Interstate 190 connects Massachusetts 2 and the northern Massachusetts cities of Leominster and Fitchburg with Interstate 290 leading to Worcester and then via Massachusetts 146, Interstate 395 and Interstate 90 to Providence, New Haven, Hartford, Springfield and Boston. If it were extended north to meet with Mew Hampshire 101, it would form part of an outer outer belt to Boston (using Interstate 290 and Interstate 395 to the south).
FHWA officials approved the Interstate 190 designation in 1973 for the 1970-designed Massachusetts 52 freeway north of Interstate 290 in Worcester. Construction followed in 1975, but environmental concerns delayed completion of the route until 1983.1
Interstate 190 skims the eastern reaches of Indian Lake ahead of the Exit 1 off-ramp to Massachusetts 12 (Boylston Street & Gold Star Boulevard). Posted at the junction is the first sign for the upcoming junction with Interstate 290. Photo taken 06/28/05.
A wye interchange brings traffic from Massachusetts 12 onto Interstate 190 southbound from the Greendale Mall area of north Worcester. Drivers continue south one half mile to the junction with Interstate 290. Interstate 290 enters the scene from Shrewsbury, an eastern suburb of Worcester to the east and downtown Worcester to the south. Photo taken 06/28/05.
An auxiliary guide sign touts the connection of Interstate 290 east to Massachusetts 70 (Lincoln Street) via Burncoat Street south Burncoat Street intersects the freeway at Exit 20 nearby. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 190 southbound draws to a close at the left-hand off-ramp to Interstate 290 east and the merge onto Interstate 290 south. The eastbound control point of Marlborough lies near the Interstate 290 junction with Interstate 495 14 miles away. Downtown Worcester lies one mile to the south. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 190 appears for the first time on Interstate 290 westbound at this upcoming exits overhead, one half mile east of Exit 20 (Massachusetts 70). Interstate 290 enters Worcester from the Shrewsbury area east of Lake Quinsigamond. Massachusetts 70 travels Lincoln Street parallel to the freeway from Boylston Street west to downtown. Photo taken 06/28/05.
A directional interchange constitutes the junction between Interstate 290 and Exit 19 (Interstate 190). Interstate 190 guide signs include trailblazers for Massachusetts 12, a north-south highway paralleling Interstate 190 from Worcester to West Boylston and Leominster. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 19 leaves Interstate 290 westbound for the northbound beginning of Interstate 190 at the Burncoat Street over crossing. Burncoat Street leads south to meet Massachusetts 70 (Lincoln Street) from Exit 20. Interstate 190 intersects Massachusetts 12 (Boylston Street & Gold Star Boulevard) at nearby Exit 1 and the Greendale Mall. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 290 eastbound passes over Massachusetts 70 (Lincoln Street) three quarters of a mile south of the split with Interstate 190 north. The upcoming interchange includes the off-ramp to Burncoat Street, a surface road leading north from Lincoln Street to Mountain Street. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Leaving downtown Worcester on Interstate 290 eastbound, one half mile south of the ramp departure to Exits 19 and 20. The upcoming interchange sees Interstate 290 turn to the east towards Marlborough and Interstate 190 begin its northward venture to Leominster. Sandwiched nearby is the Burncoat and Lincoln Street (Massachusetts 70) exit. Photo taken 06/28/05.
One quarter mile south of the Interstate 190 northbound split from Interstate 290 east. Massachusetts 70 (Lincoln Street) parallels Interstate 290 east from downtown to Great Brook Valley. Massachusetts 12 ventures northward from the central business district alongside Interstate 190 through north Worcester to Leominster. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 290 eastbound maintains three overall lanes through the directional interchange with Interstate 190 (Exit 19). Interstate 190 and the Exit 20 off-ramp to Burncoat Street depart the freeway in unison. The Interstate 190 control city of Holden is a northwest suburb of Worcester along Massachusetts 122A. Photo taken 06/28/05.
A parting shot of the Exit 19 and 20 partition between Interstate 190 north and the Burncoat Street off-ramp. Interstate 190 meets Massachusetts 12 (Boylston Street & Gold Star Boulevard) within one half mile at Exit 1. Holden lies seven miles to the northwest; Fitchburg is 24 miles to the north. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 190 North
A look at the begin shield posted for Interstate 190 between Interstate 290 and Massachusetts 12 (Boylston Street). Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 190 ends sign posted 1.50 miles south of the merge onto Massachusetts 2 westbound near Leominster. Photo taken 06/28/05.
The final interchange on Interstate 190 north serves the Massachusetts 2 freeway (Exits 8A/B) and the Mechanic Street connector. The Mechanic Street connector ramp splits from the eastbound ramp to Massachusetts 2 west for downtown Leominster to the west. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 190 passes underneath Johnny Appleseed Lane one half mile south of the Exit 8B ramp departure to Massachusetts 2 east and the Mechanic Street connector west. An Interstate 495 trailblazer nearby directs motorists bound for Lowell to use Massachusetts 2 east. The Boston outer bypass is 12 miles to the east near Harwood. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 8B leaves Interstate 190 northbound for Massachusetts 2 east to Boston and the Mechanic Street connector west to Leominster. Massachusetts 2 continues as a freeway to Acton, 18 miles to the east. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Continuing past the Exit 8B/8A gore for Exit 8B is the split between Massachusetts 2 east and the Mechanic Street connector to Leominster. A 40 mile trek awaits motorists destined for Beantown from Interstate 190's northern terminus. Downtown Leominster meanwhile lies west of the freeway across the Nashua River via Mechanic Street. Photo taken by Dan Moraseski (10/00).
An Interstate 190 end shield is posted on the Massachusetts 2 westbound ramp/Exit 8A. Traffic continuing past this shield assembly will reach Fitchburg in eight miles and Garner in 15 miles. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Perspective from Massachusetts 2 east
Massachusetts 2 spans the Nashua River one half mile west of the split with Interstate 190 south (Exit 33). Interstate 190 travels south from the Leominster area seven miles to Sterling and 20 miles to junction Interstate 290 in Worcester. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Massachusetts 2 eastbound expands to three lanes in anticipation of the Exit 33 partition with Interstate 190 south. Although the Leominster city center is to the west, Interstate 190 is orientated so that it serves the eastern reaches of the municipality via Massachusetts 117 (Exit 7) and the northern suburbs via Mechanic Street (Exit 8). Photo taken 06/28/05.
Nashua Street passes underneath Massachusetts 2 at the Exit 33 ramp departure for Interstate 190 south. The Massachusetts 2 freeway continues eastward another 17 miles before ending near the town of Acton. A directional cloverleaf interchange joins the two freeways. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Begin Interstate 190 shield assembly posted ahead of the Exit 8 off-ramp onto Nashua Street and before the merge of the westbound Massachusetts 2 on-ramp. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 8 departs Interstate 190 southbound for Nashua Street. Nashua Street travels north-south between the Mechanic Street connector and Massachusetts 13 (Main Street). Photo taken 06/28/05.
Perspective from Massachusetts 2 west
Just beyond the Exit 34 on-ramp to Massachusetts 2, the 0.75 mile overhead for the southbound Interstate 190 beginning appears. The scenery of the area is emphasized with the snow covered Wachusett Mountain on the horizon. Photo taken by Gary S. Peterson (02/03).
Westbound Massachusetts 2 at Exit 33/Interstate 190 south. For motorists continuing to the west, three interchanges for Leominster await before the freeway reaches Fitchburg. Massachusetts 2 does not downgrade to a surface roadway until reaching the community of East Orange, 12 miles east of Interstate 91. Photo taken by Gary S. Peterson (02/03).
Exit 33/Interstate 190 south sign bridge of Massachusetts 2 westbound as seen from Massachusetts 2 eastbound. The control point for all of Interstate 190 north is Fitchburg. This is due to the nearby location of the city via Massachusetts 2 - Exit 31. Photo taken by Dan Moraseski (10/00).
Similar to the configuration of Exit 33 from Massachusetts 2 eastbound, Interstate 190 traffic parallels the freeway briefly before turning southward. This alignment allows for connections to the Mechanic Street connector and north Leominster. Photo taken by Dan Moraseski (10/00).
Perspective from the Mechanic Street connector
Guide sign from a side street that intersects the Mechanic Street connector from the east. This particular assembly displays shields for Interstate 190 south and Massachusetts 2. Photo taken by Dan Moraseski (10/00).
Southbound on the Mechanic Street connector as it splits between Interstate 190 south/Worcester and Massachusetts 2. Photo taken by Dan Moraseski (10/00).
The Mechanic St connector southbound past the Interstate 190 ramp. The exit to the right doubles back and utilizes the northbound Interstate 190 ramp to westbound Massachusetts 2. The ramp merges onto Interstate 190 north at the location of the end Interstate 190 shield Pictured above. Photo taken by Dan Moraseski (10/00).