Spanwire signals on MA 9 west near Framingham. Also note the yellow boxes above the signal, also typical in Massachusetts.
Mast arm signals on MA 9 east in Natick.
Entering Wellesley on MA 9 eastbound.
Typical Massachusetts street furniture signals in Wellesley. Towns in MA seem to chose having their signals be all black (and sometimes forest green) and mounted on curved mast arms that are decorative. Heads seem to be Eagle Mark IV.
I think there are more green arrows then there are green ball lenses in Massachusetts. NO joke! MA 9 in Natick.
This is an old button copy sign that is on MA 9 eastbound in Natick. As of the summer of 2010, this has been taken down. :(
This is how MA installs there signals. The signal(s) over the thru only lane(s) get a signal with a thru green arrow while the right lane signal gets a ball lens signal. Odd indeed and very common in MA. MA 9 in Wellesley.
A view of a typical Massachusetts ped signal on MA 9 in Natick.
Another example of that odd green thru arrow/green ball arrangement. MA 9 in Framingham.
This is a view of a typical MA green sign. Now MA likes to install these signs on their surface streets. They act as a freeway sign, just for the surface streets. Note how the sign on top is mounted on a street sign type bracket. Thats how the signs are mounted. Not very good for wind resistance though. Weston Rd @ MA 9 in Wellesley.
More MA green signs on MA 9 in Natick.
Angled arrows in Wellesley, MA.
Random closup of a typical MA turn signal. Looks like that sign needs to be moved over! Also not how sunfaded the doors of the signal are.
MA welcome sign on I-84 south of Sturbridge.
I-84 approaching exit 1. I-84 was equipped with new signs back in 2006 I believe. The old exit 1 signs lacked the Sturbridge control city and the old ones didn't have a white line in between the exit tab and the main sign.
exit 1 in 1/2 mile!
approaching exit 2 on I-84 in Sturbridge.
By accessing exit 2, you can visit Old Sturbridge. Fascinating!
Exit 2. Now next is US 20 which is the final exit before the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90). I-84 ends at I-90 BTW.
exit 3A-B in 3/4 mile!
These new signs on I-84 give much more info of I-90 than the last ones.
These new signs also mention that exit 3B is the last exit before the toll.
Mass Pike toll booth a.k.a. the end of I-84 in Sturbridge, MA. The other end is in Scranton, PA.
Closeup of the Mass Pike sign ontop of the toll booth.
The Fast Lane is Massachusetts version of the E-ZPASS. And the worst part is, is that they are always to the right side of the toll. Now the Mass Pike sponsors Citizens Bank so Citizens Bank members goes free through the tolls.
A typical Mass Pike entrance.
Closeup view of the signs.
Older signs at the split.
I-90/Mass Pike shields. Sorry, thats the sun thats making them light up.
Approaching the Charlton service plaza. Note the lack of any services on the sign.
A more informational sign actually showing the services. The blank sign on the bottom is supposed to say how long to the next service plaza, but i guess not =P
Charlton plaza (just east of I-84). Note the tall Gulf/McDonalds "tree". These are installed at every plaza along the pike. They actually used to be taller but people complained it ruined the view so the Mass Pike authorities shortened it.
Destinations sign in Charlton. They replace the Auburn and put Worcester because at that exit, Worcester is the big city it goes to. They should also may be add Framingham to it because thats another major city up ahead.
I-90 approaching exit 10.
Not sure why its an overhead sign. I think it may have to do to increase the view of it for people coming over the hill (there is a bit of a hill behind me).
Kind of a blurry shot, but I-290 at this exit leads to a Vietnam War Memorial.
Obscured by a truck, but it shows a lane from the pike leaves the pike.
Aaaand, BEHOLD! The oldest signs on the mainline Mass Pike. It has everything including an ancient Mass Pike symbol on the left sign. Ahoy!
Closer view of the same sign.
Park and ride sign for the Mass Pike. These are at like every exit BTW.
I-90 approaching exit 10A. MA route 146 leads right into Rhode Island, then becomes RI route 146 and thats one of the major routes into Providence so Providence was a good choice for a control city.
This is a sorta typical gantry on the Mass Pike. A single arm cantilever with sign lights. The Mass Pike is also one of the only places in the state where you can find sign lights present.
I-90/Mass Pike shields right after exit 10A.
Approaching exit 11. Sorry for the sun glare. AGH!
A more clearer view of an exit 11 approaching sign.
Destinations sign after exit 11.
These are seen many times along the Mass Pike and I think on a few other interstates and freeways in MA. I believe the reason for the reduced salt is because of the reservoir thats in the area and the Mass Pike Authority doesn't want salt to get in the air and pollute the water.
Approaching exit 11A. I-495 acts as sort of a by-pass or a loop around Boston. It also is one of the mainly traveled highways on the east coast and this interchange can get croooooooowded.
New sign for 11A.
exit 11A. The sign to the left is older and the one to the right is new.
Approaching exit 12 on I-90 eastbound. MA 9 used to be one of the main highways to cross the state. Coming west on I-90, the control city of Marlborough will be on the exit 12 sign.
Exit 12. The Mass Pike has a thing for installing these type of signs a 1/4 mile from the exit with NEXT RIGHT on the bottom.
A much better view of the I-90/Mass Pike shields right after exit 12.
Approaching exit 13.
Exit 12 sign obscured by a friggin Honda!
I-90 east approaching the Natick service plaza. Indeed this is the last plaza coming eastbound.
Second sign warning for the plaza also pointing out that there is a Fast Lane service center.
The Natick plaza.
Nice that the Pike would put up a nice big blue sign warning about a police station.
The entrance to the station with a fancy sign that can be read going 65 M.P.H.!!!
A VMS (variable message sign) before exit 14 (sign in the background).
Approaching exit 14. At a lot of times, this exit gets pretty crowded. Also note the black street sign on the bridge. The Mass Pike has these signs on the roads that pass over the pike. They say what road is on the bridge and what town your in. How helpful!
Yes, right after exit 14 is a toll.
By accessing exit 14, you can get on MA 30 and head into the western Boston towns and suburbs.
Exit 14 in 1 mile!
Kinda blurry, but a much bigger and better sign warning about the toll after this exit.
Almost at exit 14. At this point you start to see signs for the Logan Airport. The reason all propane and all gas/hazmat vehicles must exit here is because I-90 past here passes underneath a grocery store AND a hotel. It also may have to do with the I-90/I-93 Tunnels. Also note the South Shore control city. I think they should have put Cape Cod or Providence as a control city instead.
LISTEN TO THE SIGN!
Whoa! Crouse Hinds art decos! The Mass Pike has a few left. These are inactive. This is before the exit 14 (I-95/MA 128/MA 30) toll. Also, those are button copy bottons on the corner of the sign.
The first set of signs you see after the exit 14 toll. How much more generic can you get with control cities like "N.H." and "Maine?"
A closeup of the I-95 north sign. Zoom in to get a great view of the botton copy text!
The second set of signs after the exit 14 toll. To access MA 30, you go left here.
A sign for the MA 30 exit. Yes, the I-95 shield is button copy.
MA 30 is exit 24. Also a Park and Ride is at this exit.
Massachusetts paddle signs at the end of the MA 30 ramp.
A closeup of some sigs.
Fire signals on MA 30 in Weston. The yellows flash. The street to the right has a signal that flashes red. When a fire truck is entering, the signal goes from flashing red, to yellow, then to red. Kinda neat. A Massachusetts thing.
Closeup of one of the signals. These are Eagle Alusig signals.
MA likes to also install all pedastal mount signals. This is at Wellesley St. and MA 30 in Weston.
A closeup of one of the signals in the previous pic. Notice the all yellow mounting material and pole/base.
Another closeup of another signal in the intersection two pics ago. This time the signals are a lot older.
Signs for the junction of MA 30 and I-95/MA 128 and I-90/Mass Pike.
Typical MA mast arm signal.
Closeup of one of the signals in the previous pic.
Reduced salt area for a reservoir on I-95/MA 128 north.
Approaching exit 26 on I-95/MA 128 north.
Large I-95 and MA 128 shields. MA likes to install oversize shields on their highways. Probably to enhance visibility.
Approaching exit 27A. Not sure whats gonna happen with the extra space on the exit tab.
Not sure what Mass Highways is constructing here but it should be good (or not).
Older MA signs.
Wow. Third avenue isn't mentioned on the old exit 27A signs.
exit 27B. Getting off here brings you to a collector/distributor road (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collector/distributor_road) to take you to the real exit 27B.
The real exit 27B =]
Approaching exit 28A on I-95/MA 128 north.
The exit 28's. Also approaching MA 2, a major east-west road in MA.
Lexington, MA exits.
approaching exit 29A
The exit 29's. Also approaching exit 30.
Approaching exit 30
Hmm, exit 30A and 30B weren't mentioned in the previous signs! Also note the old slightly faded sign to the left of the sign bridge.
Approaching exits 31A and B
A closeup of the exit 31A and B signs. Notice on the left sign the route shields have outlines while the ones on the right don't. It shows how MA installs the route shields both ways onto freeway signs.
exit 31B on I-95/MA 128 north.
Approaching US 3
A nice big diagrammical sign for US 3 and the Middlesex Turnpike. For about 2 miles after this exit, US 3 multiplexes with I-95/MA 128.
You exit I-95/MA 128 north here to get to the exit 32's.
Exit 32A. They really should have put the Nashua NH control city on the previous signs though to give warning. Now if you didn't know it was coming, you would see the Nashua NH sign to the right and would go "Ah @#$%! I missed it!"
approaching the exit 33's. US 3 leaves I-95/MA 128 at this exit(s). Notice the nice strong sign cantilever.
Approaching exit 33A.
Entering the town of Woburn, MA, there is exit 33B
Approaching exit 34.
A VMS along with the exit 35 approach sign.
exit 35 also the major I-93/I-95 junction is in 2 miles.
Approaching exit 36 and 37.
approaching exit 37A
Approaching exit 38A. Yes, there are a lot of A-B exits in MA.
Exit 38B. Notice the type of sign bridge they are on. One single pole is holding these. These are found in MA, NH, RI, and CT (different style in CT)
approaching exit 39 and 40.
approaching exit 40
exit 40 and approaching exit 41 on I-95/MA 128 north.
approaching exit 41. Notice the I-95 shield. the 95 is in a 3-digit shield! Silly MA.
approaching exit 42
Nice wide sign bridge
Wow signs for exit 43 and 44 before the exit 42!
exit 42 and approaching exit 43.
exit 43. Also note the lack of MA 128 shield on the pull through sign.
approaching the exit 44's.
at exit 45, MA 128 leaves I-95 and heads northeast to Gloucester, MA.
approaching exit 44A.
Coming up to exit 45
exit 45. These are new signs along with most on the newly improved MA 128. Notice the LEFT tab above EXIT 45. Thats interesting and indeed helpful.
MA 128 north approaching its first exit going northbound.
exit 28. When following exit 28, you go onto a collector/distributor road to it.
approaching exit 28 also exit 26 in 2 miles. Not sure why the skip to 26 instead of having 27.
dual signage. One for MA 128 and another for the collector/distributor road.
approaching exit 26.
approaching the exit 25's on MA 128 north.
Exit 25A destinations.
The signs you see in the exit 25A ramp.
A two part intersection on MA 114 in Peabody, MA.
A typical MA signal with faded back plates in Salem, MA. MA 114 turns left here.
A closeup of a doghouse signal at the intersection in the previous pic.
Old signals with the older MA truss arms. MA 114 turns right here.
These are actually pedestrian signals. They operate like a Maryland fire signal. The side streets do the same thing except the bottom section flashes red.
These are the strangest signals I have ever seen! They operate like the signals in the previous photo. They are ped signals. The bottom section is green and the green flashes!!!!! With my luck, I took the photo with the green being off!
Same type of signal like the previous photo and this time I caught the green when it was in mid flash!
Typical MA span wire signal in Salem.
A nice closeup of one of the signals in the previous photo.
The rear view of an LFE Automatic signal in Salem.
An older all text MA paddle sign off the exit 24 ramp off of I-95 in Weston, MA.
Some McCain PV's on a stylish mast arm in Wellesley.
This is what MA does to their smaller green signs if there is more than one sign to put on a pole. They put two signs together and put the third sign under them. I dig the type of sign brackets it uses. This is on MA 16 in Wellesley.
A closeup of a McCain PV that was in 2 photos ago.
Typical all pedestal signals but this time they are all dark green. Looks a little Maineish.
Older span wire install on MA 16 in Newton.
same as previous but a bit closer.
A closeup of the rear view of one of the signals in the previous photo. This is the 12 inch version of the Eagle Alusig.
On I-95/MA 128 north in Newton.
Exit 23-24-25 all in one exit (you get me right?).
The wide exit sign.
On the ramp of exits 23-25.
Exit 25. What is odd is that exit 25 comes BEFORE exit 24!!
The spit on the exit 25 ramp.
This assembly is seen on all the major highways in the metro Boston area. They obvious lead you to the best way to the Logan International Airport.
The I-90 toll in Newton. This is supposedly the east end of the Mass Pike mainline but not I-90. Mass Pike shields are shown still after this toll, but the highway isnt tolled. There is another toll on I-90 about 5 miles ahead in Cambridge. This is heading eastbound.
Approaching exit 17.
Haha! I-90/Mass Pike does indeed pass underneath a Shaws grocery store in Newton.
Approaching exit 17 again.
Whoa! Not only does I-90 pass underneath a Shaws, but now it passes underneath a Sheraton Hotel! This is in Watertown.
Signs for the Cambridge toll plaza.
All Hazmat vehicles need to exit here since there are the I-90 and I-93 tunnels in the heart of Boston.
Approaching exit 18 and the toll plaza in Cambridge on I-90 eastbound. Exit 18 has to pay a toll aswell.
Another exit 18 sign but this time with the Allston control city.
The I-90 Cambridge toll plaza. Notice the wide Fast Lane sign in the middle of the plaza.
Approaching exit 22.
Fenway Park! Also a VMS advertising the Fast Lane tags.
A view of the Prudential Center on I-90 east.
Not sure what these signs will say when lit but the signals would flash red. The certainly have to do with the upcoming tunnel.
Approaching exit 22. There is a short tunnel ahead that passes underneat numerous buildings. Exit 22 is in fact in this tunnel. Thats the tunnel itself ahead.
Approaching exit 24A-B-C a.k.a. I-93/Tip O'Niell Tunnel and the South Station exit. The ramp to the exit 24's have a sharp curve that gets a sign. Kinda odd that the sign doesnt have an advisory speed.
I-93 signs. I-90 is reduced to one lane here.
Better listen to the white sign or the cops will be on your arse! Plus its also dangerous =P. Exit 25 is in the I-90 tunnel.
Another set of signs for the curve and the entrance to the Ted Williams Tunnel (I-90).
The exit 24's. I think The I-93 north control city should be Manchester NH since thats a major city that comes before Concord. I-90 actually used to end here but I-90 was finally extended to the Logan Airport via tunnel on April 8, 2006 (opened then). This tunnel ahead is actually a tunnel leading to the Ted Williams Tunnel.
Entrance to the I-90 tunnel. Not sure the name of this tunnel so now it remains nameless.
Sign for exit 25 inside the tunnel. The signs inside the I-90 and I-93 tunnels are sideways and everything goes sideways like this.
Its very hard to take photos inside a tunnel so thats why its blurry along with a lot of my next few photos.
I-90 has a short break in tunnels and here is a sign bridge thats in between the tunnels. The HOV lane (white sign) is from I-93 I believe.
Entrance to the Ted Williams Tunnel. More info on the tunnel here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Williams_Tunnel
Sign for the Logan airport.
Exit 26. I-90 ends at MA 1A a few miles hence the MA 1A shields. At this point, I-90 ends though the I-90 end sign is at the MA 1A interchange a mile ahead.
The next lot of photos of signs like these are signs at the Logan International Airport.
The first normal (well almost) green freeway sign outside the Logan Airport.
Signs for the MA 1A interchange. To get to I-93 north from the Logan Airport, motorists have to use MA 1A through the Sumner Tunnel to get to I-93 north.
The MA 1A split.
Sumner Tunnel signs with the toll for the tunnel to the left.
Signs for the I-93/MA 3 split with happens in a break between the Sumner and the Tip O'Niell (I-93) tunnels. The Sumner Tunnel and MA 1A used to be the main route to the Logan Airport from Boston.
The Entrance to the Sumner Tunnel (also known as the William F. McCellen Tunnel) on MA 1A goine west. More Info on it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumner_Tunnel
The Split explained on the signs in the previous photo. Here is the entrance to the Tip O'Niell Tunnel from MA 1A. This is also the end of MA 1A.
This is a view of the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge which carries I-93 and US 1 over the Charles River. This is the view you get coming out of the O'Niell Tunnel. More info on the Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zakim_Bridge
A view of the exit 27 diagramical sign. I think they should add a NORTH placard over the I-93 sign. I don't know why that isnt't there.
Exit 27. US 1 north goes right over the Maurice J. Tobin Bridge right after this interchange and goes toward Revere and Revere Beach. More info on the Tobin Bridge here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobin_Bridge
Approaching exit 28.
A VMS right after the Zakim Bridge.
Entering Malden on I-93 north we come to a set of signs showing the Malden exits and exit 28. These signs are on a sign bridge style I-93 used to use.
A freeway sign you come up to towards the end of the exit 28 ramp.
Signals at the end of the ramp.
These are old Boston signals. Boston used to mount signals on truss arms. Notice the break between the red section and the rest of the signal. That was also standard.
These are typical signals seen in the Cambridge and Northwest Boston area. Signals are bright gray to silver color kinda like Washington, D.C. This is on Washington Street @ MA 28.
Again. Notice the odd and a little funny Snickers billboard.
A sort of closeup of a Cambridge grey signal with a louvered backplate. This is on MA 28.
Old school Boston signals.
Older truss arm signals with the grey color.
Signs for I-93 and US 1 on MA 28 south in Boston.
Drawbridge signals. The bridge goes over the Charles River.
Grey signals with backplates at a quite busy intersection in the heart of Boston.
Even the McCain PV's are grey!
A nice closeup of the grey McCain PV's.
The entrance to I-93/US 1 south from MA 28. This isnt the O'Neill Tunnel, its just a ramp that goes under the North Station parking lot that leads to I-93/US 1 south.
THIS is the entrance to the Tip O'Neill Tunnel going south.
This is the best quality shot I have of a freeway sign inside the Boston tunnels. Enjoy it.
I-90/Mass Pike heading west approaching exit 20.
Going onto the exit 20 ramp, there is a change to u-turn and go east on I-90 and head back to Boston tho unfourtunetely no trucks are allowed and only Fast Lane passes are allowed.
Comin up to exit 20.
Sign for the first Mass Pike toll plaza in Cambridge. Be prepared for heavy traffic in this area. This is where we hit some bad traffic.
Mass Pike toll plaza in Cambridge.
Hey look! 12 inch Crouse Hinds Type M's!! These can be seen all over this toll plaza. Also notice the bright blue color in the signals. Also notice one is turned the other way. Unfortunetely, these don't operate (I think).
exit 17. These signs are all button copy.
Signs on the exit 17 ramp.
Approaching exit 16 with I-90 passing underneath Shaws ahead.
exit 16. Notice the route shield to the side instead of the top.
Approaching exit 15 and the second I-90 toll plaza in Newton.
More exit 15 signage. Almost all the signage at the upcoming interchange have button copy text (hoo ray!!).
Sign for the upcoming toll.
Final exit 15 sign. Notice the small capital T in Worcester in the sign to the left. It should be a lower case T.
This is a typical Fast Lane (and E-ZPASS) toll signal. The top section is yellow and reads CALL FAST LANE for when you either didn't pay your Fast Lane or your outa money in your balance. The center section is also yellow and reads LOW BAL for when your Fast Lane is about to run outa money in your balance. The bottom section is obviously green and clearly reads THANK YOU for when you paid your Fast Lane (or E-ZPASS or even Citizens Bank Members).
A distance sign seen after the exit 15 interchange and the toll plaza.
A sign for the Framingham service plaza in 4 miles.
First sign for exit 13 going west on I-90/Mass Pike.
Typical sign seen before most tolls along the Mass Pike and their exit ramps.
Sign seen after the exit 13 toll.
Signal on MA 30 @ Speen St. in Natick.
Closeup of two of the signals in the previous photo.
Ped signal on MA 9 in Wellesley.
I-95 northbound Massachusetts welcome sign coming in from Rhode Island.
I-95 northbound approaching exit 12. I-95 has to take a sharp 1 lane loop ramp onto MA 128 northbound (which for whatever reason isn't mentioned on the sign) because I-95 was meant to continue north of this interchange and through Boston. When this was being planned out, I-95 was temporarely routed onto today's I-93 from this interchange up to Somerville. When they realized that I-95 was never going to go through Boston on another freeway, it was rerouted onto MA 128 from here up to Peabody (where the never built I-95 would have ended).
I-95 northbound approaching exit 12. I-95 has to take a sharp 1 lane loop ramp onto MA 128 northbound (which for whatever reason isn't mentioned on the sign) because I-95 was meant to continue north of this interchange and through Boston. When this was being planned out, I-95 was temporarely routed onto today's I-93 from this interchange up to Somerville. When they realized that I-95 was never going to go through Boston on another freeway, it was rerouted onto MA 128 from here up to Peabody (where the never built I-95 would have ended). These curve signs advertise I-95's sharp curve.
I-95 northbound at I-93
I-95 northbound approaching its sharp curve at exit 12. As you can see, there is a wide roadbed that was meant to carrie I-95 north of here.
I-95 northbound approaching the sharp curve at exit 12. This sloppy flashing arrow appears to be temporary according to the type of posts its on.
I-95 northbound at the sharp curve at exit 12. This is probably one of the lowest speeds on an interstate.
The "JCT" tab that used to be above a Business Spur I-495 shield, which was recently stolen on Plain Street eastbound approaching the Lowell Connector in Lowell. Business Spur I-495 used to be the designation for the Lowell Connector, but was decomissioned around the 1980s or so. Here is a photo of the assembly before the shield was taken:
I-95 northbound at exit 35 and approaching exit 37 (I-93). These new sign replacements along I-95 replaced older late 90's era signs with the lack of separation line between the exit number and the rest of the sign. The old sign on the left also used to have a button copy I-93 shield. In an unrelated note, MassDOT's freeway signs don't look bad, I think they do a good job compared to other states! AND, they don't use clearview!
I-95 northbound approaching exit 36. These new sign replacements along I-95 replaced older late 90's era signs with the lack of separation line between the exit number and the rest of the sign. In an unrelated note, MassDOT's freeway signs don't look bad, I think they do a good job compared to other states! AND, they don't use clearview!
I-95 northbound approaching exit 36 and 37 (I-93). These new sign replacements along I-95 replaced older late 90's era signs with the lack of separation line between the exit number and the rest of the sign. The old sign on the left also used to have a button copy I-93 shield. In an unrelated note, MassDOT's freeway signs don't look bad, I think they do a good job compared to other states! AND, they don't use clearview!
I-95 northbound at exit 36 and approaching exit 37 (I-93). These new sign replacements along I-95 replaced older late 90's era signs with the lack of separation line between the exit number and the rest of the sign. The old sign on the left also used to have a button copy I-93 shield. In an unrelated note, MassDOT's freeway signs don't look bad, I think they do a good job compared to other states! AND, they don't use clearview!
I-95 northbound approaching I-93 (exit 37A). This older MassDOT sign has a button copy I-93 shield!
I-95 northbound at I-93.
I-95 northbound at I-93 northbound. Older MassDOT sign with a button copy I-93 shield!