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Interstate 290 marker

Interstate 290
Route information
Auxiliary route of I‑90
Maintained by MassDOT
Length 20.16 mi[1] (32.44 km)
Existed 1970 – present
Major junctions
West end I‑90 / I‑395 / Route 12 in Auburn
 
East end I‑495 / Route 85 Connector in Marlborough
Highway system
Route 286 I‑291

Interstate 290 (abbreviated I-290) is an auxiliary Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Massachusetts, maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). Spanning approximately 20 miles (32 km) along an west–east axis, it is a spur route of I-90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike) in Central Massachusetts. In the west, it transitions into I-290 from I-395 at their shared interchange with the turnpike and Route 12 in Auburn. Among several state roads, it intersects with Route 146 (built as a direct connection to Millbury and Providence, Rhode Island) and I-190 in Worcester. Its interchange with I-495 and the Route 85 Connector in Marlborough serves as its eastern terminus.

Route description[edit]

The I-290 viaduct at Worcester station in 1976

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 Marlborough with an exit for Solomon Pond Mall and has its final junction with 495, where it terminates shortly after on the Route 85 Connector.

History[edit]

Orson the bear, the mascot of Polar Beverages, is a prominent landmark visible from I-290 in Worcester.
The I-290 Route 146 junction seen under construction as well as Downtown Worcester from above looking north.

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 eastbound and 146 SOUTH westbound) was closed when the Route 146 freeway was completed between the Mass Pike and I-290 in 2007.

Exit list[edit]

All interchanges were to be renumbered to milepost-based numbers under a project scheduled to start in 2016.[2] However, this project has now been indefinitely postponed.[3]

County Location[4] mi[4] km Exit[5] Destinations[5] Notes
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/MassPike exit 90.
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 north 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 north (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 Road – Berlin Solomon Pond Mall, Exit partially in Marlboro, signed as Solomon Pond Mall Road
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Route Log- Auxiliary Routes of the Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways - Table 2". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2015). "COMMBUYS - Bid Solicitation FAP# HSIP-002S(874) Exit Signage Conversion to Milepost-Based Numbering System along Various Interstates, Routes and the Lowell Connector". Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ Robert H. Malme (2017). "Massachusetts Interstate Highways Exit Lists". Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b MassDOT Planning Division. "Massachusetts Route Log Application". Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Massachusetts Department of Transportation. "Exit Numbers and Names: Route I-290 (Auburn to Worcester)". Retrieved August 21, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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