Interstate 391 Massachusetts

Routing

Interstate 391 branches north from I-91 along side the Connecticut River in the city of Chicopee. Straddling a ridge along the Ferry Lane and Willimansett communities, I-391 crosses the Connecticut River into the city of Holyoke ahead of a series of ramps for Main, Jackson and High Streets.

History

Interstate 391 was designated in 1965, with construction beginning in 1967 and ending in 1982.1

Southern Terminus - Interstate 91 - Chicopee, Massachusetts
Perspective from Interstate 391 south
Interstate 391 travels south across the Connecticut River into Chicopee from Holyoke. Two miles separate the exchange with Route 141 (Grattan Street) from Interstate 91 (Exit 1). Photo taken 06/28/05.
An end sign stands 1.75 miles ahead of Interstate 91. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 391 passes underneath the Mass Pike (I-90) with no direct access. Route 116 crosses paths with the freeway just south of I-90 at Exit 3 and again ahead of Interstate 91 along Chicopee Street. Photo taken 06/28/05.
The mainline of I-391 defaults onto Interstate 91 southbound toward Downtown Springfield. I-91 joins the city with Hartford, Connecticut. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 1B departs for I-91 north across the Connecticut River into the city of West Springfield. A lane drop precedes the southbound merge with Interstate 91 ahead of the Brightwood and Memorial Square neighborhoods in Springfield. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Perspective from Interstate 91 south
Interstate 91 converges with I-391 north (Exit 12) just across the Connecticut River in two miles. Photo taken 06/28/05.
A unique symmetrical interchange (Exit 13) joins Interstate 91 with U.S. 5 (Riverdale Street) just west of the Connecticut River and I-391 in Chicopee. Riverdale Street comprises a busy surface arterial through West Springfield. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 91 turns south at Exit 12 into the city of Springfield. I-391 spurs north through Chicopee, leading back toward Holyoke. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 12 loops northward onto I-391 ahead of the Chicopee city center. I-91 continues south two miles to the west end of Interstate 291 and U.S. 20 at Downtown Springfield. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Perspective from Interstate 91 north
Interstate 91 northbound leaves Downtown Springfield and crosses over Route 116 (Main Street) at Exit 10. A diagrammatic overhead outlines the forthcoming split I-391 at Exit 12. Photo taken 06/28/05.
The modified trumpet interchange (Exit 12) with Interstate 391 lies adjacent to Atwater Park along the Connecticut River. Interstate 91 spans the waterway into West Springfield while I-391 stems north through the city of Chicopee to the Holyoke city center. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Three lanes separate for both I-91 north toward Greenfield and I-391 north to Holyoke. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Perspective from Interstate 391 north
Like many other Massachusetts Interstate highways, a shield assembly marks the beginning of Interstate 391I. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Northern Terminus - U.S. 202 / Resnic Boulevard - Holyoke, Massachusetts
Perspective from the Interstate 391 north
Interstate 391 crosses the Connecticut River on the final mile leading into the city of Holyoke. Exit 5 departs ahead for Main Street. Photo taken 06/28/05.
A half diamond interchange (Exit 5) joins I-391 northbound with Main Street from the Connecticut River bridge. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 391 enters the city of Holyoke along a six-lane viaduct between the river and Exit 6 wye interchange with Commercial Street. The freeway defaults onto Resnic Boulevard northbound ahead of its intersection with High Street at the Interstate 391 conclusion. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 6 leaves Interstate 391 northbound for Commercial Street northbound to Connecticut 141 (Appleton Street). High Street parallels Commercial Street one block to the north. Photo taken 06/28/05.
The freeway passes over the southbound on-ramp from Commercial Street ahead of the traffic light with High Street and Resnic Boulevard. Resnic Boulevard extends north to Franklin Street and U.S. 202 (Beech Street). Photo taken 06/28/05.
Perspective from Maple Street west
Maple Street flows westbound and meets the one-way couplet of Resnic Boulevard north of High Street one block north of Interstate 391. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Perspective from Resnic Boulevard south
Resnic Boulevard transitions into Interstate 391 south of High Street. A turn off follows for a short section of Kay Avenue to parallel South Street. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 391 elevates onto a six-lane viaduct from the Commercial Street entrance ramp to the bridge across the Connecticut River. Photo taken 06/28/05.

Sources:

  1. Interstate 391 (Massachusetts) (Boston Roads).

Page updated February 15, 2019.