|Auxiliary route of I‑90|
|Maintained by MassDOT|
|Length:||20.16 mi (32.44 km)|
|Existed:||1970 – present|
|West end:||I‑90 / I‑395 / Route 12 in Auburn|
|East end:||I‑495 / Route 85 Connector in Marlborough|
Interstate 290 (abbreviated I-290) an auxiliary route of Interstate 90 (I-90) in Massachusetts, maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). Spanning 20.16 miles (32.44 km), its western end begins as a continuation of I-395 at the junction with I-90 (named the Massachusetts Turnpike within the state) in Auburn. It travels through downtown Worcester, where I-190 splits off, and across Lake Quinsigamond before arriving at I-495 in Marlborough at its eastern end.
There are buildings very close to the highway, including a grand church which faces the road (referred to locally as "Our Lady of the Highway"). Massachusetts has built a freeway connector (Route 146) from I-290 in Worcester to the Mass Pike and then south to Providence, Rhode Island.
I-290 begins as the continuation of I-395 in Auburn with exits to I-90, Route 12, and the Auburn Mall. 290 continues north through Worcester into Downtown, where Route 146 and I-190 split off. After 146, I-290 has exits for Route 122A, Route 122, downtown, and Route 9. After 190, 290 presumes east to a junction with Route 70, then continues over Quinsigamond Lake into Shrewsbury, where it goes northeast. 290 has a junction with Route 140 and starts east into Boylston and Northborough, where it travels northeast again. 290 enters Berlin for a brief time with an exit for Solomon Pond Mall and then enters Marlborough with the junction with 495, where it terminates shortly after on the Route 85 connector.
Originally, I-290 was to rejoin I-90 in Westborough, roughly where I-495 sits now. However, this route would have run through the town centers of Shrewsbury and Northborough. Additionally, I-290 was intended to be extended past I-495 to I-95/Route 128 in Waltham, but this was canceled under pressure from towns along the planned route. A brief two-lane connector heads to Route 85 as a result of this aborted plan. The interchange with I-495 was originally supposed to be a cloverleaf, but after the plan was canceled, it was modified with a flyover ramp onto 495-northbound. The former exit 12 (Millbury Street) was closed when the Route 146 freeway was completed between the Mass Pike and I-290 in 2007.
|Worcester||Auburn||0.000||0.000||–||I‑395 south – Norwich, CT||Western terminus; continuation from I-395|
|0.347||0.558||7||I‑90 / Mass Pike / Route 12 – Auburn||Eastbound exit to Route 12 south; westbound exit to Route 12 north; I-90 Exit 10|
|0.070||0.113||8||Route 12 south – Webster||Westbound exit only|
|0.930||1.497||9||Swanson Road – Auburn||Eastbound exit to Swanson Road; westbound entrance from Vine Street|
|1.700||2.736||Auburn Street – Auburn||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|Worcester||3.358||5.404||10||Route 12 north (Hope Avenue)||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|3.565||5.737||11||College Square / Federal Square / Southbridge Street|
|4.611||7.421||12||Route 146 south – Millbury, Providence||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance, the original exit 12 was for Millbury Street|
|5.265||8.473||13||Route 122A (Vernon Street) – Kelley Square||Route 146 is accessible by 122A southbound|
|5.638||9.073||14||Route 122 – Barre, Uxbridge||No westbound entrance|
|5.810||9.350||15||Shrewsbury Street||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|6.137||9.877||16||E. Central St, MLK Jr. Boulevard – Downtown Worcester||Union Station, Saint Vincent Hospital, DCU Center|
|6.572||10.577||17||Route 9 – Ware, Framingham||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|6.980||11.233||18||Route 70 to Route 9 – Ware, Framingham||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|7.377||11.872||19||I‑190 north to Route 12 – Holden, Fitchburg||Southern terminus of I-190; eastbound exit is combined with Exit 20|
|7.377||11.872||20||Burncoat Street to Route 70 (Lincoln Street)||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; eastbound exit is combined with Exit 19|
|8.421||13.552||Route 70 (Lincoln Street)||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|9.641||15.516||21||Plantation Street – Worcester||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|Shrewsbury||10.173||16.372||22||Main Street – Shrewsbury, Worcester|
|12.680||20.406||23A||Route 140 south – Shrewsbury|
|12.690||20.423||23B||Route 140 north – Boylston|
|Northborough||14.855||23.907||24||Church Road – Northborough, Boylston|
|17.913||28.828||25A||Hudson Street – Northborough|
|17.925||28.847||25B||Solomon Pond Mall Road – Berlin||Solomon Pond Mall|
|Middlesex||Marlborough||20.000||32.187||26A||I‑495 south – Cape Cod||Exit 25B (I-495)|
|20.16||32.44||26B||I‑495 north – Lowell||Left exit eastbound; exit 25B (I-495)|
|20.16||32.44||To Route 85 – Hudson||Eastern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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