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Massachusetts Route 113

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Route 113 marker

Route 113
Route 113 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MassDOT
Length50.53 mi[1] (81.32 km)
Existedby 1930–present
Major junctions
West end Route 119 in Pepperell
 
East end US 1 / Route 1A in Newburyport
Location
CountiesMiddlesex, Essex
Highway system
MA Route 112.svg Route 112MA Route 114.svg Route 114

Route 113 is a 50.53-mile-long (81.32 km) east–west Massachusetts state route that connects towns in the Merrimack River valley in northeastern Massachusetts. Its western terminus is at Route 119 in Pepperell, and its eastern end is at U.S. Route 1 (US 1) and Route 1A in Newburyport.

Route description

Route 113 begins at Route 119 in Pepperell. It heads eastward through the center of town, intersecting Route 111 and crossing the Nashua River before continuing eastward into Dunstable. Route 113 acts as the main route through town, crossing the Salmon Brook before going through the town's center. It then enters Tyngsborough, where it meets U.S. Route 3 at Exit 35. At Middlesex Street, Route 113 becomes concurrent with Route 3A, passing over the Merrimack River with that route before splitting along a new alignment named Charles Chronopoulos Way, then turning southward along Pawtucket Boulevard.

Eastbound entering Groveland along the Bates Bridge
Eastbound entering Groveland along the Bates Bridge
Route 113 crosses the Merrimack River on the Tyngsboro Bridge.  The bridge on the right was a temporary crossing while the 1930s bridge was being rebuilt.
Route 113 crosses the Merrimack River on the Tyngsboro Bridge. The bridge on the right was a temporary crossing while the 1930s bridge was being rebuilt.

As Pawtucket Boulevard, Route 113 follows the Merrimack into the city of Lowell. Once in Lowell, Route 113 acts as a parkway along the north bank of the river, intersecting the Rourke Bridge and the O'Donnell Bridge near the Pawtucket Falls before splitting from the parkway, which turns into the VFW Highway. Route 113 turns northward, crossing into Dracut. It crosses the Beaver Brook before intersecting with Route 38 near the town center. From there, Route 113 continues through a rural section of Dracut into Methuen and Essex County.

In Methuen, Route 113 meets Route 110 at an interchange with Interstate 93 (Exit 46). The two routes split shortly thereafter, with Route 113 heading into downtown Methuen. It intersects with Route 28 before continuing eastward, with two exits of Route 213 (the Loop Connector) meeting the route before and after The Loop shopping center. It then crosses that route and I-495 without junction, before meeting Route 110 again, beginning a long concurrency with that route that leads into Haverhill.

In Haverhill, Routes 113 and 110 follow the north bank of the Merrimack, and meet I-495 at Exit 49. The routes split at Emerson Street, where Route 110 turns northward. Route 113 intersects Route 125 just north of the Basiliere Bridge, which leads into the Bradford section of the city. It then joins Route 97 at Ginty Boulevard, running concurrently through the eastern end of town, passing Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley, Riverside Park, and Trinity Stadium, locally known for being the site of an exhibition featuring Babe Ruth. Routes 113 and 97 then cross the Bates Bridge into Groveland, where the two split once more, with Route 113 heading northeastward along the river.

Route 113 passes through the town of West Newbury as that town's Main Street, before crossing the Artichoke River into Newburyport, just south of Maudslay State Park. In Newburyport, it crosses I-95 at Exit 57. It then continues eastward towards the downtown area, finally ending at the intersection of Route 1A with its parent route, U.S. Route 1, which is a freeway at this point.

History

While Route 113's western terminus has never changed, its eastern end has. It originally ended somewhere in Tyngsborough, likely at or near US Route 3. It was extended to the Methuen area by 1933, and by 1939 it was extended to its present end, inheriting this section from Route 125.

A $24 Million project to rehabilitate the Tyngsborough Bridge began in 2005. Repairs took around seven years, and the original bridge was re-opened on the morning of September 11, 2012.[2] In late 2011, through traffic just east of the bridge was rerouted to curve away from the Merrimack River before rejoining the original right of way. However, the original route remains open for local traffic.

In 2010, a project began to replace the Bates Bridge in Haverhill/Groveland with a modern bridge. The project is expected to take two to three years and cost approximately $45 million.[3]

Major intersections

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
MiddlesexPepperell0.000.00 Route 119 – Groton, Littleton, TownsendWestern terminus
3.15.0 Route 111 – Hollis, NH, Nashua, NH, Groton, Ayer
Tyngsborough11.418.3 US 3 – Nashua, NH, Manchester, NH, Lowell, BurlingtonExit 90 on US 3
12.520.1 Route 3A – Hudson, NH, LowellShort concurrency with Route 3A over the Tyngsborough Bridge
Lowell18.830.3VFW HighwayTo Route 110
Dracut20.933.6 Route 38 – Lowell, Wilmington, Pelham, NH
EssexMethuen27.043.5 I-93 / Route 110 west – Boston, Concord, NHWestern end of Route 110 concurrency; exit 43 on I-93 (old exit 46)
27.343.9 Route 110 east – LawrenceEastern end of Route 110 concurrency
29.247.0 Route 28 – Lawrence, Andover, Salem, NH
30.549.1 Route 213 to I-495 – Haverhill, SalisburyRoute 213 exit 3 eastbound ramps only; to westbound ramps via Howe Street
31.350.4 Route 213 to I-93 to I-495Exit 4 on Route 213
32.552.3 Route 110 west – Lawrence, LowellWestern end of Route 110 concurrency
Haverhill35.256.6 I-495 – Lawrence, Lowell, Amesbury, SalisburyExit 107 on I-495 (old exit 49)
37.660.5 Route 110 east – Merrimac, SalisburyEastern end of Route 110 concurrency
37.860.8 Route 125
38.261.5 Route 97 north – Salem, NHWestern end of Route 97 concurrency
Groveland40.565.2 Route 97 south – Georgetown, TopsfieldEastern end of Route 97 concurrency
Newburyport48.077.2 I-95 – Peabody, Boston, Salisbury, Portsmouth, NHExit 86 on I-95
50.5381.32 US 1 / Route 1A – Rowley, Boston, Newbury, Ipswich, Salisbury, Portsmouth, NHEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

  • Kelley, Neil. "MA 113" (route log entry). Massachusetts Route Log. neilbert.com. Retrieved 2006-07-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  • Moraseski, Dan. "MA routes 110-119". MA route log. web.mit.edu. Archived from the original on 2004-10-25. Retrieved 2006-07-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) (Wayback Machine archive, original site down)

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