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Massachusetts Route 116

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Route 116
Route 116 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MassDOT
Length68.26 mi[1] (109.85 km)
Major junctions
South end Route 20A in Springfield
 
North end Route 8 in Adams
Location
CountiesHampden, Hampshire, Franklin, Berkshire
Highway system
Route 115 Route 117

Route 116 is a 68.26-mile-long (109.85 km) north–south (though in its northern part it is more east-west) state highway in Massachusetts. The route runs from Route 20A in Springfield through mill towns, college towns and rural towns, crossing the Connecticut River three times before finally ending at Route 8 in Adams.

Route description

Route 141 and Route 116 through Chicopee
Route 141 and Route 116 through Chicopee

Route 116 begins at Route 20A in Springfield, just before that route ends at its parent route and I-91. The route junctions with the interstate officially at Exit 11, before entering the city of Chicopee. The route crosses I-91 without junction before meeting I-391 twice, on either side of the Chicopee River. It then crosses under the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) before curling through Chicomansett Village. In the northwest corner of Chicopee Route 141 becomes concurrent with the route, just east of I-391, which it crosses without junction. It then crosses the Willimansett Bridge into Holyoke, passing through the downtown area on two one-way streets, with Route 141 leaving the route during that time. It then becomes one route again, crossing a canal before crossing the Vietnam Memorial Bridge into South Hadley and Hampshire County.

In South Hadley, Route 116 meets U.S. Route 202 with a cloverleaf interchange. After meeting the northern end of Route 33 it continues northward, passing Mount Holyoke College, where Route 47 begins. It then turns northeastward, passing through the northwest corner of Granby before clipping South Hadley again on the way into Amherst. The route passes Hampshire College and Amherst College before meeting Route 9 at the center of town. Route 116 then becomes concurrent with Route 9, heading southwestward before entering Hadley. Route 116 leaves the route 9 concurrency and turns northward as a four lane divided freeway. It passes the western edge of UMass Amherst, passing behind Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium and having an interchange with North Hadley Road, which connects the route directly to the university. The route narrows to a two lane undivided road and meets the southern end of Route 63 before meeting Sunderland Road before passing into Franklin County and the town of Sunderland.

Entering Deerfield crossing the Sunderland Bridge westbound with Sugarloaf Mountain in the background
Entering Deerfield crossing the Sunderland Bridge westbound with Sugarloaf Mountain in the background
Eastbound in Savoy
Eastbound in Savoy

In Sunderland, Route 116 passes west of the Great Swamp and Bull Hill before crossing Route 47 again in the town center before crossing the Connecticut River a third time, over the Sunderland Bridge into Deerfield. The route then meets U.S. Route 5 and Route 10 just over the Whately town line, and just north of I-91 Exit 24. It then follows Routes 5 & 10 for about a mile before leaving the route, heading westward and crossing I-91 at Exit 25. The route heads northwestward, passing through the Mill River area of town and passing into Conway.

Once the route enters Conway, it becomes a winding route, passing through that town center before continuing into Ashfield. In Ashfield, the route becomes Main Street, before it has a wrong-way concurrency with Route 112 for nearly a mile and a half. the route then turns westward, passing Spruce Corner on its way back into Hampshire County and the town of Plainfield. The route acts as the main road through the town before meeting Route 8A near the Dubuque Memorial State Forest. The two routes head westward into Berkshire County and the town of Savoy. In Savoy, Route 8A heads south while Route 116 heads westward into the town of Cheshire. Route 116 passes through the northeast corner of town before entering Adams and finally terminating at Route 8 in the southern end of downtown Adams.

History

Prior to 1955, Route 116 did not have a concurrency with Route 9 or enter Hadley. Rather, it continued along Pleasant Street and North Pleasant Street, passing along the eastern side of UMass before meeting Sunderland Road, where it rejoins the current route. This was done to lessen traffic along the edge of the campus. When the route was moved, Route 63's southern terminus was also moved along Meadow Street to connect it back to Route 116.

Before the introduction of Interstate 91, Route 116 extended down to the Memorial Bridge in Springfield where U.S. Route 5 and U.S. Route 20 crossed the river at the time.

In 2012, part of the road near Atkins Farm in Amherst was relocated to the east to remove a sharp curve in the road. This was done via the construction of two neighboring roundabouts.[2][3][4]

Major intersections

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
HampdenSpringfield0.000.00 Route 20A – East SpringfieldSouthern terminus
0.91.4 I-91Exit 8 on I-91
Chicopee2.23.5
I-391 to I-91 – Holyoke, Springfield, Greenfield
Exit 2 on I-391; diamond interchange
3.35.3 I-391 – Holyoke, SpringfieldExit 3 on I-391; partial cloverleaf interchange
5.89.3
Route 141 east to I-391 – Chicopee Falls, Willimansett
Southern end of Route 141 concurrency
Holyoke7.612.2 Route 141 west – Holyoke Center, EasthamptonNorthern end of Route 141 concurrency
HampshireSouth Hadley9.415.1 US 202 – Granby, Belchertown, Holyoke, WestfieldCloverleaf intersection
10.416.7 Route 33 south – Chicopee Falls, LudlowNorthern terminus of Route 33
12.219.6 Route 47 northSouthern terminus of Route 47
Amherst21.534.6 Route 9 east – BelchertownSouthern end of Route 9 concurrency
Hadley22.836.7 Route 9 west – Northampton, PittsfieldNorthern end of Route 9 concurrency
Amherst26.142.0 Route 63 north – North Amherst, NorthfieldSouthern terminus of Route 63
FranklinSunderland30.949.7 Route 47 – Montague, Millers Falls, Hadley
Whately32.752.6 US 5 south / Route 10 – WhatelySouthern end of US 5/Route 10 concurrency
Deerfield33.654.1 US 5 / Route 10 north – GreenfieldNorthern end of US 5/Route 10 concurrency
33.854.4 I-91 north – Greenfield, Brattleboro, VTSouthbound exit and northbound entrance only; exit 36 on I-91
Ashfield47.276.0 Route 112 northSouthern end of Route 112 wrong-way concurrency
48.678.2 Route 112 south – GoshenNorthern end of Route 112 wrong-way concurrency
HampshirePlainfield57.893.0 Route 8A northSouthern end of Route 8A wrong-way concurrency
BerkshireSavoy63.5102.2 Route 8A southNorthern end of Route 8A wrong-way concurrency
Adams68.26109.85
Route 8 to Route 2 – North Adams, Pittsfield
Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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