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A. Mid-Cape Highway Sign Replacement Project, 2017-2019 (Updated 9/30/19)

MassDOT awarded a contract in April 2017 to replace exit and other related signage on the Mid-Cape Highway from Sandwich (Route 130) to Orleans. The contract called for placing ground-mounted exit signage on existing supports in what became a slimmed-down version of the original project which would have placed overhead signage with new exit numbers along the length of the Mid-Cape Highway. Criticism about the overhead signs being out of character for Cape Cod and the logic of the exit numbers (which would run from 55 to 80, see US 6 Exit List) by the Cape Cod Commission and local officials, not only resulted in a scaled back project but the indefinite postponement of what was to be a state-wide project to change exit numbers to those based on highway mileposts. An example of overhead signage already in place for Route 6A in Bourne that was opposed by Cape Cod officials:

Image of overhead 1/4 mile advance sign for MA 6A exit on US 6 West in Bourne

The installation of new signage started in the Fall of 2017 and was completed with the placement of exit gore signs in the spring of 2019. Photos below were taken on trips along US 6 on the Cape on January 27 and May 23, 2018 and September 22, 2019. In January 2018, exit signage has been completely replaced between Sandwich and Barnstable (Exits 2 to 6) eastbound and from Exits 5 to 2 westbound. Some new signage also is in place between Barnstable and Dennis (Exit 9) in both directions. By May 2018 new signage extended the length of the Mid-Cape highway to Orleans, and some of the missing signs elsewhere had been placed. All but exit signs but the 1-mile advance for the MA 132 exit in Barnstable were in place by August 2019. The gallery will proceed by exit, starting in Sandwich, and will cover both directions of the highway, first heading east.

Exit 2-MA 130

Image of 1-mile advance sign for MA 130 exit on US 6 East in Sandwich
Image of new auxiliary attractions sign for MA 130 exit on US 6 East in Sandwich

Image of new 1/2 mile advance sign for MA 130 exit on US 6 East in Sandwich

Image of new off-ramp sign for MA 130 exit on US 6 East in Sandwich

The gore sign in the distance has not been updated yet,  it was placed in the spring of 2019, it is supposed to be large enough to post a mileage based number in the future, does it look like it?

Image of gore sign for MA 130 exit on US 6 East in Sandwich

The new reassurance marker following the exit:

Image of new East US 6 reassurance marker following MA 130 exit in Sandwich in September 2019

Heading west:

Image of new 1-Mile advance sign for MA 130 exit on US 6 West in Sandwich

Image of recently placed brown attractions sign prior to Quaker Meeting House Road exit on US 6 West in Sandwich

Image of new 1/2 mile advance sign for MA 130 exit on US 6 West in Sandwich

Image of combination auxiliary and attractions sign for MA 130 exit on US 6 West in Sandwich

The sign above replaced the plain auxiliary sign below decreasing the number of signs needed along the highway (does it match the plan seen at the top of the page?)


Image of new auxiliary destinations sign for MA 130 exit on US 6 West in Sandwich

Image of new off-ramp sign for MA 130 exit on US 6 West in Sandwich

The gore sign was replaced in early 2019, no photo, for now.

New guide signs on Route 130 for the US 6 ramps:

Image of new US 6 East ramp guide sign on MA 130 South in Sandwich

Image of US 6new guide signs for ramps on MA 130 North in Sandwich

Image of new US 6 West guide sign on MA 130 North in Sandwich

Exit 3-Quaker Meeting House Road, Eastbound:

Image of new 1-mile advance sign for Quaker Meeting House Rd exit on US 6 East in Sandwich

Image of new 1/2 mile advance sign for Quaker Meeting House Rd exit on US 6 East in Sandwich

Image of new off-ramp sign for Quaker Meeting House Rd exit on US 6 East in Sandwich

Gore sign not replaced above had been placed by September 2019:

Image of recently placed gore sign for Quaker Meeting House Road exit ramp on US 6 East in Sandwich

The next reassurance marker, still haven't fixed the MA 6 shield mile marker:

Image of new version of East US 6 reassurance marker beyond Quaker Meeting House Road exit in Sandwich

Westbound:

Image of new 1-mile advance sign for Quaker Meeting House Rd on US 6 West in Sandwich

Image of new 1/2 mile advance sign for Quaker Meeting House Rd exit on US 6 West in Sandwich

Image of new off-ramp sign for Quaker Meeting House Rd on US 6 West in Sandwich

Old gore sign above, new one below:

Image of recently placed gore sign for Quaker Meeting House Road exit ramp on US 6 West in Sandwich

The US 6 West reassurance marker after the exit, partially hidden by trees:

Image of recent version of West US 6 reassurance marker placed after Quaker Meeting House Road in Sandwich

Here's a new post interchange distance sign eastbound after Exit 3:

Image of recently placed post-interchange distance sign after Quaker Meeting House Road exit on US 6 East in Sandwich

Exit 4- Chase Road, Eastbound:

Image of new 1-mile advance sign for Chase Road exit on US 6 East in Sandwich

Image of new 1/2 mile advance sign for Chase Rd exit on US 6 East in Sandwich

Image of new off-ramp sign for Chase Rd exit on US 6 East in Sandwich

Again, old gore sign above, new below:

Image of recently place exit gore sign for Chase Road exit on US 6 East in Sandwich

The eastbound reassurance marker:

Image of new version of East US 6 reassurance marker following Chase Road exit in Sandwich

Westbound:

Image of new 1-mile advance sign for Chase Rd exit on US 6 West in Sandwich

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign for Chase Rd exit on US 6 West in Sandwich

Image of new off-ramp sign for Chase Rd exit on US 6 West in Sandwich

Again the old gore sign above, the new one below:

Image of recently place gore sign for Chase Road exit ramp on US 6 West in Sandwich

The westbound reassurance marker:

Image of new version of West US 6 reassurance marker after Chase Road exit in Sandwich in Sept. 2019

And a new post-interchange distance sign after the reassurance marker:

Image of recently placed post-interchange distance sign after Chase Road exit on US 6 West in Sandwich

Exit 5-Route 149, Eastbound:

New 1-Mile advance sign for MA 149 exit on US 6 East in Barnstable

Image of new auxiliary sign for MA 149 exit on US 6 East in Barnstable

Image of new 1/2 mile advance sign for MA 149 exit on US 6 East in Barnstable

Image of new off-ramp sign for MA 149 exit on US 6 East in Barnstable


Image of recently placed gore sign at exit ramp to MA 149 on US 6 East in Barnstable in Sept. 2019

The reassurance marker after the exit:

Image of new style East US 6 reassurance marker following MA 149 exit in Barnstable

Heading westbound:

Image of new 1-mile advance sign for MA 149 exit on US 6 West in Barnstable

Image of new auxiliary destination sign for MA 149 exit on US 6 West in Barnstable

Image of new 1/2 mile advance sign for MA 149 exit on US 6 West in Barnstable

Image of new off-ramp sign for MA 149 exit on US 6 West in Barnstable

Old version of gore sign above (and gore reflector sign), new one below:

Image of recently placed gore sign at MA 149 exit off-ramp on US 6 West in Barnstable in Sept. 2018

Here's the reassurance marker westbound:

Image of new style West US 6 reassurance marker following MA 149 exit in Barnstable

Following the reassurance marker there was another new post-interchange distance sign:

Image of new post-interchange distance sign following MA 149 exit on US 6 West in Barnstable

There was also a new town boundary sign for Entering Sandwich prior to Exit 4:

Recently placed town boundary sign at border of Barnstable and Sandwich on US 6 West in Sept. 2019

Exit 6-Route 132, Eastbound:

Image of new 1-Mile advance sign for MA 132 exit on US 6 East in Barnstable

Image of new auxiliary destination sign for MA 132 exit on US 6 East in Barnstable

Image of new 1/2 mile advance sign for MA 132 exit on US 6 East in Barnstable

Image of new off-ramp sign for MA 132 exit on US 6 East in Barnstable

Again, old gore sign in distance above and new version below:

Image of new gore sign for MA 132 exit on US 6 East in Barnstable in Sept. 2019

And another East US 6 reassurance marker after the exit:

Image of new style East US 6 reassurance marker after MA 132 exit in Barnstable

There was also another new post-interchange sign further east:

Image of new post-interchange distance sign following MA 132 exit on US 6 East in Barnstable in Sept. 2019

Westbound, there was still no new 1-Mile advance at the end of the project, an orphaned sign?:

Image of new 1/2 mile advance sign for MA 132 exit on US 6 West in Barnstable

Image of new auxiliary destination sign for MA 132 exit on US 6 West in Barnstable

Image of new off-ramp sign for MA 132 exit on US 6 West in Barnstable

Old gore sign in distance above, new one below:

Image of recently placed gore sign for MA 132 exit off-ramp on US 6 West in Barnstable in Sept. 2019

After the exit there was a marker for the Grand Army of the Republic Highway:

Image of Grand Army of the Republic Highway marker sign on US 6 West following MA 132 exit in Barnstable

A new sign marking the crossing of the Yarmouth border at the Bass River:

Image of new combined town boundary sign and river identification sign crossing the Bass River on US 6 West into Yarmouth

Heading east again, before Exit 7 there was new Rest Area signage:

New Rest Area 1/2 mile advance sign after Exit 6 in Barnstable on US 6 East

Image of new Rest Area off-ramp signage after Exit 6 on US 6 East

Exit 7- Willow Street, Eastbound:

Image of new 1-mile advance sign for Willow St exit on US 6 East in Yarmouth

The 1/2 Mile Advance Sign was put up in the Spring of 2018:

Image of recently placed 1/2 mile advance sign for Willow St exit on US 6 East in Yarmouth

And at the exit:

Image of new off-ramp sign for Willow Street exit on US 6 East in Yarmouth


Image of recently placed gore sign for Willow Street exit off-ramp on US 6 East in Yarmouth in Sept. 2019

Westbound:

Finally got a photo of the 1-mile advance sign in this direction .

Image of 1-mile advance sign for Willow Street exit on US 6 West in Yarmouth put up in the summer of 2018

 Image of new 1/2 mile advance sign for Willow Street exit on US 6 West in Yarmouth

Image of new off-ramp sign for Willow Street exit on US 6 West in Yarmouth

Old gore sign in distance above, new one was installed (no photo).

Beyond the exit was a new sign for the Yarmouth Parking Area:


Image of new Parking Area blue guide sign on US 6 West in Yarmouth

Exit 8-Union Street, Eastbound:

Image of new 1-Mile advance sign for Union St exit on US 6 East in Yarmouth

Image of new auxiliary destination sign for Union St exit on US 6 East in Yarmouth

There is now a new 1/2 mile advance sign in this direction (no photo).

Image of new off-ramp sign for Union St exit on US 6 East in Yarmouth

Old gore sign in distance, new one below:

Image of recently placed gore sign at Union Street exit off-ramp on US 6 East in Yarmouth in Sept. 2019

Westbound:

Image of new 1-mile advance sign for Union St exit on US 6 West in Yarmouth

Image of new 1/2 mile advance sign for Union St exit on US 6 West in Yarmouth

Image of new off-ramp sign for Union St exit on US 6 West in Yarmouth

New gore sign below:

Image of recently placed gore sign for Union Street exit off-ramp on US 6 West in Yarmouth in Sept. 2019

They also had placed a new West US 6 reassurance marker beyond:

Image of new style West US 6 reassurance marker beyond Union Street exit in Yarmouth

Here's what the previous one looked like westbound, MassDOT continues to downsize the shields, leaving them more likely to be hidden by pine tree branches:

Image of recently placed West US 6 reassurance marker in Yarmouth put up in Spring 2018

Exit 9-Route 134, Eastbound:

Image of new 1-mile advance sign for MA 134 exit on US 6 East in Dennis

The remainder of the new signs were put up later in 2018, here's the 1/2 mile advance for Route 134 South:

Image of recently placed ground mounted 1/2 mile advance sign for MA 134 exit on US 6 East in Dennis

Image of recently placed ground mounted exit ramp sign for MA 134 South on US 6 East in Dennis

The Route 134 North advance is in the left lane prior to the South 134 ramp, a remnant of the planned overhead signs at this interchange?

 Image of recently placed 1/4 mile advance sign for MA 134 North in Dennis, put up in spring 2018

Old gore sign for Route 134 South above, and new one below:

Image of recently placed gore sign for MA 134 South exit ramp on US 6 East in Dennis in Sept. 2019

Image of recently placed ground mounted exit ramp sign for MA 134 North on US 6 East in Dennis

Image of recently placed gore sign for MA 134 North exit ramp on US 6 East in Dennis in Sept. 2019

Westbound:

Image of new 1-mile advance sign for MA 134 exit on US 6 West in Harwich

The next sign was put up between January and May 2018, a new 1/2 mile advance for the Route 134 North exit:

Image of recently placed 1/2 mile advance sign for MA 134 North exit on US 6 in Dennis, put up since January

The next new sign, put up in 2017, was at the ramp to Route 134 North:

Image of new off-ramp sign for MA 134 North exit on US 6 West in Dennis

The previous sign on the left for Route 134 South was probably placed there in anticipation of being mounted as an overhead sign over the left lane. With MassDOT agreeing to keep all the signs at ground-level, it will be interesting to see where the new sign ends up. Did not get to check on that during the September 2019 road trip. The new Route 134 South ramp sign is slightly obscured by an evacuation route sign:

Image of recently placed ground mounted ramp sign for MA 134 South exit on US 6 West in Dennis

Image of recently placed gore sign for MA 134 South exit off-ramp on US 6 West in Dennis in Sept. 2019

Unlike in May 2018, most of the reassurance markers had been replaced west of Dennis, here's the one after Route 134:

Image of new style of West US 6 reassurance marker put up after the MA 134 South exit in Dennis

I did not travel further east, where US 6 becomes a Super-2 Freeway, so I don't know if this newer looking old style marker prior to the 1 mile advance sign for Route 124 in Harwich has been replaced:

Image of recently placed US 6 East reassurance marker prior to MA 124 exit in Harwich

Exit 10-Route 124, Harwich:

Image of recently placed 1 mile advance sign put up since January in Harwich for MA 124 exit 
                                                   on US 6 East in Harwich

Newly signed since January, the 1-Mile Advance is the first of 3 new signs in each direction.

Image of auxiliary sign for MA 124 exit on US 6 East in Harwich, put up since Jan. 2018

An auxiliary sign put up for Harwichport and Cape Cod Regional Technical High School.

Image of the 1/2 mile advance sign put up for MA 124 exit since Jan. 2018 on US 6 East in Harwich

The 1/2 mile advance sign.

Image of newly placed since Jan. 2018 off-ramp sign for MA 124 exit on US 6 East in Harwich

Signage at the exit ramp.

Image of recently placed new gore sign for MA 124 exit ramp from US 6 East in Harwich

In addition to the new Exit 10 gore sign, MassDOT has been placing the yellow reflector diamond signs at exit ramps all over the state. The ones on US 6 though are much larger and sometimes obscure the gore sign.

Heading west:

Image of recently placed since January 2018, 1 mile advance sign for MA 124 exit on US 6 West in Harwich

All the signs have been replaced in this direction too, starting with the 1-Mile Advance.

Image of recently placed auxiliary sign for MA 124 exit on US 6 West in Harwich

Another auxiliary sign for Harwichport and Cape Cod Regional Tech.

Image of recently placed 1/2 mile advance sign put up since Jan. 2018 for MA 124 exit on US 6 West in Harwich

The 1/2 mile advance.

Image of recently placed off-ramp sign for MA 124 exit on US 6 in Harwich put up after Jan. 2018

And the exit ramp sign, notice in the distance how the yellow reflector at the gore blocks the Exit 10 gore sign.

Image of new US 6 West reassurance marker following on-ramp from Exit 10 in Harwich

After the Route 124 exit there is another new reassurance marker assembly, the next to last, to the one following Exit 8.

Heading back east, before the next exit there's a new distance sign with mileage to the end of US 6 in Provincetown:

Image of recently placed post-interchange distance sign on US 6 East in Harwich

Exit 11- Route 137, Brewster:

Image of 1-mile advance sign placed after Jan. 2018 on US 6 East in Brewster

As with Exit 10, all three signs have been replaced in both directions starting with the eastbound 1-Mile Advance sign.

Image of recently placed auxiliary sign for MA 137 exit on US 6 East in Brewster

There is a new auxiliary sign for East Harwich.

Image of recently placed 1/2 mile advance sign for MA 137 exit on US 6 East in Brewster put up since Jan. 2018

The 1/2 mile advance sign.

Image of recently placed off-ramp sign for MA 137 exit on US 6 in Brewster put up since Jan. 2018

The exit ramp signage, there is also a repaving project going on from Brewster to Orleans as evident in the last few photos.

Image of possible newly placed gore sign at MA 137 exit on US 6 East in Brewster

Here work is going on around the Exit 11 gore sign.

Westbound:

Image of 1-mile advance sign for MA 137 exit on US 6 West in Brewster placed after Jan. 2018

The 1-Mile Advance sign.

Image of recently placed auxiliary sign for MA 137 exit on US 6 West in Brewster

Another auxiliary sign for East Harwich.

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign placed since Jan. 2018 for MA 137 exit on US 6 West in Brewster

Exit 12 - Route 6A, Orleans:

Image of recently placed 1-mile advance sign for MA 6A exit on US 6 East in Orleans, put up since Jan. 2018

All three signs are up for the last exit as well, both east and westbound starting with the 1-Mile Advance.

Image of auxiliary sign recently placed for MA 6A exit on US 6 East in Orleans

An auxiliary sign sits between the 1 and 1/2 mile advance for Nauset Beach.

Image of recently placed 1/2 mile advance sign for MA 6A exit on US 6 East in Orleans, put up since Jan. 2018

Image of recently placed off-ramp sign for MA 6A exit on US 6 East in Orleans, put up since Jan. 2018

The last new exit sign eastbound is at the ramp to Route 6A.

Westbound:

Image of auxiliary sign for MA 6A exit and West US 6 reassurance marker at beginning of Super-2 freeway in Orleans

The first sign is an auxiliary for the exits for Brewster, followed by a new West US 6 reassurance marker.

Image of recently placed 1-mile advance sign for MA 6A exit on US 6 West in Orleans, put up since Jan. 2018

The 1-Mile Advance sign at the start of the Mid-Cape Highway heading west.

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign for MA 6A exit on US 6 West in Orleans, put up since Jan. 2018

The 1/2 Mile Advance is next.

Image of brown attractions auxiliary sign put up since Jan. 2018 on US 6 West prior to MA 6A exit in Orleans

Prior to the exit there is a brown attractions sign for Nickerson State Park.

Image of recently placed offramp sign for MA 6A exit on US 6 West in Orleans, put up since Jan. 2018

The slightly elevated off-ramp sign is next, along with the first example of many Evacuation Route signs.

Image of newly placed gore sign and ramp split alert sign for MA 6A exit on US 6 West in Orleans, put up since Jan. 2018

Orleans Rotary

Originally the Rotary was designated as Exit 13, despite not being an exit. This changed with the sign replacement project. If there were any exit signs, they were removed. The only notice one gets approaching the end of the Mid-Cape Highway is this small sign:

Image of small guide sign prior to end of Mid-Cape Highway at rotary with MA 28 and MA 6A in Orleans

and a Rotary (or is it a Traffic Circle) Advisory Sign:

Image of recently placed Rotary Ahead advisory sign on US 6 East at the end of the Mid-Cape Highway in Orleans

Image of US 6 guide/paddle signs in Orleans Rotary at end of Mid-Cape Highway

Turned around here to head back westbound, nice they put a rotary in this location.

Image of US 6 guide/paddle sign heading westbound at beginning o Mid-Cape Highway in Orleans

These guide signs have not been replaced recently and don't know if they're part of the Replacement contract.

Image of guide signs for US 6 West, MA 28 North and MA 6A West in Orleans Rotary at beginning of Mid-Cape Highway

Newer guide sign marking the beginning of Route 28 North and 6A West where US 6 turns onto beginning of Mid-Cape Highway.

Most of the guide signs east of Sandwich still have not been replaced. Here's an example of the existing signage in Harwich: Image of pre-existing US 6 West guide sign on MA 124 North in Harwich

B. Older Photos

Photos taken prior to the sign replacement project on the Mid-Cape Highway. Here are the overhead signs put up as part of the Sagamore Bridge Flyover (Rotary Removal) Project:

These are to remain the only overhead signage on US 6:

Image of 2-mile overhead sign for MA 3 and MA 6A exits on US 6 West in Bourne

Image of overhead signs for MA 3 and Scusset Rd exits on US 6 West in Bourne

Image of overhead exit signs for MA 3, MA 6A and Scusset Rd on US 6 West in Bourne

B. Earlier photos of signs along the Mid-Cape Highway:

Image of overhead signs for US 6 East and MA 6A on US 6 East in Sandwich

Heading eastbound just beyond the Sagamore Bridge, the exit numbers are actually continuations of Route 3's, therefore the US 6 'Exit.'

Image of 1-mile advance sign for MA 130 on US 6 East in Sandwich

The worn 1-Mile advance sign for Route 130 as it appeared in July 2016.

Image of 1-mile advance sign for Quaker Meeting House Rd on US 6 East in Sandwich

Similar condition of Exit 2 1 Mile signage which was hard to see at night.

Image of 1-mile advance sign for Chase Rd exit on US 6 in Sandwich

The Chase Road exit sign was not as difficult to see.

Image of 1-mile advance signs for MA 149 exit on US 6 East in Barnstable

This sign had 3 supports instead of the usual 2.

Image of 1-Mile advance sign for MA 132 exit on US 6 East in Barnstable

The last sign I took a photo of for Route 132 was showing its age.

Image of US 6 East reassurance marker in Sandwich

The reassurance markers have not been replaced and are the same as those spotted earlier in 2017. Behind it is a MA 6 Mile 59 marker.

Image of mislabled MA 6 mile marker on US 6 East in Sandwich

Here's another just 1 mile further down the road. I also spotted this one a mile later during the recent trip:

Image of misabeled MA 6 mile marker on US 6 East in Barnstable

There was also this westbound approaching the Sagamore Bridge:

Image of mislabeled MA 6 mile marker on US 6 West in Bourne

C. Here are signs on the other side of the Sagamore Bridge:

Image of overhead signs at the start of MA 3 North on US 6 West in Bourne

Image of US 6 guide signs in Somerset

Image of Bypass US 6 reassurance marker along highway on south side of Cape Cod Canal

This sign is back on the other side of the canal along the connector route between the Bourne and Sagamore bridges.

There was also on that road this erroneous trailblazer for US 3 (well, you could say its technically true, but you have to drive more than 50 miles on Mass. 3 go get there):

Image of erroneous To US 3 trailblazer on Southside Connector road between Bourne and Sagamore Bridges in Bourne

More Photo to Come...

Visit the US 6 Exit List to check out possible future exit numbers along that route.

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