Interstate 395 Connecticut / Massachusetts

Routing

Interstate 395 is a lengthy route that leads north from Interstate 95 in southeastern Connecticut to Interstates 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) and 290 at Auburn, Massachusetts. The mostly rural freeway follows a portion of the Connecticut Turnpike, extending the former toll road north from I-95 to its eastern spur (unsigned Connecticut 695) to U.S. 6 in the town of Killingly. The remainder of the route in Connecticut replaced Route 52.

As Interstate 395 north ends in Auburn, Interstate 290 east begins. Ramps connect the shared terminus with U.S. 20 (Washington Street) and an access road to the Mass Pike. Coinciding with a sign replacement project along the entire route of I-395 in Connecticut, all exit numbers were renumbered to use a mileage based system in 2015. This was the first freeway in the state to drop sequential based exit numbers.

History

Planning for the eventual Interstate 395 began as a new route for Massachusetts 12 in 1965. Redesignated Massachusetts 52 in 1967, work on the freeway began in 1965 at Interstate 90, with completion of the route between Webster southward to the state line by 1968. Building of the road by Eddy Pond however caused problems because of environmental concerns, delaying completion of the freeway in Massachusetts portion through to 1977. Multi-state route 52 was upgraded to Interstate 395 by 1983.1

Southern Terminus - Interstate 95 - Waterford, Connecticut
Perspective from Interstate 95 north
The first overhead posted for Interstate 395 (Exit 76) lies ahead of the Exit 75 diamond interchange with U.S. 1 (Boston Post Road). U.S. 1 crosses paths with the freeway at Golden Spur en route to Waterbury and New London. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Interstate 395 northbound leaves via a left-hand exit (Exit 76) en route to Norwich and Plainfield. The Connecticut Turnpike (Gov. John Davis Lodge) Turnpike designation continues northward on Interstate 395 to South Killingly and the unsigned Connecticut 695 spur to U.S. 6 and Rhode Island. Photo taken 06/26/05.
A wye interchange facilitates the movements between Interstates 95 and 395 at Exit 76. Interstate 95 turns east on the six-mile drive to downtown New London and the Thames River bridge. Interstate 395 continues the northeasterly trajectory of the Connecticut Turnpike 16 miles to Norwich. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Traffic partitions between Interstate 395 north and Interstate 95 north (east). Interstate 395 travels through eastern Connecticut 28 miles to Plainfield (pop. 2,638) and 46 miles to Putnam. Interstate 95 travels east 60 miles to Providence, Rhode Island. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Northern Terminus - Interstates 90 and 290 - Worcester, Massachusetts
Perspective from Interstate 395 north
Interstate 395 northbound nears the full-cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 20 (Washington Street) at Exits 6A/B. Through traffic bound for the transition to Interstate 290 east is advised to move to the left lane to avoid the weaving traffic from the Washington Street ramps. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 6B onto U.S. 20 (Washington Street) westbound departs Interstate 395 northbound three quarters of a mile south of the transition to Interstate 290 east. Exit 7 constitutes the connection to Interstate 90 (Mass Pike) from Interstate 395 northbound by way of Massachusetts 12 (Southbridge Street) south. Massachusetts 12 sees an on-ramp to Interstate 90 after its intersection with Oxford Street west of Interstates 290 & 395. Photo taken 06/28/05.
A left-hand on-ramp merges onto Interstate 395 northbound from the Massachusetts Turnpike toll plaza (Exit 10). A pair of end signs reside at the merge that usher the transition from Interstate 395 north to Interstate 290 east. Interstate 290 splits from Interstate 190 11 miles to the north. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 7 departs Interstate 290 eastbound for the connection to Interstate 90 (Mass Pike) by way of Massachusetts 12 (Southbridge Street) south. Massachusetts 12 merges with U.S. 20 through West Auburn. Interstate 290 meanwhile continues north alongside Massachusetts 12 seven miles into downtown Worcester. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Perspective from Interstate 290 west
Interstate 290 westbound at the Swanson Road overpass near Stoneville. Posted here is a diagrammatic overhead displaying the ramp configuration to Massachusetts 12 (Southbridge Street) and Interstate 90 (Mass Pike) and transition into Interstate 395 south. Massachusetts 12 parallels Interstate 290 southward from downtown Worcester to Auburn and U.S. 20. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Advisory signage for the switch from Interstate 290 west to Interstate 395 south is in place before the freeway reaches the Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) interchange. A similar sign can be found on Interstate 395 northbound. Other instances in the Interstate system where two routes terminate at the same location include Interstate 195 and 495 at Wareham, Massachusetts and Interstates 64, 264, and 664 at Suffolk, Virginia. Photo taken 06/28/05.
One-half mile north of the conclusion of Interstate 290 west and the beginning of Interstate 395 south. The Exit 7 connection between Interstates 290 & 395 and Interstate 90 (Mass Pike) features ramps to Massachusetts 12 (Southbridge Street). Massachusetts 12 travels between the Mass Pike and U.S. 20 (Washington Street) in an west-west fashion through Auburn. Photo taken 06/28/05.
The last Interstate 290 westbound exit - Exit 7 for Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) & Massachusetts 12 (Southbridge Street). The exit numbering convention of Interstate 395 continues the Interstate 290 numbers to avoid motorist confusion. Exit 6B for U.S. 20 (Washington Street) westward is 700 feet to the south and is the second of three ramps to serve the town of Auburn. Photo taken 06/28/05.
A directional ramp departs Interstate 290 westbound for Interstate 90 & Massachusetts 12. Pictured here is the ramp split for Southbridge Street north from the roadway bound for the Mass Pike. The exit is the last before the toll plaza. Photo taken 06/28/05.
After passing through the Mass Pike toll plaza (Exit 10), drivers partition into the respective ramps for Interstate 90 east and west. Interstate 90 next meets U.S. 20 & Massachusetts 146 to the east and Interstate 84 to the west. Travelers merging onto Interstate 90 from Interstate 395 northbound use the same ramps to the Mass Pike. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Perspective from Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) east
Salt residue coats the roadway of Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) eastbound as it draws within two miles of Exit 10 for Interstate 290 east/Interstate 395 south. The control points are local in that Auburn is where Exit 10 is located and Worcester is only three miles to the north. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (02/00).
Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) eastbound at Exit 10 for the joint termini of Interstate 290/395. Massachusetts 12 is included on this signage as the state highway straddles the two Interstates from Auburn northward into Worcester. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (4/19/02).
Drivers pass through the Exit 10 toll plaza and quickly encounter a partial-cloverleaf interchange with Massachusetts 12 (Southbridge Street). Massachusetts 12 provides a direct connection to U.S. 20 (Southbridge Road) through West Auburn, Charlton, and Sturbridge. Remaining traffic continues to the northbound ramp to Massachusetts 12 and Interstates 290 & 395. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Next to depart is the loop ramp onto Massachusetts 12 (Southbridge Street) northbound to downtown Auburn and Worcester. Drivers bound for U.S. 20 should continue to the Interstate 395 southbound off-ramp ahead. Interstate 395 meets U.S. 20 (Washington Street) at Exits 6A/B south of Interstates 90 and 290. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Continuing past the Massachusetts 12 northbound ramp is the split for Interstate 290 east to Worcester and Interstate 395 south to Norwich, Connecticut. Interstate 395 reaches Oxford (via Sutton Avenue) in five miles and Webster (Massachusetts 16) in nine miles. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Perspective from Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) west
The first guide sign posted along Interstate 90 (Mass Pike) westbound for Interstate 290 east, Interstate 395 south, and Massachusetts 12 (Exit 10). Six miles separates Exit 10 from the Exit 10A junction with U.S. 20 & Massachusetts 146 near Millbury. Photo taken 06/28/05.
One mile east of the Exit 6 trumpet interchange with Interstates 290 & 395 and Massachusetts 12 (Southbridge Street) at Auburn. Interstate 290 connects the Mass Pike with Worcester to the north and Interstate 395 with Oxford to the south. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 90 (Mass Pike) crosses over Massachusetts 12 and Interstate 290 ahead of the Exit 10 ramp departure. Downtown Auburn resides just east of the Interstate 290 & 395 junction with Massachusetts 12. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 10 leaves Interstate 90 (Mass Pike) westbound for Interstate 290 east, Interstate 395 south, and Massachusetts 12 to U.S. 20. Interstate 395 heads 53 miles southwest to Norwich, Connecticut, and 67 miles to Interstate 95 near New London. Traffic from Interstate 90 west and east merge at the Exit 10 toll plaza (see photos from the eastbound I-90 perspective for the ramps to I-290 & 395). Photo taken 06/28/05.

Sources:

  1. Interstate 395 (Massachusetts) (Boston Roads).

Page Updated December 5, 2005.

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