On September 8, 2021 MassDOT announced that it's Exit Renumbering Project had been completed. Started on October 18, 2020 the project, over 10 months, using 3 different contracts, and 2 different contractors, renumbered exits on 20 routes; 11 Interstates-I-84, I-90, I-91, I-93, I-95, I-190, I-195, I-290, I-295, I-395 and I-495, 2 US Routes-US 3 and US 6 and 7 Mass. state Routes-2, 3, 24, 25, 128, 140 and 146. The project went largely as planned and the public, for the most part, accepted and even liked the changes, noting how much easier it was navigating the state's freeways. However, not everything went perfectly, and some issues still remain. This blog summarizes my views of the glitches that happened along the way.
1. Mileposts do not always matching mile markers
Route 2 in the Lexington area
|Exit for I-95 South in MA Route 2 West in Lexington.|
MA Route 128 in Beverly
|Overhead signs at the Mass. Route 22 exit on Route 128 South, the mile marker reads 45.6.|
Interstate 91 in Springfield
|The last 2 renumbered exits on I-91 South in Springfield.|
I-93 Exits 3-5
2. The Location of 'Old Exit #' Signs
|Yellow Old Exit 31 sign on support for overhead 1 mile advance sign on MA 2 East in Leominster. The extra wide tab may be due to there being 2 exits for MA 2 West and it wrongly duplicated in this direction.|
A yellow Old Exit 6 sign on ground mounted 1 mile advance sign on MA 146 South in Northbridge.
However, this was not always the case and in many cases could cause unneeded confusion to drivers.
Location on other advance signs
| The 2 Miles advance for the I-93 exit on MA Route 3 North has the Old Exits 20 A-B sign.|
|The 1/2 Mile advance for the I-190 South exit on MA 2 East has the Old Exit 33 sign.|
Located at, or near, Exit Signs
|The Old Exit 51 sign for the North MA Route 111 sign is also at the 1/4 mile advance.|
|The Old Exit 6 sign on I-495 South is so close to the exit ramp you can see the other Old Exit sign on the gore sign in the distance.|
Sometimes, the Old Exits signs would appear more than once, for instance on the Southeast Expressway.