|Blue Star Memorial Highway|
I-495 highlighted in red
|Auxiliary route of I‑95|
|Maintained by MassDOT|
|Length||120.74 mi (194.31 km)|
|South end||I‑195 / Route 25 in Wareham|
|North end||I‑95 in Salisbury|
|Counties||Plymouth, Bristol, Norfolk, Worcester, Middlesex, Essex|
Interstate 495 (I-495) is an auxiliary route of I-95 in the U.S. state of Massachusetts, maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). Spanning 120.74 miles (194.31 km), it is the second-longest auxiliary route in the Interstate Highway System, ranking behind I-476 in Pennsylvania by a difference of roughly 11 miles (18 km).
Serving as one of two beltways (the other being Route 128) that forms a semicircle around Boston, and being the "outer" beltway, I-495 has its northern terminus in Salisbury, where it splits from I-95. Its route forms an arc with an approximately 30-mile (48 km) radius around the city, and intersects seven additional radial expressways: I-93, U.S. Route 3 (US-3), Route 2, I-290, I-90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike), Route 24, and I-95 once more. I-495 has its southern terminus in Wareham, at the meeting of I-195 and Route 25. Originally, the stretch from Route 24 to I-195 was signed as Route 25, that status now only begins east of I-195.
I-495 and areas to its immediate west are often regarded as the outermost boundary of the Greater Boston region. The freeway's northern segment parallels the New Hampshire border, at one point coming as close as 400 feet (120 m) of the boundary, and its southern end is roughly 10 miles north of Cape Cod. West of I-495 is the Worcester area and Central Massachusetts. The stretch of I-495 north and east of Route 2 until its terminus at I-95 in Salisbury is also the main thoroughfare connecting the communities of the Merrimack Valley region, separate from its purpose as a beltway around Boston.
Interstate 495 begins as the direct continuation of Route 25 at the intersection with Interstate 195 in West Wareham. It starts as a two-lane highway in both directions. It gets the third lane during the interchange with Route 24. The junction includes the unusual transition of shrinking from the six-lane Route 25 to the four-lane interstate, due to the third lane of Route 25 joining to and from I-195. The road heads roughly northwest, passing through the towns of Rochester and Middleborough (where the road meets U.S. Route 44) as a four-lane highway before entering Bristol County, crossing the Taunton River at Raynham. There, it becomes a six-lane highway just southeast of the Route 24 interchange (which is actually in neighboring Bridgewater).
The road continues northwest through Taunton and Norton before entering Mansfield, where there is a short exit lane concurrency with Route 140. Interstate 495 makes its southern junction with its parent route, Interstate 95 on the border between Mansfield in Bristol County and Foxborough in Norfolk County. The road continues through Plainville (where there is a junction with U.S. Route 1, a popular exit for those heading to Gillette Stadium) and Wrentham (where the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets lie beside the highway at Route 1A). The highway comes within 2 miles of the Rhode Island state line before turning in a more northerly direction through Franklin and Bellingham.
Interstate 495 passes through Milford, Medway and Hopkinton (where the junction with the Massachusetts Turnpike, or Interstate 90, is located), Westborough (where the road meets Route 9). Southborough, Marlborough (where the road meets U.S. Route 20 and Interstate 290), Hudson, Berlin, Bolton (where the road finally begins to turn northeasterly) and Harvard.
Continuing to turn to a more easterly direction, the road passes through Boxborough, Littleton (where there is an intersection with Route 2), Westford and Chelmsford. At the Chelmsford-Lowell line lies the intersection with U.S. Route 3 and the Lowell Connector (formerly Business Spur 495). The road continues through Lowell and Tewksbury before entering Essex County at Andover, directly at exit 39.
In Andover, the road has a junction with Interstate 93. It then enters the city of Lawrence, where the road turns due north, crossing the Shawsheen River into North Andover before crossing the Merrimack River at the O'Reilly Bridge back into Lawrence. It then heads into Methuen, where the road turns back to a northeasterly route after the junction with the Loop Connector (Rte. 213). The road heads into Haverhill, crossing the Merrimack twice more at a bend in the Bradford section of town. It passes north of downtown Haverhill, coming within 150 yards of the New Hampshire state line, the closest the road comes to leaving the state. Interstate 495 then passes through the towns of Merrimac and Amesbury before entering Salisbury where it immediately meets Interstate 95 and ends approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south of where that interstate enters New Hampshire.
Throughout its path, the road passes closely to several existing state highways. From Wareham through to the Middleborough Rotary, it parallels Route 28. For much of the stretch between Norton and Milford, the road is within a few miles of Route 140, with two junctions of that highway in Mansfield and Franklin. From Milford to Bolton, the road passes just west of Route 85. Much of the northern third of the route also roughly parallels Massachusetts Route 110.
As early as the late 1940s, a plan was developing for an "outer circumferential highway" around Boston, a limited-access freeway of meant to have an approximate 30 mile (49 km) radius from the Boston city center. A portion of this new "outer circumferential highway" southeast of the US Route 1 junction in Foxborough was meant to be a "relocation" of the existing MA Route 28, which was quickly changed in 1947 to a new designation of Route 25 as a full-length freeway from MA 24 expwy in Raynham to Wareham. The section of I-495 between MA 24 in Raynham and I-95 at the Foxboro/Mansfield line was not constructed until the late seventies with construction beginning at I-95 in 1976 and reaching the MA 25/MA 24 interchange in 1982. (Prior to 1982 I-495 ended at I-95, the section from Raynham to Wareham was just signed as MA 25). MA 25 was constructed in stages from the late fifties to the late 60's.
In 2014, a new ITS system was installed to help commuters and the state better understand the traffic congestion on I-495. Some improvements expected to come to I-495 in the next few years include a project that will install fiber optic cable, traffic cameras and VMS Signs on I-495 from I-90 (Hopkinton) to I-93 (Andover).
In 2015, the state pledged $165–285 million for improvements to the Interstate 495-Massachusetts Turnpike intersection, and is considering three different plans. The work is expected to begin in 2021 and be completed in 2025. Improvements to the 495-Route 9 intersection will commence at the same duration, with a different budget.
|Plymouth||Wareham||0.000||0.000||Route 25 east – Cape Cod||Western terminus of Route 25; Blue Star Memorial Highway continues east|
|0.012||0.019||1||I‑195 west – Wareham, New Bedford||Eastern terminus of I-195; exit 22B on I-195|
|2.487||4.002||2||Route 58 north – Carver, Plymouth||No signage for Route 58 south, which ends at Route 28, 0.45 miles (720 m) to the south|
|Middleborough||7.600||12.231||3||Route 28 – Rock Village, South Middleboro|
|12.068||19.422||4||Route 105 – Middleboro Center, Lakeville|
|14.304||23.020||5||Route 18 / US 44 east – Bridgewater, Plymouth, Lakeville, New Bedford||US 44 only appears on northbound signage|
|14.722||23.693||6||US 44 – Middleboro, Plymouth, Taunton, Providence, RI|
|Bridgewater||18.962||30.516||7A||Route 24 north – Boston||Exits 14A-B on Route 24|
|19.200||30.899||7B||Route 24 south – Fall River|
|Bristol||Raynham||21.681||34.892||8||Route 138 – Stoughton, Taunton|
|Taunton||24.508||39.442||9||Bay Street – Taunton, Easton|
|Norton||26.906||43.301||10||Route 123 to Route 140 south – Norton, Easton||No southbound signage for Route 140|
|Mansfield||29.875||48.079||11||Route 140 south – Norton||No northbound exit|
|29.913||48.140||12||Route 140 north – Mansfield|
|32.859||52.881||13A||I‑95 north – Boston||Exits 6A-B on I-95|
|Norfolk||Foxborough||32.935||53.004||13B||I‑95 south – Providence, Rhode Island|
|Plainville||35.554||57.219||14A||US 1 north – Wrentham||Access to Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place|
|35.605||57.301||14B||US 1 south – North Attleboro|
|Wrentham||37.565||60.455||15||Route 1A – Wrentham, Plainville|
|Franklin||40.954||65.909||16||King Street – Franklin, Woonsocket RI|
|43.183||69.496||17||Route 140 – Franklin, Bellingham|
|Bellingham||45.820||73.740||18||Route 126 – Medway, Bellingham|
|Worcester||Milford||48.318||77.760||19||Route 109 – Milford, Medway||To Route 16|
|50.245||80.861||20||Route 85 – Milford, Hopkinton|
|Middlesex||Hopkinton||54.151||87.148||21||W. Main Street – Hopkinton, Upton||Signed as exits 21A (east) and 21B (west)|
|Hopkinton–Westborough line||57.928||93.226||22||I‑90 / Mass Pike – Boston, Albany, New York||Exit 11A on I-90|
|Worcester||Westborough||59.414||95.618||23A||Route 9 east – Framingham|
|59.472||95.711||23B||Route 9 west – Worcester|
|Westborough–Marlborough line||61.758||99.390||23C||Simarano Drive – Marlboro, Southboro||Interchange constructed in 2000|
|Middlesex||Marlborough||63.155||101.638||24||US 20 – Marlboro, Northboro||Split into exits 24A (east) and 24B (west)|
|64.895||104.438||25A||Route 85 – Hudson, Marlboro||Access to Route 85 via unsigned Route 85 Connector|
|64.951||104.529||25B||I‑290 west – Worcester||Eastern terminus of I-290; exits 26A-B on I-290|
|Worcester||Berlin||67.314||108.331||26||Route 62 – Berlin, Hudson|
|Bolton||70.006||112.664||27||Route 117 – Bolton, Stow|
|Middlesex||Boxborough||74.652||120.141||28||Route 111 – Boxboro, Harvard|
|Littleton||77.641||124.951||29||Route 2 – Boston, Leominster||Split into exits 29A (east) and 29B (west); exits 40A-B on Route 2|
|79.176||127.421||30||Route 2A / Route 110 – Littleton, Ayer|
|80.209||129.084||31||Route 119 – Groton, Acton|
|Westford||83.297||134.054||32||Boston Road – Westford||To Route 225|
|Chelmsford||87.328||140.541||33||Route 4 – North Chelmsford||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|88.175||141.904||34||Route 4 / Route 110 – Chelmsford, Lowell||No signage for Route 4 northbound|
|89.143||143.462||35A||US 3 south – Burlington, Logan Airport||Access via C/D lanes; exits 30A&C on US 3 north|
|35B||US 3 north – Nashua NH||Access to and from C/D lanes; exits 30A-B on US 3 south|
|Lowell||89.425||143.916||35C||Lowell Connector||Formerly exit 36; access via C/D lanes; exits 2A and 1B on Lowell Conn.|
|91.192||146.759||37||Woburn Street – South Lowell, North Billerica|
|Tewksbury||92.284||148.517||38||Route 38 – Lowell, Tewksbury|
|Tewksbury–Andover line||94.613||152.265||39||Route 133 – Tewksbury, Andover||Southbound off-ramp begins in Essex County|
|Essex||Andover||97.000||156.106||40A||I‑93 south – Boston||Exits 44A-B on I-93|
|97.045||156.179||40B||I‑93 north – Concord NH|
|99.411||159.986||41||Route 28 – Lawrence, Andover||Split into exits 41A (south) and 41B (north) northbound|
|Lawrence||100.149||161.174||42||Route 114 – North Andover, South Lawrence||Split into exits 42A (east) and 42B (west)|
|North Andover||100.953||162.468||43||Massachusetts Avenue – North Andover||Southbound access from C/D lanes originating at Marston St. exit|
|North Andover–Lawrence line||101.370–|
|44||Merrimack Street||Access via C/D lanes; NB ramp exits onto SB C/D lanes to Merrimack St.; NB entrance includes direct entrance from Sutton Street|
Marston Street north – Methuen
|Northbound signage; accessible to and from C/D lanes|
Southbound signage; accessible to and from C/D lanes
|45B||Marston Street south – Lawrence||Access to and from C/D lanes|
|Methuen||103.121||165.957||46||Route 110 (Merrimack Street) – Pleasant Valley|
|104.057||167.464||47||Route 213 (Loop Connector) – Methuen, Salem NH||Exit 5 on Route 213; eastern terminus of Rte. 213|
|Haverhill||105.788||170.249||48||To Route 125 – Ward Hill, Bradford||Access via Industrial Avenue|
|106.624||171.595||49||Route 110 / Route 113 (River Street)|
|107.303||172.687||50||Route 97 – Haverhill, Salem NH|
|108.997||175.414||51||Route 125 – Haverhill, Plaistow NH||Split into exits 51A (south) and 51B (north)|
|111.182||178.930||52||Route 110 – Haverhill, Merrimac|
|Merrimac||114.894||184.904||53||Broad Street – Merrimac, Merrimacport|
|Amesbury||117.854||189.668||54||Route 150 – Amesbury|
|118.880||191.319||55||Route 110 east to I‑95 south – Salisbury, Boston||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Salisbury||120.95||194.65||I‑95 north – Portsmouth NH||Northern terminus; exit 59 on I-95; access to I-95 south via Route 110|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
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