Interstate 495 is the outer circumferential highway for the Boston metropolitan area. Until 1996, Interstate 495 was the longest three-digit Interstate highway, until Interstate 476 in Pennsylvania was extended to Scranton. Cities directly served by Interstate 495 include Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhill. The highway also diverges incoming traffic away from the city of Boston to Cape Cod and New Hampshire.
Interstate 495 was built between 1958 and 1982.1 The route ended at Interstate 95 in Foxborough until June 17, 1975, when AASHTO approved the southeasterly extension to both I-195 and Massachusetts 25 at Wareham.
Advisory sign for the transition of Interstate 495 to Massachusetts 25. The state highway continues as a freeway for another ten miles around Buzzards Bay. A short three mile trek separates the Massachusetts 25 freeway from the U.S. 6 freeway out to Cape Cod. Photo taken by Jim Teresco.
Perspective from Massachusetts 25 west
Massachusetts 25 westbound at the Massachusetts 28 interchange in East Wareham. The trailblazers are in place for the next exit on Massachusetts 25 (the last exit) at Interstates 195/495 located within three miles. The first westbound Interstate 195 exit is also for Massachusetts 28. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (04/20/02).
End Massachusetts 25 shield at the Interstate 195 interchange. The roadway northbound becomes Interstate 495 at this point. 33 miles to the northwest, Interstate 495 intersects its parent near Mansfield. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (04/20/02).
Northern Terminus - Interstate 95 - near Newburyport, Massachusetts
Perspective from Interstate 495 north
Interstate 495 northbound at the final mainline interchange of Exit 55/Massachusetts 110. The northern terminus at Interstate 95 is a wye interchange, with access to Interstate 95 north from 495 north and Interstate 495 south from 95 south only. Therefore traffic interests to Interstate 95 southbound from this direction must utilize Massachusetts 110 east to the nearby Exit 58 of Interstate 95. Photo taken by Jim Teresco (11/01).
For motorists who may have joined Interstate 495 from Massachusetts 110, a reminder of the transition to Interstate 95 northbound is given in the form of this overhead. One lone interchange in Massachusetts remains (Exit 60) before traffic crosses the state line into New Hampshire. Photo taken by Jim Teresco (11/01).
An end shield for Interstate 495 is posted at the wye interchange. Traffic merges onto Interstate 95 northbound just ahead with two miles separating Interstate 495 from the southern end of the tolled New Hampshire Turnpike. Photo taken by Jim Teresco (11/01).
Perspective from Interstate 95 south
Interstate 95 southbound draws to within one mile of the Exit 59 wye interchange with Interstate 495's southbound beginning. The two part ways at the second Massachusetts interchange of Interstate 95. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Diagrammatic overheads for Interstate 495 reveal a two-lane off-ramp for Exit 59. Interstate 495 travels west from Interstate 95 six miles to Merrimac, and 12 miles to Haverhill. Interstate 95 continues south over the John Greenleaf Whittier Bridge across the Merrimack River beyond the split. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 495 southbound departs the Interstate 95 southbound mainline at Exit 59. Interstate 495 travels southwest to Lawrence, Lowell, and Marlborough before returning southeast toward Cape Cod. Connections with Interstate 290 provide a direct route to Worcester in 63 miles. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Perspective from Interstate 95 north
Access to Interstate 495 south from Interstate 95 north is provided from the Massachusetts 110 connection to the east. This northbound photograph shows Exit 58A for Massachusetts 110 eastbound to Salisbury and Salisbury Beach. About a mile spaces Exit 58B from Interstate 495 to the west. The town of Amesbury, the Massachusetts 110 west control point, is situated to the northwest of Exit 55 of Interstate 495. Photo taken by Gary S. Peterson (02/03).