The Following Routes could use Better
Signage (regardless of whether they should be changed in the future):
and along Memorial Drive in
these roads really don't need an accompanying state route number. They
have been signed as US and state routes for almost 100 years, and, even
with some of my rerouting proposals, would continue to be signed.
Currently there is a lack of signage in both directions and the need for
more signage at key intersections. Under its current routing, travels with
along Memorial Drive until the BU Bridge when
crosses the Charles River.
continues east along Memorial Drive to
/ Massachusetts Avenue, where it officially ends and
begins. However, there is little signage approaching the BU Bridge, Mass
Ave, or the Longfellow Bridge indicating the existence of either
or . Here's some examples, heading
Heading east on
Memorial Drive, this is where East leaves South to head over the BU Bridge to
Boston, but you wouldn't know it if looking for signs.
This is after the
ramp from the BU Bridge joins Memorial Drive headed east, there are no
reassurance markers for South .
Signage by the
Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) approaching the Mass.
Ave. intersection does not mention that South
ends or South begins there.
Guide signs at
the ramp to Mass Avenue South does not mention any route number, ,
The first and
only South reassurance marker along Memorial
Drive headed east. While South leaves at the ramp, the DCR
guide sign simply states Expressways North and South.
DCR sign after
the split of ramps at the end of Memorial Drive. South
uses the ramp to the left, but you would never know from the sign.
Turning around, starting on the Longfellow Bridge:
Longfellow Bridge rehabilitation project was completed, new guide signs
were put up including one behind where this photo was taken that had instead of
(I don't have a problem with that, but it is officially incorrect).
Instead of fixing that sign, this newer sign was put up with the same
error. There is a South reassurance marker along the road
to Memorial Drive.
This is the ramp
to the Longfellow Bridge and South on Memorial Drive West, but
you would not know from the sign.
Mass Ave. there is no mention that North ends here, or that North begins.
Again, where does appear
on a sign, it's erroneous. Here's a guide sign for traffic heading west
to turn around on Memorial Drive, however
ends two blocks to the east. The sign should say South ,
or To South :
South in Somerville. Originally, the route joined / along the McGrath Highway in
Somerville and traveled with these routes to end at the intersection
with the BU Bridge in Cambridge. In 1971, during a large revision of
routes in the Boston area,
was truncated to where it met
in Somerville. In the 1990s two guide signs appeared at McGrath Highway
and a block further south at the on-ramp to
continued to Sullivan Square. Google Maps Street View images from Sept.
2019, notice the 0.0 mile marker:
State records of
the time did not indicate any
extension, and the signs were attributed to contractor error. However,
in the past few years new versions of the above signage was put up and
now more has gone up on surrounding roadways, all implying the extension
Here's a new style guide sign on the road leading from Sullivan Square
to McGrath Highway, the full Google Maps image labels the road as :
new guide sign approaching
/ McGrath Highway:
And on McGrath
Highway as well as on an approaching roadway, there are these new
trailblazers for South :
And guide signs
South show that
goes in both directions:
So, has been extended? Not according
to the mile markers. If those are correct, then remove the signs. If so,
fully sign it to Sullivan Square and add signage on
in the Square itself.
These signs on
Mystic Avenue between Sullivan Square and would not have to be
When in Plymouth was rerouted onto
a new freeway west of in 2005, there must have been some
confusion as to whether the existing
route would continue east of the Pilgrims Highway. Some maps had the old
rebranded as US 44A, and some may have thought of simply ending the
route at . Apparently officials thought the
better of both ideas but didn't apparently get the word out about the
latter because there are no references to ,
besides on the guide signs, along and Samoset Street until the
official end at .
This is the only reference to the
/ concurrency, heading north:
There are no
reassurance markers in either direction along the concurrency with ,
perhaps simply because they are near exit signs for that route, though
it wouldn't hurt:
but there are
also no references to
West at the Samoset intersection with (a former West trailblazer at the ramp was
taken down in a construction project several years ago and never
Nor headed east
toward downtown Plymouth:
Guide signage at
the ramp from North does not refer to at all, from Google Maps
Street View in November 2018:
There are signs
marking the end and beginning of the route. So you don't need to be a
psychic to figure out where it ends:
Nor where it
Have suggestions on other routes needing better signage, feel free to E-mail me at
rmalme7374 at gmail.com.
(c) Robert H. Malme 2020