Interstate 290 Massachusetts

Interstate 190 & 290 Massachusetts Map - Interstate-Guide


Interstate 290 forms a loop connecting the city of Worcester with the Mass Pike (Interstate 90) to the south and Interstate 495, the outer beltway for Boston, to the east at Hudson. The western end of I-290 shares a terminal point with Interstate 395 north from Connecticut. Interstate 190 stems north from the turn of I-290 from the leg through Worcester and the east-west portion to Shrewsbury, Northborough and I-495.


Interstate 290 opened initially by Washington Square in September, 1960. Completion of the route occurred in 1970 with the extension to Marlborough.1

Initial proposals for Interstate 290 looped the route southeast from Worcester to an end point at the confluence of Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) and Interstate 495 in Hopkinton. This alignment shifted northward to the present course of I-290 by 1965.1

Construction of I-290 at the eastern terminus included a stub beyond the full cloverleaf interchange linking the freeway with Interstate 495. This changed by the mid-1970s with construction of the Route 85 Connector. The connector leads east from the end of I-290 to Massachusetts 85 at Technology Drive. As part of the work to build the expressway spur, the loop ramp from I-290 east to I-495 north was replaced with a sharp left-hand ramp.

Western Terminus - Interstate 90 / Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 395 - south of Worcester, Massachusetts
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 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 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 Sturrbridge. 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.
Eastern Terminus - Interstate 495 and Route 85 Connector - east of South Berlin, Massachusetts
Perspectives from Interstate 290
The first sign of the impending end of Interstate 290 lies ahead of the Exit 25A/B six-ramp partial-cloverleaf interchange with Solomons Pond and Mall Roads. The watched for stopped traffic ahead relates to the sharp ramp onto Interstate 495 northbound and the two-lane Hudson Street connector to Marlborough and Hudson. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 25B loops onto Solomons Pond Road north to Mall Road for the nearby Solomon Pond Mall, two miles west of the junction with Interstate 495. Photo taken 06/28/05.
The right-hand lane defaults onto Interstate 495 southbound toward its terminus at Cape Cod. Interstate 495 travels seven miles south to Interstate 90, and 65 miles to Interstate 195 & Massachusetts 25 at Wareham. Photo taken 06/28/05.
A sign bridge carries a diagrammatic overhead for the Exit 26B left-hand off-ramp to Interstate 495 north and Hudson Street connector east to Fitchburg Street and Massachusetts 85 (Washington Street). Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 26B leaves Interstate 290 eastbound at the freeway transition into the two-lane Hudson Street connector. Interstate 495 curves northeast 55 miles to its merge with Interstate 95 at Amesbury. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Traveling the Hudson Street connector eastbound en route to Fitchburg Street and Massachusetts 85 (Washington Street). Fitchburg Street travels south to Marlborough while Washington and Broad Streets head north from Hudson Street to downtown Hudson. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Perspective from Interstate 290 west
Hudson Street westbound at the jughandled intersection with Fitchburg Street. Fitchburg Street heads southwest to Pleasant Street and Marlborough. Hudson Street meanwhile continues west to the Interstate 290 & 495 junction. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 290 & 495 overhead posted one mile east of the Hudson Street connector interchange with the two freeways. Pleasant Street passes underneath the freeway ahead. There is no direct access between the two roadways. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 26B departs the Hudson Street connector for Interstate 495 northbound in one half mile. Interstate 495 loops northeast 26 miles to the Lowell Connector and U.S. 3, and 36 miles to Interstate 93 near Lawrence. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Hudson Street westbound at the ramp departure to Interstate 495 north. Interstate 495 meets Massachusetts 62 at Berlin in two miles. Exit 26A joins Interstate 495 southbound for Franklin, Taunton, and Cape Cod in one quarter mile. Photo taken 06/28/05.
View of the westbound beginning of Interstate 290 at the cloverleaf ramp (Exit 26A) for Interstate 495 southbound. Standard on Massachusetts guide signage, the numbers within the Interstate shields retain button copy lettering. Continuing westward on Interstate 290 takes one to Worcester in 14 miles. Traffic departing on Interstate 495 south will intersect Interstate 95 in 33 miles. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 290 begin shield posted after the directional-cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 495. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Perspective from Interstate 495 north
Two miles south of Interstate 290 west and the Route 85 Connector east on I-495 north at the full cloverleaf interchange (Exits 24A/B) with U.S. 20. U.S. 20 parallels I-290 west through the town of Northborough. Photo taken 07/29/07.
Interstate 495 turns northwestward on the one mile approach to Exit 25A for Route 85 Connector east to Hudson and Exit 25B for I-290 west to Solomon Pond Mall and south Berlin. Photo taken 07/29/07.
The Route 85 Connector constitutes a controlled access expressway extending east from Interstate 290 to Fitchburg Street, Massachusetts 85 (Washington Street) and Technology Drive. The connector opened in the mid 1970s. Photo taken 07/29/07.
A loop ramp joins Route 85 Connector west as it transitions to Interstate 290 west. I-290 reaches Downtown Worcester in 14 miles. Photo taken 07/29/07.


  1. Worcester Expressway (I-290) (Boston Roads).

Page Updated September 19, 2016.

Additional Info

State Massachusetts
Mileage 20.16
Cities Worcester
Junctions I-90, I-395, I-190, I-495
Source: December 31, 2016 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-290 Massachusetts Annual Average Daily Traffic

From: To: AADT Comp. Year
Exit 7/8 I-90/ MA 12 Exit 9 Auburn St 87,559 2002
Exit 9 Auburn St Exit 10 Hope Av 85,891 2002
Exit 10 Hope Av Exit 11 College & Southbridge Sts 105,014 2002
Exit 11 College & Southbridge Sts Exit 12 MA 146 south 97,486 2000
Exit 12 MA 146 south Exit 13 MA 122A n/a n/a
Exit 13 MA 122A Exit 14 MA 122 n/a n/a
Exit 14 MA 122 Exit 15 Shrewsbury St n/a n/a
Exit 15 Shrewsbury St Exit 17 MA 9 123,088 2002
Exit 17 MA 9 Exit 18 MA 70 113,300 1998
Exit 18 MA 70 Exit 19 I-190 117,014 2002
Exit 19 I-190 Exit 20 Burncoat St 73,100 1996
Exit 20 Burncoat St Exit 20 MA 70 Lincoln St 90,380 2002
Exit 20 MA 70 Lincoln St Exit 21 Plantation St 99,842 2000
Exit 21 Plantation St Exit 22 Main St 71,900 2001
Exit 22 Main St Exit 23 MA 140 83,400 2001
Exit 23 MA 140 Exit 24 Church St 76,700 2001
Exit 24 Church St Exit 25 Hudson St 73,200 2001
Exit 25 Hudson St Exit 26 I-495 71,200 2002
Source: Mass Highway Traffic Volume Counts (2002)
Exit information provided by the former I-290 @ web site
Worcester, Massachusetts - 1963.
Interstate 290 doubled as Massachusetts 122A (Worcester Expressway) between Quinsigamond Avenue and Massachusetts 9 (Belmont Street) when it was completed by late 1961.1
Worcester, Massachusetts area - excerpt from the 1962 Rand McNally North American Road Atlas.
The early proposal for Interstate 290 looped the freeway southeast from Worcester to an end at the cross roads of Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) and I-495.