:

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 being installed now. This is one of the signs showing the time to the Sagamore Bridge just west of Yarmouth, taken in March 2017:

Image of activated Real Time Traffic 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 Route 126 with the all-important time and distance to the Alewife MBTA Station:

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 newly placed Real Time Traffic Sign on MA 24 South in Avon

*There will also be an additional sign in Berkley which will compare 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 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 newly installed 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

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 a couple photos of the reconstructed roadway eastbound following the exit, to see westbound views, see below. 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, 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 in the area that lists Providence, RI:

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 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

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. A couple months ago the South 228 sign was removed and the two remaining were greened out with the new text added. MassDOT has apparently now 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, have not been removed. In December 2016, a contract was let to replace signage in District 5, which includes Hingham, interestingly, the contract calls for replacing these signs, including the 228 shields. Apparently, the project engineer was not aware they are not needed, not the town which apparently approved their installation. Hopefully, someone will find out about the error before the signs, scheduled to be installed in late spring or summer, are put up. Here's one on the replacement list, 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 of MA 228 North trailblazer on MA 53 South in Hingham

If you look closely, you'll notice the directional banner has 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, obscured by a crossing truck in the photo above, incredibly the sign replacement contract says to install new shields without replacing the support 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.

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

Latest, from 10/30/16 showing a little mixup 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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Notes:

(1) http://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=10141.msg246192#msg246192 Posted 9/10/13

*With 6/11/16 Update as to MassDOT's plan for exit number conversion to milepost based numbers.